Housing & Residential Education understands affordability is a key component when students are deciding on where to live throughout their college career. Starting January 2019, residents will be able to pay for the Housing and Meal Plan Charges in the same place they pay for their Tuition. This also means that all payments will go through University Income Accounting & Student Loan Services. If students need to spread out their payments, there are a few payment plans for students to choose from, or they can choose to pay the full semester cost by the due date.
Housing, meal plan, and tuition charges are billed to the student’s account prior to the beginning of each semester. Students can log into their CIS portal prior to the beginning of the semester to see the total amount owed.
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NEW CHANGES FOR SPRING 2019
We have some exciting updates for Spring 2109. For your convenience, tuition and housing fees will now be combined into one area. You will be able to see the full detail of what is being charged.Please see University Income Accounting’s website for more information.
Charges from HRE will be due on the same date that tuition is due. If you wish, you may setup a 4 or 5 month payment plans to spread out the costs.
U OF U PAYMENT PLAN
** NEW: YOU MAY NOW PAY YOUR TUITION AND HOUSING BILL IN MONTHLY INSTALLMENTS WITH THE U OF U PAYMENT PLAN
What are the benefits?
- Pay your bill in easy monthly installments, rather than in one lump sum at once
- No-hassle withdrawals are automatically deducted each month from your designated domestic checking or savings account, or charged to a credit card
- Calculate the amount you wish to have in your payment plan. Your own monthly payment amount and timeframe with the payment estimator tool
- Pay all tuition and mandatory fees, and room and board charges, billed to your U of U student account
- More information about payment plans can be found on University Income Accounting’s website
How does it work?
The U of U works with a secure third party provide, Nelnet, who will withdraw the monthly amount from your designated domestic checking or savings account, or charge your credit card, the same day each month. Because you manage your plan, you can choose your method of payment, and the payment plan.
Please see the payment schedule below if you choose to pay monthly.
|Number of Payments||Enrollment Deadline||Payment Withdrawn from Bank Account (Approximate Date)|
|5||November 13th to December 15th||Monthly on the 20th, for December, January, February, March, and April|
|4||December 16th to Tuition Deadline January 18th||Monthly on the 20th, for January, February, March, and April|
Payment plan enrollment is fast and simple. To enroll:
- Use the payment estimator tool to estimate your monthly tuition payments. You can use the rate information on the Housing & Residential Education rates page to add to the plan your estimated HRE charges. You do not have to create a payment plan for the full amount. You can make a payment on your account and create a plan for the remainder, as long as your account is paid in full by the due date or you are signed up for a payment plan for the difference.
- If you are a student, you must login to your CIS account.
- From the main menu, click on Tuition Bill/Pay. Follow the prepayment plan links and instructions in order to input your domestic banking account information, or bank information.
What else is changing with the new payment system?
Q: Is there a fee to enroll?
A: Yes. You will incur a one-time fee of $35 for each term you enroll. This fee is nonrefundable and will be deducted from your designated checking or savings account, or bank card account, at the time you enroll.
Q: If I have multiple students, do I pay only one enrollment fee?
A: No, Each student will be assessed an enrollment fee.
Q: Do I have to re-enroll each semester?
A: Yes. Your payment plan will be term-specific.
Q: How much should I pay?
A: Use the payment estimator tool to estimate your monthly payments.
The amount you estimate, or actually are assessed, will be divided equally according to the payment plan you have selected. However the maximum amount paid towards your plan cannot exceed the amount of your tuition, room, board, or fees for an academic term.
Q: Can I adjust monthly payments after I sign up?
A: Yes. You may adjust your monthly payment amount, if you add hours or have any additional charges assessed. You can easily change your scheduled monthly payments on your CIS account at any time. Please note: you must make any changes by 11:59pm (MST) on the last day of the month in order for those changes to be reflected in the next month’s payment.
Q: Can my plan be cancelled?
A: Yes. You may cancel your plan at any time, however the $35 enrollment fee is nonrefundable. If you no longer wish to participate in the prepayment plan, you will be subject to the regular billing terms of the University, which will cause a hold on your records, and could include a late fee.
If payments are returned for any reason, there will be a $20 returned check service charge and continuance in the prepayment plan may be terminated.
Q: Are there any late fees?
A: If you have an unsuccessful payment, and your payment plan is cancelled, you will be assessed a $60 late fee. You may also have registration and/or transcript holds placed on your student account.
Q: Can I use the prepayment plan to bypass a registration hold for a past due balance?
A: No. If for any reason your balance due is not paid by the time registration opens, a registration hold will be placed on your account and you will need to pay your balance in full before you will be allowed to register.
Q: How will the prepayment plan payments be reported on my Form 1098-T?
A: Payments pulled from your bank account in the months of September through December will not be reported on the 1098-T until the next tax year. Please rely on your bank statements if you wish to report these payments in the current tax year.
Q: Is there a maximum payment amount?
A: Yes, you may only pay up to the amount of tuition and housing charges assessed for a single term.
Q: When are refunds issued if an account is overpaid, or a plan is cancelled and a refund is due?
A: Depending on the type of payment, refunds begin after classes are dropped. Checks have a 20 business day waiting period, and E-Checks have a 15 business day waiting period. Refunds will begin after classes are dropped.
WAYS TO PAY YOUR BILL
Residents can pay for their charges on their tuition account in the following ways:
- Credit/Debit: Visa/Mastercard, Discover, and American Express
- E-Check (connected to your banking account)
- Flywire (for international students)
- Cashier’s Office, located in the Student Services Building, Room 165
Financial Aid Transfer
Residents who have financial aid and scholarships over and above the cost of their tuition and fees will have the remaining aid automatically applied to their housing and meal plan bill. Residents will no longer need to request this separately or in Housing U. Any remaining credit, after all tuition and housing charges are paid will be refunded back to the student.
Default on a payment plan will result in the cancellation of the plan and the balance immediately due. A registration hold will also be placed on the student’s account, and a late fee will be assessed.
Housing U Payments
The Housing Application and Reservation Fees will still be paid through Housing U as they occur during the Housing Application and Room Reservation processes. Visit the Housing & Residential Education office during business hours (Monday–Friday 8:00am-5:00pm).
Family Members Providing Financial Support
“I’m the one paying their bill, why can’t you tell me their account total?”
This is a common question we receive from parents/guardians. We greatly appreciate your involvement and support of your student living on campus.
The housing contract is with the student and thereby the cost of housing is their responsibility. If a student has passed that responsibility on to another party, whether explicitly or inherently, then the student needs to take responsibility for releasing any information as well.
The university has a process for students to identify individuals that they would like to have access to certain pieces of information in the student’s record. Within Housing & Residential Education, students can use this online waiver form to release financial information.
Student directions: If you would like to HRE and Income Accounting to discuss your financial information with your parent/guardian so they can pay towards your account, please log in to the Campus Information Services page and select the link “FERPA RELEASE CONSENT” in the Finance section on the right-hand side.
After the release form loads
- Check Housing & Residential Education and Income Accounting as an area of release.
- Create a PIN (which the person you are selecting to release information to will need to know when they call the office).
- Designate the individual(s) who you would like to release information to.