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Policy ADMA-BUS-007

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Responsible University Administrator: Vice President of Finance and Administration
Responsible Officer: Director of Student Financial Services, Business Services
Origination Date: 10/23/13
Current Revision Date: 08/06/19
Next Review Date: 08/06/23
End of Policy Date: N/A
Policy Number: ADMA-BUS-007
Status: Effective



Policy Statement

Students who file a tuition appeal will have that appeal heard by the Tuition Appeals Committee.

Reason for Policy/Purpose

This policy is required for the effective communication of university policy regarding tuition appeals. 

Who Needs to Know This Policy

All students attending The University of Southern Mississippi.

Website Address for this Policy





The Tuition Appeals Committee reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration and serves to hear appeals brought forward by students regarding their tuition charges. The committee recommends to the Director of Student Financial Services that the student’s appeal be denied or approved and that appropriate refunds, if any, be credited to the student’s account. Student appeals are received in written form and each student is contacted regarding the results (in writing if requested or if the appeal is denied). 

The Tuition Appeals Committee will meet monthly to address student appeals (usually the last week of each month if possible). 

The Business Services office maintains record of the appeals that are filed each month, the
committee’s decision regarding that appeal, and a copy of any correspondence that is mailed to the student who submitted the appeal. These records contain FERPA protected information and will not be posted on the university’s website. However, accurate and detailed records of the committee’s decisions will be maintained for at least five years. 





Related Information



Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes


11/01/11: Formatted for Institutional Research website.

02/20/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing of punctuation and word usage throughout.

08/06/19:  Renamed title from Bursar to Director of Student Financial Services in Policy and Procedures and Review sections; and changed office name to Business Services Office.  



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