Fees for Undergraduate Study

Detailed information regarding current fees and residency regulations is furnished in the Schedule of Courses on the registrar’s Web site.

The University reserves the right to modify by increase or decrease the fees charged for attendance and other services at the University, including but not limited to educational fees, at any time when in the discretion of the governing board the same is in the best interest of the University, provided that no increases can or will be effective unless approved by the governing board not less than thirty (30) days prior to the beginning of the academic term (semester, etc,) to which the fees are applicable, with all modification of fees to be effective irrespective as to whether fees have or have not been paid by or on behalf of a student prior to the effective date of the modification..

Payment of Fees
All fees are due and payable before the beginning of classes each semester. A minimum payment plan is available for students unable to complete their financial arrangements at the time of registration. A finance charge will be assessed on the unpaid balance of all students at the rate of 1% per month. All accounts will be billed using this method; therefore, it is NOT necessary that a student choose the minimum payment plan at the time the charges are incurred. Students with delinquent accounts will NOT be allowed to register in subsequent semesters.

Credit Cards.
Valid MasterCard and Discover  are accepted toward payment of fees only online at http://ebill.umsl.edu.  There is a 2.75% service charge for paying by credit card.

Personal Checks.
Personal checks in payment of fees and other obligations to the University will be accepted in the Cashiers Office and online only when the amount of the check does not exceed the amount due from the student. Any checks payable to the university which are returned unpaid will be assessed a $20 return check fee. 

Quick and Easy Ways To Pay Fees

  • By Mailusing the mail in coupon and envelope provided with your monthly statement.
  • Online using MasterCard, Discover, or personal checking account. A 2.75% service charge will be assessed to those making payment online by credit card.
  • In Person at one of the service windows at the Cashier's Office.
  • Debit cards may be used in the Cashier’s Office. This is a PIN based transaction.

Nonresident Student Fees
A student admitted to the University as a nonresident is subject to the Nonresident Educational Fee as well as all other required fees.  The Missouri resident fact sheet, Residence and Educational Fees Rules, and the petition for Missouri Resident Status are available at www.umsl.edu/services/financial/feeinfo.htm.  All questions should be directed to the Office of Admissions at (314) 516-5451

Metropolitan Fee Plan
The Board of Curators of the University of Missouri approved a Metropolitan Fee Plan for undergraduate students that grants in-state resident fee status to residents of Jersey, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair counties in Illinois.

If you have questions, please call (toll-free in the Illinois 618 area code) at 1-888-GO.2.UMSL. (462-8675) or at 314-516-UMSL

Fee Reassessment for Dropping Classes or Withdrawal From School
Fees may be reassessed for students who officially withdraw from the University or who drop classes. It is a student's responsibility to formally notify the Registrar's Office and to follow proper procedures when withdrawing from the University.  Withdrawing from or refusing financial aid does not constitute an official withdrawal from the University. Likewise, failing to attend class does not in and of itself, mean a student has dropped a class. Please refer to the appropriate sections in this publication for specific information about these procedures.

From the standpoint of fee reassessment, it is in the student's best interest to formally drop a class during the 100 percent refund period to avoid higher cost implications later. Reassessments are based on the total cost of the class(es), not just the amount paid thus far. This is necessary because the university commits resources to students when they are registered and the space reserved could have gone to another student.

Fees included in the reassessment are the Educational Fee, Student Activity Fee, Instructional Computing Fee, Special Course Fee (if applicable), and Parking Fee (if applicable). Such fees are reassessed and reduced according to the schedule published in the Schedule of Courses publishedeach semester.

Policy on Administrative Cancellation of Student Registration for Nonpayment of Educational Fees:
A registered student is required to remit payment of assessed fees by deadlines that are announced each semester.  The University will cancel the registrations in all courses of students from whom the University has not received and processed either the full payment or the required minimum payment (a stipulated portion of the balance due after deducting approved financial aid) for assessed fees by announced deadlines.

Policies and Procedures Related to Cancellation of Student Registration

  • The University will make efforts to notify any student whose registration is about to be administratively cancelled prior to taking this action.
  • On or before the last day on which a student may enroll in a course, a cancelled student’s space in a course will be given to other students on that course’s wait lists.  The cancelled student will be placed at the end of the course wait list.
  • Any student who has been administratively cancelled for nonpayment of assessed fees may not enroll in a class unless the required fees have been paid.
  • Cancelled students who re-register on or after the first day of the semester will be assessed a nonrefundable late registration charge.
  • Once a student’s registration has been administratively cancelled for nonpayment of assessed fees, that student may not attend class unless s/he has officially re-registered.

Refund of Fees
All refunds are made by mail or direct transfer to your bank and require two to four weeks processing time after withdrawal or dropped classes. Deductions will be made for any financial obligation due the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Delinquent Indebtedness
All delinquent indebtedness to the university must be cleared before transcripts or diplomas will be released, or before registration in subsequent semesters. The university will pursue any and all collection efforts and practices including referring the account to a collection agency and reporting to a credit bureau. The account could be assessed an additional collection charge up to 50 percent of the balance when it is referred to a collection agency.

Other Fees

Laboratory Breakage Fee
Breakage or loss of laboratory equipment due to personal negligence on the part of the student shall be assessed against the student when the actual value of the supplies exceeds $1.00. The amount of the charge shall be determined by the department chairperson.

Room and Board
The university offers many different room and board plans. The average total cost for the residence hall is $5,400 for a nine-month contract. For more information contact the Office of Residential Life, Provencial House, Villa 101 at (314) 516-6877.

Student Insurance: International Students (required)
International students in F-1 and J-1 status are required to purchase the health insurance policy offered through the university. Information regarding waivers, premiums, and coverage is available through the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

Student Insurance (optional)
An Accident and Sickness Insurance plan is available to students and their dependents. Information concerning premiums and coverage is available upon request from University Health Services located at 131 Millennium Student Center or call (314) 516-5671.