Oh the fees you will have to pay!
You are GEO eligible for one semester if you earn $3467.5 in that semester. For 2 semesters if you earn twice that in a year (can be earned all in one semester or split between the two). Basically you need 10 hrs per week of teaching or research assistantship. Many fees are waived for GEO eligible students but not all. Paying spring fees also covers summer enrollment in health coverage.
Different options for GEO eligible students and the associated fees (spring of 2008):
- Continuation fee (formerly known as Program Fee) – If you are taking no classes you can enroll in just the continuation fee of $275. You can do this through Spire by enrolling in class #57092 under the “Graduate School” department (GRADSCH 999).
- 1-4 Credits – $222 Service Fee + $50 Graduate senate tax = $272*
- 5-8 Credits – $388 Service Fee + $50 Graduate Senate Tax = $438*
- 9+ Credits – $545 Service Fee + $50 = $595. All of these fees are subject to change with each academic year
* If you register for Continuation fee or are taking less than 8 credits and wish to be considered a full time student you must get the GPD (currently Kevin McGarigal) to send a memo to the graduate school saying the department considers you a full time student. You will also need this memo to be eligible to receive student loans
- You must register full-time (9 credits) for 2 semesters to be eligible for graduation. When considering registering for the Continuation fee opposed to credits, make sure you meet this requirement.
- GEO eligible students pay 5% of the health plan costs. That works out to around $70 a semester. If you are taking less than 5 credits or on program fees you must re-enroll in person at the health center at the beginning of each semester. If you are taking more than 5 credits you should be automatically enrolled in the health plan, but you might still want to check with the health center. You must go and pay your health fee and sign a form in the beginning of the semester to get your insurance for that semester if you are on continuation fee.
- In addition to the above fees there is a $332 entering student fee that you must pay your first semester.
Fee Minimization Strategies
- After you’ve decided how what classes your taking it costs you nothing more to add thesis/dissertation credits up until just below the next fee threshold (make your total credits for the semester 4 or 8). Just make sure to get a memo saying you’re a full time student and don’t forget to enroll in the health plan.
- Similarly if you have over 9 credits in classes you don’t pay anything more for adding additional thesis/dissertation credits. There’s a maximum of 16 per semester (or 18 with GPD approval).
- If you’re not taking any classes in a semester realize that the cost of enrolling in 4 thesis/dissertation credits is pretty much the same as the program fee. Similarly the cost of taking a single class (3 or 4 credits) is pretty much the same as the cost of taking no classes.
- Master’s students can count a maximum of 10 thesis credits towards their degree (but don’t need any) and need 30 credits total. PHD students need at least 10 dissertation credits.
- It’s possible to get your fees deducted from your paycheck over the course of the semester. This must be set up far in advance (previous semester). To do this you have to print the payroll deduction form available on the bursar’s website, fill it out, and hand it in at the bursar’s office.
- Currently you cannot pay your bill (this may change) by credit card so note that you will have to pay your semester bill by check or cash or pay it in parts over the semester and be charged a $50 late fee.
- The Graduate School Graduate Records, Registration, and Transcripts, 534 Goodell Building Phone: (413) – 545 – 0024 (8:30 AM – 5:00PM M-F)
- GEO (the graduate employee organization)
Updated: September 10, 2008