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The University has extended a policy allowing students to pre-register for fall classes regardless of outstanding tuition balances, according to an e-mail sent to students Monday by Provost David Kertzer '69 P'95 P'98.

According to Kertzer's e-mail, students will be able to pre-register for the fall semester even if they have an unpaid balance in excess of $1,000, which has been the limit for pre-registration eligibility in previous years.

Students will continue to accrue late fees on their outstanding balances.

The University changed the existing policy last semester in response to the concerns of some families whose financial situation was seriously changed by the economic downturn, The Herald reported in November.

"The economic challenges and uncertainties facing our students and their families have not diminished in the intervening months," Kertzer wrote in his e-mail.

About 360 students benefited from the changed policy last semester, The Herald reported in January.

Kertzer's e-mail also reminded students that financing options are available for families who did not qualify for University aid, including federal loan programs.

"The Office of Financial Aid is available to provide advice on financing options to both aided and non-aided families," the e-mail said.

The Herald reported in November that the University would allow students with an outstanding balance of up to $7,500 to return to campus for the spring semester, increasing the limit from $5,000.

Kertzer's e-mail Monday did not say whether that specific policy would be extended.


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