Jul 24, 2024  
2022-2023 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2028 
2022-2023 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2028 [Archived Catalog]

Fees and Financial Aid

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Residency Status


The determination of the residency status of students is made at the time of admission under rules adopted by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Residency status relates to student fee charges and to eligibility for financial aid furnished by the state of Missouri. Students who are classified by the University as non-residents and who believe they are entitled to resident status should visit the Registrar’s Office website (http://registrar.truman.edu) for specific information. The “Application for Classification as a Missouri Resident” can also be found on this site.

Withholding Academic Information


The University may withhold student grade reports, registration permission, transcripts, certification, or other information because of financial obligations or other non-academic regulations. Such obligations must be fulfilled before a release is made.

Academic Progress for Financial Aid


Federal and State regulations set minimum standards that each student must meet in order to receive financial aid. Satisfactory academic progress measures a student’s progress toward the completion of a degree by both qualitative and quantitative measures. Students who are not making academic progress when they initially apply for Federal Aid are not able to receive Title IV funds at Truman State University until academic progress is met or an appeal for financial aid probation is approved.

Academic progress is checked annually after spring grades are posted. Students are not automatically eligible for further aid until the pace of progression and the cumulative grade point average are within the policy guidelines. Students should self-evaluate and monitor their status during and after each term to allow for any adjustments that can be made to remain in good standing and should read the entire policy for all details. The Academic Progress Policy should be reviewed online at financialaid.truman.edu. A printed copy can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office, McClain Hall 103.



Fees are subject to revision by the Board of Governors. Payments can be made online at http://mybill.truman.edu for authorized users or via TruView for students. Payment may be made online by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or electronic check. Payment may be made at the Cashier Window in McClain Hall 105 (open Monday-Friday, 10:30 am to Noon and 1:00 pm until 3:30 pm) by PIN debit, cash or check. Checks should be made payable to Truman State University.


A payment plan is available. Information is available online at http://businessoffice.truman.edu/studentaccts/index.asp


The same fees apply for auditing courses as for taking courses for credit.


The fees below do not include the cost of the cap, gown, and tassel which are sold at the Truman Bookstore located in the Student Union Building. Fees are to be paid during the last semester in residence before the degree is conferred. A late fee of $25 will be applied to students accounts who apply after the designated deadline for the semester.

Bachelor’s degree candidate   $40
Two Bachelor’s degrees   $50


The fee charged in addition to the credit-hour tuition fee is not refunded after the completion of the first session of a workshop. Workshop fees vary by workshop.


Some courses have a fee to cover trip costs, certifications, tests, name badges, classroom technology, online, and other costs specific to the course. Please see the course schedule for the current course fees.


Some degree programs have higher costs associated with the delivery of the program, such as specialized equipment, labs associated with the program, more individualized instruction, and etc. As a result, program fees are charged on courses with the course prefix associated with the higher cost programs. Please see the fee schedule for current program fees.


Students who accept the retroactive credit will be charged $25 per credit hour for each course for which the student receives retroactive credit.


A $20 late registration fee is assessed for not initiating enrollment prior to the first day of classes.


Upon request, a duplicate diploma can be ordered through the Registrar’s Office, McClain Hall 104. For information call (660) 785-4143, or consult the Registrar’s Office website.

Replacement of diploma   $40


The term non-negotiable check includes any check or ACH transaction returned unpaid to the University by a bank. Failure to take care of the transaction within 72 hours after being notified, or further violations, is grounds for suspension from Truman.

Processing fee for passing a non-negotiable check   $25


The University requires a registration fee for all motor vehicles parked on campus.

Annual fee (Green-Resident & Blue-Commuter)   $135
Annual fee (Gold-Park & Save)   $55
Spring semester fee   $80
Summer semester fee   $55

For each additional decal requested, a fee of $10 is charged. All vehicle registration is verified through the Department of Revenue. Roommates and engaged couples do not qualify for the additional decal discount.


The Truman ID Office is located in Missouri Hall 1100.

Replacement of ID card fee   $25


2022-2023 Fall and Spring Semesters, Interims and Workshops:

  Undergraduate Graduate
 Hours  Resident Fees  Non Resident Fees                                 
1.0 $362.00 $696.00 $415.00
2.0 $724.00 $1,392.00 $830.00
3.0 $1,086.00 $2,088.00 $1,245.00
4.0 $1,448.00 $2,784.00 $1,660.00
5.0 $1,810.00 $3,480.00 $2,075.00
6.0 $2,172.00 $4,176.00 $2,490.00
7.0 $2,534.00 $4,872.00 $2,905.00
8.0 $2,896.00 $5,568.00 $3,320.00
9.0 $3,258.00 $6,264.00 $3,735.00
10.0 $3,620.00 $6,960.00 $4,150.00
11.0 $3,982.00 $7,656.00 $4,565.00
12.0 $4,345.00 $8,356.00 $4,980.00
13.0 $4,345.00 $8,356.00 $5,395.00
14.0 $4,345.00 $8,356.00 $5,810.00
15.0 $4,345.00 $8,356.00 $6,225.00
16.0 $4,345.00 $8,356.00 $6,640.00
17.0 $4,345.00 $8,356.00 $7,055.00
18.0 $4,707.00 $9,052.00 $7,470.00
19.0 $5,169.00 $9,848.00 $7,885.00
20.0 $5,631.00 $10,644.00 $8,300.00
21.0 $6,093.00 $11,440.00 $8,715.00
22.0 $6,555.00 $12,236.00 $9,130.00
23.0 $7,017.00 $13,032.00 $9,545.00
24.0 $7,479.00 $13,828.00 $9,960.00

Additional special class or program fees may be assessed depending on selected courses.

For undergraduate students, the 18th hour is considered an overload and will be charged the hourly rate above the standard enrollment fees for the 18th hour. Graduate students taking 15 hours will be charged the hourly rates above the standard enrollment fees for the 15th hour.

Undergraduate hours over 18 assessed at the hourly rate per credit hour plus $100 for each additional hour.

Students enrolled in 1/2 hour increments will be charged accordingly.

Students taking a combination of undergraduate and graduate hours will be assessed separately for the number of undergraduate and graduate hours taken.

Other Graduate Pricing Tiers:
Tier 1: Master’s in Gifted Education - $265
Tier 3: Master’s in Data Science - $415
Tier 5: Master’s in Counseling - $515


Students dropping individual courses after the last business day prior to the first day of the semester, on, or after the first day of the semester are not entitled to a reduction in enrollment fees for that semester. Enrollment fees include the activities fee, student health center fee, student approved athletic fee, i-tech fee, and sustainability fee and enrollment charges.

Students must go to TruView under the “Student Tab” to withdraw. The withdrawal date is based on the date that the Registrar’s Office receives the online notification.

A student who drops individual courses while remaining enrolled in other courses is not withdrawing from the University; therefore, the return of enrollment fees policy does not apply. General guidelines for enrollment fee reduction are given below. Specific dates are published each semester in the calendar section of the Schedule of Classes.

  1. Students who withdraw from all courses prior to the first day of classes receive a 100% reduction of enrollment fees for the semester.
  2. From the first day of classes through the first 10% of the enrollment period, students receive a 90% reduction of enrollment fees.
  3. From the first 11% in time through the first 25% of the enrollment period, students receive a 50% reduction of enrollment fees.
  4. From the first 26% in time through the first 50% of the enrollment period, students receive a 25% reduction of enrollment fees.
  5. Students who withdraw after the end of the first 50% of the enrollment period pay the entire enrollment fee charge.

Down payments that are advertised as non-refundable are excluded from fee reduction. This includes the freshman orientation fee on or after freshman move-in day. After certain published cancellation dates, a housing termination fee could be imposed as well as forfeiture of the housing damages deposit.

All students who live on campus have housing costs assessed through the last day of the week in which the student withdraws.

Special course and program fees are treated separately from enrollment fees. Special course and program fees are treated on a course by course basis and are refunded at 100% if a student drops a course with a special course or program fee on or prior to the last day to drop a course and not be assigned a “W” in the class. Special course and program fees are non-refundable after the last day to withdraw from a class and not be assigned a “W” on the transcript. Due to the short nature of interim, off-schedule, and workshop courses, the general guidelines for enrollment fee reduction do not apply. Consult the Registrar website for more details (or additional information).


The Department of Education requires schools to determine how much federal student aid is earned when a student withdraws from all classes with 60% or less of the semester attended. What is not earned must be returned. The Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs covered by this law are: Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Loans, Perkins Loans, PLUS (Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students), Nursing Student Loans, Pell Grants, TEACH Grants and SEOG Grants.

Regardless of whether or not a student has attended any classes in the semester or term of withdrawal, the student should officially withdraw by completing the steps covered on TruView. Please choose “Withdraw from all courses for a selected semester” in the “Registration” section to withdraw from a semester.

A specific formula determines federal aid earned by the percentage of payment period completed. For example, if the student completed 30% of the payment period, then 30% of the assistance was earned. Once more than 60% of the payment period is completed, though, all assistance has been earned according to the guidelines. If the student received more assistance than earned, the excess funds must be returned to the federal aid programs. If the student received less assistance than the amount earned, the student may be eligible to receive a post-withdrawal disbursement. However, there are some federal funds that cannot be disbursed once a withdrawal has occurred.

The University returns Title IV aid from the student’s account according to the federal formula. A student may also be required to return Title IV aid if enough funds did not exist on the student’s account after application of the University’s refund policies.

Institutional refunds and the return of federal student aid calculation are done within 30 days of the withdrawal date. A letter with a copy of the formula results, any applicable refund, or the adjusted bill is sent to the student’s permanent address.

Funds are returned to the federal student aid programs in the following regulated order: Unsubsidized Direct Loan, Subsidized Direct Loan, Nursing Student Loan, PLUS Loan, Federal Pell Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants, Federal SEOG, TEACH Grant and other Title IV aid programs.

For questions, or examples of the federal formula, contact the Financial Aid Office at (660) 785-4130 or in McClain Hall 103.


If the student received federal aid, the return of federal funds is the first priority. If the student received state or institutional aid, or made personal payments, the state and institutional aid are repaid proportionally according to the source of the payment.

Repayment of aid programs may result in a balance due on the student’s institutional account. A copy of the calculation used to apportion repayment is mailed to the student’s permanent address.

If there are questions about individual circumstances, a student may contact the Student Accounts Office at (660) 785-4074 or in McClain Hall 105.


A $150 housing application fee is required before a student receives a housing placement. $125 of the deposit is refunded at the end of the contract period provided proper room check-out procedures are followed, provided there is no damage assessment, and provided there are no other fees due on the student account. Please allow up to four weeks for the processing of the refund. 

ROOM AND BOARD RATES:  Please visit the Residence Life website for more information at https://www.truman.edu/residence-life/housing-options/housing-rates/.


Scholarships, Grants, Loans, and Student Employment



Scholarship awards for individuals entering Truman State University recognize outstanding students who have demonstrated high achievement and the potential to be nationally competitive.

Although applications for admission are considered on a rolling basis, candidates are encouraged to submit a complete application and resume/activity list by December 1 to maximize the potential for scholarship consideration.

See www.truman.edu/admission-cost/cost-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships/ for a complete list of scholarships.


Truman State University participates in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP). Accepted first-time freshmen, newly admitted undergraduate transfer students, and newly matriculating graduate students who are residents of Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin are eligible for the MSEP tuition reduction. Recipients receive a reduced out-of-state tuition rate, currently 150% of in-state tuition.

MSEP applicants must be accepted for admission to the University through the same process as other candidates. Some programs have additional admission criteria, and admission to the University does not guarantee admission to a particular program. 

Students are notified of their eligibility for the MSEP tuition rate through the scholarship notification process. A separate application for MSEP consideration is not required. The Midwest Student Exchange Program discount is applied to the non-resident portion of tuition. Status in the Midwest Student Exchange Program is renewed automatically for students who maintain good standing and continuous (fall and spring) full-time enrollment. Participation for each individual is limited to four years for undergraduate students.

To be eligible for MSEP, a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a legal resident of Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, or Wisconsin.
  2. Be a newly admitted first-time freshman or newly admitted undergraduate transfer.
  3. Undergraduates should contact the Admission Office for further information regarding MSEP eligibility at Truman State University. 


Scholarships may be renewed for the next academic year according to the following scale if the student completes a minimum of 24 Truman credits from fall to fall (including the academic year and Truman summer credits of enrollment).

3.25 and above = 100% renewal
3.20 - 3.24 = 90% renewal
3.10 - 3.19 = 80% renewal
3.00 - 3.09 = 70% renewal

The value of the student’s scholarship may fluctuate upward from fall to spring within these ranges, but is not lowered during the academic year. However, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office to receive the higher percentage.

The cumulative grade point average for the purpose of scholarship renewal is computed on the basis of grades earned at Truman State University. Grades from other colleges and universities are not included in the cumulative grade point averages required for scholarship renewal, even though the courses in which the grades were received at other colleges or universities have been accepted by the University for transfer credit.

The renewal of scholarships is determined at the end of the spring semester. Students enrolled in the Truman summer session may elect to have their cumulative grade point averages computed following the end of the summer session. Scholarships can be renewed, but not lost, because of Truman summer coursework. Please notify the Financial Aid Office if you intend to take summer classes to renew a scholarship.

The service renewal obligation for scholarships is not applicable until the start of the third semester. Such service obligations are waived for students’ first two semesters. When the value of the scholarship is $1,500 or less per semester the service requirement is also waived. You do not have to submit a scholarship renewal form if your scholarship is $1,500 or less per semester. The Financial Aid Office automatically renews it if requirements are met.

The full renewal of scholarships totaling $1,501 or more per semester requires the recipients to provide 53 hours of service for the University (106 hours of service for the academic year). Recipients must submit service proposals when applying for renewals. Such service projects must be approved by the Financial Aid Office before the scholarships are renewed, and the approved projects must be successfully completed each semester.

Scholarships can be used for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study if the award was given as an incoming freshman. Transfer awards are pro-rated.

The following scholarships are not included in the types of scholarships for which the foregoing rules are applicable to renewals:

Art Service Scholarship
“Bright Flight”
Debate Scholarships
Foundation Scholarships
International Scholarship
Jim Sears Scholarship
Reserve Officer Training Corps (awarded by the U.S. Government)

Additional scholarship renewal information can be found on the Financial Aid Office website at financialaid.truman.edu

Other forms of Truman-funded assistance may be subject to specific renewal requirements that are communicated at the time the award is granted.


The recipients of scholarships are expected to display good citizenship and to observe the rules established by the University to guide student conduct. Serious misconduct in violation of such rules shall be grounds for the suspension, revocation, or non-renewal of any or all scholarships held by a student. The Financial Aid Director is authorized to suspend or revoke a scholarship, or to refuse the renewal of such a scholarship, upon notice to the student of his or her alleged misconduct and after affording the student an opportunity to be heard. The action of the Financial Aid Director may be taken in conjunction with, or independent of, an investigation and adjudication by the Vice President for Student Affairs for the purpose of disciplinary action against the student.


The basic purpose of the federal and state government aid programs at Truman State University is to provide encouragement through financial assistance to those students who might not otherwise be able to attend college. Every effort is made to consider the individual needs of each applicant. Sufficient assistance is not always available through one source, but often a combination or “package” may be possible.

Government aid applications take time to process, and funds are in limited supply. It is important to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible: www.studentaid.gov. Early application and accuracy in completing the forms ensures consideration for all campus aid programs.

Students receiving financial aid for full-time attendance must be enrolled in at least 12 credits for undergraduates or 9 credits per semester for graduates. To receive aid as a part-time student, the Financial Aid Office must be notified. To continue receiving aid, normal academic progress must be shown so that the degree goals can be reached in the usual allotted time. The Academic Progress Policy is given to aid recipients at the time of their aid-offer notice. Please refer to the policy to see how a change in enrollment status could affect aid eligibility and contact the Financial Aid Office if you do not understand or have questions about your particular situation. Other students interested in applying for student financial aid in the future may obtain a copy of the policy at the Financial Aid Office or on the website. All must meet these criteria to receive consideration.

The Financial Aid Office website is http://financialaid.truman.edu and can be referred to for specific financial aid information. Information on federal student financial aid programs can be found at www.studentaid.gov. State of Missouri financial aid information can be found at http://www.dhewd.mo.gov.


All students applying for Federal Financial Aid must meet and maintain satisfactory academic progress to receive funding.  Students who are not making academic progress when they initially apply for Federal Aid will not be eligible to receive Title IV funds at Truman State University until academic progress is met or an appeal for financial aid probation is approved.  Academic progress will be checked annually after spring grades are posted.  Students are not automatically eligible for further aid until the pace of progression and the cumulative GPA are within the policy guidelines. Students should self-evaluate and monitor their status during and after each term to allow for any adjustments that can be made to remain in good standing.

I. Grade Point Average Requirement (Qualitative Measure)​

​​​A.  An undergraduate student must have the following minimum cumulative GPA.

<4 Terms Attempted = Minimum 1.70 GPA

4 or More Terms Attempted = Minimum 2.0 GPA

B.  A graduate student must maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.

Cumulative GPA: Truman requires a 2.0 cumulative grade point average for all federal programs after four semesters.  The Federal TEACH Grant, for some individual students, may require a 3.25 cumulative GPA. The statutes of the State of Missouri require a 2.5 cumulative grade point average to renew the Bright Flight scholarship and the Access Missouri grant.

II. Percentage Completion and Maximum Time Frame Requirement (Quantitative Measure/Pace)

A.  Minimum Completion of 66.67%: To remain eligible for financial aid, a student is required to progress toward the completion of an academic program by successfully completing at least 66.67% of all credits attempted.  A student’s completion percentage is measured by cumulative credits successfully completed divided by cumulative credits attempted.

III. Evaluation Period

Academic progress is evaluated annually after spring grades are posted.  All prior terms of attempted enrollment are considered when determining satisfactory academic progress regardless of whether aid was awarded for the term.

IV. Notification

Students are notified in writing and via Truman e-mail of the cancellation/suspension of financial aid.

V.  Appeals and Probation

The Financial Aid Office will consider appeals that are not prohibited by Federal or State regulations.  The Appeals Petition is available in the Financial Aid Office.  An appeal can be submitted for failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress due to extenuating circumstances such as illness, hospitalization, injury, death or serious illness of immediate family member, accident, or other situations beyond the student’s control.

Documentation of the circumstance should be submitted with the Appeals Petition.  The request needs to clearly state why you failed to maintain satisfactory academic progress and what has changed so that you will be able to maintain satisfactory academic progress standards in future terms.  A petition for the reinstatement of financial aid will be reviewed by the Director of Financial Aid or a designee.  Results will be sent to your Truman e-mail account.  Additional information may be requested but this will be determined after a full review of your financial aid history, academic record, and Appeals Petition documentation.  An individual academic plan will be required as part of the probation agreement if the student will be unable to achieve satisfactory progress within one semester.  Students on probation will have their academic progress evaluated after each payment period.

Examples of situations that may be appealed are:

  1. Failure to meet the required cumulative completion rate due to circumstances beyond your control.
  2. Surpassing the maximum time frame allowed to complete a program.
  3. Failure to meet the cumulative grade point average for programs covered by the general policy.

Examples of situations that cannot be appealed are:

  1. Failure to maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average for Bright Flight Scholarship and Access Missouri programs.
  2. Receiving more than 10 semesters of Missouri state aid.
  3. Failure to maintain the required progress for the Federal TEACH Grant (if ACT at or above the 75th percentile was not achieved then the cumulative GPA must be at or above 3.25 after each semester; must remain in a TEACH Grant eligible major).

VI. Reinstatement of Financial Aid

The approval of a Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid places a student on probation for one semester with the Financial Aid Office. If a student will not be able to regain satisfactory academic progress in one semester, then an approved petition will also include an academic plan. The approved petition will state the terms of the petition and the specific conditions that apply. During the probation period, a student is eligible to receive financial aid. A student that has a petition approved with an academic plan is also eligible to receive financial aid. However, a student on an approved petition with an academic plan must meet the conditions of the approved petition/academic plan to be continued on financial aid for more than one semester.

Neither paying for their own classes nor sitting out a period of time is sufficient in and of itself to re-establish a student’s financial aid eligibility. Students may have their financial aid eligibility reinstated by again meeting the cumulative GPA and percent completion requirements. If a student who is not meeting satisfactory academic progress has a late grade recorded or receives a grade change at any time during the academic term, the student should contact the Financial Aid Office to check his/her financial aid eligibility.

More detailed information regarding the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy can be found online at https://www.truman.edu/admission-cost/cost-aid/office-of-financial-aid/satisfactory-academic-progress-policy/.

Veterans Benefits


The University Veterans Representative is located in the Registrar’s Office, McClain Hall 104. The Veteran’s Representative provides services to persons who are eligible to receive educational assistance (GI Bill®) as administered through the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Students who are veterans, dependents of veterans or members of reserve and National Guard units must visit the University Veterans Representative to initiate their GI Bill®.

Once admitted to the University, additional veteran services provided include: certifying veterans enrolled in classes; conferring with veterans and dependents of totally disabled veterans; and ensuring that veteran students are in compliance with federal and state laws governing their educational benefits.

Truman State University is proud to support the Missouri Returning Heroes’ Education Act which officially became law on August 28, 2008. If you were a Missouri resident when first entering the military, served in armed combat after September 11, 2001, and were discharged from military service under honorable conditions you may qualify for reduced tuition charges. Please submit a copy of your DD 214 form to the Registrar’s Office to help determine possible eligibility.

Effective for courses, semesters, or terms beginning after March 1, 2019, a public institution of higher learning must charge the resident rate to Chapter 31 participants, as well as the other categories of individuals described in title 38 that are approved after March 2019. Public Law 117-68 amends Title 38, United States Code, by adding Chapter 35 recipients (Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program) to the definitions of covered individuals to be charged in-state tuition effective August 1, 2022.

The following covered individuals shall be charged the in-state rate, or otherwise considered a resident, for tuition purposes:

• An individual using educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty Program), Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment), Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill®), or Chapter 35 (Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance) of title 38, United States Code, who lives in the State of Missouri while attending a school located in the State of Missouri (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

• Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in the State of Missouri while attending a school located in the State of Missouri (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

• A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311(b)(9)) who lives in the State of Missouri while attending a school located in the State of Missouri (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

• Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same school. The person so described must have enrolled in the school prior to the expiration of the three year period following discharge or death described above and must be using educational benefits under chapter 30, chapter 31, or chapter 33, of title 38, United States Code.

Veterans Benefit Policy

Truman State University agrees to follow the guidelines set forth by the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-407).  As stated, “educational institutions must allow GI Bill® and VR&E beneficiaries (Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 beneficiaries) to attend a course of education or training for up to 90 days from the date the beneficiary provides a certificate of eligibility, or valid VAF 28-1905.”  Truman State University will also, “not impose a penalty, or require the beneficiary to borrow additional funds to cover tuition and fees due to late payments from the Veterans Administration (VA).”