Student Financial Responsibility

Student Statement of Financial Responsibility

  • This Statement of Financial Responsibility (the “Agreement”) must be accepted by all students prior to registering for classes and before transcripts may be released. The Agreement outlines the financial terms and conditions associated with course registration. The Agreement shall remain in effect for the duration of your academic career with Sierra Nevada College (the “College”) and as long as you have an outstanding debt with the College.

  • I, the student, acknowledge and agree that I am fully responsible for any charges incurred as a result of registration for classes, enrollment for or cancellation of room and board agreements, other optional services I utilize, including, but not limited to, health insurance, course fees, travel course fees and other fees, and any fines or charges incurred resulting from missing required deadlines. I further warrant and represent that I fully understand and agree to the terms and conditions below.

    SNC REGULATIONS AND POLICIES

    All students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and abiding by the College’s regulations, procedures, requirements, and deadlines as described in all official College publications. These publications include, but are not limited to, the Catalog and Academic Calendars.

    PAYMENT OF FEES

    All tuition, fees, charges, and other College expenses are due at the beginning of each academic term and are the student’s responsibility to pay. Payment must be made by the payment deadline as posted on the Student Account and Billing website.

    FINANCIAL HOLD

    If complete payment of the balance due is not received by the due date specified on the Student Account and Billing website, a financial hold will be placed on the student’s record. Students with delinquent accounts will not be allowed to add/drop courses for the current semester or register in subsequent semesters, nor will official transcripts or diplomas be released by the College.

    PAYMENT PLANS

    Students may enroll in an optional monthly payment plan for a nominal enrollment fee. Students enrolled in the payment plan will be billed or charged monthly. Full payment of the amount charged by the payment plan does not mean the student’s SNC account is paid in full. Students must review their SNC account statements to ensure the budgeted payment plan payments are sufficient to cover their balances with the College.

    Students are required to pay any outstanding balances above the budgeted payment plan amounts directly to the College by the payment due date.

    ELECTRONIC BILLING

    Electronic billing is the official billing method for all current and former students with outstanding account balances. Account statements are updated monthly. Current and former students are notified at their SNC email addresses when statements are available for viewing. Electronic statements can be viewed by logging into SNCSIS.

    EMAIL AND ONLINE STATEMENTS

    The College’s official method of communication with current and former students is by email sent to the student’s SNC email address. Students are responsible for managing their email accounts to ensure that important information can be received. A student’s failure to view the account statement online does not constitute a valid reason for not paying a bill by the payment deadline.

    INTEREST

    Accounts are subject to interest if payments are not received by scheduled due dates. Interest is charged once per month. Interest will continue to accrue as long as the balance remains unpaid. Interest amounts are posted on the Student Accounts and Billing website and may be changed periodically.

    CLASS FEES

    Some classes carry additional fees that are not covered by tuition, including, but not limited to, materials fees, lab fees, and travel fees. Prior to registration, students should verify whether any course carries additional fees with the relevant academic department offering the class. Additionally, the student should verify the due date of any additional fees and whether such fees are refundable.

    FINANCIAL AID

    Financial aid sources, including, but not limited to, grants, scholarships, and loans, that have been approved but have not yet been paid to the student account is considered to be pending. Pending aid is reflected on the monthly Schedule/Bill as Anticipated Credits with an asterisk (*) and is NOT included in the current term balance.

    In the event that any financial aid is reduced, cancelled, or should the student not meet the specified requirements for receiving such aid for any reason, the student will continue to be responsible for the full balance of outstanding charges.

    REFUNDS

    Refunds will be processed for students with credit balances on their accounts. Any changes that occur to accounts after refunds are processed may result in balances due to the College.

    Some charges cannot be paid with Title IV funds. Additionally, any credit balance from the current term created by Title IV funds cannot be applied to past-due balances from prior academic years. If a refund was triggered by the disbursement of Title IV funds, the student may still owe a balance to the College.

    Students are required to pay any outstanding balances by the payment due date even if they have received refunds.

    WITHDRAWAL

    If the student does not wish to attend the College or a particular class, or if proper financial arrangements cannot be made, it is the student's responsibility to cancel registration by submitting a withdrawal form to the registrar’s office prior to classes beginning. Failure to pay fees, failure to receive financial aid, failure to attend class, or refusing financial aid does not constitute an official withdrawal. Enrollment will not be automatically cancelled for failure to pay tuition and fees. Per the Withdrawal policy (see Catalog), failing grades will be assigned to classes for which students are registered but do not attend. The student will be responsible for all tuition and fees resulting from enrollment in these classes.

    In accordance with the Refund of Student Charges policy (see Catalog), withdrawal from the College after the start of the semester may subject the student to tuition and fee liability. Students are encouraged to discuss the financial implications of their withdrawal with the Financial Aid Office and Student Financial Services prior making the decision to withdraw.

    PAYMENT METHODS

    Personal Check: A student whose check is returned from the bank unpaid may be required to pay with certified funds in the future.

    American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover: Credit card payments may only be made through our Student Accounts and Billing website. Payment will be accepted on the student's account up to the credit limit of the cardholder and may not exceed the amount due.

    RETURNED PAYMENTS

    Any payment not honored by the student’s bank will result in a $50 returned payment fee.

    DEBT COLLECTION

    The College will pursue any and all collection efforts and practices including, but not limited to, referring the account to collection agencies and/or attorneys and reporting to credit bureaus. The student is responsible for all additional collection charges associated with the collection of the debt, including, but not limited to, collection agency fees, reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs, and all other charges allowed by law.

    The student acknowledges that these costs may add over 33% to the balance due.

    Once an account has been referred to a collections agency, the additional collections fee cannot be removed from the account. Further, at such time, the student must make all payment arrangements with the collections agency.

    BANKRUPTCY

    The student acknowledges that tuition and other related fees may not be dischargeable in bankruptcy and may survive after the bankruptcy has closed. A student may still owe the debt to the college after the bankruptcy.

    PREPAYMENT

    The College reserves the right to require a student to pre-pay for future semesters based on the student’s payment history.

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