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Southern Illinois University Carbondale | Tuition & Fees

Southern Illinois University Carbondale   Tuition and Fees

When are the Tuition and Fees Charged and Billed?

Tuition and fees for all students are assessed by the Registrar's OfficeMost grants, scholarships, or loans that are credited to the student's account to offset tuition and fee charges are processed by the Financial Aid OfficeMost campus charges, credits, and fines related to a student's account are centrally billed by the Bursar's Office and are viewable by logging into SalukiNet Self-Service.

Please note the order of operations related to the student's course registration and the tuition and fees associated with it:

  1. The student successfully registers for one or more courses for the term, possibly weeks or even months in advance of the term;
  2. The month before the official start of the term, student tuition and fee charges for those courses are calculated ("assessed");
  3. On a weekly basis after that, if any registration changes have happened, the student's term charges are reassessed;
  4. On a monthly basis after that – at mid-month – a bill is produced summarizing the term's charges and any offsetting credits;1
  5. A minimum payment for that bill is then due on the next 10th of the month, approximately 3-1/2 weeks after the bill is produced;
  6. Students on the University's installment payment plan can pay their term charges over the course of multiple months.

The Bursar's Office runs bills of a student's account around the middle of each month.  The billing schedule is noted here.2

For those entries in the billing schedule noted as the first bill of a particular term – in mid-May, July, and December – students who are registered before that time will have their initial tuition and fee assessment for the term done a few days (perhaps up to a week) in advance of that first bill.  This will allow time for the Financial Aid Office to follow behind that initial assessment and apply appropriate credits to the student's account before the first bill is run.3

Students who are not registered until after the first bill is run will have their initial tuition and fee assessment for the term done as soon as practical after their first registration takes place.  Once the initial tuition and fee assessment is complete, on-going assessments for all students will normally be done in bulk on a weekly basis (during weekends) if registration changes warrant a reassessment.  Changes in financial aid award disbursements are also posted on a weekly basis (during weekends).4

Additional charges and/or fines posted by other offices (such as Housing, Parking, Library, Health Center, etc.) may be posted at any time.  Therefore, if such additional charges or credits are posted in-between the running of monthly bills, students can view this information in SalukiNet Self-Service before the next bill is run.

The monthly Bursar bills are no longer sent via postal mail for students who are currently enrolled.  Instead, they are posted as "E-bills" in the student's SalukiNet account.  Students who are no longer enrolled, but who still have an outstanding financial balance that would generate a bill, can still view their "E-bill" within SalukiNet, but they will also be sent a paper bill via postal mail to their last known address.

More information about "E-bills" may be found here.

What does the monthly Bursar bill look like?  See an example with explanation here.  Answers to various questions about the bill are here.

1 Offsetting credits may include payments, loans, grants, scholarships, and waivers.

2 If the 15th of the month falls on a weekend or on a University holiday, the monthly bill will be produced on the next workday after the 15th.

3 In other words, advance registration for a term is open for some period of time – weeks or even months – before any tuition and fee assessment is ever done for that term.  Once this assessment starts for that term, it will be done regularly as noted elsewhere on this page.  Thus students who register before the first bill is produced will not normally be able to see their tuition and fee charges (and credits) until the time of that first bill.

4 There are a couple of exceptions to the bulk assessment and disbursement weekly timeframe noted.  First, near the start of each term, an extra assessment and financial aid disbursement may take place on two or three Wednesday nights.  Second, at the end of the calendar year (late December), and occasionally at the end of the SIU fiscal year (late June), weekend assessment and disbursement may be suspended for a week.