Student Accounts Policies
As students of Springfield College, you have certain financial obligations to the College based on your registration and College policies. While your obligations have not changed, the College is implementing a formal process for students to acknowledge and accept those obligations. This is considered to be a best practice in higher education, as it ensures students are aware of their financial obligations to the College and the related College policies.
For incoming students starting in the spring semester, electronic acceptance of the Financial Obligation Agreement through PrideNet will be required for all students registered by February 1st.
Please review the Agreement. If you have any questions or concerns about the Agreement, please contact Student Accounts at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413)748-3183.
The Agreement will be required to be eSigned each spring for the upcoming Fall semester which will cover the full academic year.
Tuition Payment Policy
eBills for tuition, housing, and fees will be generated on July 15 for the fall term, Dec. 15 for the spring and intersession terms, and April 15 for the summer term. Payments not received by the term due date for the prospective term will be subject to a late fee of $75 for each month a balance is past due.
Term Due Dates
- Fall Term - Aug. 1
- Intersession Term - Jan. 1
- Spring Term - Jan. 1
- Summer Term - May 1
Registered students are considered enrolled at the College unless they complete a Withdrawal Request form at the Office of the Registrar. Not attending classes does not constitute withdrawing or dropping a class. Students will be held responsible for all charges on their account. Please refer to the College’s withdrawal and refund policy.
Past-due Account Policy
Students whose accounts are not paid in full by the tuition due date are not able to participate in residence hall room selection, receive transcripts, or a diploma and are not permitted to register for a new semester until the balance owed is paid in full. Payments not received by the due date will be subject to a late fee of $75 for each month a balance is past due.
Students are allowed the removal of one late fee per semester here at Springfield College for up to a max of four semesters or up to the max of four late fees over the course of their college career, whichever comes first.
Any request for additional late fees to be removed will need to go through an official appeal process where a written letter of appeal, as well as documentation, must be submitted. Students may only appeal once over the course of their educational career at Springfield College. All appeal decisions are final.
Account with a past due balance of 30 days or more may be placed in collections. If an account is referred to an outside collection agency, the student is responsible for all collection costs, including agency fees, attorney fees and court costs, in addition to the amount(s) owed to the College. Additional action, including credit bureau reporting and a requirement of upfront payment for any future registration may also apply.
Return Check Policy
A returned payment may automatically result in a hold on the student account, which may preclude participation in residence hall room selection, and future class registration, issuing transcripts, and/or diplomas until balance owed is paid in full.
A returned payment charge of $35 will be charged for each returned check/automated clearing house (ACH) payment.
In the case that a check/ACH payment is returned twice in one semester, future payments by check/ACH payment will not be accepted for the remainder of the academic year.
The College will use normal collection procedures including, but not limited to, the use of collection agencies, credit bureaus, and legal action for returned payments.