2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 09, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Tuition and Fees

Student Account Services

Senior Associate Controller: Kelly D’Agostino
MH 109; 407-823-2433,
Email: stuaccts@ucf.edu

General Information

Student Account Services is here to serve the students who attend the University of Central Florida by maintaining accurate financial records and communicating with students concerning their accounts.

The Student Account Services office is responsible for:

  • Tuition and Fee Assessment/Refunds
  • Processing Payments
  • Overdue payment and institutional loans collection (Loans and Collections)

Schedule of Fees

Note: 2017-2018 tuition and fees had not been established at the time of this publication. Rates for the 2017-2018 academic year will be available in July 2017 at http://tuitionfees.ikm.ucf.edu/. Fees are subject to change without notice.

Tuition and Fees: Tuition and fees are established by the State Legislature and the University Board of Trustees and are subject to change without notice. Fees are affected by residency status. Tuition and fees are charged per semester or term for main campus, regional campus, and continuing education courses. Tuition is assessed on a per credit hour basis. Students classified as zero-hour registration students are assessed one credit hour at the Florida Resident Tuition rate at the course level for which the student is registered.

Tuition Fee Invoice: A student’s Fee Invoice will show all tuition and fee charges, payments and deferments associated with the term, and courses in which the student is currently enrolled. The Fee Invoice will not show fees such as housing, library, parking, etc. Tuition Fee invoices are available 24/7 on the web https://my.ucf.edu, and from the student’s college advising offices. Students should review their current Tuition Fee Invoice prior to making a payment. Tuition Fee invoices are not mailed. The Tuition Fee Invoice should be reviewed once after initial registration of courses and also after making any changes to the initial registration to ensure that the fees are adjusted accordingly

Fee Payment Deadlines: All University tuition and fees must be paid by the published dates. Tuition and fees not paid or deferred by the payment deadline for each term will result in late fees and may result in the cancellation of all classes. Refer to the Academic Calendar each term for the fee payment deadlines.

Limited Non-Degree Enrollment Classes: Payment guidelines for Limited Non-Degree enrollment classes can be found on the “Registration Form for Non-Admitted Students.” It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop from courses to avoid additional financial obligations.

Student Financial Responsibility Statement

Registration at UCF requires students to acknowledge the following financial responsibility statement:

The following agreement includes details on your responsibilities related to, but not limited to the following:

You are responsible for paying for any course for which you are enrolled in at the end of UCF’s drop period. If your account becomes delinquent, you agree to reimburse UCF for the fees of any collection agency, which may be based on a percentage of the delinquent account balance.

Fee Responsibility: By registering for courses at UCF, I promise to pay the university the principal, and any late fees, fines or penalties, by the due dates stated on my student account and in applicable university catalogs and/or websites. I understand that withdrawal for each term begins after the drop deadline and that I remain fee liable for any class from which I withdraw. I understand that non-attendance does not constitute a drop or withdrawal. I also understand that notifying my professor, advisor, or other university representative does not constitute a drop or withdrawal. If I withdraw from courses with the intent of not returning to UCF, I must also drop courses for any future terms or I shall be fee liable and receive a grade.

Payment of Fees: If payment is made by check (electronic or paper) and the check is not honored by my bank, I agree that a returned check fee will be charged to my student account. If I expect financial aid to pay all or part of my financial obligations to UCF, I under-stand that it is my responsibility to meet all requirements for aid disbursement to my student account. I authorize UCF to use the financial aid to pay for all education costs charged to my student account in accordance with federal guidelines. I understand that it is my responsibility to ensure that all requirements of grantors, lenders, employers, and other third party payers are met on a timely basis. I understand that despite my expectations for payment from financial aid or other sources, I am ultimately responsible for all charges incurred. I understand that my financial aid may be adjusted due to my student eligibility and/or student status (e.g., part-time, full-time). In connection with any such adjustments, I agree to repay UCF any amounts that the university pays, on my behalf, to lenders or other financial aid providers and that such amounts constitute an educational loan from the university.

Bankruptcy: UCF is an institution of higher education. As such, certain financial obligations are considered to be an educational loan offered for the sole purpose of financing an education and therefore is a non-dischargeable debt, pursuant to United States Bankruptcy Code section 523(a)(8).

Official Notification: I understand that UCF sends electronic notifications (emails) to my official Knights e-mail account to communicate important updates, and that I am responsible for taking action on correspondence sent to this address.

Note: The Fall 2017 Financial Responsibility Statement had not been established at the time of this publication.

Payment Procedures

Payment must be received or postmarked no later than the fee payment deadlines as specified on the Academic Calendar. The primary form of payment of most account holders is on-line through the E-pay system via the myUCF portal. Students can pay using a check or a credit card in this system. Payments cannot be transacted by telephone.

Acceptable forms of payment:

Personal Checks

Credit Cards (Acceptable credit card types are American Express, MasterCard, and Discover). Please review the Student Account Services website at http://www.studentaccounts.ucf.edu/ for current payment information.

E-Pay - https://my.ucf.edu – E-Check (Personal Check) or Credit Card

  • A nonrefundable convenience fee will apply per credit card transaction.
  • Payments made at any time on the published fee payment deadline will be considered on time.

E-Pay process:

  • Sign in the myUCF portal as usual then click on the link for Student Self Service; this will open your Student Center page. Use the right scroll bar to scroll to the Finances section. You will find the My Account section.
  • Click on the link for the Tuition Fee Invoice. Select the current term (i.e. Summer 2017, Fall 2017, or Spring 2018). The Fee Invoice will provide you your schedule, the charges, the Amount Due and deferrals.
  • Annotate the Amount Due as you will need that amount once you are on the E-Pay system.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the Due Charges/E-Pay link to make a payment.

Mailed payments: (Please do not send cash)

  • Include student’s name and PID# on personal checks or money orders (make check payable to University of Central Florida)
  • Address payments to:

    University of Central Florida
    Student Account Services
    Attn: Payment Processing
    P.O. Box 160115
    Orlando, FL 32816-0115

Payment Drop – 24-Hour Depository at main campus (located on Reflecting Pond side entrance of Millican Hall) (no cash)

Other Forms of Payment

Tuition and fees may be partially or completely paid by financial aid, Florida Prepaid, tuition waivers, or departmental grants. The student is responsible to pay any amount that is not covered by these types of payments by the due date on his or her fee invoice.

Financial Aid

See Student Financial Assistance  for rules and procedures.

All fees not deferred by financial aid are due by the due date on his or her fee invoice.

For information regarding Florida Prepaid College Plan or Tuition Waivers, please refer to the Student Account Services website at http://www.studentaccounts.ucf.edu/.

UCF Payment Plan

The UCF payment plan is a 2-payment design in which the student pays $15 upfront to be allowed to pay only 50% of the total tuition bill by the regular payment deadline, therefore avoiding a late payment fee, and being dropped for non-payment. The student is then responsible for paying the remaining 50% by the Payment Plan deadline on their Fee Invoice. Students receiving financial aid, Florida Prepaid, waivers, or third party payments already have an extended payment deadline and will not be eligible for the UCF payment plan.

Florida Prepaid

UCF Student Account Services will automatically defer tuition and fees and bill Florida Prepaid (FPP) up to the maximum billable amount based on the number of credit hours enrolled. Students with active FPP deferrals will see the Estimated FPP showing on their Fee In-voice for the term. Please note that no FPP Plan will cover 100% of the fees associated with the tuition assessed. Student Account Services use an automated system to identify students with active FPP accounts, which eliminates the need to turn in a FPP Card.

Tuition and Fees for Senior Citizens

Persons 60 years of age or older who meet Florida residency requirements may register to audit classes on a space-available basis without payment of tuition and application fees. Registration is on a space-available basis; see the appropriate term’s Academic Calendar http://calendar.ucf.edu for registration dates and times. The tuition fee waiver cannot be used for courses that require increased costs (such as thesis, dissertation, and directed individual study). A “Florida Residency” Affidavit is required to establish Florida residency. A completed “Student Health History” form must be filed prior to registration. Inquiries should be directed to the Registrar’s Office (MH 161; Telephone: 407-823-3100).

Refund of Fees

A refund of fees will be processed under the conditions noted below. The student must submit a written appeal for a refund or other appeal action to the University within six months of the close of the semester/term to which the refund or other appeal action is applicable. Any debts to the University will be deducted from the refund, up to the full amount.

Full Refund Eligibility

The following conditions allow a full refund: 1) A class is dropped prior to the end of the Drop period; 2) Cancellation of a course by the University.

Partial Refund (25%)

25% of tuition and associated fees assessed and paid, adjusted for waivers is refundable when the student withdraws completely from the University prior to the end of the fourth week of classes during a 16 or 17 week semester, or at the end of the first quarter of classes during a summer session.

A written appeal for a refund or other appeal action must be submitted to the University within six (6) months of the close of the semester to which the refund or other appeal action is applicable.

Exceptional Circumstances

Refunds for exceptional circumstances may be available for certain Administrative Record Changes of courses. Up to 100% of tuition and registration fees are refundable if due to circumstances determined by the University to be exceptional, including, but not limited to, sickness, death, involuntary call to military service, or University administrative error. If approved, a Late Withdrawal does not result in a refund of tuition and fees. Please visit the Academic Services website for more information.

A written appeal for a refund or other appeal action must be submitted to the University within six (6) months of the close of the semester to which the refund or other appeal action is applicable.

Direct Deposit

Students are strongly encouraged to establish direct deposit with the University. Direct Deposit prevents delays due to lost checks or change of address. All refunds from students’ accounts can be direct deposited into the student’s checking account to any U.S.A. bank in the federal system. Funds are usually available within 24-48 hours after disbursement, and enrollment only takes a few minutes. To enroll, sign in at https://my.ucf.edu and click on Student Self Service. Go to the Student Account Services link, then click on Direct Deposit and follow the instructions.

Past Due Accounts

All financial obligations to the University must be met. Failure to meet obligations can result in the withholding and denial of registration, diploma, transcripts and readmission to the University. The services of a professional collection agency and recourse to the courts may also be invoked if deemed necessary. All costs of collection, including attorney’s fees, are the responsibility of the debtor.

Do not assume your registration will be canceled if you fail to pay fees or attend classes. Tuition deferrals, for example, will prevent class cancellation for non-payment.

Late Fees

Late Payment Fees apply to students who do not pay their fees (or obtain a full fee deferment) by the payment deadline. The Late Payment Fee is $100 per term minimum.

Late Registration Fees are charged to students who enroll following the close of the regular registration period for the term, who re-register, or who enroll for the first time that term during Late Registration and Drop/Swap and Add period. The Late Registration Fee is $100.00 per term minimum.

Late Payment DNP (Drop for Non-Payment) Fees are charged to students who are dropped for non-payment of courses per term minimum.*

*Summer term is divided into sessions, and the late fees are charged per session.

Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes

At University of Central Florida, three offices are responsible for the review of residency for tuition purposes under Florida Statute 1009.21, F.S., State Board of Education, Rules 6A-10.044 & 6A-20.003, and Board of Governors Regulation 7.005. The offices of Undergraduate Admissions and Graduate Studies determine residency for all first-time-on-campus students; thereafter, the Registrar’s Office will review student requests for changes in residency for Undergraduate Students. The College of Graduate Studies will review student requests for changes in residency for graduate students. A first-time-on-campus student will be classified according to the information he or she includes on the application for admission, providing that no other information is available that calls into question the information contained on the application.

To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes in accordance with State regulations, the student must be a United States citizen, resident alien, parolee, Cuban national, Vietnamese refugee, or other refugee or asylee so designated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service,


Have established a legal residence in this state and maintained that legal residence for 12 months immediately prior to the term in which they are seeking Florida resident classification. The student’s residence in Florida must be as a bona fide domicile rather than for the purpose of maintaining a mere temporary residence or abode incidental to enrollment in an institution of higher education, and should be demonstrated as indicated below (for dependent students, as defined by Internal Revenue Service regulations, a parent or guardian must qualify),


Submit the following documentation (or in the case of a dependent student, the parent must submit documentation) prior to the first day of classes for the term for which resident status is sought:

  1. Documentation establishing legal residence in Florida (this document must be dated at least one year prior to the first day of classes of the term for which resident status is sought). The following documents will be considered in determining legal residence:
    1. Declaration of Domicile (Note: the Declaration of Domicile will support a claim of residency for tuition purposes only after a period of 12 months from the date that the Clerk of the Court notes that the declaration was sworn and subscribed to them.)
    2. Proof of purchase of a home in Florida in which the student resides;
    3. Proof that the student has maintained residence in the state for the preceding year (e.g., leases, employment records).
  2. Documentation establishing bona fide domicile in Florida which is not temporary or merely incidental to enrollment in a Florida institution of higher education. The following documents will be considered evidence of domicile even though no one of these criteria, if taken alone, will be considered as conclusive evidence of domicile:
    1. Declaration of Domicile;
    2. Florida voter registration;
    3. Florida vehicle registration;
    4. Florida driver license or Florida identification;
    5. Proof of real property ownership in Florida (e.g., deed, tax receipts) where you reside;
    6. Verification of permanent employment, fulltime (30 hours/week x 52 weeks) in Florida by the employer, employment records, or other employment-related documentation (e.g., W-2 paycheck receipts), other than for employment normally provided on a temporary basis to students or other temporary employment. The document must show 12 consecutive months of Florida employment prior to the first day of classes of the term for which the student requests Florida residency;
    7. Proof of membership in or affiliation with community or state organizations or significant connections to the State;
    8. Proof of continuous presence in Florida during periods when not enrolled as a student;
    9. Proof of former domicile in Florida and maintenance of significant connections while absent;
    10. Proof of reliance upon Florida sources of support;
    11. Proof of domicile in Florida of family;
    12. Proof of admission to a licensed practicing profession in Florida;
    13. Any other factors peculiar to the individual that tend to establish the necessary intent to make Florida a permanent home and that the individual is a bona fide Florida resident, including the age and general circumstances of the individual;
    14. Proof of graduation from a high school located in Florida.
  3. No contrary evidence establishing residence elsewhere;
  4. Documentation of dependent/independent status (notarized copy of most recent IRS tax return)
    Be married to a person who has been a legal resident of the State of Florida for the required 12-month period and relinquish legal ties to any other state,
    Be a member of the Armed Forces on active duty stationed in Florida, or a spouse or dependent, or active drilling members of the Florida National Guard,
    Be a member of the full-time instructional or administrative staff of a state public school, Florida College System institution, or university in Florida, a spouse or dependent,
    Military Personnel (and spouse/dependent children) not stationed in Florida whose home of record or state of legal residence certificate is Florida,
    Be a dependent and have lived five years with an adult relative, who has established legal residence in Florida,
    Be a person who was enrolled as a Florida resident for tuition purposes at a Florida institution of higher education, but who abandoned Florida residency and then re-enrolled in Florida with 12 months of the abandonment,
    Be a full-time Latin American or Caribbean student who receives scholarships from the federal or state government,
    Be a United States citizen living on the Isthmus of Panama who has completed 12 consecutive months of college work at the Florida State University Panama Canal Branch, or a spouse or dependent,
    Be a graduate student of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Academic Common Market attending Florida’s state universities,
    Be a full-time employee of a state agency or political subdivision of the state when the student fees are paid by the state agency or political subdivision for the purpose  of jobrelated law enforcement or corrections training,
    Be a U.S. Citizen who is a McKnight Doctoral Fellowship recipient,
    Be a qualified beneficiary under the Florida Pre-paid Postsecondary Expense Program per s.240.551(7)(a),
    Be an active duty member of the Canadian military residing or stationed in this state under the North American Air Defense (NORAD) agreement, or a spouse or dependent,


Submit a statement as to the length of residence in Florida and their residency qualifications under the above criteria. Students requesting Florida residency for tuition purposes shall apply to the appropriate admissions office if they have not yet enrolled, or to the Registrar’s Office if they already are enrolled.

Residency Reclassification

The offices of Undergraduate Admissions and the College of Graduate Studies determine first term at UCF residency for tuition purposes for all newly admitted students. Thereafter, the Registrar’s Office will review student requests for changes in residency for Undergraduate Students. The College of Graduate Studies will review student requests for changes in residency for graduate students. The Registrar’s Office cannot review student requests for residency reclassification to be effective with the student’s first term of enrollment, only subsequent terms.

To request a residency review, the student must submit a completed “Residency Reclassification Application and Affidavit” and supporting documents to the Registrar’s Office (MH 161) or Graduate Studies (MH 230). This form is available either at the Registrar’s Office or online at http://registrar.ucf.edu. This form must be accompanied by copies of all documents that support the student’s Florida residency claim. Residency reclassification requests are subject to Florida Statute 1009.21, F.S., State Board of Education, Rules 6A-10.044 & 6A-20.003, and Board of Governors regulation 7.005. In addition, University policy requires students requesting residency reclassification to provide documentation establishing that they have income or personal sources to meet financial obligations of attendance and living expenses. Contact the Registrar’s Office at 407-823-3100 for additional information regarding all residency reclassification requirements.

When building a case for Florida residency for tuition purposes, the student must submit documents from a variety of categories. Students may consult the Registrar’s Office before submitting the reclassification request and supporting documents. The submission of documents in itself does not qualify the student for Florida residency for tuition purposes. The Registrar’s Office will evaluate the submitted documents and available information and will render an eligibility determination. UCF is authorized to make discretionary judgments as to residency within the bounds of the law and in reaching this professional judgment will evaluate all documents submitted and information available. No single document shall be conclusive.

Students seeking residency reclassification should understand that living in or attending college in Florida does not automatically establish residency in Florida for tuition purposes. The student who comes to Florida to enroll in a Florida post-secondary educational institution as an out-of-state resident and continuously enrolls in a Florida institution normally will not meet the Florida residency requirement for in-state tuition regardless of the length of time enrolled. Living or attending school in Florida merely evidences physical presence. The student must provide documentation verifying that he or she has formed significant legal ties to the State of Florida. This documentation must establish that the Florida residence constitutes a bona fide domicile rather than serving the purpose of maintaining a mere temporary residence or abode incident to enrollment in an institution of higher education. Evidence establishing legal ties to states other than Florida may disqualify the student from Florida residency for tuition purposes. All determinative documents must be dated at least 12 months before the first day of class for the term in which residency is sought.

Students entering the second term of enrollment at UCF or later who believe that they qualify for Florida residency must submit the “Residency Reclassification Application and Affidavit” and all documents to the Registrar’s Office (MH 161) or Graduate Studies (MH 230) prior to the close of “Late Registration and Add period” for the term in which Florida residency is requested. Approved residency reclassification will not be applied retroactively to previous terms.

The Registrar’s Office or Graduate Studies may require additional documentation beyond that initially submitted by the student or the claimant before it can render a reclassification eligibility determination and it will not complete its review of the residency reclassification application until both the student and the claimant have submitted all requested documents.

All readmitted students are required to submit copies of two documents (more may be requested) such as, driver’s license, vehicle registration, and/or voter registration, to verify that they qualify and to update residency information on file. Requests for proof of residency for UCF students looking to transfer or become transient students at another institution must be submitted in person or in writing.

UCF is authorized to make discretionary judgments as to residency within the bounds of the law and in reaching this professional judgment will evaluate all documents submitted and information available. Students who feel an erroneous decision was made regarding their residency reclassification may request an appeal in writing to the UCF Residency Appeals Committee through the Registrar’s Office.