Business Office

Policies - Bethel Seminary

Registration Hold

Registration for classes in succeeding courses is dependent on full payment of the previous expenses. A student whose account is in arrears will have a registration hold on their account and will not be permitted to register for subsequent courses.

Any student who pays an outstanding balance by check will have their registration dropped (for future terms) if the check is returned from the bank due to non-sufficient funds. The student will not be permitted to re-register until full payment is received. If repayment is made via check, the payment must be cleared though the bank before registration is granted.

Any student in good standing on a payment plan (current on their monthly payments installments) will be allowed to register for future terms. If the student fails to pay their remaining monthly installments in full, their registration will be dropped.

Be advised that students whose registrations have been dropped have no guarantee the same course(s) will be available when they re-register.

Transcript Hold

When full payment has not been received, a transcript hold is placed on the student account. A transcript hold will prevent an official transcript from being printed by the Office of the Registrar.

Financial Clearance for Graduation

A student will not be issued an official transcript or receive their diploma until all financial obligations have been met.

Financial Suspension

Bethel reserves the right to suspend a student from a program, course(s) if there is failure to provide full payment on the student account when due. Any student who is financially suspended during a semester will be withdrawn from their classes.

Finance Charges

A finance charge of 1% per month will be assessed on any charges more than 30 days past due.

Non-Sufficient Funds Fee

If payment is returned from the bank for non-sufficient funds, a $20 returned check fee will be assessed on the student account. Any student who has two checks returned due to non-sufficient funds will not be allowed to make future payment by personal check.

Past Due Accounts

A student who is not currently registered at Bethel and has an account balance more than 60 days past due, may be transferred to Educational Computer Systems, Inc. (ECSI). ECSI is a billing service that offers payment plans for students not currently registered at Bethel Seminary. Accounts sent to ESCI are automatically reported to the National Credit Bureau. No student who has an account balance with ECSI will be considered for re-admittance. Official transcripts and diplomas will not be released until the balance has been paid in full.

In the event Bethel Seminary has to incur any expense in collecting on a student account, the student agrees to pay all of Bethel's costs for collection. This includes, but not limited to, a collection agency fee and/or attorney's fees at the rate of 25-40 percent depending on the actions necessary to collect the debt.

Refund Schedule and Withdrawal Policy: Tuition Refunds

See Bethel's policies about refunds of institutional charges and financial aid.

Excess Loan (Title IV) Funds

Federal financial aid regulations require Bethel University to issue a check to the student for the excess Title IV funds on the student account. Title IV funds that exceed the registered semester costs will be automatically sent to the student's mailing address within 14 days of the Business Office receiving the funds.

Child Development Center

Bethel reserves the right to transfer the credit balance from the student account to the Child Development Center account (“C” account) should the account fall behind on monthly payments.