The Financial Aid Office determines a student’s eligibility for financial aid, makes an award and disburses the financial aid to the student’s account. The Bursar’s Office is responsible for the billing and collections of tuition and fees and processing refunds.
The College accepts personal checks, third-party checks, credit card payments, ACH payments (on-line only), and bank wire transfers.
There is no fee assessed when you make a credit card payment.
Students with excess financial aid may charge books to their student account by completing the Bookstore Authorization form. You may download the form from the Bursar’s webpage, once the form is completed and returned to the Bursar’s office it normally takes 24 hrs for approval. If you are approved, an email notification will be sent to your Eckerd College email advising you of the approved amount.
You may stop by the Bursar’s office (Student Accounts) located in Franklin Templeton building, 2nd floor, room #253 between 8:30am – 5 p.m.; or, you may call direct 727-864-8321 or 8352, toll free 1-800-456-9009, ext. #8321 or #8352.
A hold is placed on an account when there is a past due balance or if the balance is not covered by financial aid. Until the balance is paid the hold will remain on your account, you may contact the Bursar’s office to satisfy the hold.
The College provides paper bills at the start of each semester only, Fall billing is mailed June 15, and Spring billing is mailed December 1; on-line billing is available to you 24/7.
A late fee of $60 is assessed on all payments received after the due dates. In addition, a monthly finance charge at a rate of 4% above prime is assessed on all outstanding balances.
You must complete a meal change form; you may change your meal plan during the first two weeks of each semester only.
All students living in residence halls except for Omega, must participate in a meal plan. This requirement ensures that students are meeting necessities for proper nutrition while having the opportunity to engage socially with their peers over shared meals.
Unused meals are not refunded. Unused block meals and flex dollars are transferable from fall to spring semester as long as the meal plan is of equal value.
Financial Aid funds are disbursed to the student account after the end of add/drop period. Refunds generated by financial aid funds are not available until after enrollment is confirmed and all financial aid disbursed.
I am not registered and I do not plan to return for next semester, why am I receiving a bill for next semester?
All students are billed for the upcoming semester unless an official withdrawal or college leave is completed. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Dean of Students office of their withdrawal or college leave. Once the official withdrawal or college leave is processed the semester charges will be canceled.