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Explanation of Fees

The following is a breakdown of Fees:

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s tuition invoice is comprised of various fees which make up the total tuition charged for the University.  The University breaks down specific costs in order for students and parents to better understand how the fees were established and where their tuition dollars are being spent.

*Board Assessed Fees
Board assessed fees are those fees assessed by the University of Louisiana’s System Board of Supervisors.  The members of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System are appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate. Each member serves staggered terms of six years, except the student member who serves a one-year term. Annually, the Board elects a chair and vice-chair from its membership. The University of Louisiana System supports nine of the south's finest educational institutions. http://www.ulsystem.net

Tuition
-Tuition supports instructional costs across the campus, including teaching, services, and administrative support. Tuition is fixed annually by the Board. Tuition May be covered by TOPS. http://scholarships.louisiana.edu/current-students/louisiana-tops-program

General Tuition Fee
-The General Fee supports instructional costs across the campus, including teaching, services, and administrative support; was established by the legislature in 2008. The general fee is a subcategory of tuition cost, which cannot be covered by TOPS.

Building Use Fee
-The building use fee was approved by the legislature in 1954 for construction and/or renovation of academic or academic-related facilities. Not to exceed $10.00 per semester.

Building Use Fee-New
-The new building use fee was approved by the legislature in 2013.  Proceeds are used to construct, acquire, repair, maintain, operate, or improve the facilities and physical infrastructure of the institution.  Not to exceed $48 per semester.

Academic Enhancement
-The academic enhancement fee was established by the system board to enhance the academic performance of the university.  Not to exceed $25 per semester.

Academic Excellence
-The academic excellence fee was established by the legislature in 2003.  The fee is to be used to promote academic excellence at the institution by enhancing instructional programs. Not to exceed $120 per semester. The academic excellence fee is not to be paid by TOPS.

General Auxiliary Fee
-The General Auxiliary Fee was approved by the Board and the Legislature in 2008 to support the institutional costs across campus, including teaching, services, and administrative support.  The general auxiliary fee will not be covered by TOPS.

Operational Fee
-The operational fee was approved by the legislature in 2004.  The fees is used solely for the enhancement of any instructional programs. The operational Fee is not to be covered by TOPS.

Records and Evaluation Fee
-The Records and Evaluation fee is to provides funding for maintenance of student academic records; provides students with free copies of University transcripts. It was enacted by the Fall of 1992.  Fees are not to exceed $10 per semester

Auxiliary Operations Fee
-Provides ancillary student support for Auxiliary services which include the Student Union, transit system, operations, recreational sports/activities, the health clinic, and other student related services operating at a deficit. The auxiliary operations fee was approved by the System Board in Spring of 2009.  It is not to exceed $200 per semester and is not to be covered by TOPS.

Energy Fee
-The energy fee provides funding to offset energy costs of the University.  It was approved by the System Board in 2012; not to exceed $125 per semester.

ID Photo
-The id fee was approved by the System Board in 2003 to provide for ID photographs, identification cards, and equipment necessary for the ID card system.  Costs not to exceed $10 per semester. The Id fee is not to be covered by TOPS. https://cajuncard.louisiana.edu/

*Student Self-Assessed Fees – Student self-assessed fee are those fees assessed as an initiative by the UL Lafayette Student Government Association.  They are submitted as a proposal to the System Board for initial approval prior to the student vote.

Masterplan Advancement Program
-The MAP fee was established 2013 as a comprehensive campus master planning with the goal of charting a course for future university development and for codifying growth. Lead by Steve Oubre, Architects Southwest, and other nationally recognizes consultants –who developed baselines and ascertain future needs with regards to university facilities, program enrollment, and infrastructure needs such as IT, parking, etc.
-Provides funding for campus improvements with input from students
http://louisiana.edu/sites/louisiana/files/ArchStandards_ULMPrevised9.3.14%20-%20small.pdf

Student Union
-The Student Union fee was established by Student Government in 1993 to provide funding for construction and maintenance of the swimming pool at Bourgeois Hall and services in the UL Lafayette Student Union. Fees are not to exceed $23 per semester. https://studentunion.louisiana.edu/

Student Union-New
-The Student Union – New fee was established in 2003 to provide funding for construction and maintenance of a new first-class Student Center. The fee is not to exceed $55 per semester. http://studentunion.louisiana.edu/looking-forward

Student Union-Supplemental
-The Student Union – Supplemental fee to provide funding for construction and maintenance of a new first-class Student Center.  The fee is not to exceed $20 per semester. http://studentunion.louisiana.edu/looking-forward

Student Technology Fee
-The student technology fee was approved by the legislature in 1997. The primary purpose of this fee is for the maintenance and acquisition of computer and telecommunications equipment and software to expand technologies for the benefit of students. The student technology fee is not to be covered by TOPS.

La Louisiane-Alumni
-The La Louisiana-Alumni fee was established in 1991 to be used for publication fo the University magazine.  Costs are not to exceed $2.50 per semester. http://communicationsandmarketing.louisiana.edu/news-publications/la-louisiane

Debate
-The Speech and Debate Team Fee was established in 1999 to provide funding for travel, scholarship, and expenses for the University Speech and Debate Team.  Fee not to exceed $1.00. https://ulspeechanddebate.joomla.com/

Entertainment
-The Entertainment Fee was established in 1984 to provide funding for SGA College Funds, Spirit Group/Spirit Leader, The Art Museum, University Program Council for events like Lagniappe Week, Ragin Roar, and Homecoming. UPC sponsored events are free to students. http://upc.louisiana.edu/

Day Care
-The Day Care Fee was established in 1999 to provide for top quality child care at affordable prices for children of full time students. http://childdev.louisiana.edu/

Intramurals
-The Intramurals Fee was established in 1995 to provide for intramural sports for UL Lafayette students. https://recsports.louisiana.edu/intramurals

Band Association
-Provides funding for the Pride of Acadiana March Band http://music.louisiana.edu/bands

Student Loan
-The Student Loan fee was established to provide for emergency loan assistance through the short-term loan program. The short term loan program is currently administered by the financial aid office.

Lyceum
-The Lyceum Fee was established to provide funds for academic speakers at the University. The cost of the fee will be less than a $1 to round off the student tuition bill. http://sga.louisiana.edu/get-funded/lyceum

Yearbook
-The yearbook fee was established in 2004 to fund the publishing of the UL Lafayette yearbook.  The fee of $12 will only be assessed in the Fall semesters.

Southwest Review – Book
-The Southwest Review Book Fee was established in 1995 to provide funding for UL Southwestern Review literary magazine.  The fee is not to exceed $.10 per semester.

L ‘Acadian
-The L’Acadian fee is to provide a copy of the L ‘Acadian Yearbook for each full - time student.

KRVS
-The KRVS fee was established in 1997 to provide funding for KRVS, the campus radio station.  The fee is not to exceed $.50 per semester. http://krvs.org/

SGA
-The SGA fee was established in 2006 to provide funding for the Student Government Association.  The fee is not to exceed $7.50. http://sga.louisiana.edu/

Insurance
-The Insurance Fee was established in 1995. This accident only policy (a type of policy which is not required to follow ACA guidelines) is now included with your tuition and fees if you are a domestic student carrying sufficient hours. This $22.00 fee is not covered by federal financial aid unless there is a signed waiver to that effect on file in the financial aid office. For more information visit the Student Health website at: https://studenthealth.louisiana.edu/content/student-insurance

Vermilion
-The Vermilion fee was established in 2004 to provide funding for the student published newspaper.  The costs are not to exceed $2. http://thevermilion.com/

SGA Scholarship
-The SGA Scholarship was established in 1995 to provide funding for SGA - awarded scholarships.  The fee is not to exceed $.75 per semester. http://sga.louisiana.edu/node/69

Club Sports – Other
-The Club Sports-Other was established in 2002 to provide funding for UL Lafayette Club Sports such as Judo, Bowling, Soccer, Rugby, Tae Kwan Do, Skeet Shooting, and Water Skiing.  Total fees not to exceed $3.15 per semester. https://recsports.louisiana.edu/club-sports

Symphony Orchestra Fee
-The Symphony Fee was established in 1997 to provide funding for the UL Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Department, Opera Department, Choral Department, and UL Lafayette Jazz studies.  This fee is not to exceed $3.50 per semester. https://music.louisiana.edu/music/bands-ensembles/orchestra

Performing Arts Theater Fee
-The Performing Arts Theater Fee was established in 1997 to provide funding for the UL Theater and Performing Arts.  This fee is not to exceed $3.50 per semester. https://music.louisiana.edu/performing-arts/theatre/theatre-productions-performances

Band Association
-The Band Association fees was established in 2003 to provide funding for the band and other spirit groups.  This fee is not to exceed $5.00 per semester. https://music.louisiana.edu/

Cheerleaders
-The Cheerleaders Fee was established in 2004 to provide funding for UL Lafayette Cheerleaders and Ragin Jazz Spirit groups. https://getinvolved.louisiana.edu/spirit-squads/ragin-cajun-cheerleaders

International Student Council
-The International Student Council fee was established in 1999 to provide funding for the international student council.  The fee is not to exceed $.35 per semester. https://diversity.louisiana.edu/campus-culture/student-organizations

University Police
-The Police Fee is to provide funding for the University Police Department for scholarships, student officers, Code Blue emergency systems, crime prevention programs, and equipment to enhance services provide by the UL Police Department. https://police.louisiana.edu/

Art Museum
- The Art Museum Fee was established in 2003 to provide funding for the operation of the University Art Museum.  This fee is not to exceed $5.00 per semester. http://www.hilliardmuseum.org/

Transportation Services
- The Transportation Services fee was established in 2002 to provide funding to maintain the UL Lafayette Transit System, improve parking facilities, and provide free parking at Cajun Field and Zone 40. https://park.louisiana.edu/

Recreational - Facility/Equipment
-The Recreational Facility/Equipment Fee was established in 2002 to provide for additional weight, fitness, and outdoor areas and equipment, upgrades and maintenance of all equipment and facilities and provide for maintenance and operational costs of all creational sports facilities and continued improvements. This fee is not to exceed $20 per semester. https://recsports.louisiana.edu/

Student Health Service
-The Student Heath Service Fee was established in 2002 to provide health care services to student free of charge.  This fee is not to exceed $20 per semester.  https://studenthealth.louisiana.edu/

Student Health Service Support Supplemental
-Student Health Supplement was established in 2006 to provide maintain the operation of UL Lafayette Student Health Services which office will provide support for the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. This fee is not to exceed $5.00 per semester. https://studenthealth.louisiana.edu/

Auxiliary Improvement
-The auxiliary Improvement fee was established in 2003 to provide funding for a state of the art training facility for all athletes, including an allocation to assist band operations.  The fee is not to exceed $15 per semester.

Initial Enrollment Fee
-Provides enrollment services to first-time students, this fee is only charged to first-time freshman

When will my TOPS award be posted to my account?

TOPS awards are typically posted by mid - semester.

How will my refund be handled?

First day of class:

Students who are eligible for a refund 10 days prior to the first day of class and are participating in the Direct Deposit program will have funds made available in their
checking accounts on the first day of class. A deposit notice will be sent. Students who elect NOT to have funds direct deposited will have a refund check prepared and mailed on the first day of class.

During semesters:

Refunds for balance due to students are normally processed within 7 -10 business days. LATE SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS, OVER-AWARDS, AND RESIGNATIONS MAY HAVE LONGER PROCESSING TIME TO

ENSURE UNIVERSITY AND FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS ARE MET BEFORE DISBURSING FUNDS.

Students participating in the Direct Deposit program will have funds deposited into their checking or savings accounts and a statement will be sent by email or mail. Students who have elected NOT to participate in the Direct Deposit program will have funds mailed to the established Mailing Address. Students may edit their address through their ULINK account.

Students with a balance due to the University, whose funds are not electronically transferred from their respective lenders, will be notified by email, phone call, or postal mail when funds have arrived in the Student Cashier Center.

How do I participate in the Direct Deposit Program?

To participate in the Direct Deposit Program of refunds or student payroll, please report to the Student Cashier Center located in Student Union Room 135 with your ID, a voided check for direct deposit into checking or a savings account, or card for direct deposit into savings. For more information, please contact the Disbursement Staff at 337 482 6385.

You may also want to mail your direct deposit request in by printing the form from UL Lafayette’s Bursar’s website (www.louisiana.edu/business/bursar). Simply mail the completed form to the address provided on the form with a voided check from your account.