Paying your college tuition bill

Getting ready to head off to college is an exciting time – so exciting that you may be focused more on furnishing your dorm room than on paying your first tuition bill. Most colleges send bills for fall semester in June or July, and payments typically are due in August, so now is the time to be on the lookout for payment information.

Like most financial institutions, most schools now maintain electronic communication, which means you won’t see a paper bill in your mailbox. Here’s how to make sure you don’t miss any important information that could jeopardize your enrollment:

Check your school email account

Tuition bills are usually sent to the student, not their parents or guardians. As a college student, you’ll need to get used to regularly checking your school email account and also any student portals for scheduling classes, paying bills, and other important information. You should receive a notification when your bill is avaialble, but you can also check the school’s financial aid office website for payment information.

If you want your parent to be able to access this information, you may be able to add them as an authorized user, or they may have the option to set up their own login information via a parent portal.


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