Undergraduate Fees • Expenses

The Board of Supervisors may adjust fees and costs for dining plans and housing at any time and without providing advance notice to students. Please check with the Office of the University Registrar, 112 Thomas Boyd Hall, 225-578-1686, for up-to-date fee information.


Student expenses, other than campus fees and nonresident fees, will vary with the individual. A Baton Rouge area student living with parents or a student living on campus spends about $2,534 in addition to fees, housing, and a dining plan per school year. A student living off campus can expect to spend at least $7,236 per academic year for rent, food, clothing, laundry, cleaning, books and school supplies, transportation, entertainment, and incidentals. Married students spend approximately $13,600 per academic year.

Total first-year expenses for sororities, including some one-time fees, average $2,000; subsequent yearly costs are approximately $1,300, not living in the house. Costs for fraternities average $1,500 for the first year, which includes some one-time fees.

The following is an approximation of what a student may expect to spend each semester for fees, housing, and dining plan.

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Please refer to the Office of Budget & Planning Web site (www.bgtplan.lsu.edu/fees.htm) for the listing of current fees.


Rental rates are published on a semester basis. Please refer to the Residential Life Web site (www.lsu.edu/housing) for a listing of current rates.

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Students are offered a choice of the following one-semester meal plans beginning on the residence hall move in day and continuing through the final examination period:

Note: Dining plan rates, number of meals, and amount of Paw Points are subject to change at the beginning of a semester or summer term.

First-year students who live in University residence halls are required to participate in a University meal plan for two semesters.

Students who are exempt from participation include the following:

Requests for an exemption should be submitted in writing to the Director of Contracted Auxiliary Services.

Students who have completed two regular semesters (excluding the summer term) are not required to participate, but they are invited and encouraged to do so. All continuing students, part-time or full-time, residing off-campus or on-campus, may purchase a LSU Dining meal plan.

For more information about dining plans, please contact Tiger Card Office, 207 LSU Union Building, call 225-578-4300, visit our Web site at www.lsu.edu/dining, or see the “ Student Life and Academic Services” section in this catalog.

Only first-year students who live in University residence halls are required to participate in a University dining plan. For more information about dining plans, see the “ Student Life” section of this catalog or contact Contracted Auxiliary Services, 15 Johnston Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803, telephone 225-578-5208.

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A nonrefundable application fee of $40 (check or money order) must accompany the application for admission. In addition to this fee, a nonrefundable late application fee of $15 is charged students who file applications after December 1 for the spring semester, after April 15 for the summer term, and after April 15 for the fall semester. Applications submitted after the deadline date will be considered on an appeal basis only. The University is not responsible for cash sent by mail.

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Academic Excellence Fee

The Academic Excellence Fee is used to promote academic excellence by enhancing instructional programs. Please refer to the Fees Glossary on the Office of Budget & Planning Web site which is located at: www.bgtplan.lsu.edu/fees/ feeglossary.htm for the current amount of this fee.

Operational Fee

During the 2004 Regular Session, the Louisiana Legislature passed House Bill 1062 authorizing the LSU Board of Supervisors to assess an operational fee of up to four percent of the total mandatory tuition and fees. The operational fee is used to cover state mandated costs and enhance instructional programs at the University. Please refer to the Fees Glossary on the Office of Budget & Planning Web site at www.bgtplan.lsu.edu/fees/feeglossary.htm for the current amount of this fee.

Student Technology Fee

This fee is dedicated to the acquisition, installation, maintenance, and intelligent use of state-of-the-art technology solely for the purpose of supporting and enhancing student life and learning and preparing graduates for the workplaces of the 21st century. Please refer to the Fees Glossary on the Office of Budget & Planning Web site at: www.bgtplan.lsu. edu/fees/feeglossary.htm for the current amount of this fee.

Student Health Center Fee

During registration, all full-time students are required to pay a student health center fee. This fee, included in the required fees, entitles the student to use of the Student Health Center. Please refer to the Student Health Center Web site (www.lsu.edu/shc) for a listing of exact fees.

There is no charge to visit a primary care clinician, but charges are assessed for specialty clinics and treatments, pharmaceuticals, diagnostic imaging, and laboratory work. Students can also see a mental health clinician, health educator, and registered dietician at no additional charge.

Part-time students who want to use the center have the option of paying the fee, which entitles them to the same services as full-time students for the entire semester. Part-time students also have the option of paying a pervisit charge, which includes a follow-up visit for the same medical condition.

Nonstudent spouses are allowed to pay the semester fee or per-visit fees for treatment in the Student Health Center. Ancillary service charges (lab, pharmacy, diagnostic imaging) will be assessed at student rates.

Audit Fees

Fees for auditing courses are in accordance with the “Regular Semester” and “Summer Term” fees. Maximum fee is $1,508 for the regular semester and $1,216 for the summer term. Fees for students enrolling for combined credit and audit work will be assessed in accordance with total hours scheduled.

Industrial Cooperative Education Program

Students enrolled in the alternating Industrial Co-op Program pay the tuition and required fees as follows:


Students enrolled in co-op only during the fall, spring, or summer semester pay the $50 co-op fee and all full time required fees (excluding the Student Sports Recreation and Student Health Center Fee). Please refer to the Office of Budget & Planning Web site at www.bgtplan.lsu.edu/fees.htm for the listing of current fees.


Students enrolled in co-op and a three-hour course during the fall, spring, or summer semester pay the tuition for three hours of credit and all full time required fees (excluding the Student Sports Recreation and Student Health Service Fees). Please refer to the Office of Budget & Planning Web site at www.bgtplan.lsu.edu/fees.htm.

Three-Week Summer Short Courses

See note section at bottom of Summer Student Required Fees Schedule on the Office of Budget & Planning Web site at www.bgtplan.lsu.edu/fees.htm.

Undergraduate Geology Field Fees

Students enrolled in undergraduate geology field courses must pay the $150 camp fee, tuition, required fees, and non resident fee (if applicable) for six hours of credit. With a few exceptions, these fees conform to the summer term fee schedule. Please refer to the Office of Budget & Planning Web site at www.bgtplan.lsu.edu/fees.htm.

Other Fees

Motor Vehicle Registration Fee

All students (full-time, part-time, night, and auditors) who operate or expect to operate a motor vehicle on campus regularly or occasionally are required to register with the Office of Parking, Traffic, & Transportation. A registration fee will be charged for each permit issued. The exact amount of this fee will be published each year in the Traffic & Parking Regulations issued by the Office of Parking, Traffic & Transportation.

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A health insurance plan is offered to students through an insurance company approved by the University. This coverage is strongly recom-mended to relieve students of possible financial strain in meeting expenses for medical services that the Student Health Center does not provide.

The University requires that all nonimmigrant international students on “F” and “J” visas enroll in the LSU Student Insurance Program at the time of registration or provide evidence in advance to International Services (IS) of acceptable insurance coverage. All acceptable insurance plans must meet or exceed the following:

Students enrolled in the School of Veterinary Medicine are required to have the student health insurance coverage through enrollment in the University-sponsored plan or to have proof of participation in an equal or better insurance program.

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Students are notified by e-mail each semester by the Office of Bursar Operations of the date the online fee bill is available on PAWS (Personal Access Web Services). All fees and other University charges are due by the date indicated on the online fee bill.

Payment Options

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Students who do not pay fees by the deadline must pay a $75 late registration service charge when subsequently registering.

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According to the provisions of Act 525 of the 1975 Louisiana legislature, individuals over 65 years of age may enroll in one or more collegelevel courses and be exempt from the payment of the University fee. Further information may be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar.

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A student will be subject to dismissal from the University as a result of failure to pay fees and/or other charges when due or when a check offered by the student in satisfaction of an obligation to the University is not honored by the bank on which it was drawn. Due notice of the delinquency shall be given to the student by the Office of Bursar Operations. There will be a charge of $25 per returned check.

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Title IV program fund recipients resigning from the University without completing at least 60 percent of the enrollment period will be required to return all or part of the aid they received to the appropriate programs in the following order: Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, PLUS (Parent) Loans, Graduate PLUS Loans, Pell Grants, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National SMART Grant and SEOG. Specific information regarding this refund schedule is available at www.lsu.edu/financialaid.

Semester • Summer Term 100 % Refund 90 % Refund 50 % Refund No Refund
Fall or Spring Semester Before class begins First 6 class days 7th-24th class day After 24th class day
Summer Session A Before class begins First 3 class days 4th-12th class day After 12th class day
Summer Session B Before class begins First 3 class days 4th-7th class day After 7th class day

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