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Tuition is billed based on the number of credit hours in which you are enrolled. The more classes, the more it costs.
Your first bill of each semester will be mailed to your permanent address. After that, bills will be mailed to you locally (Residence Hall or Cape address). Please make sure you share this bill with your parents, if they are helping you. We also offer an online Account Summary allowing you to view the entire account history and make online payments. A printable Online Schedule Bill is available once the semester begins.
If your bill is not paid on time, then you may be cancelled from your course(s). If you are cancelled for non-payment, contact us immediately, to determine if reinstatement is an option.
Be sure to check your Southeast email regularly, as official billing correspondence will be sent there.
Grants (Free Money) - There are both Federal and State funded grants, and every grant has it’s own eligibility requirements. Grants are awarded based on many factors, but the most common are your level of “need” (your EFC) and if you completed your aid application early. The most common grants are the Pell grant (Federal), FSEOG (Federal), and Access Missouri (State) - but there are others you may be awarded.
Scholarships (Free Money) - Scholarships are a great way to fund an education, but they usually require a little work on your part. There are three categories of scholarships: Merit, Endowed, and Private. Merit scholarships were awarded based on your performance in high school. If you do not already have one, you cannot earn one. Endowed scholarships (money given to the university to establish a scholarship fund) have a separate application, so make sure to review the details in the "Applying" section below! Private scholarships are not awarded by Southeast, but require you to do some research, find scholarships, and apply (which may require an essay, but it's totally worth it).
Student Loans (Borrowed Money) - Unlike grants and scholarships, student loans are not free money and must be repaid with interest. While not ideal, loans can be used to fund your college education if no other options exist. There are different types of loans, each with their own terms, and it is important to review the specifics before borrowing. The decision to borrow should not be taken lightly, and you should only borrow what you absolutely need!
Parent Loans (Borrowed Money) - There may be a time where all of your student aid (grants, scholarships, and student loans) does not cover all expenses. If this happens, chances are that your parent would have the option to apply for a Parent PLUS loan in their name. They are responsible for repayment on a parent loan and must be approved through a credit check. We can work with you on this step if that time comes!