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    Milwaukee School of Engineering
   
 
  Sep 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Academic Catalog

Student Financial Services


Student Accounts Office

Main Office: Campus Center CC-437
Phone: (414) 277-7130
Fax: (414) 277-4535
Email: payments@msoe.edu
Website: www.msoe.edu/finaid

Financial Aid Office

Main Office: Campus Center, CC-431
Phone: (414) 277-7223
Fax: (414) 277-6952
Email: finaid@msoe.edu
Website: www.msoe.edu/finaid

MSOE’s Financial Aid Office is available to assist graduate students in obtaining financial aid and exploring alternative loan products. We encourage all students to visit the Financial Aid website for more detailed information. If you have any questions or want further information, feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office at (800) 778-7223 or finaid@msoe.edu.

How to Apply for Aid

You can apply for aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may do so online at www.fafsa.gov. MSOE’s FAFSA school code is 003868. If you wish to apply via a paper application, please contact the Department of Education at (800) 4-FED-AID.

Eligibility

Admitted graduate students who are not in default or do not owe a repayment on any federal aid program are eligible for need-based and non need-based federal student loans. A student must be enrolled in a minimum of three graduate credits per quarter to be eligible for student loans and deferment of student loans.

Please note the non-credit workshops offered through Graduate and Professional Education are not eligible for financial aid. Further note that nondegree and nonmatriculated students are not eligible for financial aid.

Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018 Academic Year)

Graduate tuition $790 per credit
Technology Fee  
 

Graduate students, registered for 1-11 credits, will be charged $12.50 per credit. Graduate students can opt into the laptop rental program and are charged $100 per quarter. The technology fee supports information technology, printing services, network usage, distance/digital learning, and other related services. 

 
Infrastructure and Facilities Fee $150/quarter (9 credits or above)
Parking Permit (per quarter)  
Standard Permit $165
Motorcycle Permit $75
Evening/Weekend Parking  Free (must have permit)
Tower Parking  $60/month
Audit fee 75% of the graduate tuition rate
Continuation Fee (GC 899 ) $100
Graduation fee $75
Directed study $1,238 per credit
  (Directed study fees must be paid in full at the time of registration. This fee is nonrefundable even if directed study is not completed.)  
Enrollment deposit $250
  The enrollment deposit applies to M.S. Perfusion and MBA Education Leadership students, and should not be paid unless you have been formally accepted to MSOE. This fee is nonrefundable and will be credited to your first-quarter tuition bill should you choose to attend MSOE.  
Returned check fee $30
  Checks received in payment of tuition and fees or cashed at the MSOE Bookstore, which are returned by the bank as “Non Sufficient Funds”, “Payment Stopped” or “Account Closed” will result in a charge of an additional $30 NSF check handling fee. If two checks are returned from the bank, the student will lose his or her check-writing privileges in the Bookstore and their student account will be annotated to require all future payments to be in cash, cashier’s check, money order or credit card.  

MSOE reserves the right to revise tuition, fees and policies at any time. MSOE will exercise the normal means of communication announcing revisions.

Due Dates

Charges are due and payable by Monday of the third week of classes. Students who have settled in full all obligations to MSOE will be issued earned certificates, diplomas and transcripts, and will be permitted to register for the subsequent term. A student must have a zero balance to register for the next quarter. 

If payment is not received by Monday of the third week, a finance charge may accrue at a rate of one percent per month (12 percent A.P.R.) until paid. Students whose financial aid has not transferred to their student account as of Monday of the third week because they have not completed their financial aid paperwork, have not yet applied for financial aid or applied for financial aid late, may be charged a finance charge on the entire outstanding balance. Students that are sponsored by a company, Department of Veterans Affairs (Chapter 31 and 33), DVR or a Foreign Embassy, who have their letter of authorization on file in the Student Accounts Office by the first day of the third week, will not be charged a finance charge on those charges covered by a company or agency. 

If a student does not make payments when due, MSOE reserves the right to require full payment of the subsequent quarter before the student may register for that quarter. 

Fall 2017 due date: September 18, 2017
Winter 2017 due date: December 11, 2017
Spring 2018 due date: March 19, 2018

Agency or Employer Sponsorship of Students

Under these plans, a student’s tuition (and other fees, if applicable) may be paid by an employer, outside agency, or embassy. Eligible students must submit the following: 

  • Proof of eligibility from agency or employer
  • Copy of agency or company policy, if applicable 
  • Completed Payment Plan Agreement Form
  • Completed Financial Responsibility Form 

Under agency or employer sponsorship options, the student is ultimately responsible for the term’s tuition, fees, room and board, and all other assessed charges. Payment in full is due within 45 days from  the last day of the term. If the student’s agency or employer fails to pay the student is required to pay in full immediately. Finance charges of 1% a month will be assessed beginning on the 30th day of delinquency on the total unpaid balance. If payment is not made within 45 days of grades being posted, registration for current and subsequent terms bay be cancelled. 

H.E.L.P. Payment Plan

MSOE’s in-house payment plan, H.E.L.P. (Helping Everyone to Learn and Pay), offers students monthly payment plans for amounts due. Students determine how much of their balance they wish to divide into monthly payments. Any amount not covered by H.E.L.P. will be due when billed. For further information, contact the Student Accounts Office at (414) 277-7130.

Financial Aid Disbursement

All processed financial aid will transfer to your student account during the second week of the term and on a rolling basis from that time forward.

Credit Balance Refund Checks

All processed financial aid will transfer to the student account during the second week of the quarter and on a rolling basis from that time forward. A credit balance refund will be processed if the sum of financial aid posted to the student account including federal Title IV funds (see definition below) exceeds the sum of allowable charges (see definition below). MSOE will refund any excess funds within 14 days after the disbursement is posted to the student account. Students can elect to have refunds directly deposited into a checking or savings account. If not enrolled in direct deposit, a check will be mailed to the current address on file with the university.  

Students who have a credit balance on their account as a result of a Parent PLUS Loan will be refunded to the parent, or as directed on the Parent PLUS Loan application, within 14 days after the disbursement has been posted to your student account. If the refund check is to be refunded to the parent, the refund check will be mailed to parent. Otherwise, the student will receive direct deposit or a check will be mailed to the current address on file with the university.  

To prevent any outstanding balance because of non-allowable charges, students can complete the Credit Balance Authorization Form and return the form to the Student Accounts Office. This authorization will allow MSOE to apply the amount of financial aid including federal Title IV funds that exceed the allowable charges to cover all non-allowable charges (such as parking, bookstore charges, etc.) to the student account.

Students and parents also have the option to hold any credit balance refund on their student account to cover future quarter expenses.  The funds will be held on your student account through the end of the academic year or earlier if the student does not plan to attend MSOE for the full academic year.  To hold your credit balance refund, please complete the Credit Balance Authorization Form and return the form to our Student Accounts Office.

Federal Title IV Funds and Allowable Charges Definitions

Federal regulations require MSOE to only apply financial aid funds including federal Title IV funds to certain allowable charges.   Below are two lists on what is considered Federal Title IV funds and allowable charges.

Federal Title IV funds include:

  • Unsubsidized Loans
  • Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

Allowable charges include only the following:

  • Tuition
  • Mandatory Fees (Technology and Infrastructure and Facilities Fees)
  • Room and board, if contracted with the MSOE 

Book Purchase Policy

Students are able to charge their book purchases, made at the MSOE Bookstore, to their MSOE student account and will be billed for those charges on their next monthly invoice. In order to do this, students must present their MSOE student ID to the bookstore when purchasing their textbooks. Students are able to charge their books to their student account during the three weeks before the term begins through the second Tuesday of the term. Students can only charge books and supplies to their account; students cannot charge MSOE apparel or souvenirs to their account. 

Student Statements

All registered students receive an email notification when their bill is available to view online. For any student billing questions, please contact the Student Accounts office at (414) 277-7130 or via email at payments@msoe.edu. 

Students can always view their statement online at my.msoe.edu and are responsible for all charges. MSOE does not send paper invoices. Students can authorize third party access to view invoices online at my.msoe.edu.

Dual-degree Program Charges

Dual-degree programs offer the ability to complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years. Students in a dual-degree program should complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as an undergraduate student. Students are encouraged not to graduate with a bachelor’s degree after their fourth year because they are eligible to receive undergraduate financial aid for their fifth year.

Full-time students (12+ credits) accepted into the Freshman-to-Master’s program in Architectural Engineering or Civil Engineering are charged full-time undergraduate tuition rates and will receive undergraduate financial aid, even though they may be taking graduate courses. If a student enrolls in more than 19 credits, they will be charged the undergraduate per-credit rate for any credits above 19.

Students enrolled less than full-time (1-11 credits) in an approved dual-degree program will be charged $655/credit.

Alumni Tuition Discount

For the 2017-2018 academic year, MSOE alumni are eligible for a discounted tuition of $650 per credit for the following graduate program:

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

In this case, alumni include anyone who has graduated from MSOE with a bachelor’s or master’s degree. To be eligible, students must apply for and be accepted into the MSN program. There is no GPA or location stipulation. In order to register for any classes at MSOE, a student must have a zero balance on their student account or be a participant in an approved MSOE payment plan. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@msoe.edu or (800) 778-7223.

The discount is subject to change each academic year. The new rate will be published anually in this catalog.

Tuition Refund

Tuition refunds will be based on the date of official withdrawal. The official withdrawal date is the date that the completed form is received by the Registrar’s Office. Tuition refunds will be authorized only for withdrawals approved by the Registrar’s Office.

Tuition Refund Schedule for Withdrawal from MSOE

Tuition refunds will only be granted to students who officially withdraw from ALL courses according to the following schedule:

  Prior to the start of the quarter 100% Tuition refund
  During the first week of the quarter 100% Tuition refund
  During the second week of the quarter 80% Tuition refund, owe 20%
  During the third week of the quarter 40% Tuition refund, owe 60%
  During the fourth week of the quarter 20% Tuition refund, owe 80%
  After the fourth week of the quarter NO REFUND

No tuition refund will be made for students who drop individual courses after 4:30 p.m. Friday of the first week of the quarter.

Withdrawal- Return of Financial Aid 

Return of Title IV Funds Policy

  • If a recipient of Title IV aid officially withdraws from all classes before completing 60 percent of the quarter, MSOE is required by law to calculate whether a portion of the student’s federal financial aid must be returned to the federal government. The official withdrawal date is determined as the date that the “Withdrawal from All Classes” form is submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
  • If a recipient of Title IV aid unofficially withdraws from all classes without notifying MSOE, the Financial Aid Office is required to determine the student’s last date of academically related activity to calculate whether a portion of the student’s federal financial aid must be returned to the federal government.
  • The Financial Aid Office will contact the student’s professor(s) to determine the last date a student completed any academically related activity. If the professor(s) is unable to provide a date, the Financial Aid Office will be required to use the midpoint of the quarter as the withdrawal date. The student will have 14 days after notification of any adjustment in aid to provide documentation that he or she completed the quarter or attended at a later date than the midpoint of the term.
  • The amount of federal aid the student keeps is in direct proportion to the length of time the student remained enrolled during the quarter. The amount of aid earned is determined by dividing the number of days completed in the quarter by the total number of days in the quarter.
  • Any funds not earned will be returned no later than 45 days from the determination of a student’s withdrawal in the  in the following order:

1. Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan

2. Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

  • A student who received less federal financial aid than he or she earned based on the calculation above, may be eligible to receive a post-withdrawal disbursement. The MSOE Financial Aid Office will inform that student in writing that he or she is eligible for that disbursement prior to making any post-withdrawal disbursement. Any student who is contacted by the MSOE Financial Aid Office will have 14 days from the date of the letter to confirm that he or she would like to accept all or a portion of the funds available. Federal loans that were awarded and accepted by the student but not originated with the Dept. of Education are not eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement.
  • If a student withdraws before completing 60 percent of the quarter, a bill will be mailed to the student for any balance due to the return financial aid funds. A student who is considering withdrawing from MSOE is encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office to determine what financial aid will be returned and to receive an estimated final balance.

Return of Institutional Funds Policy

  • If a recipient of MSOE scholarship or grants officially withdraws before 4:30 p.m. Friday of week four, MSOE will calculate the amount of institutional aid the student earned and return the unearned aid back to the university.
  • The amount of aid earned is determined by dividing the number of days completed in the quarter by the total number of days in the quarter.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for MSOE Financial Aid Recipients

In accordance with federal regulations, financial aid recipients are required to complete both 1.) A minimum percentage of credits attempted, (defined as the Quantitative Component of Satisfactory Academic Progress) and 2.) Maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) (known as the Qualitative Component of Satisfactory Academic Progress) that would lead to the attainment of a degree.

Quantitative

Students must successfully complete at least 67% of cumulative credits attempted. The percentage is calculated by dividing completed credits (grades A-D) by attempted credits.  Attempted credits include successfully completed credits (grades A-D), earned F’s, incompletes, withdrawals and courses that were grade replaced.  67% completion percentage is required in to assure that students can obtain a degree in the maximum time frame allowed which is 150% of the published length of the degree program.  To determine the published length of a degree program, please refer to MSOE’s Academic Catalog. For more information on the maximum time frame, please review the maximum time frame section below.

  1. Students are monitored at the end of the each academic term including summer
  2. Students not meeting the minimum percentage after a given academic term will be placed on financial aid warning for their next term of attendance
  3. While on financial aid warning, the student is still eligible for financial aid but the student must meet the required minimum percentage by the end of the warning term
    1. If the student completes enough credits to meet the minimum percentage, the financial aid warning will be lifted
    2. If the student does not complete enough credits to meet the minimum percentage during the financial aid warning term, the student will be placed on financial aid suspension and will not qualify for financial aid for their next term of attendance. Students can appeal their suspension. Please see the appeal section below

Qualitative

In accordance with federal regulations, a student’s CGPA must be reviewed at the end of each term of attendance including summer.

  1. Students who have not maintained a 3.00 CGPA at the time of review will be placed on financial aid warning for their next term of attendance
  2. While on financial aid warning, the student is still eligible for financial aid, but the student must reestablish a 3.00 CGPA by the end of the warning term
    1. If the student reestablishes a 3.00 CGPA or higher, the financial aid warning will be lifted
    2. If the student does not reestablish the 3.00 CGPA during the financial aid warning term, the student will be placed on financial aid suspension and will not qualify for financial aid for their next term of attendance. Students can appeal their suspension. Please see the appeal section below

Appeals

If a student is placed on financial aid suspension, they may appeal their suspension. Students are notified of their suspension status via email to their MSOE email address and via mail to their permanent address. Included in this notification is instructions on where to find the appeal form and the deadline based on the academic term. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Financial Aid Office and should be addressed to the director. All appeals must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. of the first Thursday of the academic term for which the student is appealing their suspension. A committee reviews the appeals and the student will be notified of the decision in writing, via email to their MSOE email address, on the first Friday of the academic term.

Students may file an appeal for the following reasons: death of a relative, personal injury or illness, or other extenuating circumstances that the student can document. Students must indicate why they failed to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress and what has changed in their situation to allow the student to meet the requirements. Students are limited to two suspension appeal requests while attending MSOE.

Financial Aid Probation

Students whose appeals have been approved will be placed on financial aid probation for their next term of attendance.  While on financial aid probation, the student must reestablish a 3.00 CGPA and/or reestablish 67% completion rate of cumulative credits attempted.  If it is determined prior to the probation term that the student will not meet the requirements of the financial aid probation during the probation term, an academic plan will be developed for the student.

Academic Plan

Students whose appeals have been approved will have to complete an MSOE Financial Aid Plan Agreement if it is determined by the Financial Aid Office that they cannot reestablish a 3.00 CGPA and/or reestablish 67% completion rate of cumulative credits attempted within one quarter of study.  The academic plan will be developed on an individual basis and may include academic performance requirements, meetings with an academic advisor, meetings with a counselor and the Raider Center for Academic Success.  Failure to meet the requirements of MSOE Financial Aid Plan Agreement will result in suspension of financial aid for the next term of attendance.

Denial of Appeal

Students whose financial aid suspension appeal is denied will have a one-time opportunity to forward their appeal to the Vice President of Academics for review.  Students whose appeal is denied by the Vice President of Academics or decides not to forward their appeal will need to find sources of funding other than federal, state or MSOE financial aid to cover the costs of their next term of attendance.

MSOE Financial aid Office will review students’ cumulative grade point average and percent of successfully completed credits quarterly.  Once they have reached a 3.00 CGPA and/or completion rate of at least  67% of cumulative credits attempted, their financial aid will be reinstated.  Students who are unable to meet the requirements after one quarter on financial aid suspension, will have the opportunity to appeal their suspension again unless they have appealed twice previously or their financial aid suspension appeal was denied by the Vice President of Academics. 

Maximum Time Frame

Students must complete their degree program within 150% of the published length of their degree program.  The following below will be considered when calculating the maximum time frame.

  • Transfer credits accepted from other schools will be counted toward completion of the degree program as both hours attempted and hours completed.
  • Students who repeat a course will have both the initial and subsequent course(s) count toward completion of published length of the degree program as both hours attempted and hours completed.
  • Remedial courses will be counted toward completion of published length of the degree program as both hours attempted and hours completed.  
  • Courses where a student withdraws are also included in the maximum time frame calculation as attempted credits only and will be counted toward completion of published length of the degree program.
  • Courses in quarters where students are not receiving financial aid will also be calculated as part of the maximum time frame calculation for financial aid purposes.
  • Students who change majors must submit a Change of Program form with MSOE’s Registrar’s Office.  When submitting the form, students will have the option to have all courses that do not meet academic requirements for the new major removed.  If students choose this option, courses removed will not be considered in the maximum time frame calculation and will not count towards the CGPA calculation.
  • When calculating the maximum time frame for students enrolled in two degree programs, the calculation will be based on 150% of the total credits needed to complete the longest of the two programs.
Please note:
  1. Students’ enrollment level is determined by the number of credits registered as of 4:30PM Friday of week one of each quarter.