Check Cashing

  • The University will cash checks at the Bursary for a maximum of $50 with a VSU ID for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Personal checks to be cashed should be made payable to "VSU-CASH".
  • University personnel cannot cash personal checks from petty cash, personal cash drawers, or vault funds.
  • Post-dated checks will not be accepted.
  • VSU cannot accept counter or starter checks (or credit card checks) for any reason or purpose.
  • Check cashing privileges are not granted to anyone with a hold of any type unless the hold is paid at the time that the check is cashed.
  • Check cashing privileges are not granted to individuals with a return check hold on their student account. Return check holds are placed on a student’s account as a result of three previous returned checks for non-sufficient funds.

Returned Checks Policy

Checks issued to the University for payment of fees, purchases of books, parking fines, etc., or to be cashed for personal convenience must be paid upon presentation to the Bank on which they are drawn. Checks returned to the University for insufficient funds or any other reason will be handled in accordance with the State Laws of Georgia.

Upon receipt of a returned check, Student Financial Services will place a returned check hold on the student’s record. The official notice of a returned check will be sent by certified letter instructing the writer of the check to either bring cash or send a certified check, money order, or cashier’s check in the amount of the returned check, plus the returned check fee to the Office of Student Financial Services located in the University Bursary. The returned check fee is $25, or 5% of the face amount of the check, whichever is greater. The returned check fee applies to each returned check. If the returned check is for registration fees, the late payment fee of $75 is also assessed.

The law grants ten (10) days from the receipt of the official certified letter to tender payment in full for the returned check(s) and applicable charges. The law states, unless the full amount is paid within ten (10) days from the date of receipt of the certified letter, the holder of the check or instrument may turn over the dishonored check or instrument and all other information related to the incident to the Magistrate Court or to the District Attorney.

Immediate action will be taken against a person who issues a check on a closed account or who stops payment on a check to the University.

After three returned check violations or holds, the student will lose the privilege of writing checks to the University. A writes-no-checks hold will be placed on the student’s account. A student may petition the Director of Financial Services to remove the hold in certain circumstances.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Debra McCrary or call the University Bursary at 229-333-5725 or 1-800-618-1878 (option 6).