Federal student financial aid can only cover "institutional charges" as defined by the U.S. Department of Education. This definition includes current year charges for tuition and fees, and on-campus room and board. It also includes other fees such as: lab fees, workshops, University registration fees, facilities usage fees, and other University fees associated directly with taking a class. Unless authorization is received, federal financial aid cannot be used to cover non-institutional charges such as: health insurance, library fines, breakage fees, returned check fees, deferred fees for payment plans or any charges not directly tied to taking a class.
The only way federal student aid funds can be used to pay for "non-institutional charges" is to obtain your written authorization to pay those charges. Title IV Authorization Form will allow Student Accounts to apply your federal financial aid to your non-institutional charges.
Failure to submit a Title IV Authorization to Apply Aid to Non-Institutional Charges form may result in a refund of Title IV aid and a subsequent student account hold and/or late fee on the balance due for non-institutional charges. back to top