Collection Policy For Bursar Accounts

Enrollment in classes at Connors State College automatically incurs a financial obligation to the student which must be satisfied in a timely manner. All charges associated with tuition, fees, books & supplies, room & board, as well as miscellaneous charges such as parking fines, etc are posted to the bursar account.  Payment or payment arrangements must be made on or before the first day of class.  These arrangements would include notification of departmental scholarships or third party tuition assistance such as BIA, VA, Voc Rehab, etc.  It is the responsibility of the student to notify the Bursar Office of the method they will be using to pay their bursar account. All students are required to sign a Student Financial Responsibility (SFR) contract upon finalizing their enrollment. This contract outlines the expectations of the institution in regards to their bursar account.

 

A billing statement is generated monthly and mailed to the address supplied by the student on their application for admission.  The student is responsible for maintaining their address and failure to receive a billing statement does not relieve the student of their financial responsibility.  Students may also view their bursar account online through our website www.connorsstate.edu and make payments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Connors State College offers a monthly Payment Option Plan (POP) for students who do not receive financial aid or simply need to fill a gap between charges and financial aid received.  POP is an alternative means of paying for college and even enables the student to charge their books, room & board in addition to their tuition & fees without having to pay the full amount up front at the beginning of the semester.  Enrollment in this plan may be done online or in the Bursar Office.  A non-refundable enrollment fee is required at the time of enrollment in the plan. September is the last month eligible to enroll in the Fall Plan and February is the last month eligible to enroll for the Spring Plan.  A late fee is assessed if the payment is not received by the due date.

 

A bursar hold will be placed on a student’s account whose balance is past due. Accounts with past due payments will have the balance assessed with a finance charge of 1.5% or an annual percentage rate of 19.56% when computed from the billing date.  All past due accounts will be turned over to a collection agency 90 days after the end of the semester.  For example, Spring Semester past due accounts will be turned over to a collection agency September 1st.  Summer Semester accounts will be sent November 1st and Fall accounts will be sent April 1st.  These accounts will be subject to credit bureau reporting as well as additional fees associated with the collection of this past due debt.  All past due accounts will also be submitted to the Oklahoma Tax Commission for processing in the Warrant Intercept Program which will capture Oklahoma state income tax refunds to be applied to their outstanding debt. The Student Financial Responsibility contract includes this information as well as outlines the risks to the students’ credit report and the financial responsibility of collection and/or legal fees incurred to collect the outstanding debt owed to Connors State College.

 

No transcript or diploma will be released to or on behalf of a student for any reason until their bursar account is paid in full.  Re-enrollment in future semesters will not be authorized until the bursar account is paid in full or authorization is given from the Financial Aid Office to assure future financial aid funds may be applied to clear past due balance.  In accordance with Title IV regulations, $200 of current semester financial aid funds may be applied to previous semester charges.  Authorization to re-enroll may be agreed upon by the Bursar Office and the Financial Aid Office if the student has verifiable financial aid to cover charges.

 

In the event a student incurs charges after the end of the semester such as late fines posted or financial aid funds removed, they will be expected to pay this balance within 30 days.