Late payment consequences

Financial responsibility

By registering for classes, you entered into a legally-binding contract to pay all tuition and fees, including any non-refundable fees.

If you do not pay on time

If you are an admitted student and the University does not receive the amount due on your student account by your billing due date, the following will happen:

  • You will be charged a late payment fee of $40.00 for each billing cycle that your bill is not paid.
  • We will place a hold on your student record. Holds due to non-payment may have the following consequences:
    • Your current registration may be canceled including classes you are already attending.
    • You may be prevented from registering in the future, ordering a transcript, and/or being issued your diploma.
    • You may be unable to make bookstore charges to your student account.
    • You may become ineligible for current or future financial aid.

Pay in full to avoid becoming seriously delinquent

Your payment in full must be received by the third billing due date (or first billing due date for May/summer term) or your past-due account will be reviewed for additional collection effort. 

Find billing and payment due dates on the academic calendar.

If you pay a past due account with a personal check or e-payment, there could be a 15-business day waiting period before transcripts or diplomas will be released or further registration will be allowed.

Registration cancellation policy

According to University policy, you must pay in full all past due balances or your current and/or future registration will be canceled. Your payment must be received, not postmarked, before the current due date to avoid cancellation of classes.

If payment in full is not received by the fourth billing due date (or second billing due date for May/Summer term), your registration for future terms will be canceled.

If your registration is canceled for non-payment, you will not be allowed to register again until payment in full has been posted to your student account. Please be aware that there is no guarantee that the same classes will be available.

Guest student late payment policy

If you are a guest student, you are required to pay your student account balance in full each billing cycle. If you do not meet this requirement, your registration for the current term may be canceled. If your enrollment is canceled, you must contact One Stop to re-register. Be advised that you have no guarantee that the same class(es) will be available.

Collections and fees

You are responsible for any and all fees necessary for the collection of any amount not paid when due. If you fail to pay your account, you will be subject to a late payment fee of $40.00 each billing cycle. 

Seriously delinquent accounts may be referred to the Minnesota Department of Revenue and/or a collection agency. Seriously delinquent accounts may be subject to additional charges, including collection fees and collection agency commissions, which can be as high as 40%. Collection activity could include court action and referral to outside collection agencies. You are responsible for any and all fees necessary for the collection of any amount not paid to the University or contracted Collection Agency. Refer to the e-business agreement you signed prior to enrollment.

Any check or e-payment returned by the bank as unpaid will be assessed a $20.00 returned check charge and could result in your current and/or future registration being canceled.

Make payment arrangements for an account in collection

If your account is past due and you cannot pay the balance due in full, contact Student Financial Services to learn about payment options. If a payment arrangement is mutually agreed upon, please note that late fees will continue to be assessed until the past due balance is paid in full. In some cases, there are other options available that will be more cost effective.

Additional terms

  • No penalty for prepayment.
  • You can pay more than the monthly amount due or pay your bill in full at any time.
  • If you pay more than the monthly amount due without paying your bill in full, it will not lower next month's payment amount. You can pay more at any time, but will still need to pay the amount due each month.

Once you have a payment arrangement, you must make payments as arranged.

Accounts in default

If you make payments for less than the agreed upon amount without prior approval, you will be considered in default of your payment arrangement. Default means that you have stopped making monthly payments on time per your agreement with the University. Missing one payment could result in default. Any fees that were waived will be reinstated. Your account could be referred to an outside collection agency and credit reporting agencies notified of your default status.