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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why does ASU charge me to use my Credit/Debit Card?

A: The cost of accepting payment cards for the University has grown dramatically in recent years. The University would prefer to recover funds through a convenience fee that were being used for payment of these costs. The goal is to generate budget savings for use in areas that support the academic mission of the institution.

Q: Where does the money for this fee go?

A: Convenience fees collected go directly to the third party that processes card transactions on behalf of ASU.

Q: How can I pay my student account and avoid the convenience fee?

A: You can avoid this convenience fee by paying online with our new eCheck payment option or in person via cash, debit card, check or money order.

Q: I have waived out of health insurance. Why has it not been taken off my E-bill?

A: The E-bill is a statement of your bill as of the date it was released. It will not be changed or updated. To view any adjustments to your account, please view the student's "Account Detail " page, as it is updated daily.

Q: I waived out of the health insurance, so why am I being charged the "Health Services Access" charge?

A: The health insurance charge and the health services access charge are completely separate charges. The "Health Services Access" charge is a general fee that any student is required to pay each semester. This is to cover the operating expenses for Student Health Services (infirmary, pharmacy and clinic).

Q: When do I pay for Orientation?

A: The charge for New Student Orientation is estimated to be $225*. This cost covers all orientation expenses including your AppCard, Common Reading book, online Advising Planner, food and more. *Online students will have a modified orientation fee.* You will not be billed for New Student Orientation until after you attend.  These charges will be billed directly to your student account as part of your first semester tuition and fees.  These fees are non-refundable after you attend orientation.

Q: Is there a charge for Family Orientation?

A: There is no charge for Family Orientation and the number of family members in attendance does not affect the price.  

Q: Why hasn't my financial aid award been posted to my account?

A: If you have been awarded financial aid and it has been accepted and all requirements have been fulfilled, your account will be memoed with the funds to be applied to your account. Financial aid funds will post approximately 1 week before classes begin.

Q: When will I get my refund?

A: Refunds are normally processed the first week of class and then weekly after that for new awards. We recommend setting up direct deposit for a timely and efficient direct deposit.  Direct Deposit is set up through the Billing and Payment Center by Touchnet.  See the tutorial above, Set up a Refund Account for instructions.  

If you choose not to setup a direct deposit account, please make sure to set up a refund mailing address in the appalnet portal under Student > Personal Information > Update Addresses. 

Q: How do I pay my bill?

A: Bills can be paid by electronic check or debit/credit card via the New Billing and Payment Center by Touchnet in  AppalNet Self Service Link  for students or the Billing and Payment Center by Touchnet for parents and authorized users.. A non-refundable 2.85% fee will be assessed for all online card transactions. Beginning in May 2023, the non-refundable fee will increase to 2.95%. Payments can be made in person at our cashier window using cash, check, money order, or debit cards. Checks can be mailed to our office and should be made payable to "ASU CASHIER" (please include Student name and Banner ID in the memo line). The address for mailed payments is:

Q:  I am unable to afford the costs of attending Appalachian State University.  How do I negotiate or lower my costs at Appalachian State University?

A: The authority to set the rates for Tuition and Required Fees at all UNC System Institutions is delegated from the North Carolina General Assembly, to the UNC Board of Governors (NCGS 116-143).  The UNC Board of Governors sets rates for the upcoming academic year in the Spring.  Changes to rates that are not explicitly authorized by state statute are strictly prohibited. Per NCGS 116-143(c) "Inasmuch as the giving of tuition and fee waivers, or especially reduced rates, represent in effect a variety of scholarship awards, the said practice is hereby prohibited except when expressley authorized by statute."  The prevents member schools, such as Appalachian State University, from participating in what private higher education institutions commonly refer to as "tuition discounting".

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