Fee Payment

Payment Requirement - Fall 2019

The University of Southern Mississippi requires payment prior to the class start date of each term. Class schedules for students who fail to meet the payment deadline of August 10, 2019, for the Fall 2019 term will be subject to cancellation.

Payment may be fulfilled by one of the following options:

  1. Payment in full of the student's responsibility (institutional charges minus anticipated financial aid)
  2. Enrollment in the Installment Payment Plan

Installment Payment Plan

  • A $50 non-refundable enrollment fee will be assessed by CashNet each term a student enrolls in the payment plan.
  • The payment plan balance will be divided into three equal payments each term excluding summer with payment of the first installment due at time of enrollment in the plan.
  • There is a $500 minimum balance requirement to qualify for the payment plan. If the payment plan is not displayed as a payment option, your balance does not meet this minimum requirement.
  • Students can enroll in the payment plan by clicking the "Make a Payment" link on SOAR. Available plans will be listed under Installment Payment Plans.
  • Payment plans are term specific therefore, students must enroll each term if they wish to participate.
  • Prior term balances must be paid in order to be eligible for the payment plan.
  • The total budget amount for the payment plan includes current charges less anticipated aid for the plan term.
  • If a student incurs additional charges after signing up for the payment plan, the extra amount will be added to the payment plan balance and divided evenly between the remaining payments. Students must agree to the new amount before payments can be processed.
  • Students will have the following payment options: Debit/Credit Card (will be charged a 2.75% processing fee), e-Check (no fee) and Auto Pay (applicable fees still apply).
  • Students enrolled in the payment plan will not receive monthly bills from USM.
  • The plan is managed by a third party, CashNet.
  • CashNet will send monthly payment reminders to students enrolled in the payment plan.
  • Payment plan payments must be made online through the student's SOAR account. Students will not be able to pay installment payments in the office or by mail.
  • Students enrolled in the payment plan will not be charged monthly late fees by USM if payments are made to CashNet on time.
  • A $10 late fee will be assessed by CashNet when a payment becomes 15 days late.
  • Students will be removed from the payment plan and charged any applicable late fees when two consecutive payments are missed.


Deferred Fees

Fees deferred past the last day to register each term will be billed monthly.  A monthly late fee of 1.5% will be applied to the unpaid balance as of the due date. All accounts must be paid in full for a student to pre-register for future semester courses. All charges for a term must be paid by the end of the term to avoid cancellation of pre-registered classes for the upcoming semester.

Classes may be dropped and a late fee assessed if a check which prevented class cancellation is returned.


Delinquent Accounts/Collection Costs

The University reserves the right to withhold readmission of a student until all delinquent accounts have been paid.  Transcripts of credits will not be issued for students who owe a balance to the University.  All fees must be paid before a degree will be awarded.  Payments by personal check on delinquent accounts will be sent for collection before transcripts will be released.  To avoid any delay in receiving these documents, payments can be made by cash, cashier’s check or money order.

By registering for classes, a student agrees to the terms and conditions in the AGREEMENT TO PAY as posted in SOAR including but not limited to the following:

  • The student entered a legally binding contract to pay all tuition, fees and related expenses.

  • The student is liable for all collection costs and attorney fees that Southern Miss may incur to collect any unpaid balance on the student account.


Returned Check Fee

If a check is returned to The University, the student's account will be charged a $30 Returned Check Fee. This policy applies to paper checks and eChecks used online through SOAR. Once a check has been returned, a check will not be accepted as a form of payment on that student's account for one-year after the returned check date. If a student has two returned checks on their account, a check will not be allowed as a form of payment in the future.