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Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI, USA 48197

University Information: 734.487.1849

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When do I get my refund?

Student Business Services process all refunds and students must have an Eagle OneCard in order to receive a refund from the University. Financial aid payments are applied twice weekly: Monday and Wednesday. When financial aid award payments exceed tuition costs, academic fees, and campus room and board, a refund will be issued according to the student's refund preference. Financial aid cannot be used by the University to pay non-educational charges (i.e. parking tags) nor may it be used to pay charges from prior semesters unless an Authorization to Pay form is on file. Students who have not submitted this form should be aware that all of the charges on their student account may not be paid even though they have received a refund.

If a credit appears on a student account on Monday, the refund process will begin Wednesday; if a credit appears on a student account on Wednesday, the refund process will begin Friday. The amount of time it takes a student to receive a refund depends on the refund preference. Those students having their refund deposited on the Eagle OneCard will receive it the following day. Students who have chosen to have their refund direct deposited into another bank account will receive their refund in 2-3 days. To check when a refund will be available, visit the EBill (ebill.emich.edu) website and select "current activity." By using the information above, students can determine when their refund will become available.

Advance Check Refunds: Overpayments made in check will be put on student accounts as an "advance." These overpayments will not automatically refund. Rather, a student must request the overpayment to be refunded after three weeks have passed. It is necessary for the University to allow three weeks for the check to clear. If a student would like his/her refund prior to the three week waiting period, s/he must provide documentation from the bank verifying that the particular check has cleared.

Credit Card Refunds: All student account credit card payments are made online via PayPath. There is a 2.75% non-refundable convenience fee for this service.

When do I pay my bill?

All bills are sent electronically students will not receive a paper bill. Notification that a bill is available is sent to your my.emich email account or alternative email address.

Fall Semester 2013

  • Semester Bill Due Date: September 3, 2013
  • Payment Plan Due Dates:
    • September 3, 2013

    • October 11, 2013

    • November 8, 2013

    • December 6, 2013

Please note that the e-bill website is available 24-7 and available for students and that all recent account activity can be viewed on the e-bill website. To view your account information at any time, login to EBill (ebill.emich.edu) using your E ID and PIN which are located in your my.emich account under the Student/Personal Information tab.

Records & Registration

When do I apply for graduation?

Candidates for a degree and/or certificate must submit a formal application for graduation in the final semester in which you will complete all requirements before a degree/certificate can be awarded. Applications are accepted online via My.Emich Student Services. If you are applying for more than one degree and/or certificate, you must complete an application for each. The application fee of $100 for each degree and/or certificate will be applied to your student account.

Note: Graduation applications are due no later than the last day of the semester in which you will finish all of your degree requirements. No applications will be accepted after the last day of the semester.

Failure to satisfy degree requirements, including the removal of incompletes in required courses or providing official transcripts for course work taken at other colleges or universities, will necessitate that you submit a new application for a subsequent semester. No additional fee is required.

Students should expect to receive their degree-verification letter within four to six weeks after the close of the semester in which their degree or certificate is conferred. Diplomas (with a complimentary transcript) are mailed approximately six to eight weeks after the close of the semester in which the degree is conferred. Financial obligations must be met before students may receive their diplomas.

When do I complete a graduation audit?

Graduation audits are available for undergraduate students with a minimum of 95 hours who wish to confirm their progress toward graduation. While not required to be completed prior to applying for graduation, an early audit can assist in ensuring all requirements are complete when the student actually applies to graduate. To obtain an audit request form, please visit Service EMU, 268 EMU Student Center, the Office of Records and Registration at 303 Pierce Hall, or go online to www.emich.edu/registrar/forms/ugaudit.pdf

When do I register for classes?

Registration is done by appointment time based on how many credit hours you have earned. You will not be permitted to register before your appointment time. During the registration period, you may register or add/drop at any time during or after your scheduled appointment.

To verity your total earned hours, see your Academic Transcript accessible though your my.emich account. If you are a new undergraduate student, you will not be able to register online. You must call Academic Advising at 734.487.2171 to schedule an advising session.

Registration appointments can be found in the EMU Class Schedule book, or on-line at: http://www.emich.edu/registrar/rappfpt.htm

Financial Aid

When do I apply for Financial Aid?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available for students to complete beginning each January 1st. As a general rule we suggest filing the FAFSA no later then mid-February of every calendar year for the up-coming school year. This ensures that your application is processed and sent to Eastern Michigan University early enough to be considered for priority funding. Priority aid includes the Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Perkins Loan, and College Work Study. You must re-apply for financial aid every year by filing a new FAFSA.

The State of Michigan will also consider students for state scholarships if they have their FAFSA completed and submitted to the Federal Department of Education by March 1 of each year for the upcoming school year. If you intend on enrolling for classes during the Spring and or Summer semesters Eastern Michigan requires an additional application. The Spring/Summer Financial Aid application becomes available mid February each year.

For maximum consideration check the Office of Financial Aid website in February and apply on the first day. The spring/summer aid application is available online, at the Financial Aid Office and Service EMU.

To avoid late fees we suggest you submit your documentation a minimum of six weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Financial aid can be processed through the last day of classes for any given semester.

When do I complete the University Scholarship Application?

The University Scholarship Application was available mid-October and was due the last business day in January. This application was for nw and returning students who want to be considered for EMU scholarships.


When do I accept/decline aid?

Once you have been awarded with financial aid, you will receive one paper award notification. It is important that you review the types of aid you have been packaged with and determine what you would like to receive. You can then log into your My.emich account (my.emich.edu) to accept the aid. If you have questions about the type of aid you have been packaged with, feel free to stop into Service EMU, 268 EMU Student center or e-mail us at serviceemu@emich.edu. To contact the financial aid office by phone, you can call 734-487-0455.

It is also important to make sure you have completed all of your outstanding requirements as your aid will not pay if you have not completed them. They can be viewed on your My.emich account (.my.emich.edu) under the Financial Aid tab. To avoid late fees we suggest you submit your documentation a minimum of six weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Financial aid can be processed through the last day of classes for any given semester.