Q: My student has a “bursar hold” and cannot use priority registration. How can she get the “bursar hold” released?
A: A “bursar hold” usually means that your student’s account is not current. In other words, the student has university charges that are 30 days past due. To have the hold removed, she will have to pay all past-due charges.
Q: My student has a “bursar hold” but is eligible to receive financial aid for the next semester. Can the current “bursar hold” be released in anticipation of my student’s receiving financial aid?
A: No. The university will not release a hold based on expected receipt of financial aid in a future semester.
Q: When does my student pay tuition and fees?
A: For the fall semester, a bill will be mailed to the student’s billing address shortly after July 31. You should mail your payment so it will be received before the due date of Aug. 15. If payment is not received by the due date, a 1.5 percent service charge will be assessed monthly to the student’s account for any unpaid balance until it is paid in full.
Q: My student receives financial aid that will exceed his tuition and fees. How does he receive excess financial aid?
A: Students can choose to have excess financial aid delivered either by direct deposit to their bank accounts (the preferred way) or by checks that are mailed to their billing addresses. The university will process direct deposits and mail checks five days before classes begin. After this initial disbursement, direct deposits and checks will be processed daily.
Q: What are the advantages of direct deposit versus having a check mailed to a local address?
A: Direct deposit offers many advantages:
- Direct deposits are electronically delivered directly to the bank account.
- Mailing address problems are eliminated with direct deposits.
- With direct deposit, there’s no more standing in line at the bank to deposit the check.
- Direct deposit provides protection against theft or time delays caused by lost checks. Lost checks take several weeks to replace.
- With direct deposit, there are no worries if your student is out of town or doesn’t have time to pick up the mail.
Q: If my student registers for courses, but his plans change and he won’t be attending the University of Mississippi, what should he do?
A: Any student who decides not to attend the university should contact the registrar’s office as soon as her or his plans change and officially withdraw from the university.
- Students who officially withdraw before the first day of classes avoid all financial and grade obligations.
- Students who officially withdraw during the first 10 class days of the fall or spring semester will avoid most of their financial obligation (there is a maximum processing fee of $100) and all of their grade liability.
- Students who withdraw after the first 10 class days of the fall or spring semester, but before the fifth week of the semester, will not receive a refund, but they will not receive failing grades.
- Students who officially withdraw after the fifth week of class of the fall or spring semester will not receive a refund and will receive grades (W-withdrawn and P-passing or F-failure) in each course.
Q: If my student withdraws from the university after registering for classes, will she receive a refund?
A: Any student who officially withdraws from school during the first 10 class days of the fall or spring semester will receive a 100 percent refund (minus a processing fee of $100 or 5 percent of his or her assessment for tuition, nonresident fee and housing, whichever is less). There is no refund for courses dropped after the first 10 class days.
A student who officially withdraws from school before the first class day of the semester will not be assessed the processing fee.
Q: I am confused because the university has two withdrawal dates. Can you explain the difference?
A: It is true that the university has two withdrawal dates. When you ask someone, “What is the last date to withdraw?” be sure the person answering your question knows which date you are asking about. There is a date to withdraw to receive a refund, and there is a date to withdraw to avoid receiving grades.
The last date to withdraw during the fall or spring semester and receive a refund is the 10th class day of the semester. After the 10th class day, there are no refunds.
The last date to withdraw during the fall or spring semester and avoid receiving a failing grade on your transcript is typically the fifth week after the first day of classes.
Q: Does the university automatically drop schedules because of nonpayment of fees?
A: No. When a student registers for classes, she or he takes up that seat in the course. The university makes the assumption that the student is going to attend that class unless he or she officially withdraws from the course. When a student registers for courses at the university, he or she assumes financial responsibility to pay for the courses, and assumes responsibility to attend class and to successfully complete the course of study as presented by the instructor.