Tuition, fees, room and board charges are payable on the designated payment due date of each term. Payments may be made via cash, check, money order, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or AMEX. Beginning on July 1, 2018 all credit cards will be charged a 2.2% service fee. Financial clearance may be obtained through several Payment Options by the payment due date. A late registration fee will be assessed for registrations not processed prior to the payment due date.
At the time a student formally registers for classes, either by signing and submitting the appropriate registration forms to the Academic Services Office, or by registering online, the student agrees to:
- Assume financial responsibility for any charges as posted to his/her student account.
- Abide by the official University policies regarding withdrawals.
- Assume the responsibility for understanding the University's official policy concerning schedule changes and financial responsibility policies.
- If you will not be attending, you must drop the course(s) from your schedule prior to the first day of the term. Failure to drop the courses will result in a charge to your student account. Please remember that you are financially and academically responsible for your enrollment.
All accounts must be paid in full in order for students to enroll in future terms, receive copies of their grade reports, transcripts or diplomas.
Please note the following policies regarding late payments and delinquent accounts:
All accounts not paid in full by the first day of each term are subject to a monthly late fee of 1.25% of the unpaid balance. Deferment accounts are subject to a 1.25% interest charge calculated on the average daily balance. Accounts placed with an outside billing servicer are subject to additional fees.
The student account office will assess an NSF fee for any checks returned for non-sufficient funds. The University reserves the right to cancel registration paid for with an NSF and to file litigation proceedings upon receipts of the NSF notification.
The student may be required to submit cash, certified check, or money order to replace a check that has been returned. A fee of $25 for each returned check will be billed to the student's account. If the student's account indicates a history of returned checks, the University may also require that future payments be made in cash, certified check, or money order.
If an account remains unpaid, RMU reserves the right to employ a 3rd party collection agency, list the account with a credit reporting agency and use any other legal means to collect the debt and assess against the student all expenses incurred, including, without limitation, reasonable attorney fees.
If an account must be sent to collections or litigation due to nonpayment of the outstanding balance, the University reserves the right to demand payment in full of subsequent terms of enrollment, prior to the beginning of each term to ensure enrollment.
If necessary, RMU, its agents, representatives, attorneys and contractors (including collection agencies) may contact students through their mobile phone, home phone and email, including by way of text and automated message calls, for purposes of collection of any portion of past due student financial obligations.
Robert Morris University is a non-profit institution of higher learning. As such, student receivable accounts are considered to be educational loans offered for the sole purpose of financing an education and are not dischargeable in bankruptcy proceedings.
The University reserves the right to cancel the registration of any student if a balance due from a previous term remains unpaid at the start of a subsequent term or if financial clearance is gained by providing a check with non sufficient funds. No diploma, grades, or transcripts will be released until all past due balances are paid in full.
Financial Appeals Board
The Financial Appeals Board has been established to allow students the opportunity to appeal a University policy that has a financial implication on the student's account. Consequently, all appeals must originate through Student Financial Services. Students may appeal a decision if they believe they have an extenuating circumstance that warrants Robert Morris University to deviate from the published policy.
Dependent upon availability, the Board consists of staff, faculty and student representation. It meets the last Monday of every month. Paperwork for the appeal must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Servcies no later than one week prior to the meeting for the appeal to be heard that month. Students may appear in person to present their case. If the student chooses to appear in person, he/she will have no more than 15 minutes to present their case and the basis for the appeal. Only the student may appear at the board meeting. Legal counsel or a third-party will not be permitted to represent the student. This is an administrative hearing and carries no bearing on employment or student status.
The decision of the Financial Appeals Board is final. After the case is heard, the student will receive written notification of the board's decision within a week.
The appeals board will not hear cases regarding the following:
- academic or financial aid appeals
- account balances derived from the return of Title IV funds
- appeals of non-academic fees
Balances must be paid prior to the appeal.