Fee Definitions

Annual Tuition and Mandatory Fees

Tuition is the charge based on credit hours for in-state students. For example, a student pays a flat rate for the first 12 hours of course credits and a discounted rate for any additional hours. Students classified as “out-of-state” are required to pay out-of-state tuition in addition to other fees. These are listed on College Tuition & Fees.

Students at each campus also pay mandatory fees to support student activities, athletics, cultural opportunities, and other unique projects and campus-specific programs. Mandatory fees vary from institution to institution and are paid by all students regardless of the number of hours they take.

The combined cost of tuition, out-of-state tuition (if applicable), non-mandatory fees (if applicable) and mandatory fees result in the total price a student must pay.

  • Technology Access Fee (TAF)* – This fee supports students by providing access to computing and similar technologies. The fee is used by TBR institutions for direct student benefit, for items such as new and improved high technology laboratories and classrooms, appropriate network and software, computer and other equipment, and technological improvements that enhance instruction.
  • Dual Access Fee (DAF)* – This fee supports students by providing access to computing and similar technologies. The fee is used by TBR institutions for direct student benefit, for items such as new and improved high technology laboratories and classrooms, appropriate network and software, computer and other equipment, and technological improvements that enhance instruction.
  • Student Government Fee* – This fee supports services provided to students. These services include but are not limited to access to all social, athletic, and cultural functions sponsored by the school.
  • Program Services Fee* – This fee supports more services provided to all students. These services include application to the college, change of course processing, transcript processing, graduation ceremonies, parking facilities, etc.
  • International Education Fee* – This fee supports cultural and international opportunities, student activities for all students, and to promote student’s world knowledge. This fee assists in integrating cultural and international concepts across all academic disciplines in order to increase a student’s ability to compete in the international environment.

 

Additional Fees Charged

  • Special Course Fees* – In courses using facilities for which the College must pay, such costs will be assessed as a laboratory fee in the appropriate amount.
  • TN eCampus Fee – TN eCampus students’ campus access, technology access fees or campus student activity fees are included in the TN eCampus Online Course Fee. TN eCampus fees DO NOT cap at 12 hours. The TN eCampus fee for other TBR institutions may be accessed at http://www.tnecampus.info/.
  • Late Registration Fee – $25.00 This fee will be charged during the entire period of late registration, which is anytime after final registration day. The effective date of the late registration fee will be determined by the College.
  • ID Card Replacement Fee – $10.00 per replacement. Non-refundable.
  • Private Music Fee* – $45.00 for 1 lab hour per semester, $75.00 for each 2 lab hours per semester. This fee is charged for all individual instruction music classes.
  • Returned Check Fee – $30.00 for each returned check. Checks tendered in payment of tuition/fees should be drawn only against accounts with sufficient balances. Every effort will be made to collect on checks returned for any reason. Non-refundable.
  • External Proctor Fee – Online Students taking courses with proctored exams might incur a proctoring location fee when requesting an external proctor.
  • Online Course Fee – Students taking online courses through Cleveland State will be charged $10.00 per credit hour of online courses.

*These fees are non-refundable once the semester has started.

 

Veteran Fee Information

Eligibility for Deferment of Payment of Tuition and Fees by Certain Eligible Students Receiving U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or Other Governmentally Funded Educational Assistance Benefits Service members, veterans, and dependents of veterans who are eligible beneficiaries of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits or other governmentally funded educational assistance, subject to the conditions and guidelines set forth in Tennessee Code Annotated 49-7-104 as amended, may elect, upon formal application, to defer payment of required tuition and fees until the final day of the term for which the deferment has been requested. Students who have been granted deferments are expected to make timely payments on their outstanding tuition and fees balance once education benefits are being delivered, and eligibility for such deferment shall terminate if the student fails to abide by any applicable rule or regulation, or to act in good faith in making timely payments. This notice is published pursuant to Public Chapter 279, Acts of 2003, effective July 1, 2003.

 

2010 Tennessee Code

Title 49 – Education

Chapter 7 – Postsecondary and Higher Education Generally
Part 1 – Miscellaneous Provisions
49-7-102 – Waiver of fees and tuition for dependents of POW’s or deceased veterans Requirements.
(a) Except as provided in subsection (e), every dependent child in this state under twenty-three (23) years of age, whose parent was killed, died as a direct result of injuries received or has been officially reported as being either a prisoner of war or missing in action while serving honorably as a member of the United States armed forces during a qualifying period of armed conflict or was formerly a prisoner of war or missing in action under such circumstances, or the spouse of such veteran, is entitled to a waiver of tuition, maintenance fees, student activity fees and required registration or matriculation fees and shall be admitted without cost to any of the institutions of higher education owned, operated and maintained by the state.

(b) (1) To be eligible for the educational assistance benefits established by this section, the dependent child or spouse shall:

(A) Present official certification from the United States government that the parent (father or mother) or spouse veteran was killed or died as a direct result of injuries received while serving honorably as a member of the United States armed forces during a qualifying period of armed conflict;

(B) Present official certification from the United States government that the parent (father or mother) or spouse veteran has been officially reported as being a prisoner of war or missing in action while serving honorably as a member of the United States armed forces during a qualifying period of armed conflict or was formerly a prisoner of war or missing in action under such circumstances as appropriate; or

(C) Present certificate of release or discharge from active duty, department of defense form 214 (DD 214), for the veteran or service member from whom the eligibility for the benefits established by this section derives.

(2) The deceased veteran, prisoner of war or missing in action service member from whom eligibility derives shall have been a citizen of this state at the time the veteran was killed, at the time the fatal injury was sustained by the veteran or at the time the service member was officially reported as being a prisoner of war or missing in action. The former prisoner of war from whom eligibility derives shall be a citizen of this state at the time the person’s dependent child or spouse applies for the educational assistance benefits established by this section.

(3) The dependent child or spouse, prior to receiving the educational assistance benefits established by this section, shall have or possess the necessary qualifications required for admission to the appropriate state institution of higher education. To maintain eligibility for benefits, the dependent child or spouse shall be in active pursuit of a specific and declared degree or certificate program at the institution.

(4) A veteran’s spouse’s eligibility for the educational assistance benefits established by this section shall terminate ten (10) years after the death of the veteran from whom the eligibility for benefits derives; provided, a veteran’s spouse’s eligibility for benefits shall terminate immediately upon the person’s remarriage within the ten-year period.

(5) In cases where a student qualifies for the educational assistance benefits established by this section after the student has paid tuition and fees for a term, there shall be no refund of any moneys by the institution of higher education, including, but not limited to, paid tuition and fees.

(c) As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) “Dependent child” means a natural or adopted child or stepchild of a veteran or service member whom the veteran or service member claims as a dependent for federal income tax purposes;

(2) “Parent” means the father or mother of a natural or adopted child or stepchild whom the parent claims as a dependent for federal income tax purposes;

(3) “Qualifying period of armed conflict” means any hostile military operation for which the following United States military campaign medals are individually authorized:

(A) Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal;

(B) Navy Expeditionary Medal;

(C) Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal;

(D) Combat Action Ribbon (Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard);

(E) Army Combat Infantryman Badge;

(F) Kosovo Campaign Medal with at least one (1) bronze star appurtenance for specific military campaign participation by the veteran;

(G) Southwest Asia Service Medal with at least one (1) bronze star appurtenance for specific military campaign participation by the veteran;

(H) Vietnam Service Medal with at least one (1) bronze star appurtenance for specific military campaign participation by the veteran;

(I) United States Department of Defense Prisoner of War Medal for former prisoners of war;

(J) Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal;

(K) Air Force Expeditionary Medal;

(L) Combat Medic Badge;

(M) Afghanistan Campaign Medal;

(N) Iraq Campaign Medal;

(O) Army Combat Action Badge; and

(P) Navy Submarine Combat Patrol & SSBN Deterrent Patrol Insignia;

(4) “Served honorably” means the character of service condition as reported on certificate of release or discharge from active duty, department of defense form 214;

(5) “Service member” means a Tennessee resident who is engaged in active military service of the United States;

(6) “State institution of higher education” means any postsecondary institution operated by the board of trustees of the University of Tennessee system or the board of regents of the state university, community college and area technology center system that offers courses of instruction leading to a certificate or degree; and

(7) “Veteran” means a Tennessee resident who has entered and served honorably in the United States armed forces.

(d) This section shall apply to all state institutions of higher education beginning with the next registration or enrollment period for the next complete term after July 1, 2000.

(e) The age limitation provided for dependent children in subsection (a) shall not be strictly applied. To be eligible for the educational assistance benefits established by this section, a dependent child shall be matriculated as a full-time student at a state institution of higher education prior to attaining twenty-three (23) years of age. Once declared eligible, a dependent child shall remain eligible until one (1) of the following events has occurred:

(1) Prior to attaining twenty-three (23) years of age, the dependent child earns an undergraduate degree or certificate;

(2) The dependent child has earned one hundred thirty-five (135) semester hours, or the equivalent, excluding required remedial or developmental hours; or

(3) The dependent child has attempted one hundred fifty (150) semester hours, or the equivalent, inclusive of required remedial or developmental hours.

(f) A spouse eligible for the benefits established by this section shall complete an undergraduate degree or certificate program within the ten-year period established by subdivision (b)(4); provided, the spouse’s eligibility shall extend to the end of the term in which the ten-year period expires. A spouse who has previously earned an undergraduate degree or certificate shall not be eligible for benefits. Otherwise, the spouse shall be eligible for benefits until one (1) of the following events has occurred:

(1) Prior to the expiration of benefits, the spouse earns an undergraduate degree or certificate;

(2) The spouse has earned one hundred thirty-five (135) semester hours, or the equivalent, excluding required remedial or developmental hours; or

(3) The spouse has attempted one hundred fifty (150) semester hours, or the equivalent, inclusive of required remedial or developmental hours.

(g) (1) All public institutions of higher education shall publish notice of the veterans’ dependents’ education benefit program pursuant to this section in their catalogs and schedules of classes.

(2) Inclusion of the information shall be subject to annual review by the veterans’ education division of the Tennessee higher education commission.

 

Public Law 115-407: Any covered individual will be able to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 (a “certificate of eligibility” can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) website – eBenefits, or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

1. The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.

2. 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.

SCHOOL will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.

Students receiving Chapter 33, Post 9/11 VA education benefits must certify their enrollment monthly. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)