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Financial Aid Deferments

Tuition Deferments

A tuition deferment prevents cancellation of registration for non-payment of fees, and temporarily prevents assessment of the late payment fee. Receipt of a tuition deferment is not a guarantee that you will receive aid. Because a tuition deferment prevents cancellation for non-payment, you must officially withdraw from all classes by the refund deadline to be relieved of liability to pay and to ensure that tuition is not later paid by disbursed financial aid.

Check OASIS prior to the start of classes (each term) to see if you have any deferments and to see the expiration date(s) for the deferment(s). If you still owe tuition after the expiration date has passed, you will be assessed a late payment fee by the University Controller's Office (UCO) and a cash collection hold will be placed on your student account, which will prevent you from registering for future terms and from obtaining official transcripts until your account is paid in full.

To qualify for an automatic deferment, you must be eligible to receive financial aid (including student loans) and/or scholarships. Deferments are automatically posted on OASIS if you:

  • Have scholarships (including Bright Futures), or;
  • Have a FAFSA on file at USF 10 business day before classes begin, and;
  • Are a degree seeking student, and;
  • Are enrolled in at least half-time in USF classes appropriate to your grade level and;
  • Are meeting satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirements.

If you completed the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a tuition deferment will be posted if:

  • USF receives the official results from the federal processor at least 10 business day before classes begin, and;
  • You are admitted as a degree seeking student, and;
  • You are registered at least half-time in USF classes appropriate to your grade level by the end of drop/add and;
  • Your satisfactory academic progress (SAP) status is eligible for disbursement.

Housing Deferments

A housing deferment allows you an extension to pay your housing bill based on your accepted financial aid. You must meet specific requirements to qualify each semester. To see the criteria for determining if you qualify for a housing deferment, visit Housing and Residential Education, then search for 'housing deferment'.

  • Check OASIS two weeks prior to the start of the semester to see if you qualify
  • Choose 'Financial Aid', then
  • Select the appropriate aid year; then
  • Select 'My Requirements, Bookstore Authorizations and Deferments';
  • Review the 'Satisfied Requirements' section and look for a housing deferment
  • If you do not qualify, your housing payment will be due by the date listed on your housing contract. Contact the USF Housing Office directly at 813-974-0001 if you have questions about payments.

Meal Plan Deferments

A meal plan deferment allows you an extension to pay your meal plan based on the amount of financial aid available to be paid during the fall and spring semesters. You must meet specific requirements to qualify each semester. For specific details to see how you qualify, review your meal plan contract or contact USF Dining Services at 813-974-4499. Meal plan deferments are not available during the summer semester.

  • Check OASIS two weeks prior to the start of the semester to see if you qualify
  • Choose 'Financial Aid', then
  • Select the appropriate aid year; then
  • Select 'My Requirements, Bookstore Authorizations and Deferments';
  • Review the 'Satisfied Requirements' section and look for a meal plan deferment
  • If you do not qualify, your meal plan payment will be due by the date listed on your meal plan contract. Contact the USF Dining Services directly at 813-974-4499 if you have questions about payments.
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