Paying Your Student Account
Charges incurred throughout the term will be billed periodically and are due by the date listed on the Student Account Statement. To determine the amount due, you should view current and recent statements and the current student account balance on Student Services Online (SSOL).
All payments should indicate the student's name and Columbia University nine-digit identification number (Ask Us). Payments must be posted by the due date to avoid late payment charges.
The University strongly prefers that student account payments be made online via the secure E-Billing website. Please note that online payments received by 10:00 p.m. EST will be reflected on the student's account by next business day. Payments received after 10:00 p.m. EST will not be reflected until the second business day. For payments drawn on foreign banks, the University recommends a wire transfer as the most efficient method of payment. Additional information for all payment methods is listed below.
- Authorizing a Parent or Other Personal Payer
- Online Check
- By Mail
- By Wire
- In Person
- Payment Plan
- Sponsored Billing
- Tuition Exemption
- AmeriCorps Education Awards
- College Savings Plans (529 Pre-Paid Plans)
If a parent or other family member is responsible for your bill, you can set them up as an authorized payer.
Federal privacy regulations limit the access of other people, including family members, to your student account. For parents to be able to review the monthly E-Bill, you need set them up as an “Authorized Payer.” To create the authorized payer account, log in to SSOL, select “Account Detail and E-Billing,” and then select “View E-Bill and Pay by E-Check.” From the left navigation, select “Authorize Payer.” Follow the instructions to create a user name and temporary password for each Authorized Payer.
Be sure that you inform your Authorized Payer of their temporary login and give directions to the site, https://quikpayasp.com/columbia/tuition/authorized.do. The Authorized Payer will be prompted to change their password and verify their email address the first time they log in.
For more information about Authorized Payers, visit our Ask Us FAQ.
For information about sponsored payments, for example payments by a non-Columbia employer, see Sponsored Billing below.
Students access this payment system through Student Services Online (SSOL). Because SSOL contains information protected by federal privacy regulations, Authorized Payers must access the E-Billing website directly.
A confirmation number is given after electronic payment has been accepted. If a hold on a student’s account due to an outstanding balance needs to be removed immediately, he or she may use this number (in an email, on the phone, or in person) to ask to have the hold removed manually.
If the Statement stub is not available, the student’s name and Columbia University PID, the nine-digit identification number (Ask Us), must be written on the check or money order to ensure timely crediting.
Columbia University Student Account Payments
P.O. Box 1385
New York, New York 10008-1385
Please note: This is a processing center and cannot accept any mailing that requires signature for receipt. Do not mail cash, credit card authorizations, or correspondence to the lockbox. All correspondence should be sent to Student Financial Services.
For payments drawn on foreign banks, the University recommends a wire transfer as the most efficient method of payment.
As of June 2013, we offer a new, more streamlined wire transfer service to both domestic and international students.
Columbia University contracts with Western Union to provide students with an alternative to paying their student bill by wire transfer. The new service offers a competitive rate of exchange as well as the convenience of being able to make payments in many international currencies through a local bank.
Below are instructions for making a payment and a link to a list of currencies accepted through Western Union.
A new set of wire instructions is required for each new wire payment. Please also note that wire instructions and the associated currency exchange rate expire after 72 hours.
- Open SSOL to begin the payment process or click here.
- Click on “Account Detail and E-Billing,” then on “Wire Transfer Instructions.”
- Enter the information required on the form including name, Columbia email address, and PID.
- Enter the U.S. dollar amount of the payment you wish to make. Select the payment currency or associated country from which you will make your payment. You may wish to refer to Western Union's list of accepted currencies (PDF).
- A conversion at a competitive rate of exchange from the U.S. dollar amount will be applied to your chosen currency through the Western Union real-time rate engine. You will have the opportunity to view the payable amount in your local currency before committing to the transaction.
- Finalize the transaction by following the instructions on the web page.
- Save a PDF copy of the wire instructions confirmation page and send it to your bank or print the confirmation page and take it to your local bank to initiate the transfer of funds to Western Union. Please note that the currency quote on the confirmation page is valid for 72 hours. Western Union must receive the request within 72 hours of your receipt of the currency quote.
- Western Union will then forward the U.S. dollar amount to Columbia University where it will be credited to your student billing account.
Note that there is a limit of $70,000 per term that can be paid via this method.
Also, please note that neither Western Union nor Columbia University charge any fee, per their agreement. However, your bank may impose a service fee to initiate the wire transfer. Additionally, a processing fee will be charged for transactions that cannot be deposited through normal bank channels.
Remember to include the student's name and Columbia University nine-digit identification number (Ask Us) on all payments.
Checks must be in U.S. currency drawn on a U.S. bank.
Note: For payments that include more than $10,000 in cash, IRS Form 8300 will have to be completed at the cashier's window.
The TuitionPay Payment Plan, administered by Sallie Mae, enables students and their families to pay tuition and fees billed through the University over several months, rather than in one payment. The payment plan is not a loan. While there is an application fee, there are no interest charges or credit checks.
Budgeting for the Payment Plan: Check your E-Bill or Tuition and Fees online before you sign up for the plan to determine how much you will need to pay. Note that Tuition and Fees for each academic year are approved and posted every July. If you are signing up before the upcoming year’s tuition is available, you can use the prior year’s Tuition and Fees amounts as an estimate. Remember that you can also adjust your budget after the new fees are available, as indicated below.
Here is some other important information:
- Remember to subtract financial aid awards, and add any Dining or other fees.
- Your budgeted amount will be split into monthly payments during the term.
- If your term bill amount changes, you may also change your budgeted amount by logging in to the TuitionPay website or by calling TuitionPay’s customer service team at 800-635-0120 (M-F, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Eastern).
- If you do not update your budgeted amount and it is not enough to cover your term bill, you will need to make a direct payment to your E-Bill to cover the difference, in order to avoid past due balances and late fees.
If you are using the payment plan and also borrowing private student loans, please note that you have the right and ability to select the education loan provider of your choice. You are not required to use the company that administers the payment plan as your loan provider, and you will suffer no penalty for choosing an education loan provider that is different from the one that administers the payment plan.
The application fee for the annual plan is $55, and the fee for a single term is $40. You may pay the application fee by check or with your MasterCard.
The plan starts July 1 each academic year, and you may sign up any time before the last enrollment date. However, we recommend you enroll as early as possible each year or term so that your total payment can be spread across more months.
The annual sign-up windows are as follows*:
|Annual or Fall Term Plan||July 1 - September 30|
|Spring Term Plan||November 30 - January 31|
*The plan cannot be used for the summer semester.
Important: If you sign up after the plan start date, it is necessary to make any back payments that are due. See the schedule that follows:
|Date Application Received||What is Due|
|Prior to July 1||Fee only|
|July 2 - August 1||Fee & July 1 payment|
|August 2 - August 31||Fee, July 1 & August 1 payments|
|September 1 - September 30||Fee, July 1, August 1 & September 1 payments|
|Prior to November 30||Fee only|
|December 1 - December 31||Fee & December 1 payment|
|January 1 - January 31||Fee, Dec. 1 & Jan. 1 payments|
You can enroll online at http://www.tuitionpayenroll.com/.
For more information, please contact the TuitionPay consultants at 1-800-635-0120.
The Corporation for National and Community Service provides grants to national and local nonprofits, schools, government agencies, faith-based and community organizations and other groups committed to strengthening their communities through volunteering.
Students are able to use these grants in the form of AmeriCorps Education Awards toward their semester’s charges. To help you apply for your AmeriCorps funding, we have prepared a step-by-step Guide to Requesting Your AmeriCorps Award (downloadable PDF).
For faster processing, redeem your award online at https://my.AmeriCorps.gov/mp/login.do.
We will begin processing AmeriCorps Awards after the Change of Program period every semester. Awards greater than $1,500.00 will be made in two parts. The first half of the payment will be paid at the beginning of the semester, and the second half during the midpoint of the semester. Please note that your AmeriCorps Education Award is considered part of your financial aid package and accordingly must be reported to the financial aid office for your school.
Please allow 3-5 business days for processing. If you have questions regarding the processing of your AmeriCorps award, please email email@example.com.
At Columbia University, we work with families to process these benefits in a timely manner. Plan participants are asked to contact their respective Plan to initiate the payment process. Because enrollment verification is required in most cases, Plans which require this information will be provided a copy of the student’s statement after the add/drop period, usually ten (10) days after the start of the semester.
For questions and answers from the Internal Revenue Service on 529 Plans, please visit thie IRS website at http://www.irs.gov/uac/529-Plans:-Questions-and-Answers.
Payment by mail:
Checks in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank account made payable to Columbia University should be mailed to our Cashiering Department. Payments by mail must be received, not simply postmarked, by the due date in order to avoid late payment charges.
Mail Checks to:
Columbia University Cashiering Department
1140 Amsterdam Avenue
210 Kent Hall
New York, NY 10027
Please note: the student’s name, Columbia University nine-digit identification number (AskUs) or UNI, and the notation “529 Plan payment” should be clearly noted in the detail/memo field. Failure to do so may delay posting to the proper student account.