We understand that receiving that first tuition bill can feel a little overwhelming. You've made the decision to attend graduate school and the start of the semester is coming closer. We want to help make this process as smooth as possible for you, so there are several options for paying your tuition bill. Tuition statements are sent in July for the fall semester and in December for the spring semester and these will show your tuition and fees as well as any financial aid you are scheduled to receive. For billing and credit-load purposes, J-Term courses are included in the spring semester. Summer bills (no fees!) will go out in May.
- Option One: Paying In-Full Before the Semester Begins
You can pay your bill with cash, check or credit card. Credit card payments will be assessed a 2.5 percent fee. VISA is not accepted. Balances are to be paid in full one week prior to the beginning of the semester. (Your bill will include an exact due date.)
A $100 late fee will be applied if balances are not paid by the initial due date. A $25 per month additional fee will be applied each succeeding month.
Being approved for enough loans to cover the balance of your bill--or signing up for a payment plan (see below)--is considered being "paid in full." To pay your bill in-full online with a credit card (fee) or electronic checking account (no fee), click the "Pay My Bill Now" button to the right, then sign into WebAdvisor as a student. You'll see an option to view your statement and make a payment.
- Option Two: Signing Up for the Automatic Payment Plan
You can sign up for a semester-long automatic payment plan each semester. You will have the option to pay your bill in four or five equal monthly installments, with payments due on the 5th or 20th each month. This is not a loan program meaning you have no debt, there are no interest/finance charges assessed and there is no credit check. There is a $50 enrollment fee assessed each semester. If you choose to make your monthly payments using a credit card or debit card (rather than from your checking or savings account), a 2.95% transaction fee will be assessed on each payment. There is no transaction fee for those who use their checking or savings accounts for payment. To enroll, click here. If you have specific questions concerning the set-up of the payment plan please call AES customer service at 800-551-2773 ext. 15 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Online enrollment begins July 15 for the fall semester and December 10 for the spring semester. Through AES, enter the budgeted amount you wish to make payments on and choose the 5th or the 20th of the month for your withdrawal date. Payments will be calculated based on the months left in the semester. For example, if your first payment date is August 5th, you can pay in five monthly installments; if your first payment date is September 20th, you'd pay in four monthly installments. If you sign up for the payment plan after September 20th, you will still be assessed a $100 late fee since payment would now be past due. The later dates simply reflect how payments will be made if you sign up at the later time.
- If changes are made to your tuition statement after you have enrolled, Cornerstone/GRTS will update your account and future withdrawals will reflect the change.
- You must sign up for the program each semester. For example, being enrolled for the fall semester does not automatically enroll you for the spring semester.
- The $50 enrollment fee will be withdrawn with your first payment.
Paying for Summer Classes
Summer bills must be paid before your classes begin. Summer classes do not have any additional fees so you're only charged for tuition. Please Note: The automatic payment plan does not apply to the summer term. There is no institutional aid available for the summer term. To pay, click the "Pay My Bill Now" button to the right, then sign into WebAdvisor as a student. You'll see an option to view your statement and make a payment.
Paying Your Bill with Loans
If you have completed the FAFSA and are a degree-seeking student, you may qualify for federal loans. Once you receive your award summary, you'll need to either accept or decline the federal loans you have been offered; this must be done in writing, not over the phone. (See instructions on the award summary). You can accept or decline the full amount, or you can indicate the specific amount you wish to borrow up to the maximum loan amount. If you accept any amount of federal loans, you must complete the Entrance Counseling and submit a completed Master Promissory Note (MPN). Loans are typically dispersed a few weeks after the start of the semester.