May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition and Fee Payment Policies

Payment of Tuition and Fees

Payment due dates are term specific. Tuition and applicable fees must be paid no later than the date specified for each term.  A $100 late fee will be assessed to all accounts not paid in full by the due date.  Information regarding these due dates is available on the GSU website and is also communicated to students via the students’ GSU e-mail.

Electronic payment plan options for each term are available on the GSU website or the myGSU portal. There is a $40 non-refundable fee for setting-up a payment plan.  Refer to the “Payment Plan” section of the catalog for more information.

Students who fail to pay by the published due dates will be placed on a University Hold list and are at risk of being dropped for nonpayment. This includes those students who receive financial aid, tuition waivers, and work/organization sponsored tuition assistance.

If you do not plan to attend GSU, it is your responsibility to drop your classes by the 100% refund deadline. Students who fail to drop their classes by the 100% refund deadline will be responsible to pay for the related tuition and fee charges.

Payment Options

Governors State University offers various types of payment methods, as follows:

  • Online - via myGSU portal using credit card, debit card, or electronic check (checking or savings account).
  • By phone - using credit card or debit card by phoning the Cashier’s Office at 708.534.4055.
  • In person - at the Cashier’s office using cash, money order, check, credit or debit cards.
  • By mail - using money order or check by mailing payment to:

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

The University Cashier’s Office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The University accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.  A $25 service fee will be assessed for any check returned by the bank.  Information on payment options is available on the GSU website and is also communicated to students via the students’ GSU e-mail.

Payment Plan

The University offers several payment plan options for each term through the TouchNet system (online).  A $40 non-refundable payment plan set-up charge will need to be paid at the time of enrollment in the plan.

TouchNet payment plans include a feature that will automatically deduct the monthly payments from the student’s or parent’s bank account, debit or credit card.  When a checking or savings account is selected as the desired payment method, it is important to note that it will take up to 14 days once you enter your banking information (bank routing number and account number) to complete the verification process.   As part of enrolling in the plan, payments are scheduled and processed on the due dates without additional action needed on the part of the student or parent. If a payment declines or does not go through due to insufficient funds, the student’s account will be assessed a $25 late fee for each late installment.  Failure to have met prior payment plan obligations may prohibit you from entering into a payment plan with the University for future semesters.

Information on payment plan is available on the GSU website and is also communicated to students via the students’ GSU e-mail.

On-Campus Tuition Schedule

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 2023-2024 Academic Year, per-credit-hour tuition rates for undergraduate students who are Illinois residents are as follows:

Academic Year of
First Registration at GSU
Tuition per Credit Hour
2023-2024 $328
2022-2023 $313
2021-2022 $313
2020-2021 $313
2019-2020 $313
2018-2019 $313


Undergraduate Tuition for 2023-2024 Academic Year (per credit hour)

Undergraduate U.S. Resident Non-U.S. Resident


$328  $656

Master’s Degree Tuition for 2023-2024 Academic Year  (per credit hour)

Master Level Graduate U.S. Resident  Non-U.S. Resident

Occupational Therapy

$505 $1,010

College of Business

$421 $842

Computer Science and Information Technology

$421 $842

All Other Master’s programs

$368 $736

Specialist Degree Tuition for 2023-2024 Academic Year (per credit hour)

Specialist Degree U.S. Resident  Non-U.S. Resident

School Psychology

$437 $874

Doctoral Degree Tuition for 2023-2024 Academic Year  (per credit-hour)

Doctoral U.S. Resident Non-U.S. Resident

Nursing Practice

$812 $1,169

Counselor Education and Supervision

$492 $985

Occupational Therapy

$812 $1,169

Physical Therapy

$628 $1,169

Interdisciplinary Leadership

$492 $985


United States Residents

Students who are residents of any US States other than Illinois 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. Non-Illinois students do not qualify for the Illinois Guaranteed Tuition Plan.


The fees listed in this section of the catalog are subject to change for any subsequent term. Please check the GSU website for any changes. All students who have applied and been admitted to an academic program or enrolled as non-degree seeking student 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

The following are the mandatory fees for the 2023-2024 Academic Year:


(Main Campus)

Totally Online/       
Off-Campus Programs

   Per Credit Hour:

Strategic Initiative



Health and Wellness



Student Support and Services 



Student Center






Instruction Support (Online/Off-Campus)









(Main Campus)

Totally Online/       
Off-Campus Programs

Flate Rate: 


Facilities Fee:

     1-6 credit hours

      7+ credit hours







          Technology Fee:

                1-6 credit hours

                7+ credit hours 







           Campus Access & Safety Fee $ 38 -


Explanation of Fees

Amounts are for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.

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

Campus Access & Safety Fee (formerly Parking and Walkway Fee).  A fee of $38 per term is assessed to all students currently enrolled in on-campus programs and University employees to maintain the safety and continuity of campus operations, including, but not limited to: emergency preparedness and response; maintenance and security of the parking lots and walkways; quick-start/escort service; and campus shuttle. University employees pay for parking through payroll deduction. Students are assessed the campus access and safety fee with their enrollment fees.

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

Facilities Fee.  A flat fee per term is assessed to all currently enrolled students based on the number of credit hours per term.  For students enrolled in 1 credit to 6 credits, the fee is $205 and for students enrolled in 7 or more credits, the rate is $585. The fee is used for the maintenance and renewal of all GSU physical facilities, infrastructure, and operations.

Graduate Administration Fee.  A fee of  $100 is assessed to all Graduate and Doctoral students per term to support student success initiatives and student learning support.

Graduation Fee.  A non-refundable graduation processing fee is assessed at the time students file their applications to graduate. The fee is $125 for an undergraduate or graduate/doctoral degree.

Health and Wellness Fee.  A fee of $10 per credit hour is assessed to all currently enrolled students.  The fee provides for programs and services that support students’ health and wellness.  These services include but are not limited to basic health care, counseling services, educational accommodations, disability services, and health education and wellness programs. Additionally, the fee supports the operations of the on-campus Student Health Services Center where professional staff members are available to students seeking assistance with a variety of primary, non-emergency health care and wellness needs. 

Installment Payment Plan Fee.  Students opting to pay tuition and fees via an installment plan are charged $40 per term.

Instructional Support Fee (Online/Off-Campus). A fee of $41 per credit hours is assessed to all currently enrolled students under a totally online or totally off-campus programs.  The fee supports the development and delivery of instruction through appropriate learning environments and supportive infrastructure. 

Late Payment Fee.  There is a non-refundable fee of $100 charged for late payments.

Late Registration Fee.  There is a non-refundable fee of $100 charged for those registering for courses within 2 weeks before the term begins; those registering with permission after the term begins are charged $200. There is no late registration without permission.

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

Strategic Initiative Fee.  A fee of $16 per credit hour is assessed to all currently enrolled students. The fee supports targeted initiatives that enhance the student learning experience.

Student Center Fee.  A fee of $16 per credit hour is assessed to all students currently enrolled in on-campus programs. The fee provides access and use of Recreation and Fitness Center facilities at no additional costs, funding for both club and competitive sports teams, and the operation of the Student Center and related programs and services.

Student Support and Services Fee.  A fee of $25 per credit hour is assessed to all students currently enrolled in on-campus programs. The fee supports services and programs that will increase the academic success and retention of all students throughout their education and the transition process. Services and programs include academic resources and counseling; career preparation and readiness; international services; Student Life programs and activities to enrich the extracurricular life of students including entertainment and educational events, student organizations and initiatives, student leadership development, student travel, and the student newspaper.

Technology Fee.  A flat fee per term is assessed to all currently enrolled students based on the number of credit hours per term.  For students enrolled in 1 to 6 hours, the fee is $105 and for students enrolled in 7 or more hours, the fee is $285. The fee supports technology infrastructure and utilization including, but is not limited to, campus and classroom computers, upgrades to labs, wired/wireless internet services, and software for expanding computer access to students and upgrading computer hardware and software.

Transcript Fee. GSU charges a fee of $10.00 plus a $2.90 processing fee per official transcript.

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

We CARE Fee. A fee of $1 per credit hour is assessed to all currently enrolled students. The fee provides scholarships and aid for students who demonstrate financial need but do not otherwise qualify for additional financial aid.

Program and Service Fees

Amounts are for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.

Assessment Fee.  Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is a process used to evaluate and provide college credit for the knowledge students have obtained through areas outside of the academic setting. Fees for this assessment are based on the current academic year undergraduate tuition rate per credit hour. Students at GSU who submit a CPL portfolio are charged an assessment fee equivalent to 40% of the tuition for one three credit-hour course (i.e., AY23-24 tuition for a three-credit hour course = $984. Fee assessed for first credit by portfolio review is 40% of $984 = $393.60). Subsequent portfolio submissions are only charged an evaluation fee of $104 per portfolio. For further information, see or contact the Credit for Prior Learning Office at or 708-235-7143.

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).

Course Fees

Amounts are for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.

Course Materials Fee
BLAW-2100 Pearson MyLab Access Code and eTextbook $85
BLAW-3100 Pearson MyLab Access Code and eTextbook $85
BUS-3700 Pearson MyLabStatistics Access Code and eTextbook $147
CPSC-4540 NETLAB Virtual Environment $50
CPSC-4542 NETLAB Virtual Environment $50
CPSC-4570 NETLAB Virtual Environment $50
CPSC-4572 NETLAB Virtual Environment $50
CPSC-4581 NETLAB Virtual Environment $50
CPSC-4582 NETLAB Virtual Environment $50
CPSC-4583 NETLAB Virtual Environment $50
IT-4540 NETLAB Virtual Environment $50
IT-4541 NETLAB Virtual Environment $50
IT-4562 NETLAB Virtual Environment $50
IT-4810 NETLAB Virtual Environment $50
IT-7035 NETLAB Virtual Environment $50
IT-7120 NETLAB Virtual Environment $50
IT-7412 NETLAB Virtual Environment $50
IT-7455 NETLAB Virtual Environment $50
IT-7605 NETLAB Virtual Environment $50
MATH-2100 MyStatLab $95
MGMT-2100 CapSim Access Code and e-Textbook $54
MIS-2101 Pearson MyLab Access Code and eTextbook $104
All online MUSC Courses Connect4 Education $80-$110


EHR GO (2 year online subscription for electronic medical record and documentation system)


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.

Residency - Please note that this is subject to change for the 2023-2024 Academic Year

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 tuition and fees may also be made because of excess of tuition payments, Financial Aid, student’s death, disability, extreme hardship, or institutional error. Refunds may be made via check or direct deposit.

Additional information is available on the GSU website and at the Registrar’s Office.

Unsatisfied Financial Obligations

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