Undergraduate Tuition and Fees Appeal
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Undergraduate Tuition and Fee Appeal Policy
Effective August 01, 2012
Background and Purpose
Students who enter the University’s undergraduate program are undertaking a serious effort to further their education. It is expected that they will make every effort to complete their courses during the semester. However, in rare circumstances, undergraduate students may encounter medical emergencies, changes in employment beyond their control, the death of an immediate family member, or other life event that prevents them from completing their coursework. The following policy defines the process that these students will use to appeal their tuition, the circumstances that will be considered, and the approving authorities for the appeal.
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees represent the costs of attending undergraduate programs at Metropolitan State University of Denver. These can be state funded or self-funded programs.
Undergraduate Tuition and Fee Appeals are appeals that may be filed with the Office of the Bursar when extenuating circumstances occur during the semester that prevents the student from completing their coursework.
Medical Emergency is a severe medical illness or serious injury that involves either the student or an immediate family member. Immediate family members include spouses, children, and parents.
Employment is a change in employment beyond the student’s control. Accepting a position with a different employer is not a valid reason to appeal. Appeals submitted for this reason will not be accepted.
Death is a death involving an immediate family member. Immediate family members include spouses, children, parents, siblings, and grandparents.
As a general guideline, only appeals for Medical Emergency, Employment, or Death will be considered. The Committee will consider other life events on a case-by-case basis. The “other” life event needs to be a serious issue faced by the student that prevented them from completing their coursework. The death of an undergraduate student during the semester will result in a full refund. Military deployments are processed by the University’s Veteran’s Affairs office.
Undergraduate students may only appeal a total of two semesters during their time at MSU Denver. The University will not accept appeals for charges incurred more than one year prior to the date of the appeal.
Students must appeal all courses for the term they are appealing. If a student has received passing grades in any of the courses during that term, they may not appeal their tuition charges.
Students are strongly urged to either drop their courses, or obtain an NC prior to filing a Tuition and Fees Appeal form. Grades will not be changed as a result of an approved appeal. Students wishing to have grades changed are encouraged to review the University’s LAST GRADE STANDS Policy or the Grade Appeal process, both of which are in the Student Handbook.
Students will submit the appeal and supporting documentation to the Office of the Bursar. The Tuition and Fees Appeal Coordinator will evaluate the appeals. Incomplete appeals will be rejected and the students will be informed of what documentation is missing. Appeals submitted with proper documentation and meeting the guidelines for approval will be approved by the Coordinator. Those appeals found lacking will be denied by the Coordinator. Appeals that warrant special consideration will be forwarded to the Institutional Tuition and Fees Appeal Committee for review. The Committee’s decision is final. The deadline to submit appeals is 5:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. The Committee meets to review Appeals on the second Thursday of the month. All decisions will be mailed to the student within 7 business days of the Committee meeting.
Approved appeals will be processed as follows:
- If the issue occurs in the first 25 percent of the term, the student will receive a 100 percent reduction in tuition and 100 percent reduction in fees.
- If the issue occurs between the first 25 percent and 50 percent of the term, the student will receive a 75 percent reduction in tuition and 100 percent reduction in fees.
- If the issue occurs between the first 50 percent and 75 percent of the term, the student will receive a 50 percent reduction in tuition and 100 percent reduction in fees.
- If the issue occurs after completing 75 percent of the term, the student will receive a 25 percent reduction in tuition and 100 percent reduction in fees.