Methods of Payment

CASH

The University accepts cash.  This is the recommended type of tender to pay past due accounts.

CHECKS

The University accepts personal, cashier and business checks for balances due to the Business Office.  If a personal and business check is received for a past due balance any holds on the students account from the Business Office will not be removed for fifteen (15) days, to give the check time to clear.  The holds can be cleared prior to the fifteenth (15) day if proof that the check has cleared is presented to the Business Office.  If an account has been paid with a check and is due a refund due to drop or withdrawal, the refund will be held the fifteen (15) business days before it is mailed to the student, to give the check time to clear.  Stop payment on checks does not withdraw a student from the University and is considered a returned check that is subject to fines and penalties indicated under the Returned Check Policy.  To properly withdraw from the University follow the procedures that are outlined in the Semester Class Schedule.

CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS

The University accepts MasterCard, American Express and Discover for payment of tuition and fees on line through SAIL only.  Credit Card payments are not accepted at the Business Office.  Payments with credit cards will incur a convenience fee of 2.30% at the time of payment.  The Business Office does accept debit card in person only, must have the pin code to be able to process.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE / LOANS

Financial Assistance Awards (Grants, Loans and University Scholarships) will be reflected on tuition/fee bills for students who have been awarded and all financial aid documentation and processes have been completed and the university is only waiting for date that the funds can be disbursed to the students account. You must accept the financial aid and complete all requirements before it can be applied to your account.  First-year, first-time borrowers will not receive loan funds until 30 days after classes begin. All loans are disbursed in at least two installments. Students receiving loans for only one semester (ex. Fall Only) will receive the second installment after the midpoint of the semester.  Students who have not been awarded a financial assistance package and are in need of assistance are encouraged to enroll in an installment plan or apply for an Emergency Loan. 

EMERGENCY LOANS

Emergency loans for payment of tuition and fees or books are available on a limited fund basis for qualifying students. Eligibility requirements include: maintenance of satisfactory academic progress, good credit history with the University, and a reliable means of repayment.

All loan applications are subject to credit verification. Applications will not be processed from any student with an outstanding balance or a current financial assistance hold.

A $25.00 non-refundable processing fee will be added to each loan at the time of application. All students applying for Emergency Loans must be registered and have a completed application and a master promissory note. All emergency loans are processed on a first-come-first-served basis as long as funds are available.

To apply for an Emergency Tuition Loan or Emergency Book Loan a student must have a Master Promissory Note on file, which can be found under Downloadable Forms. This form must be submitted to the Business Office. If a Master Promissory Note is on file, a student will have the ability to request the tuition loan through SAIL by going to the Bill/Payment Suite, clicking on the Payment Plan Tab, choose the Emergency Tuition Loan for the appropriate semester from the drop down menu and follow the instructions. At the time of sign-up a student can set up the payment to automatically process on the due date. Payments that are not received in full on or before the due date will be assessed a $25 late fee per loan. Students who have never borrowed from this program will have to apply in person at the Business Office located in the Students Services Center. To apply for an Emergency Book Loan a student must complete an Emergency Book Loan Application Form and turn it into the Business Office. The forms can be found at the Business Office or online under Downloadable Forms.

Scheduled dates of availability are contained in semester's course schedule and under Important Dates on the Business Office website. Loans will be processed until funds have been exhausted.  Loan applications received prior to the first date of acceptance will be disregarded.

It is ultimately the student's responsibility to plan and pay for all needed books and/or supplies in a timely fashion.  For more information on Emergency Loans, go the Frequently Asked Questions on the Business Office Website.

INSTALLMENT PAYMENT PLAN

Installment payment plans for tuition and fees are available for most students.  The University offers two options to pay by installments, 3 payment plan (30% prior to the start of the semester with two more payments during the semester of 35%) and a 4 payment plan (25% prior to the start of the semester with three more payments during the semester of 25%).  A nonrefundable processing fee of $20.00 will be charged and a late fee of $25.00 will be added to each installment not received by the due date.

STUDENTS UTILIZING THE INSTALLMENT OPTION MUST EXECUTE A PROMISSORY NOTE WHICH SETS FORTH THE CONDITIONS AND REPAYMENT SCHEDULE OF THE PAYMENT PLAN SELECTED. UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE INSTALLMENT PAYMENT OPTION IN HOUSE BILL 558, A STUDENT WHO FAILS TO MAKE FULL PAYMENT OF TUITION AND FEES, INCLUDING ANY INCIDENTAL FEES, BY THE DUE DATE MAY BE PROHIBITED FROM REGISTERING FOR CLASSES UNTIL FULL PAYMENT IS MADE. A STUDENT WHO FAILS TO MAKE PAYMENT PRIOR TO THE END OF THE SEMESTER (LAST CLASS DAY) MAY BE DENIED CREDIT FOR WORK DONE THAT SEMESTER.

Students receiving Emergency Tuition Loans or financial assistance equal to or greater than the amount of tuition and fees at the time of registration are not eligible to pay tuition and fees by installments. Students owing any balances from prior terms, any amount, or a current term balance, for tuition and fees, less than $200 are not eligible.  Once a student pays their prior term balances the student will become eligible for an installment plan.

Students registering for classes during SAIL registration, and want to enroll in one of the Installment Payment Plans, must sign up on SAIL on or before the payment due date. To enroll for one of the options go to SAIL, click on (1) Student, (2) Student Account, (3) Bill/Payment Suite and (4) the Payment Plan Tab; then choose the desired plan and sign the agreement.  For more information on Installment Payment Plans, go to Frequently Asked Questions on the Business Office website.