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Payment Plans

The University of Cincinnati offers, through ECSI, a tuition payment plan (TPP) for those students who need to spread their tuition and fees bill across the term. In response to feedback given to us over the past year we have made a few changes to the payment plans:

  • The 4-Pay Option is only available during the first month of the term. Enrollments after the first month are for the 3-Pay Option.
  • The enrollment fee and the first payment will now be due at time of enrollment.

It is very important that students and/or parents note the enrollment and payment due dates.

Students can only have 1 payment plan per term so if a parent or third-party is paying a student's bill the student will need to authorize them using the new Parent/Friend process.

Students can sign up for the payment plan by visiting the One Stop Student website, select "My Bill" then "sign up for payment plans". Follow the on-screen instructions to successfully sign up for the payment plan.

Parents or other third-party payers (uncles, grandparents, etc.) will use the Parent Portal. Select the student then select the payment plan option. Follow the on-screen instructions to successfully sign up for the payment plan. If "sign up for payment plan" is not an option on the menu then the student has not authorized that service for the parent/third-party payer.

Caution!

>> WARNING <<

Signing up for the payment plan is not instant so please allow 2-3 business days for processing. Your application is not fully accepted until your first  installment plus the $35 enrollment fee is processed with your bank.

Failure to sign up for the payment plan by your payment due date may result in assessment of late fees and interest charges. Late fees and interest charges after the payment due date are the student's responsibility. Delays in processing payment plans after your payment due date are not reasons for UC to waive late fees or interest.

>> PLAN ACCORDINGLY <<

 

Tuition Payment Plan Options (2013-2014)

Fall Semester

Plan
Option & Fees 1
Enrollment Period Payment
Due Dates

  Open Date  
Closed Date

4-Pay

$ 35

08/01/2013
08/31/2013 Date of Enrollment
09/16/2013
10/15/2013
11/15/2013

PLEASE NOTE: Signing up for the 3-Pay Payment Plan is available, however, late fees will be assessed on August 31, 2013. To avoid late fees you will need to sign up for the 4-Pay Plan.

3-Pay

$ 35

09/01/2013
09/09/2013 Date of Enrollment
10/15/2013
11/15/2013

Spring Semester

Plan
Option & Fees 1
Enrollment Period
Payment
Due Dates

  Open Date 
Closed Date

4-Pay

$ 35

12/01/2013
12/31/2013
Date of Enrollment
01/16/2014
02/17/2014
03/17/2014

3-Pay

$ 35

01/01/2014
01/20/2014
Date of Enrollment
02/17/2014
03/17/2014

Summer Semester

Plan
Option & Fees 1
Enrollment Period Payment
Due Dates
  Open Date 
Closed Date

4-Pay

$ 35

04/01/2014 04/30/2014 Date of Enrollment
05/15/2014
06/16/2014
07/15/2014

3-Pay

$ 35

05/01/2014 05/26/2014 Date of Enrollment
06/16/2014
07/15/2014
1 Fees are based on payers using the on-line eCheck option. If a credit card is used then a 2.5% non-refundable convenience/service fee will be charged.

Before Signing Up

Before creating payment arrangements with ECSI, the student, parent, or other payer needs to determine the necessary payment amount to pay a bill in full (students click here to view your bill and parent/others should use the Parent Portal).

For example, consider this Fall semester bill:

Description      Charges 
      Credits  
     Instructional Fee 4,562  
     General Fee 398  
     Info Tech & Inst Equip Fee                                           
180  
     Campus Life Fee 252  
     Federal Pell Grant   2,775CR
     Federal Direct Subsidized Loan   1,317CR
     
          Balance Due:
1,300  

In the above example, $1,300 is required to pay the bill in full.  If the payer opts to enroll in the payment plan ECSI will divide this amount into four monthly payments of $325.  This does not include the non-refundable payment plan enrollment fee which is due at time of enrollment. These payments are due to ECSI according to the schedule listed above.

Once signed up for the payment plan students or authorized payers can increase/decrease their budget as needed by selecting the "sign up for payment plan" and updating the budget amount. This will affect future payments. Some reasons for budget updates could be increase in charges due to enrollment change, housing changes, changes in aid (grants and/or loans), etc.  Failure to do this will result in the payment plan for that term being underfunded and a balance due on the students bill.

Please Note: A common mistake made by payers is not providing ECSI with the right budget amount needed.  The payer then assumes the bill will be paid in full; however, such mistakes can lead to late payment fees (assessed by the university) and service blocks.  Again, using the example above, consider if the payer informed ECSI only $1,000 was required.  This would leave the sample bill with a balance due of $300.  ($1,300 - $1,000 = $300).  Because there is a balance due, the bill is subject to late payment fees and service blocks.

Enrollment Process and Fees

Once you have determined your correct budget amount, read the rest of the information on this page and click on the link in the "How to Enroll" section below. This link will take you directly to the ECSI web site.  You are strongly encouraged to sign up by the earliest enrollment deadline to avoid any additional fees on your tuition bill.  Please note the ECSI enrollment and payment deadlines above.

The ECSI payment plan is an interest free plan, but there is an initial enrollment fee.  The enrollment fee for all semester plans is $35. Payment plan budgets will show on the bill within 24-48 hours of application once the enrollment fee is processed. Please plan accordingly to avoid monthly late fees.

Payments can be made via ACH from your checking or savings account. As an added convenience you may pay by credit card (MasterCard, Discover or American Express), however, there is a 2.5% non-refundable convenience fee if you use this option. If a payment is returned because of insufficient funds you will be charged a non-refundable $35 return payment fee.

Payments are due the 15th of the month (NOTE: the first month's payment is required at time of enrollment). Failure to make a payment by the due date may result in a $25 late fee being assessed. Failure to make 2 payments by the due date will result in the cancellation of the payment plan.

PLEASE NOTE: Payments are not automatically deducted. You must make on-line payments by the due date. If you want automatic deductions you must separately sign up for them.

How the Payment Plan is Reflected on the Student Bill

Once the payer completes the ECSI payment plan agreement, ECSI will communicate to UC that the student has a ECSI payment plan.  Usually within a couple of days the student's bill will reflect a "ECSI Payment Plan Budget".  Once UC receives your first payment from ECSI you will see "Payment(s) Received from ECSI Payment Plan" appear on the student bill.  As payments are received by UC, the budget on the bill will be reduced accordingly.

The example below shows a sample bill after one ECSI payment is received by the university:

Description Charges
            Credits
     Instructional Fee 4,562  
     General Fee 398  
     Info Tech & Inst Equip Fee 180  
     Campus Life Fee 252  
     ECSI Payment Plan Enrollment Fee 35  
     Federal Pell Grant   2,775CR  
     Federal Direct Subsidized Loan   1,317CR  
     ECSI Payment Plan Budget
  975CR  
     Payment(s) Received from ECSI Payment Plan   360CR1
     
Balance Paid in Full - Thank You

1 The $360 payment includes the payment for the enrollment fee ($35 enrollment fee + $325 monthly payment).

The remaining ECSI budget is $975.  The budget and payment amounts will change as payments are received from ECSI. 

How to Enroll

Student: To enroll in the payment plan visit the Onestop Student Service Center and follow the "sign up for payment plan" link under "My Bill".

Parent/Third-Party: To enroll in the payment plan visit the "Parent Portal" and select "sign up for payment plan".

Students or parents who need to contact ECSI with questions or issues with their payment plans can call (866) 927-1438.

How/Where to Make a Payment Plan Payment

To make a payment plan payment you need to follow the same link you used when you signed up for the payment plan (parents use the Parent Portal and students use One Stop). Once you get to the ECSI web page follow the payment link (on the ePay tab) to make a payment on your payment plan. If you signed up for automatic ACH (eCheck) deductions you should not have to make payments manually.

Late payments may result in a $25 late payment fee for each payment that is not paid by the due date.

PLEASE NOTE: It's important to pay using this method since ECSI manages these payments not UC. Payments made via the "view/pay my bill" are not counted as payment plan payments.

Support

Students, parents or other authorized payers with questions or issues with their payment plan at ECSI or technical issues with the ECSI web site can contact ECSI directly at (866) 927-1438.

Issues regarding how to get set up with access to make payments should be directed to the One Stop Student Service Center at (513) 556-1000 or via e-mail at onestop@uc.edu.