Jun 15, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anderson Central

Anderson Central is located in the G. Ross Anderson Student Center and is designed to help students meet their educational goals through centralized support, financial assistance, and commitment to service. There are representatives to assist students with questions involving student records, financial aid, student accounts and collections. Office hours are Monday through Thursday 8:30 - 5:00 and Friday 8:30 - 4:30.

Anderson Central offers many student services that can be accomplished in one central location:

Anderson Central Services Available:
Book Charge Inquiries
Check cashing
Clear holds on accounts
Commuter Meal Plans
Company Reimbursement Procedures / Invoicing
General information
Independent Study payments
Name/Address change forms
Payments to Student Accounts
Payment plan brochures / information
Refund inquiries
Student account inquiries
1098-T tax information
Purchase additional copies for computer lab printing

Financial Services Available:
Answers to General Financial Services Questions

Student Academic Services Available:
Drop/Add inquiries
Graduation Application inquiries
Transcript Request
Verification of Enrollment Request
Good Student Discount Forms Completed

Name/Address/Phone Number Changes

Address/Name/Phone number changes can only be processed when received in writing with the student’s signature or when requested from the student’s AU email. A change of address form is available online or in Anderson Central. These forms may be mailed or faxed to Anderson Central.

Student Transcripts

An official transcript is a copy of a student’s entire academic record from Anderson University, bearing the official university seal and stamp. There is a $15.00 fee for each official transcript request. Anderson University has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide official transcript ordering via the Web. You may find this link at www.andersonuniversity.edu or www.studentclearinghouse.org. You can order transcripts using any major credit card. The site will walk you through placing an order, including delivery options and fees. Official transcript requests will not be processed if you have a Balance Hold on your student account. We encourage students to print their unofficial transcript through Self-Service. If you do not have access to Self-Service you may contact IT at help@andersonuniversity.edu or you may pay $5 and request an unofficial copy with Anderson Central.

Bills Online via the Student Account Center

Student bills for tuition and fees are available online approximately one month prior to the payment deadline. Log into the Student Account Center at https://andersonuniversity.afford.com/Home to view account balance information. The online information reflects the student’s charges and financial aid based on the student’s registration.

Students have the option to designate authorized payers to view and pay student bills, such as parents, spouses, relatives, guardians, or employers. Instructions for setting up authorized payer accounts and making online payments can be found here.

If your fees change for any reason after your initial payment is made (i.e. housing adjustment, meal plan addition, change in schedule, etc.), it is the student’s responsibility to ensure prompt payment of the balance is made. Login to the Student Account Center to view your current charges and payment status.

Tuition and fees must be paid in full by the due date to avoid cancelation of the student’s schedule. If your schedule is canceled for non-payment, you will need to pay in full or set up a payment plan in order to rebuild your schedule. Unfortunately, it is very difficult for the student to recreate his/her original schedule after it has been canceled.

Payment plans are offered through Nelnet Campus Commerce.

Financial Obligation

Financial Obligations include tuition charges, room and board costs, meal plan expenses, and other designated fees posted to the student’s bill. If a student adjusts his or her schedule, then any increase in costs from this adjustment must be paid immediately. If the adjustments are not covered or paid for, then the schedule will be dropped by the university. Payment options for the student’s account can be found at the following link: http://andersonuniversity.afford.com/Home

All financial obligations due to the university must be paid by August 2nd at Midnight. If the financial obligations are not covered by financial aid, designated to be paid via a Nelnet payment plan, or paid for out of pocket, then the student’s schedule will be dropped by the university following the midnight deadline.

Payment plans require a deposit at the time of set-up and must be appropriately managed via timely payments. Failure to adequately maintain the provided payment schedule will result in a hold on the account, and could lead to the schedule being dropped or the student account balance being sent to a collection agency for non-payment.

Tuition Protection Plan

We believe it’s important to offer an easy, affordable way to protect the investment your family has made in higher education. That’s why Anderson University has negotiated with GradGuard to provide our families with tuition insurance by Allianz Global Assistance featuring special plans and rates not available to the general public.

This coverage expands the scope of our refund policy by ensuring reimbursement for tuition, room and board and other fees for covered withdrawals at any time during the semester. At Anderson University, we want the best for our students, and Allianz Global Assistance is a world-leader in specialty insurance and assistance-helping over 35 million people protect their tuition payments, travel plans and more each year.

Click here to learn more. https://www.gradguard.com/tuition/andersonuniversity

Check Cashing Policies

We recommend that students have a bank account with an ATM card to meet their banking and cash needs. There are several banks in the Anderson area that offer student bank accounts. Additionally, there is an ATM machine located on campus. In Anderson Central, personal checks may be cashed up to $100 per week. Third party checks cannot be cashed by Anderson University. A student ID is required for all check cashing transactions.

Payment Plans

To help you meet your educational expenses, Anderson University is pleased to offer Nelnet Campus Commerce as a convenient online payment plan service provider. Students who choose to use Nelnet may select installment plans that are spread over several months. This is not a loan program. There are no interest or finance charges assessed, and there is no credit check. The cost to budget your interest-free monthly payment plan is $45 per semester. This is a nonrefundable enrollment fee. Payment plan brochures are available in Anderson Central or more information may be found by selecting the Payment Option link at https://andersonuniversity.afford.com/Home. Appointments may be scheduled in Anderson Central to review payment plan contract amounts.


Refunds will begin to be issued after the date of financial responsibility, providing that all funds have been received from all agencies (i.e. state, federal, loan lenders, etc). Each student should submit a Title IV Authorization Form to Anderson Central to state if funds are to remain on the student account for the following term or semester.

Anderson University has partnered with Nelnet Campus Commerce to help facilitate our refund processes. Students may choose from two refund options. The reloadable Anderson University Discover Prepaid Card gives students the fastest access to their money. The direct deposit option (ACH) allows students to receive funds within 2-3 days after their refund is processed.

Even if they don’t anticipate a credit balance they should still choose a refund option. There is a landing page with all of the AU refund details online at https://andersonuniversity.afford.com/Refunds. This page can also be accessed from the Anderson Central section of the AU website.

* Anderson University’s refund program is administered by Nelnet Campus Commerce. For questions about getting registered students may also call Nelnet at 800-331-2078.

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Purchasing Textbooks

Students can use a credit to purchase books through the Anderson University Online Bookstore. A credit may be available if you have anticipated financial aid to cover more than the charges on your student account. A credit can be used to purchase books at the online bookstore as early as three weeks before the semester begins but no later than the end of the add/drop period. Any unused credit will be refunded to you. You will be notified via email to your AU email account if a credit is available for you to use at the Anderson University Online Bookstore. The portion of credit made available for books will not exceed $800 for traditional students or $400 for post-traditional and graduate students. Adjustments to these amounts can be made upon request if you have a credit that exceeds these amounts and need to use more of your credit to purchase books.

In accordance with Federal regulations, Anderson University must establish a policy under which an eligible Title IV financial aid recipient may opt out of using a credit to purchase books from the Anderson University Online Bookstore. Students can opt out by submitting a Request to Opt Out form available here to Anderson Central each semester. The full book credit policy is provided below.

Anderson University Book Credit Policy
  • Based on the credit balance if available, the student may be eligible to use up to $800 in a credit to cover books/supplies through the Anderson University Online Bookstore.
  • In order to purchase books using Title IV aid, the student’s financial aid file must be complete and a credit must be reflected on the student’s account.
  • Should the student’s financial aid eligibility or enrollment status change, the student will be responsible for the balance created on the account for the opt-out book refund.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to review the book list on our website and confirm the title and ISBN number for the current book being used for the course with their instructor, as editions can change frequently.
  • Students may opt out of purchasing books from the Anderson University Online Bookstore.
  • Title IV aid recipients have the option of purchasing books at their own expense from other sources. It is the responsibility of the student to purchase all required books for the program should they opt out.
  • For students wanting to opt out, a Request to Opt Out form must be completed by the student and received in the Anderson Central Office prior to the first day of class each semester.
  • By opting out, the student is not required to purchase or rent books from the Anderson University Online Bookstore and may obtain the books from another book distributor.
  • Upon receiving official notice that a student wishes to opt-out of purchasing their books through the Anderson University Online Bookstore, the student may receive up to $800 in a refund to cover books/supplies if a credit is available.