Frequently Asked Questions



  • What is the purpose of the authorization form?

    In compliance with Federal regulations, the University must obtain the voluntary permission from the student (or parent if a Parent PLUS loan) to apply Federal Student Aid to pay charges related to a prior term or charges other than tuition, fees and room & board on the student account.

  • What types of Federal Student Aid are parts of Title IV funds?

    Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford loans, PLUS loans, Perkins loans, Pell Grants, SEOG, TEACH Grant and any other federal aid. The University does not need authorization to apply funds from a private loan to any charges incurred.

  • Will allowing permission to apply Federal Student Aid help me?

    Yes. By allowing permission any excess federal aid could be applied to a prior term or other charges such as Health Insurance or ID charges. More importantly, this will help prevent an "account hold" due to unpaid charges, which could block registering for future terms or receiving official documents such as transcripts or diplomas.

  • Do I need to give permission each term to use Federal Student Aid for all charges?

    No. once you give permission it remains in affect while you are enrolled at the University. Permission may be rescinded at any time.

  • How do I give permission to use Federal Student Aid to cover all my charges incurred while enrolled at Barry?

    You will receive an e-mail directing you to Web Advisor to give permission to use Federal Student Aid to cover all your charges. At the same time forms will be available in the Cashier Business Office.

  • I do not currently receive Federal Student Aid do I need to complete the authorization form?

    All students are being asked for their authorization. If at some point in the future you do receive Federal Student Aid this authorization will already be in place.

  • What will change if I provide authorization for the use of my Federal Student Aid?

    Nothing will change from what is being done now. You will be continuing to allow the University to use your Federal Student Aid to cover all charges on your account.

  • What is the Technology Fee?
    The Technology Fee is a university fee assessed to all students enrolled at Barry University.
  • How much is the Technology Fee?
    The Technology Fee amount is based on how the tuition is charged. If you have tuition cost that is a flat rate, the fee is $75.00. If you have tuition cost that is charged by the credit, the fee is $5.00 a credit.
  • When will the Technology Fee be implemented?
    The Technology Fee will start in July 2017.
  • Will my Financial Aid cover this fee?
    The Technology Fee will be covered by most forms of Financial Aid.
  • How will this fee be used?
    The Technology Fee is to support on and off-campus technology infrastructure. The funds support a variety of purchases, ranging from creating smart classrooms to enhancing wireless capability to supporting the salary of IT Tech support/instructional design. It may also include supporting the purchase of software to assist students.
  • Are other universities implementing this Fee?
    Yes, the Technology Fee is not an uncommon fee at Colleges and Universities.
  • What is the Convenience Fee?
    The Convenience Fee is a fee assessed to the credit/debit card user when making a credit/debit card payment to Barry University. It covers the costs of processing credit/debit card payments.
  • Who charges this Convenience Fee?
    The Convenience Fee is assessed by our third party processor. Barry will not receive any of the convenience fee. It will not appear on your student account. Two line items will appear on the credit/debit card account or bank statement; one transaction is the student account payment and the other transaction is the convenience fee.
  • How much is the Convenience Fee?
    The Convenience Fee is currently 2.25% of the payment amount. Example: a payment of $100 will be assessed a $2.25 convenience fee. A total of $102.25 will be charged to the cardholder. Only the $100 payment will show on the student account.
  • Will I be charged the Convenience Fee if I pay by cash, check, E-check(ACH), or money order?
    The Convenience Fee is only for credit/debit card payment transactions.
  • When will the Convenience Fee be implemented?
    The Convenience Fee will start on July 5, 2017.
  • Are other universities implementing this Fee?
    Yes. Barry University wants to continue to offer the option to pay by credit/debit card, Unfortunately, the University can no longer absorb this cost. It is not uncommon for Colleges and Univerisities to either pass on the convenience fees to the cardholder or even eliminate credit/debit card transactions all together.