Delinquent Accounts: 6.07


Title: DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS Identification: 6.07
Effective Date: 10/12/21
SBE 6A-14.060
FS 1001.64; 1001.65
HCC Rule 6X-10-6.04
Signature/Approval: Dr. Ken Atwater


This administrative procedure establishes guidelines for the collection of delinquent accounts owed to Hillsborough Community College (HCC).


All financial obligations and accounts owed to HCC are to be paid when due. Delinquent accounts owed to the College include, but are not limited to, dishonored checks, return of Title IV funds, overpayments, overdue deferments, third-party billing for services provided, which have not been paid by the contractually agreed upon date, or other payments owed the College. Delinquent student accounts are sufficient cause for prevention of registration or deregistration from classes. Registration, diplomas, or release of transcripts may be withheld on any student who has an outstanding financial obligation to the College. Students with outstanding balances less than $25.00 may be permitted to participate in registration. However, if both the prior obligation and the current registration charges are not paid by the established due date, the student’s registration may be purged. The following procedural guidelines apply to the collection of delinquent accounts owed to the College:


  • Accounts Receivable—Money owed to the College for goods/services provided. Amounts recorded on the College’s financial statements as being due from a student, third-party or agency.
  • Bankruptcy—A legal proceeding involving a person or business that is unable to repay outstanding debts.
  • Collection Agency—A third-party engaged by the College to pursue the collection of delinquent accounts receivable and obligations. Note: Third-party providers must include in their contract with the College policies and procedures that comply with the “Red Flag” rule.
  • Delinquent Accounts—An account is deemed to be delinquent when a reasonable effort has been made by the College to collect a debt through phone calls and or billing(s).
  • Financial Hold Restricted List—A listing of those students owing $25.00 or more who may not register until their debt is paid.
  • Obligations—There are two types of obligations, categorized by the amount owed, to address various scenarios of delinquent accounts over time.
    1. $25.00 or more: Places a student on a financial hold restricted list, which prevents the student from future registration, issuance of transcripts, and results in the account being referred to a collection agency; and
    2. $350.00, cumulative from current or prior terms: Results in the student being deregistered from the current term.
  • Write-Off—A receivable balance that is deemed to be uncollectible after a reasonable attempt has been made to collect. The receivable is reduced to zero and removed from the College’s financial statements.

BANKRUPTCY—If a student files a petition in bankruptcy and the Finance Department can verify the filing, the Finance Department will cease billing the student and remove any financial hold on the student’s account and/or in accordance with federal bankruptcy regulations.

COLLECTION AGENCY—The Finance Department will publish the payment deadline each term. If payment is not received when due, delinquency notices will inform the debtors that their account(s) will be referred to a collection agency if payment is not received within a specified time period. Debts less than $25.00, regardless of amount, do not qualify for collection agency referral.

CREDIT BUREAU—The College’s contracted collection agency will take all reasonable/lawful efforts to collect delinquent accounts. If the College’s collection agency classifies an account as uncollectible, the delinquency will be reported to a credit bureau. The collection agency will notify the credit bureau monthly of all accounts settled satisfactorily during the month.

DEREGISTRATION—Debtors with a delinquent balance of $350.00 or more, from current or prior terms, will be deregistered from enrollment until their debt is satisfied.

RESERVE FOR DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS—On an annual basis, the College will calculate the total accounts receivable balance greater than one year old, but less than two (2) years old. This amount will be the basis for the College’s Reserve for Delinquent Accounts.

FINANCIAL HOLD RESTRICTED LIST—Debtors with delinquent account balances of $25.00 or more may not be permitted to register for classes, receive transcripts or diplomas or engage in future business with the College until their debt is satisfied. The Chief Financial Officer or her/his designee is authorized to override financial restrictions.

STATE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE—If a check is returned to HCC from the bank for any reason, the Accounts Receivable Office will undertake steps to collect the funds due to the College. A returned check fee, as approved by the HCC District Board of Trustees, is assessed against the issuer of the check. The Accounts Receivable Office will attempt to collect and send a final reminder notice. After the final reminder, the Accounts Receivable Office will review the account and determine whether the account will be transmitted to the State Attorney’s Office for collection in accordance with the established state guidelines.

WRITE-OFFS—On an annual basis, the HCC District Board of Trustees will be informed of the type and amount of accounts that are two (2) years and older. The Finance Department will prepare a list of delinquent accounts for recommendation for write-off.

The President will present the write-offs to the Board. These accounts will be written off the College’s financial statements but will remain as obligations.


Adopted: 12/81/86; Revised: 8/10/89, 1/4/90, 6/5/90, 6/11/92, 11/25/92, 3/4/94, 10/5/94, 5/11/95, 2/14/96, 12/9/97, 1/22/14, 06/09/16; Formerly: 5.105