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• How can a parent or other third party view my account?
• What are "Fees"?
What forms of payment are accepted?
• What is the address for mailing in payments?
• What are the costs for tuition and fees?
• What happens if my check bounces?
• How do I get the STS fee and Student Insurance fee refunded to me?
• Where can I get my checks cashed?
• When can I access my bill?
• What if my bill is incorrect?
• If my bill is incorrect, should I wait for a corrected bill on salukinet?
• What happens if I can't make payment in full by the due date?
• How do I obtain a refund of an overpayment to my student account?
• How do I receive a refund (associated with tuition, fees, and/or financial aid)?
• What is Debit Dawg?

• What is a bursar hold?
• What is "Illinois Tuition Subsidy"?
• Is it possible to receive a refund and still owe a balance on my student account?
• Why doesn't my 1098-T match what I paid/received?
• Why has my College Illinois plan not paid into my account yet?
• I am a sponsored student. Where do I turn in my Sponsor/Third Party authorization form (financial guarantee)?


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How can a parent or other third party view my account?
A student can set up an authorized user(s) to make payments, put money on their debit dawg, view their account balance, etc. By setting up a user through the 3rd Party/ Parent Access task in Salukinet, they will authorize them to view information online as well as talk to any of our staff about the account. More than one user can be set up for a student. Return to top

What are "Fees"?
These are mandatory fees paid by all students as a condition of enrollment regardless of whether the student utilizes the service. Please refer to the tuition and fee schedule on the Registrar's Office webpage. For more information, see Board of Trustee Policy on tuition, fees and charges. Return to top

What forms of payment are accepted?
We accept cash, checks, credit/debit cards (additional service fee applies), and/or money orders as a form of payment for all charges that appear on your account. Make checks payable to SIUC, and please include your student ID number on the check. For more information on Payment OptionsReturn to top

What is the address for mailing in payments?
Payments should be mailed to:
SIUC Bursar
1263 Lincoln Dr.
Carbondale, IL 62901-4704

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What are the costs for tuition and fees?
The costs for tuition and fees for the current academic year are assessed by the Registration office, and can be found under the Registrar's Office ;webpage. The online calculator can be used to estimate your on-campus tuition and fees.Return to top

What happens if my check bounces?
There is a $30.00 check penalty on all returned checks effective May 1, 2011. The $30.00 penalty and the amount of the returned check will be charged to the student's account. Return to top

How do I get the STS fee and Student Insurance fee refunded to me?
If a credit is desired, you must request it within the first two weeks of classes for the Spring/Fall semesters, or the first week of the Summer semester. For the student insurance refund, visit the Student Health website for additional information and to apply online for the refund (Direct Link), or call (618) 453-4413. For the Student to Student Grant Fee (STS) you may download the request form or contact the Registrar's Office at (618) 453-2968 for more information. Return to top

Where can I get my checks cashed?
At this time, the Bursar's Office does not cash checks. Refund checks may be cashed at the bank in which they are drawn on, or at the student's personal bank. Return to top

When can I access my bill?
Bills are available on Salukinet around the 15th and payment is generally due the 10th of the succeeding month. For more information on electronic bills, Click Here

To further assist you, click here for a look at the billing calendarReturn to top

What if my bill is incorrect?

The Bursar's Office cannot change, adjust, remove or add charges/credits to your bill. However, we can answer questions about your statement and assist in resolving errors. If you think you have been charged or credited incorrectly, you should contact the office responsible for originating the charge/credit. If you are unsure of who to contact or require additional assistance, please call the Bursar's Office at (618)453-2221 or email us at bursar@siu.eduReturn to top

If my bill is incorrect, should I wait for a corrected bill on salukinet? 
No! We produce only one statement per month, and waiting for the new statement will only compound any problems. Once you contact the office responsible for correcting the problem, and receive their assurance that a correction will or will not be made, you may adjust your payment accordingly. You may also view your account activity through salukinet. Return to top

What happens if I can't make payment in full by the due date? ;

If you are unable to make payment in full, a 1.5% late payment charge will be assessed on the unpaid balance. Students will not be able to register if their past-due balance is greater than $200.00. No transcripts or diplomas will be released until the past-due balance is paid in full. If you live in University Housing,please contact them regarding payment penalties at (618) 453-2301. Return to top

How do I obtain a refund of an overpayment to my student account?

Immediate cash refunds are not given for withdrawals, reduction in credit hour loads, or overpayments. However, the refund process will begin at the time a credit balance becomes effective. Refunds are processed by the Bursar's Office once a week from an automated listing reflecting those accounts with a credit balance. The current refund policy will allow any funds due to the student from either a 'loan', 'grant', or 'self-paid' transaction or a combination thereof to be combined and a single refund issued to the student. If the refund is due to 'self-paid' overpayment, there is up to a three-week hold before the processing is completed. Students with short-term loans will have their refunds reduced by their outstanding amount. Students may have their refund directly deposited into their bank account. Payments made by a credit card may be refunded as a "credit back" transaction to the credit card used for payment. Return to top

How do I receive a refund (associated with tuition, fees, and/or financial aid)? 

Refunds are issued electronically via ACH Direct Deposit to your checking or savings account. To enroll in or update direct deposit, students log into SalukiNet and click the Direct Deposit task under the Bursar Category or by searching for Direct Deposit in the search box.

You may verify that a refund has been generated and the amount by logging into your SalukiNet account.

Failure to register for Direct Deposit may result in a delay in the issuance of your refund.

*It is the student's responsibility to update all banking information and address information. Incorrect banking information and incorrect addresses will delay the receipt of of your refund.

What is Debit Dawg?

Debit Dawg - You can add personal funds to your Debit Dawg account which is your student ID card. Debit Dawg is separate from your bill. You cannot use your Debit Dawg funds to pay your tuition bill.  The card can be used at local establishments that advertise they accept Debit Dawg.  It cannot be used at an ATM.   For more information on Debit Dawg click here  http://studentcenter.siu.edu/services/debit-dawg/ or contact the Debit Dawg office at 618-536-3351. Return to top

What is a bursar hold?
A bursar hold is a financial hold that may prevent you from enrolling for classes, being re-admitted to the University, and/or obtaining a transcript or diploma. If your past-due balance is greater than $200.00, a BR hold will prevent you from registering for classes. If you have a past-due balance greater than $0.00, a BH hold will prevent you from receiving transcripts or your diploma. Return to top

What is "Illinois Tuition Subsidy"?

The tuition and fees that you pay cover only a part of the total cost of instruction at state universities. Each year money received by universities from the state covers some of the costs of higher education, thus allowing us to charge you less than the actual cost for various classes and programs. We are providing you the following information, as mandated by law, so that you may see in more detail how tax dollars lower your actual out-of-pocket expense for education. 
For example, for fiscal year 2010, the General Assembly and the Governor authorized the aggregate amount of $1.4 billion to be appropriated from the General Revenue Fund and the Education Assistance Fund for operation of the State's public universities. For fiscal year 2010, each resident undergraduate full-time public university student received an average tuition subsidy of $4,022 from the State of Illinois, which was applied to offset the full cost of instruction. 
**It should be noted that this is not a scholarship nor is it an amount that will be credited to your account. It is provided to inform you of how much of your tuition dollars are supplemented by public tax dollars. If you have any questions concerning this information, please visit the Illinois Board of Higher Education's website. Return to top

Is it possible to receive a refund and still owe a balance on my student account?

Beginning with Fall 2009, the Department of Education requires a financial aid authorization if you are receiving Federal Title IV funds. Based on the Federal Title IV regulations, it is possible to receive a refund and still owe money to Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Title IV financial aid includes Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Federal ACG Grants, Federal SMART Grants, Federal TEACH Grants, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized Direct Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, and Federal Graduate/Professional PLUS Loans. Students must either accept or decline the following two questions:

(1.)In accordance with Federal Title IV regulations, do you authorize SIU to use federal grants or loans to pay for outstanding non-institutional charges (other than tuition, fees, room & board) including miscellaneous charges and fines?

  • If you accept, current semester charges billed at the time of the financial aid disbursement are eligible for payment by the Title IV financial aid. If you decline, Title IV financial aid will pay only current tuition, related fees, room and board. Other current semester charges such as library, parking fines, health service charges, etc. will remain unpaid.

(2.)In accordance with Federal Title IV regulations, do you authorize SIU to use federal grants or loans to pay for outstanding prior year charges?

  • If you accept and allow SIUC to apply Title IV financial aid to prior year charges, the amount is limited to $200 and you are responsible to pay any balance above $200. If you decline, you are responsible for any previous academic year charges.

*As a reminder, you may still owe a balance to SIUC even if you have received a refund. Please go to SalukiNet to check to see if you owe a balance. Keep in mind that you will not be able to register if your account is past due with a balance greater than $200.00 at the time of registration. Return to top

Why doesn't my 1098-T match what I paid/received?

This is the most common misunderstanding each year. For 1098-T purposes, SIUC reports qualified transactions in the calendar year when amounts were billed and not when amounts were paid, received or posted. For example, students were billed in mid-December for classes being taken during the Spring semester 2014, so those amounts are included on the 2013 1098-T even though the actual payment may have been made or applied or posted during 2014.   

Amounts of qualified tuition and required fees reported on your 1098-T are defined by the IRS as "tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution". The IRS does not consider student health fees, transportation fees, insurance fees, or room and board* as qualified tuition and related fees, therefore, these are excluded from amounts reported on the 1098-T.

Amounts of scholarships reported on your 1098-T are for determining eligibility for the American Opportunity Credit and lifetime learning credit only, NOT for determining taxability of such scholarships. Your scholarships may or may not be taxable, refer to IRS Publication 970 http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf for details on determining the taxability of different types of scholarships. Return to top


Why has my College Illinois plan not paid into my account yet?

You must complete an authorization form for each semester that you intend to use your College Illinois plan. The form may be obtained in the Financial Aid Office or you may print the form from the Financial Aid Office website: fao.siu.edu/forms. Return to top


I am a sponsored student. Where do I turn in my Sponsor/Third Party authorization form (financial guarantee)?

Your authorization form should be turned into the Financial Aid Office.  Return to top


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