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 PAYMENT POLICIES
 
 As part of the registration process students should check their Owl’s Nest account for an outstanding balance and to make payment. Students who do not settle their account by the posted payment deadline for the semester could be de-registered from their courses.

Students who register on or after the payment deadline are expected to settle their account at time of registration or they will be de-registered.

  • The College accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express in addition to cash, checks, and money orders. The appropriate college forms should accompany payment.
  • Payment of a prior semester balance must be in cash, certified check, money order, or credit card.
  • All checks and money orders should include the student’s College Identification Number (not the social security number) on the face of the document.
  • Eligible students can make credit card payments over the web by logging into Owl's Nest and clicking "Make a Payment" in the Financial Information section.
  • For credit card payments, where the cardholder is someone other than the student, a written statement must be provided by the cardholder authorizing student use of the card for payment to Union County College.
  • The College offers a Tuition Payment Plan to qualified students enrolled in three or more credits during Fall and Spring semesters. Click here for more information. 
  • Students who have estimated financial aid awards on their account at the time of registration may be able to apply such aid towards their charges. If financial aid does not cover all charges the remaining balance is due from the student. In addition, students will be responsible for making payment to the College in the event that any financial aid award is revised or cancelled.
  • All accounts with outstanding balances are subject to a monthly late fee until the balance is paid in full. Students who fail to pay their outstanding balance may be turned over to a collection agency and will be responsible for the added cost of collection fees, court costs, and legal fees. The cost of collection can add as much as 40% to the amount already owed and could result in the disruption of your credit worthiness when the collection agency reports the delinquent account to national credit bureaus.

    • A “Hold” will be placed on the student’s account and the student will not be allowed to receive grades, letters of recommendation, or transcripts and will not be permitted to register for subsequent semesters until such debts are settled. In addition, students will be subject to monthly late fees.
    • In the case of those academically eligible to graduate, conferment of the degree will be withheld.
  • The student is liable for the full retail-price replacement of any materials, which cannot be returned because of loss or damage.
NOTE: Students are financially responsible for all semester tuition and fee charges incurred despite their non-attendance. Students should adhere to the college policy regarding dropping or withdrawing.

 

COURSES DROPPED PRIOR TO THE START OF A SEMESTER

Courses officially dropped prior to the first scheduled day of a semester will result in a 100% credit of tuition.

COURSES DROPPED AFTER THE START OF A SEMESTER

Fall and Spring Regular Semesters

Courses officially dropped from the first scheduled day of the semester through the fifth day of the semester will result in a 50% credit of tuition. After the fifth day of the semester, no reduction in charges will be made for dropped courses.

Late Start, Winter, Summer and Seven Week Sessions

Courses officially dropped on the first scheduled day of the semester will result in a 50% credit of tuition. After the first day of the semester, no reduction in charges will be made for dropped courses.

REFUNDS
 
  • Refunds can take up to four weeks to be processed and checks to be drawn. Refund checks will be mailed to students at their address of record. Note that refunds for payments made by credit card will be credited to the card from which the payment was made.
  • Refund amounts are determined by the official drop date recorded on the student’s account.
  • “Withdrawn” or “W” grades are not eligible for refunds and students are responsible for payment for these courses.

TUITION PAYMENT PLAN

Click here for more information about the Tuition Payment Plan. 
 
PENALTY FEES
  • Return Check Fee – Assessed to all students if the bank does not honor their check. Students will be required to pay all current and future balances in cash, certified check or money order once a Returned Check Fee has been charged to their account.
  • Late Payment Fee – All accounts with outstanding balances are subject to a monthly late fee until the balance is paid in full. Additionally, students who are on a Tuition Payment Plan will not be eligible for future Plan participation.
REGISTRATION FEE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

A fee will be assessed to International students seeking to obtain an INS Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F1) Student Status from Union County College. This is a non-refundable registration fee but will be applied toward the first semester tuition upon successfully obtaining the INS Form I-20.
 
TRANSCRIPT FEE There is a fee for each official transcript copy of a Transcript issued. Transcripts will not be issued unless the student has met all financial obligations to the College. Students should request their transcript on-line here. Click here for more information. 
 

1098T FORMS For each calendar year, the College issues Internal Revenue Service Form 1098-T to qualified students. The forms are mailed to students by January 31 of the following year.

  • The 1098T form contains information to assist students to determine if they qualify for educational tax credits or deductions. For details on these credits/deductions or how to use the amounts listed on your form, consult either a qualified tax preparer or IRS publication 970 titled “Tax Benefits for Education” www.irs.gov The 1098 T form reflects the total amount of qualified tuition/fee expenses incurred during the tax year, as well as any scholarships/grants awarded to you during that year.
  • The information on the form complies with IRS regulations. Charges are reported in the tax year in which they were incurred, which is not necessarily the same as the year in which the courses were taken.

WITHDRAWALS BY FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID RECIPIENTS

 Federal Regulations require that Federal financial aid recipients be subject to a reduction of their financial aid if they withdraw or stop attending all classes before completing 60 percent of any given semester.

  • All financial aid recipients are responsible for the costs incurred for tuition, fees, books, and related costs should their financial aid be revised or cancelled for any reason.
  • Students who do not pay an outstanding balance resulting from a change in their financial aid will be turned over to a collection agency and will be responsible for the added cost of collection fees, court costs, and legal fees. The cost of Collection can add as much as 40% to the amount already owed and could result in the disruption of your credit worthiness when the collection agency reports the delinquent account to national credit bureaus.


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