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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 Service website, select "Billing, Payments & Refunds" then "sign up for payment plan". 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 (2014-2015)

Fall Semester

Plan
Option & Fees 1
Enrollment Period Payment
Due Dates

  Open Date  
Closed Date

4-Pay

$ 35

08/01/2014
08/31/2014 Date of Enrollment
09/15/2014
10/15/2014
11/17/2014

PLEASE NOTE: Signing up for the 3-Pay Payment Plan is available, however, late fees will be assessed on August 31, 2014. To avoid late fees you will need to sign up for the 4-Pay Plan by 08/28/2014 to allow time for processing.

3-Pay

$ 35

09/01/2014
09/09/2014 Date of Enrollment
10/15/2014
11/17/2014

Spring Semester

Plan
Option & Fees 1
Enrollment Period
Payment
Due Dates

  Open Date 
Closed Date

4-Pay

$ 35

12/01/2014
12/31/2014
Date of Enrollment
01/15/2015
02/16/2015
03/16/2015

3-Pay

$ 35

01/01/2015
01/26/2015
Date of Enrollment
02/16/2015
03/16/2015

Summer Semester

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

4-Pay

$ 35

04/01/2015 04/30/2015 Date of Enrollment
05/15/2015
06/15/2015
07/15/2015

3-Pay

$ 35

05/01/2015 05/26/2015 Date of Enrollment
06/15/2015
07/15/2015
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 Expand

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.

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 or via e-mail at cservice@ecsi.net.

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.