Other Services, Requirements and Costs
Tennis, swimming, racquetball and many other recreational activities are available without charge. The field house has an indoor jogging track. Outdoor activities, such as white-water rafting, rappelling, etc., are sponsored by the Student Government Association. Fees are charged to cover the actual cost of these activities.
The Bookstore is authorized to cash checks up to $50 per day for a student whose account is in good standing. The face of the check must have the student’s name, local address, telephone number and student identification number. Students must present a valid photo ID. A student who presents a check to Samford University that is not honored by the bank will be charged $30. If that check is not redeemed within 10 days of notification, the student may be subject to disciplinary or legal action. All check cashing privileges are revoked after the third returned check.
Medical Insurance for Students
A student injury and sickness insurance plan is available to undergraduate and graduate students and their dependents. All students will be required to provide proof of medical insurance coverage. Any student not able to provide proof of coverage will be required to obtain a policy from the University’s approved carrier and the charge will be posted to the student’s account.
Based upon Federal Regulations and University policy, all F and J visa holders must have health insurance coverage for themselves and all dependents during residency in the U.S. Insurance may be obtained by the student independently or purchased through the University but must contain certain required coverage. Proof of coverage is required before registering for classes. Information about specific policy carriers, minimum coverage, and premium costs are available from the International Studies Office at (205) 726-2741.
Some student organizations have an annual membership fee. In addition, Greek organizations have monthly dues along with an initiation fee. These fees are charged directly by such organizations and will not be posted on student accounts.
Personal Property Insurance
Students at college have a large investment in desktop computers, laptop computers, television sets, CD and DVD players, radios, cell phones, cameras, PDA’s, calculators, mini-refrigerators, clothing, text books, CD's, DVD’s, albums, and other personal property. A college or university is not liable for these losses simply because the loss occurs on campus.
All students, especially those who live in residence halls, should insure their personal property either through their parent’s homeowners insurance or through a private insurance policy. The University has established an insurance program through National Student Services, Inc. This insurer provides personal property insurance for students at over 1,000 colleges and universities. For more information on student personal property insurance see www.nssi.com or pick up a brochure at the Residence Life Office, 106 Beeson University Center.
Financial Aid Information
Students seeking financial aid should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Our priority date is March 1 for the upcoming academic year.
Students who filed the FAFSA on or before that date will comprise the first group for which we package and award financial aid for the upcoming academic year. FAFSAs filed after March 1 will be processed in the order they are received. Students may obtain information regarding financial aid online at www.samford.edu/admin/financialaid or by telephone at (205) 726-2905 or toll free at 1-800-888-7245. Students are encouraged to use these resources for questions regarding financial aid at Samford University.