[ARCHIVED CATALOG] 2018-2019 Graduate Academic Catalog 
    
    Aug 24, 2019  
[ARCHIVED CATALOG] 2018-2019 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Financial Information



Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid Office administers federal, state, private and university financial assistance programs, including student employment.

It is the purpose of the Financial Aid Office to administer needy and/or academically qualified students with financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans and work programs to the extent that resources are available.
In order to make the best use of limited funds, awards often consist of a combination of resources. Professional staff members are ready to help all students plan for the most efficient use of their financial resources for education.
The Financial Aid Office's primary means of communication to students is through email.

The Financial Aid Office's primary means of communication to students is through email. It is the student's responsibility to frequently check their Saint Leo University email for important messages from the Financial Aid Office.It is the student's responsibility to frequently check their Saint Leo University email for important messages from the Financial Aid Office. It should be noted that the information in the catalog is not all inclusive. It is the student's responsibility to review all of the relevant information. Please visit the Financial Aid web section at www.saintleo.edu/finaid for detailed information about the following:

  •  Tuition and costs
  •  Tuition refunds and returns of Title IV funds
  •  Refund disbursements
  •  Financial aid process
  •  Financial aid eligibility requirements
  •  Determining financial need
  •  Accepting awards
  •  Verification process
  •  Satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
  •  Financial aid appeal process
  •  Types of financial aid
  •  Student employment
  •  Book vouchers
  • Student borrower resources
  •  Consumer information

Contacting the Financial Aid Office

Students with questions are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office. Financial Aid Support is available to take calls Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm eastern standard time.

Financial Aid Support
(800) 240-7658
finaid@saintleo.edu
www.saintleo.edu/finaid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students should apply for assistance each academic year. The U.S. Department of Education's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the web (www.fafsa.ed.gov) is used to determine eligibility for assistance based on need.

The FAFSA must be completed for each academic year. Students should submit their regular or renewal FAFSA so that it is received by the federal processor by the January 1 priority date. The FAFSA is available annually by October 1. When completing the FAFSA, applicants must enter Saint Leo University's federal school code - 001526.

Disbursement of Funds

Financial aid begins to be disbursed assuming all requirements are met, within 10 days of the beginning of the term (8 week class) for term based students and 10 days of the beginning of the semester for semester based students. Requirements can include verification completion, enrollment and program specific requirements (example: half-time enrollment). A change in your status pertaining to any of these requirements can impact your eligibility for financial aid funds.

Financial aid is disbursed directly to a student's eLion account. The funds are used to pay tuition and required fees, along with room and board, if applicable. Refunds are issued within 14 days from the date a credit balance is created.  Refunds are issued in one of three ways as selected by the student: bank ACH transfer, paper check, or BankMobile debit card.

This complete policy is located at www.saintleo.edu/finaid.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

All students receiving Federal Title IV financial aid, state aid or Saint Leo institutional aid must adhere to the university's published policy on satisfactory academic progress. The Higher Education Act as amended by Congress mandates that higher education institutions establish minimum standards of "satisfactory academic progress" for students receiving financial aid.

In order to maintain financial aid eligibility, recipients must meet all of the following SAP Policy requirements:

  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA (please see the policy for specifics)
  • Successfully complete at least 67% of all attempted credit hours
  • Complete program of study within the maximum timeframe of 150%

SAP is evaluated at the end of each academic semester or after each set of two 8-week linked terms when grades are posted. The evaluation normally occurs two weeks after the end the semester/term.

For full details regarding Saint Leo University's SAP policy, details concerning the requirements listed above, and the complete appeal process, visit www.saintleo.edu/sap.

Disbursement of Funds

Financial aid begins to be disbursed assuming all requirements are met, within 10 days of the beginning of the term (8 week class) for term based students and 10 days of the beginning of the semester for semester based students. Requirements can include verification completion, enrollment and program specific requirements (example: half-time enrollment). Changes you make to the requirements can change your eligibility for financial aid funds.

Financial aid is disbursed directly to a student's eLion account. The funds are used to pay tuition and required fees, along with room and board, if applicable. Refunds are issued within 14 days from the date a credit balance is created.  Refunds are issued in one of two ways as selected by the student: Bank Mobile debit card, or bank ACH transfer.

This complete policy is located at www.saintleo.edu/finaid.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

All students receiving Federal Title IV financial aid, state aid or Saint Leo institutional aid must adhere to the university's published policy on satisfactory academic progress. The Higher Education Act as amended by Congress mandates that higher education institutions establish minimum standards of "satisfactory academic progress" for students receiving financial aid. This complete policy is located at www.saintleo.edu/ /sap.

One requirements to meet satisfactory academic progress is that students must pass 67 percent of all coursework attempted. Undergraduate students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA, on a 4 point scale, of 1.50 by the completion of 44 credit hours, 1.70 cumulative GPA by the completion of 59 credit hours and 2.0 by the completion of 60 credit hours. Graduate students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scale. Students must complete their program within the maximum timeframe of 150%.

Satisfactory academic progress standards are evaluated at the end of each payment period (semester). Students receive a warning when not meeting all or part of the standard requirements and are given one additional term to meet the standard requirements. Those that do not meet the standard requirements after the warning period are not eligible for financial aid. Ineligible students may be able to appeal the decision. Complete details are available at www.saintleo.edu/sap.

Fees and Costs

Policies Common to the Graduate Degree Programs

Tuition and Fees
All tuition and fees rates are subject to change without notice.

Master of Accounting tuition on ground tuition (per credit hour) $555
Master of Accounting online tuition (civilian rate) (per credit hour) $720
Master of Accounting online tuition (military rate) (per credit hour) $555
Master of Business Administration on ground tuition (per credit hour) $555
Master of Business Administration online tuition (civilian rate) (per credit hour) $720
Master of Business Administration online tuition (military rate) (per credit hour) $555
Master of Business Administration International tuition (per credit hour) $720
Doctorate in Business Administration tuition (DBA) in Management (per credit hour) $900
Master of Science in Criminal Justice tuition (per credit hour) $575
Master of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management tuition (per credit hour) $575
Master of Science in Cyber Security tuition (civilian rate) (per credit hour) $770
Master of Science in Cyber Security tuition (military rate) (per credit hour) $555
Master of Education, tuition (per credit hour) $495
Master of Science in Instructional Design, tuition (per credit hour) $495
Education Specialist - Education/Social Services tuition (per credit hour) $670
Master of Human Services tuition (per credit hour) $540
Master of Social Work tuition (per credit hour) $495
Master of Public Safety tuition (per credit hour) $575
Navy Pace Graduate tuition (per credit hour) $555
Master of Arts in Creative Writing (per credit hour) $615
Master of Arts in Theology tuition (per credit hour) $495*

*The Saint Leo Scholars Program supplements the Master in Theology tuition as part of the Catholic Mission of Saint Leo University.

Other Fees

WorldWide Application Fee $80
Online Course Fee $25 per course
Master's in Education Portfolio or Exam Reading Fee $100
International Credential Evaluation Fee $235
Graduation Fee (regardless of participation in Commencement) $65
Replacement Diploma $30
I.D. or Food Card Replacement $25
Returned Check Fee Maximum allowed by state
Research Fee (accounts over 5 years old) Maximum allowed by state
Capstone Course Assessment Fee* $50-$175*

*Varies by capstone course.

Registration/Transcripts/Withdrawal

Transcripts $7
Electronic Transcripts $10
Rush and Overnight Delivery $32

Parking Decal

Resident student (includes sales tax) $60
Non-resident student (includes sales tax) $30

Late Fees

Unpaid balances are subject to a late fee of 1% monthly (12% annually).  Late fees are assessed 60 days after term start.

Past-Due Accounts

When a student leaves the University owing money, his or her receivable balance is placed in collection status. These accounts may be assigned to an external collection agency after 90 days past due. Transcripts and diplomas will not be released until the account balance is zero.

Financial Responsibility

No transcripts, diplomas, of attendance, or certain other official documents will be released if a student has financial indebtedness to the University. If a student leaves the University with an unpaid balance, the University will have no other choice but to hold the student responsible for any legal and/or collection fees incurred by the University in collecting the unpaid balance.

By enrolling in and attending University courses, students acknowledge and agree that they are responsible for all charges incurred as a result of their matriculation and enrollment in the University. This includes late charges, collection agency fees, and attorney's fees imposed on delinquent student accounts. In many instances, some of the charges may be settled by a student's sponsor, employer, or other interested party; however, the student is ultimately responsible for his or her account.

Withdrawing from Classes

Each student has the prerogative of dropping a course(s) during the drop/add period as published for each term. After the drop/add period and until the published last date for withdrawal, a letter grade of W will be assigned for each course that is dropped. Caution: Students who fall below full-time status, as defined by their program and course of study, will be considered part time and may cause their financial aid status to be reexamined. Failure to attend class or merely giving notice to a faculty member will not be regarded as an official notice of withdrawal. Failure to properly withdraw will result in a grade of FA. Deadlines for withdrawal from courses are reflected on the published schedule. Course withdrawal does not cancel any student indebtedness to the University.

Refunds for students who withdraw from a class or classes shall be calculated according to the schedule that follows.

Refunds of Tuition and Course Fees

Refunds for Saint Leo University students who withdraw before 25 percent of the term/semester has been completed shall be calculated on a pro rata basis as defined by federal regulations.

Refunds of tuition for withdrawal from courses are given according to the following schedule. Note that if you are enrolled at a Saint Leo University WorldWide Education Center and/or online program in Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, or Wisconsin, please proceed to the applicable schedule.

Tuition:

100% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs by the end of the add/drop period.

75% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after add/drop and before the end of week two.

No refund for any course with withdrawal after the end of week two.*

*Policy does not apply to students enrolled at a Saint Leo University WorldWide Education Center and/or online programs in Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Laboratory and special course fees are 100% refundable if course is dropped before the end of the drop/add period. After the drop/add period, laboratory and special course fees are nonrefundable.

Refunds due students who have credit balances in their tuition account will automatically be issued within 14 days. Questions regarding refunds should be directed to Student Accounts at studentaccounts@saintleo.edu or 352-588-6600.

Refunds of Tuition and Course Fees (Georgia)

Refund policy for students enrolled in courses at Saint Leo University WorldWide Education Centers and/or online programs in Georgia.

Refunds of tuition for withdrawal from courses are given on the following schedule:

Tuition:

100% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs by the end of the add/drop period.

75% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after add/drop and before less than 25% of the course term is completed.

50% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after more than 25% and less than 50% of the course term is completed.

No refund for any course with withdrawal after 50% of the term is completed.

Laboratory and special course fees are 100% refundable if course is dropped before the end of the drop/add period. After the drop/add period, laboratory and special course fees are nonrefundable.

Refunds due students who have credit balances in their tuition account will automatically be issued within 14 days. Appeals regarding refunds shall be submitted in writing to the Business Office, MC 2097, Saint Leo University, P.O. Box 6665, Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665.

Refund of Tuition and Course Fees (Maryland)

Refund policy for students enrolled in courses at Saint Leo University WorldWide Education Centers and/or online programs in Maryland.

Refunds of tuition for withdrawal from courses are given on the following schedule:

100% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs by the end of the add/drop period.

80% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 10% of the course is completed but before 20% of the course has been completed.

60% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 20% of the course has been completed but before 30% of the course has been completed.

40% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 30% of the course has been completed but before 40% of the course has been completed.

20% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 40% of the course has been completed but before 60% of the course has been completed.

No refund for any course with withdrawal after 60% of the course has been completed.

Refunds of Tuition and Course Fees (South Carolina)

Refund policy for students enrolled in courses at Saint Leo University WorldWide Education Centers and/or online programs in South Carolina.

Refunds of tuition for withdrawal from courses are given on the following schedule:

Tuition:

100% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs by the end of the add/drop period.

75% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after add/drop and before 25% of the course is completed.

60% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 25% of the course is completed but before 38% of the course is completed.

50% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 38% of the course has been completed but before 50% of the course has been completed.

30% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 50% of the course has been completed but before 60% of the course has been completed.

No refund for any course with withdrawal after 60% of the course has been completed.

Laboratory and special course fees are 100% refundable if course is dropped before the end of the drop/add period. After the drop/add period, laboratory and special course fees are nonrefundable.

Refunds due students who have credit balances in their tuition account will automatically be issued within 14 days. Appeals regarding refunds shall be submitted in writing to the Business Office, MC 2097, Saint Leo University, P.O. Box 6665, Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665.

Refunds of Tuition and Course Fees (Wisconsin)

Refund policy for students enrolled in courses at the Saint Leo WorldWide Online Learning Center in Wisconsin.

Refunds of tuition for withdrawal from courses are given on the following schedule:

100% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs by the end of the add/drop period.

80% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 10% of the course is completed but before 20% of the course has been completed.

70% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 20% of the course is completed but before 30% of the course has been completed.

60% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 30% of the course is completed but before 40% of the course has been completed.

50% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 40% of the course is completed but before 50% of the course has been completed.

40% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 50% of the course is completed but before 60% of the course has been completed.

No refund for any course with withdrawal after 60% of the course has been completed.