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Spring 2021 Fee Payment

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(All Fees Are Subject to Change)

Undergraduate Fees

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Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

* Non-resident fees shown in column 2 or 3 are in addition to regular fees.

Graduate Fees

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Graduate Tuition and Fees

* Non-resident fees shown in column 2 or 3 are in addition to regular fees.

Additional Course Fees

Engineering 350, 450$115.00
Engineering 550$165.00
Additional Course Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change by action of the Louisiana Legislature, the Board of Regents, or by student vote on special assessment.

Fee changes due to updated student and/or course information will be automatically calculated by Banner.

Fee Payments

Questions concerning fees should be addressed to Administrative Accounting at 475-5107.

Regular Registration Payments Due 4:30 p.m., January 11.

A fee bill and schedule of classes will be available online on November 16, 2020. It is the student’s responsibility to sign in to Banner Self-Service to view or print their bill and subsequently pay tuition and fees by the January 11th deadline.
Fee payments may be made in person at the Cashier’s Office in Smith Hall, on the web, or by mail to Administrative Accounting, Box 92935, Lake Charles, LA 70609. Payments may also be placed in the drop box located on the north side of Smith Hall. If payment is mailed, a printed copy of the online bill must be included with any check or Financial Aid/Scholarship Authorization form. Receipts for paid registration fees (whether mailed or paid in person) can be picked up at the Cashier’s Office located in Smith Hall.

Please see the payment policy for credit card payments and online payment charges.

Payments must be received by Administrative Accounting no later than 4:30 p.m., January 11. Students who do not pay fees by this deadline will have their scheduled classes purged and will have to reschedule classes during late registration.

Late Registration Payments Due 4:30 p.m., January 21.

There will be a $75 late fee for students enrolling in more than three hours during late registration; however, first-time freshmen are exempt from this fee. All payments for late registration must be received by the Cashier’s Office in Smith Hall no later than 4:30 p.m., January 21. An invoice will not be mailed for classes scheduled during late registration.

Installment Plan

A student may sign a promissory note for the installment plan and pay 1/3 of the tuition at the beginning of the semester. When the student completes the form, a $30 processing fee is assessed, and the student agrees to make two additional payments. The second payment is due on February 15 and the third (final) payment is due March 15. Continuous eligibility is available to students who make payments on time. Questions about fee deferral may be addressed to Administrative Accounting at 475-5976.

Personal Touch Account (PTA)

McNeese University Bookstore offers an interest-free, student charge account to all enrolled students (Personal Touch Account-PTA). With a valid McNeese ID and a current paid fee receipt, the student charge account can be opened. It can be used at the beginning of each semester for approximately one month for the purchase of up to $600 in books and supplies. At the close of the purchase deadline, each student will be billed for purchases made. Financial Aid will NOT be applied to Bookstore charges. When refund checks are received, students should make payments on PTA Accounts. Questions about PTA Accounts may be addressed to the Bookstore at 475-5494.

Spring 2021 Important Dates:
January 4PTA accounts open
February 12PTA accounts close
April 1PTA payment due
Personal Touch Account Schedule


Scholarships may be credited to a student’s tuition and fee charges if they are available prior to the final fee payment date. To authorize the use of scholarship funds for fee payment, scholarship recipients must sign and return a printed copy of the Financial Aid/Scholarship Authorization or complete the electronic authorization through Banner Self-Service. Residual scholarship funds and those received after the final payment date will be disbursed to the students’ Banner accounts on February 5. On February 8, Administrative Accounting will begin processing scholarship refunds. Please be reminded that this process can take up to two weeks to complete for all students. Beginning February 9, refunds processed by Administrative Accounting will be sent daily to BankMobile for them to distribute to students based on the preference that was selected.

PTA (Bookstore) and housing charges (RISE Residential) are not automatically deducted from scholarship awards. Each student is responsible for paying these charges directly.

Full scholarship awards credited to a registered student’s account will constitute a completed enrollment. It is the student’s responsibility to cancel registration and resign if he or she does not plan to attend McNeese this semester. Failure to properly resign with the Office of the Registrar will result in the receipt of failing grades, and any refund of scholarship awards is the responsibility of the student.

Financial Aid

February 5

Federal Pell Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, and Federal Stafford Loan awards will appear on the statement of account. Students must make payment arrangements on their own until they have received notification of their financial aid award.

All Financial Aid recipients must sign a financial aid authorization each semester to allow the Business Office to use their financial aid awards to assist in covering expenses. A financial aid authorization must be signed each semester even if you have a zero ($0) balance on your statement of account. Financial Aid recipients can electronically sign their financial aid authorization through Banner Self Service.

Pay by mail: Students who have registered during regular registration may pay by mail. Students should sign and return the online Financial Aid/Scholarship Authorization form, along with a personal check for the balance of fees not covered by financial aid, to the Cashier’s Office. The signed Financial Aid/Scholarship Authorization must be returned for payment with financial aid, even if the account balance is zero.

Pay in person: Students who do not wish to pay by mail may pay fees in person at the Cashier’s Office in Smith Hall until 4:30 p.m., August 11.

Tuition, fees, and meal plan (board expense) will be charged against financial aid awards of students who sign the Financial Aid/Scholarship Authorization by mail or in person; however, the student remains responsible for full payment of charges in the event that he or she becomes ineligible for financial aid for any reason.

Federal Perkins Loan recipients must report to Student Central to sign a Federal Perkins Loan promissory note prior to having funds disbursed to their student account.


Students who did not make satisfactory academic progress for federal student aid programs, as defined in the McNeese Catalog, will be notified by MSU email accounts. These students will have a hold placed on their financial aid awards and will not be awarded financial assistance. These students have the right to appeal electronically for financial aid based on documented extenuating circumstances. Contact Student Central for appeal dates. All electronic appeals must be received by the specified deadline. Appeal results will be emailed to the MSU email account once a decision is made. Appeal results are final. Denied appeals result in the cancellation of financial aid awards, and students must re-establish their eligibility.

January 11

Fee Payment Deadline: All registrants, including financial aid recipients, who have not paid tuition by the published deadlines will have their schedules purged. Even if the statement of account has a zero ($0) balance, all financial aid recipients must sign and return the Financial Aid/Scholarship Authorization to the Cashier’s Office by the payment deadline in order to use the financial assistance to pay for semester expenses.

February 5

Financial Aid Awards Disbursed: Federal Pell Grant, GO Grant, Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Stafford Loan awards will be disbursed to the Banner student accounts on this date. All federal programs will be disbursed based on your actual enrollment. A student must be enrolled and attending at least six hours at the time of disbursement for federal student loans. All graduate students in a graduate program must be enrolled and attending at least six graduate hours at the time of disbursement to remain eligible for any federal student loans. All funds for these programs must be disbursed before the last day of classes. This process can take up to two weeks to complete for all students.

Exception: First-time Stafford Loan recipients with less than 30 semester hours earned cannot be processed until February 19. Any refunds are processed by Administrative Accounting and then sent to BankMobile for distribution.

February 8

Administrative Accounting will send the first refunds to BankMobile for them to distribute those refunds to students based on the preference that was selected. Refunds will be sent daily to BankMobile for students as their refunds are processed by Administrative Accounting.

Financial Aid and PTA Accounts: PTA charges are not automatically deducted from financial aid awards. Each student is responsible for paying the entire balance owed on a PTA account at the McNeese Bookstore.

Financial Aid and Housing Expense: Housing expenses are not automatically deducted from financial aid awards. Students are responsible for paying their housing expenses directly to RISE Residential.

Students who have received a financial aid notification letter stating the amount of financial aid awarded need to confirm their award amount with financial aid and be sure to sign the financial aid authorization after they register for classes. Students, who have not received a financial aid notification letter, should check with Student Central after registering to determine eligibility to use financial aid toward semester expenses.

How Dropping or Adding Classes Affects Financial Aid

All federal programs will be disbursed based on your actual enrollment and degree status at the end of late registration. However, attendance is monitored during the semester and all federal programs will be reduced for financial aid recipients who never attend classes. These students may owe a refund to the Federal aid program and should inquire at Student Central prior to dropping or withdrawing from classes. Students who add classes during registration should notify Student Central to verify award(s).

How Withdrawal from the University Affects Financial Aid

If a student, who has earned Title IV financial assistance, withdraws or stops attending class on or before completing 60% of the semester in which the Title IV aid was disbursed, the following Return of Title IV Funds policy will be applied.

For purposes of this policy, an institutional refund means the amount paid for institutional charges for a payment period by financial aid and/or cash payments minus the amount retained by the institution for the portion of the payment period that the student was actually enrolled at the institution.

McNeese State University implemented the new federal Return of Title IV Funds policy beginning with the Fall 2000 semester per the Higher Education Act of 1998. This policy applies to any student who has earned Title IV aid which is Federal Pell Grant, TEACH Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Stafford Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized and Parent) and who officially withdraws, drops out, stops attending, is expelled, takes an unapproved leave of absence, or fails to return from an approved leave of absence. Refer to the “Withdrawal from the University” section of the McNeese State University catalog for requirements for officially withdrawing from school.

The amount of Title IV Funds to return to the applicable federal programs will be determined by using the student’s last date of attendance to calculate the percentage of the enrollment period for which the student did not complete. Scheduled breaks of five or more consecutive days are excluded. McNeese will remit the percentage of unearned Title IV Funds that were disbursed or that could have been disbursed to the federal programs. The funds will be returned no more than 45 days from the date that the last date of attendance was determined. McNeese State University will return the lesser of the total of unearned aid or an amount equal to institutional charges multiplied by the percentage of unearned aid. The student will be responsible for repaying any remaining unearned portion that was disbursed to them. Students who did not receive all of the funds earned may be due a post-withdrawal disbursement.

Failure to attend class or failure to resign properly could cause the student to receive a letter grade of F, I, U, WN, NR, IN, IPC, NCE in all courses. In this case, the student would still be subject to the return of funds policy once an official last date of attendance is established. Merely discontinuing class attendance is not considered to be a formal resignation from the university. Students who were awarded financial assistance and who discontinue class attendance may be held responsible for repayment of all tuition and fees. Please refer to the “Class Attendance Regulations” section of the McNeese State University Catalog for requirements on class attendance.

If student’s portion of unearned Title IV funds is a loan, no action by the school is necessary. Regular loan terms and conditions apply. If student’s portion of unearned Title IV funds is a federal grant, the student will be required to return no more than 50% of the amount received for the enrollment period.

In the event of official resignation, the McNeese institutional refund policy will be applied and tuition will be reduced by that amount. The student may be liable for any Title IV funds disbursed to their account in excess of the amount allowed by federal regulations. The school will collect the portion of any assistance owed by the student. If no payment is received, holds will be placed on the student’s account and the student will lose eligibility for Title IV aid unless the overpayment is paid in full or satisfactory repayment arrangements are made.

Unearned funds are allocated to the Title IV programs from which the student received assistance, in the following order:

  • 1st Unsubsidized Federal/Direct Stafford Loans
  • 2nd Subsidized Federal/Direct Stafford Loans
  • 3rd Federal Perkins Loans
  • 4th Federal PLUS Loans
  • 5th Federal Pell Grant
  • 6th Federal SEOG Grant
  • 7th Federal TEACH Grant
  • 8th Other Title IV Programs

After the institutional refund has been credited in this order, any remaining amount will be returned to the student.

Cancellation of Registration

Students who complete the registration process then decide not to attend McNeese must officially cancel their registration and resign from the university before the end of late registration or tuition and fees will be assessed.

Refund Schedule

The date that a student officially resigns (withdraws from all classes for which he or she is registered) from the University with the Office of the Registrar determines whether fees are refunded and at what percentage. Resignations received after close of business in Student Central are considered received on the next business day and are processed as such. The refund policy and resignation dates apply to off-campus classes as well as on-campus classes. The schedule refers to calendar days, including weekends, beginning with the first day of classes as designated in the official University calendar. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday on which the University is closed for business, the student will have until close of business the following business day. Fees paid for late registration or fee deferral processing will not be refunded. Refer to the current issue of the McNeese Catalog for more information.

by January 20100 percent less $10
January 21 – February 280 percent
February 3 – February 1060 percent
February 11 – February 1740 percent
February 18 – February 2420 percent
After February 24There is no refund of fees for resigning from the University.
Refund Schedule

Refunds for mini-sessions will be prorated accordingly. There is no refund for withdrawn classes when the student remains enrolled in other classes, including completed mini-session classes.