Spring 2013 Fee & Payment Information

ADM 211  • 773-995-2470

Tuition and mandatory fees are subject to change. Course fees and payment policies are administered by the Office of Administration & Finance. To make payments and payment arrangements, please contact the Office of the Cashier at 773-995-2029. For questions concerning your account, please contact the Office of the Bursar, ADM 211, at 773-995- 2470.

Calculate Your Tuition
Spring 2013 Tuition Rates

Spring 2013 Mandatory Fees
Spring 2013 Six Year Guaranteed Tuition Plan
Spring 2013 Payment Policy
Spring 2013 Tuition Management Services (TMS) Monthly Payment Planner
Bursar Services

Calculate Your Tuition

This formula shows how to tabulate your tuition charges.
• On-Campus: (Total number of credit hours selected) x (tuition per credit hour) + (fees applicable to your total credit hours) = your tuition.

• Off-Campus: (Total number of credit hours selected) x (tuition per credit hour) = your tuition.

• Distance Learning: (Total number of credit hours selected) x (tuition per credit hour) + $50 distance learning fee = your tuition.

NOTE: Some courses carry additional fees. These fees are not included in the tuition and mandatory fee information. The list of courses with additional fees is in the back of this bulletin.


What is an e-Bill? An E-Bill is the electronic version of your monthly statement. E-Bills are snapshots of the information contained on your student financial account. Your student account includes all charges and payments, financial aid, and other credits. The charges you will find on your account include, but is not limited to, tuition, health insurance, room and board, and other related fees. All charges are subject to change as you make changes to your living arrangements, course schedule, and other related charges might change either before or after you receive your initial E-Bill for the term.

Chicago State University does not issue paper statements/bills. E-Bills are issued monthly throughout the term of enrollment. All charges incurred for the term are due by the published final payment due date. All past due balances are subject to additional collection fees if unpaid.

Online Account Access:You can access/view your financial account information online through CSU X-Press. E-Bills are posted onto CSU X-Press monthly. When a new E-Bill/statement is available, you will receive an e-mail notification to your CSU e-mail address.

Find your E-Bill, Account Summary, and IRS Tax Information by visiting www.csu.edu, then click “Cougar Connect.”

  • Log in to Cougar Connect
  • Click Student Resource tab
  • Click View My Bill
  • Click View Statement

An official notification of the availability of your bill will be sent to your CSU e-mail address monthly.

Spring 2013 Tuition Rates:

Click here for tuition rates for On-Campus Tuition Rates for Illinois and non-Illinois residents.

Mandatory Fees

Mandatory fees apply to all on-campus students and students with a combination of off -campus and on-campus schedules regardless of student level or residency status.

Any combination of extension or distance learning courses and on-campus courses will have mandatory fees charged.

Mandatory fee rates are subject to change.

Spring 2013 Mandatory Fee Rates

  Full - Time Part - Time
Activity $55.00 $36.00
Athletics $120.00 $104.00
Health $30.00 $21.00
Student Union $186.00 $120.00
Facility $102.00 $71.00
IT $102.00 $71.00
CTA U-Pass $113.00 --
Insurance* $520.00 --
TOTAL $1228.00 $423.00
* Amount subject to change.

Six-Year Guaranteed Tuition Plan

The “Truth in Tuition” bill mandates that Illinois public universities provide four years of level tuition for new students enrolling for the first time beginning with the 2004-2005 academic year. Beginning with the Fall 2004 semester, each new undergraduate class of students (first-time freshmen and transfer students) will have the tuition rate held constant for four consecutive years. In 2010 the bill was amended to include an additional two years of guaranteed tuition rates for the amount the university charged students who first enrolled in the university for the academic year following the academic year the student first enrolled in the university.

The guaranteed rates will remain in effect for six years or until the student reaches 120 credit hours, whichever comes first. The hours will be extended to accommodate any majors or programs that exceed the 120 hours or six years. The guaranteed rate will remain in effect except in the event of a break in enrollment of no more than one year (two semesters, excluding summer school). In no case will the initial guarantee rate be valid beyond six years of total enrollment. The undergraduate (returning, non-guaranteed rate) will be assessed for students that extend beyond the six-year guarantee period (120 credit hours) or six years of total enrollment. For all other students, Chicago State University’s current tuition program remains in effect. The Class Schedule Bulletin published each term should be referenced for current information.

IMPORTANT NOTE: A change in major will not affect the guaranteed rate. The guarantee rate will continue for the number of credit hours necessary to complete the new major, not to exceed six years of total enrollment. Beyond six years of total enrollment, the undergraduate (returning, non-guarantee rate) will be assessed. Extended illness and military service will be given special consideration. The rate guarantee will be extended on a case-by-case basis by invoking the student appeal process. Transfer student rates will be guaranteed.

Extended illness and military service will be given special consideration. The rate guarantee will be extended on a case-by-case basis through the student appeal process.

Transfer student rates will be guaranteed based upon 120 credit hours less the number of credits transferred at the time of first enrollment. All extensions and exceptions that apply to new freshmen will be extended to new transfer students.

Credit Hour Pricing
Beginning with the Fall 2004-2005 academic year, tuition and mandatory fees will be charged on a per credit hour basis up to 15 hours. This 15 credit hour cap will allow students to complete 120 credit hours in eight semesters or four years. Credit hours exceeding 15 will be charged at the rate for 15 credit hours.

Out-of-state Tuition
The Six-Year Guaranteed Tuition Plan is extended to all undergraduate out-of-state new freshmen and transfer students whose permanent residence is not within the state of Illinois.

In - State Tuition
The Six-Year Guaranteed Tuition Plan is extended to all undergraduate new freshmen and transfer students whose permanent residence is within the state of Illinois.

Effective Fall 2010, newly admitted students whose permanent residency is within the state of Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri or Wisconsin, and effective Fall 2012, students whose permanent residency is within the state of Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota are extended in-state tuition rates at Chicago State University.

Miscellaneous Fees
Admission Application (Doctoral) $50
Admission Application (Graduate) $30
Admission Application (International) $100
Admission Application (Undergraduate) $25
Cap & Gown (Graduate) $65
Cap & Gown (Undergraduate) $40
CLEP Examination Fee $25
Collection Actual Cost
Commencement Fee (Graduate/Undergraduate) $35
Deferred Payment Fee $50
Deferred Tuition Per payment plan
Distance Learning Fee (per hybrid/online course) $50
Extension Courses Fee (per credit hour) $25
Finance Charge on Unpaid Balance 1.5% per month
Graduation Application (Graduate) $25
Graduation Application (Undergraduate) $25
Immunization Non-Compliance $25
Late Payment $25
Late Placement Testing $15
Late Registration (Fall / Spring Term) $100
Lost ID Card $20
Non-sufficient funds $40
Special Exam $10
Transcript via mail (per copy) $5
Transcript over the counter (per copy) $10
Written Verification of Enrollment (Non-governmental agencies, see Enrollment Verifications.) $4

Additional Services

  • CTA monthly and weekly passes (through your financial aid).
  • Game Room Fun Pass, pay by cash, check, charge, or debit card.
  • Meal plans (through your financial aid).
  • Stamps (book of 10) pay by cash, check, charge, or debit card.

Payment and Refund Policy

By registering for classes at the Chicago State University (CSU), you acknowledge financial responsibility for the confirmed courses resulting from this registration, and all fees assessed to your student account (including the student health insurance fee). You also accept responsibility for any additional costs related to your enrollment at CSU including, but not limited to, room, board, parking, library fines, books and other class materials and any other departmental or college charges. By enrolling, you acknowledge that you are receiving an educational benefit from CSU, and that the costs associated with that benefit are an extension of credit from the University which is due and payable upon registration. Tuition and fee charges are billed on a monthly basis.

CSU does not mail billing statements to students. If you are a currently enrolled student, you will receive e-mail notification each month, at your university e-mail address, indicating your tuition and fee statements are available online. The online statement, called the E-Bill, allows you to see your charges in an easy-to read, user- friendly format.

Student account balances are expected to be paid in full by the final payment due date each term. These charges, in accordance with CSU Policy, apply to all customers billed through the Student Accounts Receivable system, and are subject to a LATE PAYMENT CHARGE of $25.00 when the full amount is not paid when the final payment is due. Such accounts will also be assessed a PENALTY of $40.00 IN ADDITION to the LATE PAYMENT CHARGE when the account balance becomes past due (delinquent). A financial hold will be placed on any delinquent student account. This hold will prevent registration, release of transcripts, and may also prevent graduation and the release of a diploma.

In addition, you understand that Chicago State University may refer your past due account for collection and may authorize legal action against you for the collection of this debt. You agree to be liable for all reasonable collection costs, including attorney fees, court costs, and other charges necessary for the collection of your past due account. You understand that if you allow your account to go into delinquent status, your registration, release of your transcript and diploma will be prohibited until such time as your account is paid in full.

  1. Students must have met all their financial obligations to the University before they are eligible to register for classes unless payment arrangements for meeting such obligations have been made with the bursar.
  2. AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, VISA, cash, money orders, cashier’s checks, certified checks, personal checks and traveler’s checks will be accepted for tuition and fees. Online credit card payments can be made by visiting www.afford.com and selecting "Make a Payment." ECAP also provides electronic check approval that takes funds from your checking account within 48 hours of the time the check is written to CSU. Business checks will not be accepted.
  3. Students who have presented two NSF (not sufficient funds) checks to the university, even though restitution has been made, will be required to pay for their registration with cash, money orders, certified checks, traveler’s checks, AMEX, MasterCard, VISA or Discover. Business checks will not be accepted.
  4. Spring 2013 payment deadlines:
Advance Registration November 19 - 30, 2012 Payment Due December 5, 2012
Regular Registration December 1 - January 6 Payment Due January 7, 2013
January 7 - February 10 (Special Session) Payment Due Upon Registration
Late Registration January 7 - January 15 (Regular Session) Payment Due Upon Registration
February 11 - 12, 2013 (Special Session) Payment Due Upon Registration

Final payment of tuition and fees is due by March 29, 2013.

All registered students must present an initial payment to the Cashier's Office (ADM 211) upon registration to validate and maintain registration in your Spring 2013 classes. Students must present one of the following payment arrangements by the 100% reversal/refund deadline.

  • Financial Aid Memo
  • TMS installment plan for remaining account balance
  • Bursar Office Third Party Authorization Memo
  • Initial monetary down payment
  • Quick Pay payment receipt

The deadline for the 100% refund/reversal to drop/withdraw from registered courses is January 22 for regular session courses. See Academic Calendar or Quick View for additional dates. Please make your initial payment to validate your classes and avoid being dropped for non-payment.

Failure to make a payment may result in administrative withdrawal. See Student Registration Responsibility, Student Registration Agreement, and Bursar sections for more information.

5. Reinstatement
Students who are eligible to register after being dropped or administratively withdrawn for non-payment will not be reinstated into course sections for which they were previously registered.

6. Installment Payment Option
A. Eligible: All Illinois resident students registering for six or more hours during advance, regular and late registration.

B . Non -eligible: Students who have tuition and fee charges that amount to less than the required deposit due to financial aid credits are not eligible. Students registering for less than six hours are not eligible.

C. Tuition Management Installment Plan: Chicago State University offers an interest-free monthly payment plan to distribute your education expenses over time instead of one large payment. To enroll, call 800-222-4867 (TMS / 24 hours a day); or visit www.afford.com.

Students using the installment payment option are required to make an initial payment at the time of registration. Remember, your initial deposit must go to Chicago State University or your registration will be cancelled. The enrollment fee for using the installment plan varies according to the number of payments in your plan. Whether or not you are on the installment plan with TMS, you will still pay the deferred fee amount if tuition is not paid in full at the time of registration. The deferred fee is non-refundable.

Tuition Management Services (TMS) Monthly Payment Planner

Spring 2013 Plans Payment Due Dates Enrollment Fee
Five (5) payments December 1, 2012 - April 1, 2013 $40.00
Four (4) payments January 1, 2013 - April 1, 2013 $45.00
Three (3) payments February 1, 2013 - April 1, 2013 $50.00

Students must enroll for TMS with the Bursar’s office.

Deferred Payment Amount

Full-Time Student: $644.00 / Part-Time Student: $423.00

  1. TMS Refunds
    The service fee is nonrefundable; the down payment is refundable in accordance with the University refund policy. Selecting the installment payment option cannot extend the refund period. Final payment is due on withdrawals after the refund period.
  2. TMS Final Payment
    Partial or complete payment will be accepted at any time; however, the total balance must be paid according to your TMS payment plan. If you are not enrolled in TMS, the total balance must be paid by March 29, 2013. Make full payment before the deadline to avoid any additional charges.
  3. Default on TMS Plan
    Failure to make a complete payment on time according to your payment plan will cause payment default and a $25 delinquent fee will be assessed each semester that the balance is outstanding. In addition, a hold will be placed on your academic record and you will not be permitted to register for subsequent terms until the balance is paid in full.
  4. Your financial responsibilities
    If you fail to meet the terms of your installment payment agreement, you will not be eligible for academic credit for enrolled courses. In addition, Chicago State University may report your account to the credit bureau, place your student account with an outside collection agency and assign the account to the State of Illinois Off -Set System. It is further understood that all reasonable collection costs, fees or legal expenses incurred by Chicago State University and any outside agency in securing payment is your responsibility. These fees could range from 25% to 50% of your unpaid balance.

Refund Policy

  1. Partial reversal (less than 12 hours): A partial reversal of tuition and refundable fee charges will be made to the accounts of students who reduce their credit hour load below 12 semester hours during the period beginning November 19 and ending January 22, 2013.
  2. 100% reversal upon complete withdrawal: A total reversal of tuition and refundable fee charges will be made upon complete formal withdrawal from the university during the period beginning November 19 and ending January 22, 2013.
  3. 50% reversal upon complete withdrawal: A 50% reversal of tuition and refundable fee charges will be made upon complete formal withdrawal from the university during the period beginning January 23, 2013 and ending February 14, 2013.
  4. 0% reversal upon complete withdrawal: No reversal of charges will be granted upon complete withdrawals after February 14, 2013.


View Your Bill On-Line

After you register for classes, you can view your bill online. To view your bill, visit www.csu.edu, then click “Cougar Connect.”

  • Log in to Cougar Connect
  • Click Student Resource tab
  • Click View My Bill
  • Click View Statement

All past due balances are due immediately to avoid any additional late fees.

Validate Your Classes
The Spring 2013 initial down payment to secure your advance registration transactions made November 19, 2012 through January 5, 2013 is due upon registration or before January 7, 2013. The Spring 2013 initial down payment to secure your regular or late registration transactions made January 6 February 12, 2013 or later is due upon registration.

You must validate your Spring 2013 registration or your classes may be dropped for non-payment. Please present a form of payment to the Cashier Office located at Cook Bldg. Room 211. Initial monetary down payment for part-time (1-11 registered hours) is $423 and full-time (12+ registered hours) is $644.

Please present a form of payment listed below to the Cashier Office on or before the initial payment due date:

  • Financial Aid Hold Release Agreement;
  • TMS installment plan for remaining account balance;
  • Bursar Office Third Party Authorization;
  • Initial monetary down payment.

To pay your bill at the Cashier Office, the University accepts cash, check, American Express (AMEX), MasterCard (MC), VISA, and Discover:

  • Cash and Check payments – In person only
  • Credit Card payments – Telephone at (773) 995-2029
  • Or pay online by visiting www.afford.com and selecting "Make a One-Time Payment."

Installment payment options are available through the Tuition Management System at www.afford.com. Questions regarding making payments should be directed to the Cashier Office at (773) 995-2029. For more information regarding your balance or E-Bill please contact the Bursar Office at bursar@csu.edu or (773) 995-2470.

Tuition Waiver Applicants
Eligible employees and cooperating teachers requesting tuition waivers must present applications to the Office of Financial Aid, ADM 207, with all appropriate signatures by September 15, for the fall term, January 30 for the Spring term and by the first day of classes for any intersession or summer session in which the waiver is presented and the individual enrolls.

The tuition waiver is to be applied toward the term in which the course is taken. Waiver applications are to be submitted for each term of enrollment. Waivers do not cover past due bills and will not be accepted after the deadline date.

Spring 2013 Cougar Cash Card Pick-up

  • Pick up your Cougar Cash Card at the Cashier Office ADM 211 Monday through Friday during normal business hours.
  • To activate your Cougar Cash Card, please call (866) 345-4011 or log onto https://www.cardflexprepaid.com/csu/

Spring 2013 Financial Aid Refunds

  • You must have a credit balance posted on your student account.
  • Direct Deposit – In your bank account or Cougar Cash Card on disbursement date.
  • Paper Check – In the mail on disbursement date. No check pickup.
  • If you prefer a direct deposit refund you must come to the Bursar Office to make your selection.
  • The initial Spring 2013 financial aid refund is January 28, 2013.
Spring 2013 Refund Calendar
Credit Balance Post Date Refund Date
January 17, 2013 January 28, 2013
January 30, 2013 February 7, 2013
February 6, 2013 February 14, 2013
February 13, 2013 February 21, 2013
February 20, 2013 February 28, 2013
February 27, 2013 March 7, 2013
March 6, 2013 March 14, 2013
March 13, 2013 March 21, 2013
March 20, 2013 March 28, 2013
March 27, 2013 April 4, 2013
April 3, 2013 April 11, 2013
April 10, 2013 April 18, 2013
April 17, 2013 April 25, 2013
April 24, 2013 May 2, 2013
May 1, 2013 May 9, 2013
May 8, 2013 May 16, 2013
May 15, 2013 May 23, 2013

NOTE: Actual refund amounts may vary depending on factors such as deferred payment option and financial aid award reductions. Refund checks are mailed.

Policy on Returned Checks
All checks are processed through Telecheck. Any returned check will incur a $40 Chicago State University return check fee and a $25 fee payable to Telecheck, for a total of $65. If you reimburse Chicago State University directly for any check you will still be assessed the $25 fee by Telecheck, and an additional $25 delinquent payment fee by Chicago State University.

It is the responsibility of the student to maintain a current address in the Office of the Registrar.

NOTE: All dates, fees, and charges are subject to change without notice.

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