Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011


Bursar's Office
Phone: 860-832-2010

(Fees and due dates are subject to change without notice.)

Tuition and required fees per semester for full-time undergraduate students attending CCSU during the 2009-10 academic year are:

Fees CT Resident Non-CT Resident
Tuition $1,871 $6,056
General 1,202 1,202
Accident Insurance 109 109
State University 455 1116
Student Activity 70 70
Total $3,707.00 $8,553.00

A Sickness Insurance Fee of $473 is billed to all full-time students each term. Those who already have adequate insurance have the option of waiving the University-billed policy through CentralPipeline at http://pipeline.ccsu.edu.

Special fees are charged while participating in the Cooperative Education Program ($200/semester), applied music ($300 1⁄2 hour, $400/1 hour), and specific design courses ($65 design lab fee). [Note: 1/2 hour applied music fee corrected 4/30/10]


Payment of Tuition and Fees

All full-time students, when first accepted for admission or re-admitted to Central Connecticut State University, are assessed a non-refundable $200 confirmation deposit. The balance of tuition and fees is due July 15 for the fall and December 15 for the spring.

Room and Meals

A non-refundable $250 room deposit from those who are currently residing in the residence halls is due March 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. The balance is due July 15 for fall and December 15 for spring. Room costs are $3,182 for James Hall and $2,654 for all others.

Students assigned to residence halls following those due dates will be contacted. Failure to pay room charges by the due date will cause cancellation of the student's housing.

All students residing in residence halls are required to participate in one of several meal plans. The meal plan fee is due when room balances are paid. Currently there are five meal plans ranging in price from $1,907 to $2,157 per term. Students canceling their room reservation within the four weeks prior to the start of classes will be subject to a cancellation charge.

Fee Schedule and Refund Policy

Full-time students contemplating withdrawal from the University must complete a formal application with the registrar (Davidson Hall 117). All applicable refunds are automatic upon formal withdrawal from the University.

Part-time students dropping a course must inform the Enrollment Center in writing at the time of withdrawal. Withdrawal forms are available in the Enrollment Center. Failure to officially withdraw will result in an automatic "F" for the course.

Students (part-time and full-time) withdrawing from the University who are recipients of Title IV Student Financial Assistance (Federal Stafford Loans, Federal PLUS Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG) are subject to a federal refund calculation, which determines the amount of Title IV aid that must be returned. A complete text of the Title IV refund calculation is available in the Financial Aid office or at www.ccsu.edu/finaid.

Refund Policy

Tuition and Fees:

  • Upon withdrawal from the University, up to and including the first day of classes, 100% of tuition and fees will be credited;
  • 60% will be credited during the first two weeks of classes;
  • 40% will be credited during the third and fourth weeks of classes;
  • No credit after the fourth week;
  • Refunds will be issued assuming that all applicable charges were paid in full, and, if not, student may actually owe to CCSU.

Full-time students who change their status after the start of classes to part-time and then withdraw during the first week of classes will be assessed a 40% withdrawal penalty.

$200 Confirmation Deposit:

  • Non-refundable

$250 Housing Deposit:

  • Non-refundable

Housing Fee:
Students who withdraw from the University

  • Upon withdrawal from the University, up to and including the first day of classes, 100% of the balance paid, less the housing deposit, will be refunded;
  • 60% of the balance will be refunded during the first two weeks of classes;
  • 40% of the balance will be refunded during the third and fourth weeks of classes;
  • No refund after the fourth week.

Students who remain enrolled but withdraw from University housing:

  • Upon withdrawal from a residence hall, up to and including the first day of University-wide classes as defined by the published University calendar, 100% of the balance paid, less the housing deposit and the housing cancellation fee, if applicable, will be refunded.
  • No refunds will be made after the beginning of classes.

Housing Cancellation Fee:

  • Upon withdrawal from a residence hall 15 to 28 days prior to and including the first day of classes, a 10% housing cancellation fee, based upon the housing fee after deducting the housing deposit, will be assessed.
  • Upon withdrawal from a residence hall 1 to 14 days prior to and including the first day of classes, a 20% housing cancellation fee, based upon the housing fee after deducting the housing deposit, will be assessed.

Meal Plan Fee:

  • Refundable, on a daily prorated basis, upon withdrawal from University housing or the University.

(Summer and Winter, includes online courses)

Students enrolling as full-time students may not withdraw from the University as part-time students during the first week of University-wide classes without incurring the 40% withdrawal penalty.

Registration Fee:

  • Non-refundable

Course Fees:
Fall and spring semesters:

  • 100% of course fee through the first week of classes for a full semester course;
  • 50% of course fee through the second and third week of classes for a full semester course;
  • No refund after the third week of classes.

Courses meeting for eight weeks in fall and spring:

  • 100% of course fee through the first week of classes;
  • 50% of course fee through the second week of classes;
  • No refund after the second week of classes.

For courses that meet other than the fall, winter, spring, and summer semesters, refund policies in Continuing Education will be adjusted to the length of the individual academic program. These refund policies will be published in the registration bulletin.

Summer session:
Courses scheduled for five weeks or longer:

  • 100% of course fee prior to the second class meeting;
  • 50% of course fee prior to the third class meeting;
  • No refund after the third class meeting.

Non-credit courses:

  • These refund policies will be published with registration materials.

Refund checks are sent directly to students. Please allow up to four weeks. Credit card adjustments are credited to the cardholder's account.

Note: All refunds will be made automatically upon formal withdrawal from the University.

Refunds of Tuition and Fees Under Unusual Circumstances

Under circumstances beyond the control of the student or in cases where attendance has been denied by the University, the University president may authorize the refunding of fees otherwise designated as non-refundable.

Non-Refundable Fees

For all students, the application fee, admission deposit, registration fee, residence hall deposit, late fees, extra credit fees, payment plan enrollment fee, and returned check service charges are non-refundable.

Off-Campus Students Rent

Students living off-campus will pay their room rent directly to the landlord. Such students may arrange with the office of Residence Life for participation in a University meal plan at the same rate as for on-campus students.

Late Fee

A late fee of $50 is assessed a student paying tuition/fees after the due date.

Returned Checks

A service charge of $50 is assessed for a check returned for any reason. The University will not accept personal checks presented in the future by persons who have previously submitted non-negotiable checks.

Foreign Currency Payments

Central Connecticut State University settles all accounts in United States dollars, and does not assume any liability for losses that may result from foreign exchange rate differences under any circumstances. The University's liability in the event of an error to a student's account is limited to the correction of the error in United States dollars.

Certificate of Residence

Tuition and fees are determined on the basis of Connecticut or out-of-state residency.

Failure to disclose fully and accurately all facts related to residence shall be grounds for disciplinary action.

To be considered for in-state tuition, students who have been classified as "out-of-state" when first admitted should obtain a Residency Reclassification Affidavit from the registrar in Davidson Hall, Room 117, and return it to that office with all appropriate supporting documentation.

Unpaid Obligations

The bursar will cause appropriate administrative action, which may include the following measures being imposed on individuals who have unpaid financial obligations to the University:

  • Withholding of University services, course registration, transcripts of grades or other official papers;
  • Prevention of re-admission until unpaid financial obligation and re-registration fee are paid in full;
  • Cancellation of on-campus housing;
  • Denial of future course registration; and
  • Referral of the unpaid financial obligation and related collection costs to the University's contracted collection agency.

CENTRAL Payment Plan (CPP)

The CENTRAL Payment Plan is an alternative to the standard semester payment of tuition, fees, room, and meals. This plan is available to all registered students. For the parent or student who finds it more convenient to make installment payments, the CPP is the solution. The CPP is a payment plan that allows all CCSU charges to be paid in up to five installments per semester. Fall semester installment payments are made monthly, beginning June 15 and ending on October 15. Spring semester installment payments begin November 15 and end on March 15. 

There is an enrollment fee for this service but no interest charge. The fee is $35 per semester. Students desiring to be enrolled in the CPP may complete the Enrollment Form found on the bursar's website (www.bursar.ccsu.edu/forms).

All questions concerning the CENTRAL Payment Plan (CPP) should be directed to the bursar's office at 860-832-2010, or visit www.bursar.ccsu.edu/CPP. Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Campus Debit Card (Blue Chip) Accounts

All students have the opportunity to establish a campus debit card account, called a "Blue Chip" account. This account is associated with the student's campus identification card, the Blue Chip Card. Blue Chip Cards are mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff. The Card Office manages the photo ID system and Blue Chip accounts. Cardholders can use funds on deposit to make purchases on campus in Memorial Hall dining, Student Center Food Court, and the campus Barnes and Noble bookstore. Purchases may be made using the Blue Chip Card in all campus vending machines, including campus copiers and residence hall laundry machines, and at many off-campus locations. Information on off-campus locations is available at the Card Office or on the Card Office website, www.cardoffice.ccsu.edu. Blue Chip deposits can be made online through CentralPipeline by e-check or credit card, or at the Card Office and bursar's office by cash, check, and credit card. Credit card transactions can also be made over the phone by calling the Card Office (860-832-2140), and through CentralPipeline. Instructions on making a web deposit can be found at www.cardoffice.ccsu.edu. Cash can also be deposited instantly at six Card Value Centers, located at the library, microcomputer lab, Student Center (2), Sheridan Hall, and the police station, which is open 24 hours.

The Card Office is located in the campus Barnes and Noble bookstore, at the Student Center. During the semester, Card Office hours are Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with extended hours during the first two weeks of school. Lost cards should be reported to the Card Office during their regular hours of operation. When the Card Office is closed, lost cards should be reported to the police department (860-832-2375); a temporary ID will be issued and a "hold" will be placed to deactivate the account. Students can also put a "hold" on their cards at www.bluechip.ccsu.edu.

Financial Aid Book Advances

Some students receiving financial aid may have difficulty purchasing books at the start of the semester since financial aid funds are normally distributed after the first three weeks of classes. Registered students receiving financial aid, where the amount of the financial aid exceeds all CCSU charges, are eligible to receive a book advance against a certain excess aid amount beginning 10 business days prior to the first day of classes. Financial Aid Book Advance Request forms are available at the bursar's office. Such advances are deposited into the student's Blue Chip debit account, and the student's Blue Chip Card may be used to make book (CCSU Barnes & Noble bookstore) or other incidental purchases on campus. The only distribution method for book advances is an electronic deposit to the Blue Chip account. No cash or checks are distributed as advances. Questions concerning book advances should be directed to the bursar's office, Room 104, Memorial Hall, phone 860-832-2010.

Persons 62 or Older

The payment of tuition and State University fee is waived for any Connecticut resident presenting evidence of being 62 years of age or older who has been accepted for full-time admission and is enrolled in a degree-granting program. The course fee is waived for any Connecticut resident presenting evidence of being 62 years of age or older who registers part-time through the Enrollment Center/Registrar's Office. Waiver of course fees for Online CCSU courses is authorized at 25% only. Registration under these waivers is on a space availability basis and special registration dates apply. Refunds are processed as per the University's Refund Policy. Consult the Registrar's website at www.ccsu.edu/registrar.


New England Regional Student Program

Central Connecticut State University is a participant in the New England Higher Education Compact. This arrangement offers residents of other New England states the opportunity to enroll at CCSU for academic programs not available at public institutions in their home state at the Connecticut resident tuition rate plus 50%. Other fees are also required. Similarly, Connecticut residents can avail themselves of programs offered by public schools in the other New England states that are not available here in Connecticut public institutions.

For more information about the New England Regional Student Program, contact the office of the Regional Student Programs, the New England Board of Higher Education, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111; phone: (617) 357-9620; website: www.nebhe.org - or contact the office of Recruitment and Admissions, Davidson Hall.

The program offerings at CCSU are listed below.

Athletic Training RI
Civil Engineering Technology NH, RI
Communications/Media ME, RI
Construction Management Technology MA, NH, RI, VT
Criminal Justice RI
Graphic/Information Design ME, NH, RI
Graphic Technology (Industrial Technology) NH
Earth Science RI, VT
Electronics Technology MA, NH, RI, VT
Industrial Technology VT
Manufacturing Engineering Technology RI, VT
Mechanical Engineering Technology MA, RI, VT
Networking Technology MA, NH, RI, VT
Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship RI
Technology Education NH, VT
Theater (BFA) NH

Veterans/Reservists/National Guard

Educational assistance is available for veterans and members of the National Guard and Selected Reserve. The reserve components include those of the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army and the Air Force National Guard.

Any change in credit load and/or degree program should be reported to the Office of Veterans Affairs since it may affect future benefits.

The Connecticut tuition waiver is available for veterans who served on active duty (active duty for training not included) in the U.S. Armed Forces during time of war. They must have been released from active duty having served at least 90 days under honorable conditions. A copy of the DD Form 214 is required. Periods of conflict eligible for waivers include the Vietnam Era (12/22/61 - 7/1/75), Korean Hostilities (6/27/50 - 1/31/55), World War II (12/7/41 - 12/31/46) or Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm (beginning 8/2/90).

Also eligible are veterans who engaged in combat or in a combat-support role in the Grenada Invasion (10/25/83 - 12/15/83), Lebanon Peace-Keeping Mission (9/29/82 - 3/30/84) or Invasion of Panama (12/20/89 - 1/31/90).

Veterans who served at least 90 days on active duty in the demilitarized zone in South Korea (after 9/1/55), in Somalia (after 12/2/92) or in Bosnia (after 12/20/95) are also eligible for the Connecticut tuition waiver. Documentation displaying proof of service in these locations is required.

For full-time students, the tuition portion of the tuition and fees bill is waived; other applicable fees must be paid each semester. For part-time students, one-half of the per-credit course fees is waived; the registration fee and other applicable fees must be paid each semester. Veterans who are residents of the state of Connecticut when accepted for admission to CCSU may qualify for the above waivers. National Guard and tuition waiver students should contact the Office of Veterans Affairs, Willard Hall, Room 133 (860-832-2838).

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