Aug 08, 2022  
Catalog 2015-2016 
Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition and Fee Payment Policies

Governors State University has three options for a student to complete registration:

  • Pay all tuition and fees by the payment due date;
  • Make an initial payment and have an electronic payment plan agreement on file in the Cashier’s Office by the payment due date; or
  • Accept your Financial Aid award.

The payment due date is based upon the date of registration. These dates are term specific. Information regarding these due dates is available on the GSU website or on the myGSU portal.

Electronic payment plan forms are available on the GSU website or the myGSU portal. There is a $20 non-refundable fee for the payment plan option.

Students who do not comply with the registration process by the initial due date will be dropped from the class (es) for which they are registered. If you do not plan to attend GSU and your classes have not been dropped for non-payment, it is your responsibility to drop your classes by the 100% refund deadline.

Students who fail to pay by the published due dates are subject to a $100 late fee. This includes those students who receive financial aid, tuition waivers, and work/organization sponsored tuition assistance.

GSU student e-mail will be used to communicate payment due dates.

A $25 service fee will be assessed for any check returned by the bank.

Payment Options

Payments may be made via the myGSU portal, at the Cashier’s Office, or by mail. GSU accepts cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover.

Payments made at the Cashier’s Office after-hours depository will be credited the following business day.

To make a credit card payment by phone: 708.534.4055

To pay by mail, send payments to:

Cashier’s Office
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484-0975

On-Campus Tuition Schedule Per Term

Illinois Resident

Undergraduate Guaranteed Tuition Plan

Under the Guaranteed Tuition Plan, the tuition for undergraduate students who are Illinois residents is assessed at a per-credit-hour tuition rate during the term they first register and the same tuition rate will apply for each of the following consecutive eleven terms (fall, spring, or summer). If the undergraduate student has not yet completed their undergraduate degree at Governors State University after the initial 12 consecutive terms then tuition will be assessed at the guaranteed rate of the year following the student’s initial enrollment. This new rate will then be assessed for a maximum of 6 consecutive terms (fall, spring, or summer).

For the 2015-2016 academic year, per-credit-hour tuition rates for undergraduate students who are Illinois residents are as follows:

Year of First Registration at GSU Tuition per Credit Hour 2015-16
  2015-2016 $272
  2014-15 $255
  2013-14 $255
  2012-13 $249
  2011-12 $249
  2010-11 $243
  2009-10 or earlier $272

Undergraduate Tuition (per credit hour)

  Illinois/Indiana Resident Non-Resident
Tuition $272  $544

Master’s Degree Tuition (per credit hour)

  Illinois Resident  Non-Resident
Master of Occupational Therapy/ Master of Business Administration $426 $852
All Other Master’s programs $307 $614

Specialist Degree Tuition (per credit hour)

  Illinois Resident  Non-Resident
School Psychology $367 $734

Doctoral Degree Tuition (per credit-hour)

  Illinois Resident Non-Resident
Doctor of Nursing Practice $693 $990
Doctorate in Counseling Education and Supervision $415 $830
Doctorate in Occupational Therapy $693 $990
Doctorate in Physical Therapy $533 $990
Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership $415 $830

Distance Learning Fee

The distance learning tuition and fees apply to courses taught at locations other than the main campus and to media courses, i.e. telecourses, online courses, and correspondence courses. A minimum service fee of $17 per credit-hour is assessed.

Undergraduate Indiana Resident

Undergraduate students who are residents of Indiana pay the same per-credit-hour tuition rate as the one established for that same academic year for students who are new to GSU and who are Illinois residents. Indiana students do not qualify for the Illinois Guaranteed Tuition Program.


The fees listed in this section of the catalog are subject to change for any subsequent term. Please check the website for any changes. All students registered for one or more on campus credit-hours at Governors State University must pay these fees. All practicum and internship classes are classified as on campus classes. Therefore, mandatory on campus fees will be assessed to students taking practicum and internship classes.

Mandatory Fees


Per Term

Per Credit Hour

Student Activity
Student Center
Career Counseling
Strategic Initiative
Parking & Walkway


$38.00 $67.00

Explanation of fees

Amounts are for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Audit Fee. A non-refundable fee of $75 is assessed per audited course in lieu of tuition.

Career and Counseling Fee. The Career and Counseling fee is $4 per credit hour. The fee supports programs that will increase the academic success and retention of all students. This fee assists in the transition process by helping students prepare to find employment after graduation. Some of the programs receiving funding support are job development, on campus job recruitment, resume writing services, career, personal, and academic counseling programs and services.

Doctoral Application Fee. There is a non-refundable doctoral student application fee of $75 per application submitted except for the DPT.

Graduation Fee. A non-refundable Graduation Processing Fee is assessed at the time students file their applications to graduate. The fee is $50 for an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Master’s Application Fee. There is a non-refundable master’s student application fee of $50 per application submitted.

Parkways Fee. A fee of $38 per term is assessed to all currently enrolled on-campus students. The university maintains five parking lots adjacent to its main building. Operation and maintenance of the lots and walkways, snow removal, repair/replacement, etc. along with quick-start/escort service, are funded from parking fees paid by staff and students. Staff pays for parking through payroll deduction. Students are assessed parking fees with their enrollment fees.

Strategic Initiative Fee. A fee of $14 per credit-hour is assessed to all currently enrolled students. The fee will support targeted initiatives that enhance the student learning experience.

Student Activity Fee. The Student Activity fee is $5 per credit hour. The fee supports programs and activities to enrich the extracurricular life of students. Some of the programs and activities receiving funding support are the student newspaper, entertainment and educational events, student clubs and organizations, the Student Senate, student leadership development, diversity observance events, and the GSU Express shuttle.

Student Center Fee. The Student Center fee is $9 per credit hour. The fee supports the Recreation and Fitness Center and the operation of the Student Center, which provides facilities for meetings, student offices, lounges, recreation areas, study areas, and a number of other related programs and services.

Technology Fee. A fee of $17 per credit hour is assessed to all currently enrolled students. The fee is used for expanding computer access to students and upgrading computer hardware and software.

Transcript Fee. GSU charges a fee of $10 per official transcript.

University Facilities Fee. A fee of $18 per credit hour is assessed to all currently enrolled students. The fee assists in the maintenance of all GSU physical facilities, infrastructure, and operations.

Undergraduate Application Fee. There is a nonrefundable undergraduate student application fee of $25 per application submitted.

Program and Service Fees

Amounts are for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Assessment Fee. Fees are based on the current academic year undergraduate extended learning tuition rate. Students at GSU who submit a CEEL portfolio, or Interdisciplinary Studies (IDSS) students who elect to do a portfolio, are charged an assessment fee equivalent to tuition for one credit-hour for submission of a portfolio, and 40 percent of tuition for one credit-hour for assessment of each course or section. International portfolio fees are equivalent to tuition for two credit-hours.

Assessment of each course or section is 40 percent of this amount. To learn how to write and submit a portfolio that can be assessed for possible academic credit, students may attend a Portfolio Seminar with a fee approximately equivalent to tuition for one-half of a credit hour. Qualified students may enroll in an online or on-campus course with advisor approval. For those unable to attend a seminar, a Portfolio Seminar notebook and self-paced video are available at the GSU Bookstore. Military transcripts, which need to be sent to outside evaluators, are charged fees approximately equivalent to tuition for one-half of a credit-hour for this assessment.

For further information, call the Interdisciplinary Studies Office (IDSS) at 708.534.4092.

Distance Learning Fee. The distance learning fee applies to courses taught at locations other than the main campus and to media courses, i.e. television courses, online courses, and correspondence courses. A minimum service fee of $17 per credit-hour is assessed.

Library Fees. Most University Library services are free. However, copying, printing, and lost or damaged materials have a fee.

Student Health Insurance. Participation in a student health insurance program is optional. Information on basic annual plans for a single student is available from private companies. Information on these health insurance plans and fee rates for spouse and/or dependent coverage is also available in the Student Life Center (A2100).

Payment of Tuition and Fees

Tuition and applicable fees must be paid no later than the date specified for each term. Registration and official enrollment in courses is not complete until all tuition and fees have been paid. The university accepts cash, check, money order, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover card payment. A $100 late fee will be assessed to all accounts not paid in full by the due date.

Payment Plan

The payment plan option is available to students during the early, regular and late registration periods. A percentage of the students’ account balance and a signed payment plan agreement are due by the initial due date. Payment plan forms are available on the GSU website and at the Cashier’s Office. The payment plan fee is $20.

Determination of Undergraduate/Graduate Tuition Rates

Undergraduate tuition rates apply to all students who have not earned a baccalaureate degree, including degree-seeking, undeclared, and non-degree seeking students.

Graduate tuition rates apply to all students holding a baccalaureate degree, regardless of the level of course work in which they intend to enroll. This policy includes degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students.

Students will be billed for tuition based on their status at the time of fee assessment. However, if delayed posting or retroactive changes to a student’s record affect this status, tuition will be reassessed and the student billed or refunded any difference in tuition. Tuition adjustments will only be made for the current term.


To be considered residents, students must have lived in Illinois for a period of at least six consecutive months immediately preceding the beginning of any term for which they register at the university and must continue to maintain bona fide residence in the state while enrolled at GSU. An individual may be eligible for residency if his/her parents or spouse qualifies as an Illinois resident using the above criteria.

See the Appendix  of this catalog for additional information on resident status.


Students who drop from courses on or before the published 100 percent refund deadline are entitled to a full refund of tuition and fees.

Refunds of fees may be made because of the student’s death, disability, extreme hardship, or institutional error. Additional information is available from the Registrar’s Office.

Refunds may be made via check, direct deposit or via the web if payment was made via the web.

Unsatisfied Financial Obligations

Unsatisfied financial obligations to the university are pursued through placement with a collection agency, litigation, and/or placement in the Illinois Comptroller’s Offset System. Collection costs incurred by the university in collecting monies due will be assessed to the debtor.

University Holds

University holds are a means of identifying students with unsatisfied immunization, financial or academic obligations to the university. Students with holds may not register until holds are released.