Paine College Makes Tough Decision to Release Students for Non-Payment of Tuition

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/29/2015 08:21 AM

Today, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President, announced that Paine College will release 35 students due to non-payment of tuition.  Some students have balances as high as $12,000 stretching over 18 months.  Students were given adequate time to make payment arrangements and installments towards open balances since being notified in September 2014.  The Office of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs worked diligently with students who were in non-compliance to establish payment plans that would allow them to remain in their classes.  Students were notified in person through face-to-face financial counseling, letters, phone calls and via emails.  In many cases, the Office of Student Affairs visited with students in their residential rooms to encourage them to meet with the Office of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs to establish payment plans.  College officials made appeals to students during forums held by the Student Government Association to meet their financial obligations.  Announcements were also made during Wednesday Assembly programs.

"Although this is unfortunate, we must protect the College’s financial future and work to be in compliance with the guidelines that were set forth by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)," said Dr. Sullivan.

"This is the last thing we want to do, but we must be held accountable," commented Dr. Sullivan who further stated that it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to pay their tuition by the College’s established deadlines.

College officials also contacted parents and guardians to inform them that students were released due to non-payment of outstanding balances and would be returning to their respective homes.  The College has invited all of the affected students to satisfy their outstanding bills before reapplying for the fall 2015 term.

For more information, please contact Helene Carter in the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.821.8323 or via email: hcarter@paine.edu<mailto:hcarter@paine.edu>.