Undergraduate Catalog
Colleges

Fees and Expenses

Students enrolling at Arkansas Tech University are assessed tuition and fees to cover the costs of instruction and other student services common to a university setting. Additionally, certain courses requiring individual instruction or special facilities carry fees which are listed with the course description.

Students enrolling for twelve or more semester hours of undergraduate courses for the fall or spring semester are considered full-time. Tuition is assessed for each course at the appropriate credit-hour rate according to residency for full-time and part-time students. Instate tuition is $209 per credit hour ($418 per credit hour for out-of-state students). Up to $14.00 per credit hour ($28.00 per credit hour for out-of-state students) of the tuition fee for courses taken during the fall and spring semesters will be allocated to athletics.

Students enrolled for any semester are assessed a $130 technology fee, a $10 technology equipment fee, a $5 per credit hour instructional support fee, a $10 per credit hour strategic facilities initiative fee, a $12 assessment fee, a $7 transcript fee, a $2 per credit hour student support fee, a $2 per credit hour student communication fee, and $3 per credit hour Health and Wellness fee.

All fees and charges to students are set by the University’s Board of Trustees. Every attempt is made to establish charges in time to appear in the catalog; however, when this is not possible, estimated charges are shown. The University reserves the right to change fees and charges at any time if conditions necessitate or permit the change.

Total University charges for instate residents for the school year (twelve hours fall and spring semesters) are estimated as follows:

Tuition (based on 12 credit hours) $5,016
Technology, assessment, and transcript fees 318
Student Communication Fee ($2.00 per credit hour) 48
Student Support Fee ($2.00 per credit hour) 48
Instructional Support Fee ($5.00 per credit hour) 120
Strategic Facilities Initiative Fee ($10.00 per credit hour) 240
Health and Wellness Fee 72
Room and board:
    Residence Hall with Meal plan (average) 6,278
    University Commons Apartments from 5,222 to 6,488
    Vista Place Apartments 5,222
Books and supplies (estimated) 1,410

Certain courses may also have fees attached. See individual course descriptions to determine whether a course fee is applicable.

Tuition for courses taken during summer will be assessed at the appropriate credit-hour rate for each course. A $12 assessment fee, a $7 transcript fee, a $5 per credit hour instructional support fee, a $10 per credit hour strategic facilities initiative fee, a $130 technology fee, a $10 technology equipment fee, a $2 per credit hour student communication fee, a $2 per credit hour student support fee, and a $3 per credit hour Health and Wellness fee are also assessed each summer.

Tuition, fees, and a minimum of one-fourth of the room and board charges for on campus students are due and payable prior to the start of each term. The balance of room and board charges may be paid in three monthly installments. For information about payment plans and full payments online, go to: http://stuaccts.atu.edu. Meal plans without board must be paid prior to the start of each term.

Fees and Charges

Prices quoted are rates currently in place for the 2014-2015 academic year. All rates are subject to change as necessary.

Undergraduate tuition1,2 Instate Out-of-State
 Full-time (12 credit hours per semester) $2,508 $5,016
 Summer and part-time (per credit hour) 209 418
Graduate tuition1,2 (per credit hour) 261 522
Instructional support fee (per credit hour) 5 5
Strategic facilities initiative fee (per credit hour) 10 10
Student support fee (per credit hour) 2 2
Student communication fee (per credit hour) 2 2
Technology fee (required each semester or term) 130 130
Technology equipment fee (required each semester or term) 10 10
Assessment fee (required each semester or term) 12 12
Transcript fee (required each semester or term) 7 7
Health and Wellness Fee (per credit hour) 3 3
Late registration fee 25
Course change fee 10
Distance learning/Mixed Technology fee (per credit hour assessed on all distance learning/mixed technology courses) 5
International Student service fee
 Per semester (fall/spring) 30
 Per summer term (five-week) 15
Residence Hall Board Charges (Each fall and spring semester)
 19 meal-per-week plan (Plan A) 1,228
 15 meal-per-week + $200 Declining Balance Dollars (Plan B) 1,381
 165 meals + $200 Declining Balance Dollars (Plan C) 1,311
 145 meals + $230 Declining Balance Dollars (Plan D) 1,311
 106 meals + $250 Declining Balance Dollars (Plan E) 1,277
 65 meals per semester plus $100 Declining Balance Dollars- Commuter Plan (Plan F) 527
$750 Declining Balance Dollars Only Plan - Commuter Plan (Plan G)
750
Residence Hall Room Charges
 Baswell, Nutt Hall, M-Street, Paine, South Hall, and Stadium Suites - Doubles 2,046
 Jones, Roush and Tucker Halls 1,703
 Brown, Critz/Hughes, Turner and Wilson Halls 1,505
Caraway Hall  
1,601
Stadium Suites, Nutt Hall Singles 2,446
Tucker Single 2,103
Wilson Single 1,905
University Commons Apartments
 2 bedroom apartments (Each fall and spring semester) 3,244
 4 bedroom apartments (Each fall and spring semester) 2,611
Vista Apartments 2,611
Returned check 10
Replacement of ID card 25
Post office box rent (required of students living in university housing)
   Per semester (fall/spring) 15
   Per summer term 7.50
Auto registration 30
Parking fees and fines (see Traffic Regulations)
(All students parking on campus must have parking permits.)
1Students who enroll for undergraduate and graduate courses will be charged according to the course classification.
2Required course fees are listed along with the appropriate course descriptions.
3Up to $14.00 ($28.00 for out of state students) per credit hour of the tuition fee will be allocated to athletics.

Estimated Living Expenses

All students living in residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan (exceptions - Vista Place and University Apartments); Declining Balance Dollars (DCB) may be used in Chambers Cafeteria, Baswell Techionery, and Convenience Store.

Payment for room and board is due and payable prior to the start of the semester. For information about setting up a payment plan online, go to: http://stuaccts.atu.edu. Room and board charges are subject to change.

When space permits, students may be allowed single occupancy of a residence hall room. The additional charge of $400 per semester is payable in full upon receipt of the monthly statement.

Residence halls are closed between fall and spring semesters. However, residents may remain in the residence halls during this period provided they submit proper paperwork to the Office of Residential Life to gain approval. There will be an additional cost for residents approved to remain in the residence halls over this break period. Residents may remain in the residence halls during all other breaks, provided they notify the residence hall staff of their intentions prior to the break period.

University Commons apartments are available to upper-class students. No board plan is required, and students are able to sign a nine-month or twelve-month contract. Two bedroom and four bedroom apartments are available.

Payment of Accounts

Tuition and all other fees and charges, including at least one-fourth of room and board charges for students in residence halls, are due and payable prior to the start of each term. Financial settlement may be made by personal payment or AUTHORIZED financial aid (loans, scholarships, grants, third parties, etc.). Visa, Master Card, and Discover credit cards are accepted for all charges. Information to set up a payment plan or pay in full online, is offered via the website: http://stuaccts.atu.edu. Payment may be made in person at the Student Accounts Office, Doc Bryan Student Services Center, Office 133. Registration is not complete until all financial obligations have been met satisfactorily. Failure to make financial settlement will result in cancellation of the class schedule.

Monthly billing statements are electronic. Near the first of each month, notification and information for access will be provided to students via the individual student e-mail address and online at http://stuaccts.atu.edu. Students are responsible for accessing billing statements and printing a paper copy if desired. In addition, paper copies are mailed twice yearly shortly before the beginning of the fall and spring terms. Students registering between billing cycles are responsible for accessing their charges online or contacting Student Accounts to insure making correct payment by the required due date. Payment is due even if billing statement is not received.

Students with delinquent accounts are not eligible for food service, transcripts, recommendations, advance registration, or readmission to any term. Collection fees for outstanding debts owed to the University will be assessed to the student.

The University reserves the right to amend or add to the regulations of the institution, including those concerning charges and methods of payment, and to make such changes applicable to students enrolled in the University, as well as to new students.

Important Information for Reduction of Tuition and Fees for Official Withdrawal

The following reduction information specifically addresses courses that begin and end with the main term dates for Spring, Summer I, Summer II and Fall, as listed in the Academic Calendar. Courses with beginning and/or ending dates that are different than the main terms listed above may have different reduction periods. It is the students' responsibility to consult the Student Accounts or Registrar's Office for these reduction dates prior to withdrawing. withdrawal dates for courses with beginning and/or ending dates outside the traditional term can be found at: http://www.atu.edu/registrar.

In the event a student is receiving student financial aid, any refund amount attributable to a loan, grant, or scholarship will be returned to the appropriate account and not to the student. The amount returned to federal programs will be the amount of unearned Federal aid based on the number of calendar days of attendance up to the sixty percent point of the semester. Aid accounts will be refunded in the following order up to the amount of the original disbursement: Federal Direct Loan Programs, Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program, Federal Pell Grant Program, Federal SEOG Program, Arkansas Department of Higher Education Programs, Tech scholarships and private aid. Additionally, students who have received a cash payment of Federal aid money will receive a letter after their withdrawal informing them of any amount to be repaid. These repayments will be made through the Student Accounts Office. The student will be ineligible to register for additional courses until the required payments are made.

Reduction of Tuition and Fees for Official Withdrawal - Summer Semesters

Students registering for a summer semester, but officially withdrawing from the courses by the end of the second day of the summer semester, as listed in the Academic Calendar will receive a 100 percent reduction of tuition and fees. Students registering for a summer semester, but officially withdrawing from the University by the end of the fifth day of the semester in a summer term, as listed in the Academic Calendar will receive an 80 percent reduction of tuition for courses which they are enrolled in at time of withdrawal. No reduction in tuition will be made after the fifth day of the summer semester. No reduction of fees will be made after the second day of the semester.

Reduction of Tuition and Fees for Official Withdrawal - Spring and Fall Semesters

Students registering for the fall or spring semester but officially withdrawing from the University by the end of the fifth day of the semester, as listed in the Academic Calendar will receive a 100 percent reduction of tuition and fees. Room and Board will be reduced on a pro rata basis. Thereafter, students officially withdrawing by the end of the twenty-fifth day of the semester will receive an 80 percent reduction of tuition only for courses in which they are enrolled at time of withdrawal. No reduction in tuition will be made after the twenty-fifth day of the semester. No reduction in fees will be made after the fifth day of the semester.

Reduction of Tuition/Fees for Dropping to Fewer Hours

Students dropping to fewer hours before the end of the second day of the semester in a summer term, as listed in the Academic Calendar will receive 100 percent reduction for the courses which are dropped. Students dropping to fewer hours before the end of the fifth day of the semester in a summer term as listed in the Academic Calendar will receive an 80 percent reduction for the courses which are dropped. No reduction in tuition will be made after the fifth day of the semester. No reduction in fees will be made after the second day.

Students enrolled for the fall or spring semester who drop courses by the end of the fifth day of the semester, as listed in the Academic Calendar will receive a 100 percent reduction of tuition for the courses dropped. Thereafter, students enrolled who drop courses before the end of the twenty-fifth day of the semester will receive an 80 percent reduction of the courses dropped. No reduction will be made after the twenty-fifth day of the semester. No reduction in fees will be made after the fifth day of the semester.

Mini-terms and courses with unusual beginning and ending dates may have different reduction dates. It is the students' responsibility to verify dates with Student Accounts or the Registrars' Office prior to withdrawing. Find your specific course reduction dates at http://www.atu.edu/registrar/ and click on "Dates for Adding and Dropping Condensed Courses."

Reduction of Room and Board

A student withdrawing from school will be charged pro rata room and board to the date of official check-out from the residence hall. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements to do a complete check-out with their hall staff upon withdrawal from the university. Students moving from the residence hall at their request during an academic year will be charged the full room and board for term of their housing agreement (typically an academic year). Students moving into residence halls during a semester will pay a pro rata charge on room and board.

Students moving out of University Commons apartments before the end of their lease term will forfeit their deposit and will be responsible for all apartment rent.

Out-of-State Residence Status for Tuition and Fee Purposes

Students classified as “out-of-state” must pay out-of-state tuition as shown in the section entitled “Fees and Charges.”

Effective spring 2015, no student under the age of 21 shall be admitted to Arkansas Tech University and classified as instate for fee purposes unless the parent or legal guardian is a bona fide domiciliary of Arkansas and has resided in this state in that status for at least six consecutive months prior to the beginning of the term or semester for which the fees are to be paid.

Any student age 21 or older must be a legal resident of Arkansas and must have lived in the state for at least six consecutive months prior to the beginning of the term or semester for which fees are to be paid to be classified as an instate student.

All undergraduate students who are legal residents of states which are contiguous to Arkansas (specifically, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, or Texas) shall receive a waiver of out-of-state tuition charges.

A student from outside of Arkansas entitled to be treated as an instate student for fee purposes should complete an “Application for Residency Classification as Instate Domiciliary” and supply evidence to that effect.