Effective Fall 2012, for a small enrollment fee students, parents or other payers wishing to pay a student bill over time, on a monthly basis, must use the University of Cincinnati's interest-free payment plan via Educational Computer Services, Inc. (ECSI). This is an ideal option for students who cannot pay the entire bill by the bill due date.
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 visting 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, grand parents, 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.
|Payment Plan Due Dates (2012-2013)
|Term & Fee 1
||Enrollment Dates||Payment Due Dates
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:
| Info Tech & Inst Equip Fee
|Campus Life Fee||252|
|Federal Pell Grant||2,775CR|
|Federal Direct Subsidized Loan||1,317CR|
| Balance Due:
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 under funded 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.
Once you have determined your correct budget amount, read the rest of the information on this page and click on the statement in red at the bottom. 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 accordinly 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 Amercian 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. 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.
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:
|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
|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.
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.
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.
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.