First Class Mail

A class of mail that includes all matter wholly or partly in writing or typewriting, all actual and personal correspondence, all bills and statements of account, and all matter sealed or otherwise closed against inspection. First Class Mail comprises three subclasses: postcards, letters and sealed parcels, and Priority Mail. All important letters and packages may be sent as First Class Mail.

Priority Mail

First Class Mail weighing more than 13 ounces and, at the mailer’s option, any other mail matter weighing 13 ounces or less. Priority Mail provides expedited delivery.  All Priority Mail must be handed to the window clerk. You cannot place Priority Mail in a USPS Mailbox.

Express Mail

A mail class that provides expedited delivery service. Express Mail International Service is available between the United States and most foreign countries. Express mail must be at the College’s Post Office by 1 p.m.

Certified Mail

A service that provides the sender with a mailing receipt. A record of delivery is kept at the post office of address. This type of mail must be sent at First Class Mail or Priority Mail rates. Certified mail may be combined with return receipt service.

Insured Mail

Insured mail is a service that provides indemnity coverage for a lost, rifled, or damaged article, subject to the standards for the service and payment of the applicable fee.  See Post Office personnel for details.

Return Receipt

The mailing card (Form 3811 for domestic mail) signed by the addressee of an article and mailed back to the sender as evidence of delivery. This supplemental mail service is available for a fee when using Express Mail or certified mail or mail insured for more than $50.00.

International Mail

Mail originating in one country with a destination in another.

Postage Stamp

A gummed or self-adhesive paper stamp affixed to mail as payment for postal services. Stamps are available for purchase for individual or office use.

Inter-Campus Mail

Mail for student mailboxes must be properly addressed with the name and box number. For mass mailings, the Benedict Post Office will insert them into mailboxes two (2) days after receipt. No items smaller than a postcard will be accepted. Single full-sheet items must be tri-folded and half-sheet items must be folded in half with an adhesive closure.