Making Your Online Payment

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Instructions for Paying Your Bill  |  Guide To Terms On Your Bill  |  For Banks Outside Of The U.S.

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How To Pay Your Bill

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Columbia strongly encourages you to pay your bill using our online process. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to pay your bill. The instructions are followed by an explanation of the terms used on your bill.

Step-by-Step Instructions For Paying Your Bill Online

  1. LOG INTO STUDENT SERVICES ONLINE (SSOL)

Go to SSOL and enter your UNI and password.

Your UNI is a combination of your initials and an arbitrary number, and your key to accessing computer services and electronic resources at Columbia. The network password is the one you chose when you set up your UNI.

 

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Can't remember your UNI or password? Visit the Manage My UNI page at Columbia University Information Technology.

 

  1. VIEW YOUR MENU

In the menu, check the red text to make sure all of your information is up-to-date.

Be sure to update your contact information at this point in the payment process.

 

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  1. CLICK OR TAP "ACCOUNT DETAIL & BILLING"

Important Note About Getting Your Updated Charges: The “Statement Balance” you see here is the amount that was listed on the specific date the statement was emailed.

If charges were incurred or dropped or if you made payments since the last statement, you can see those changes by clicking "View Most Recent Activity" on this page in SSOL.

Choose from the payment options listed, or click the drop-down menu to view another term.

 

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  1. MAKE A PAYMENT

Choosing a payment option will open the Message Board window. Choose "Make Payment" from the left sidebar.

Note: If you need a Statement printed on Columbia letterhead, click "Current Statement" and then click the PDF icon.

 

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Enter your payment amount in the space available. Remember, the "Amount Due" listed here may vary from your Statement Balance. We recommend using the most up-to-date amount, which is listed under your "Recent Activity".

E-check is the default payment option, and you may save your payment profile to use again at a later date. Click the "Save" option after you enter your banking information, and your profile will appear in the drop-down menu for future payments.

 

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  1. CONFIRM YOUR PAYMENT

Review that the information you’ve entered is correct. You may edit the information by clicking “Edit” at the bottom of the page. Once you are satisfied, click “Confirm.”

You will see a receipt on the next page. You may print this page or view it in your transaction history.

Note: If the payment does not go through, a notification will appear within a few days. This indicates a problem with your payment. You can click the “Detail” icon for more information, or to view your confirmation.

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Definitions: Student Account Activity

The Student Account Activity statement uses the following terms and phrases:

 

PhraseWhat It Means

Statement Balance

as of (date)

Statement Balance: The statement balance is the account balance to date, taken from the current E-Bill.


As of (date): refers to the specific E-Bill date displayed on the statement.

Statement Balance

as of (date)

= Undetermined

Undetermined: The University is unable to determine certain charges before the student registers, so the student must calculate the balance based on intended registration. Full payment for the term is required by the due date to avoid late payment charges. Please refer to the online calculator and the Tuition and Fees pages.
   

As of (date): refers to the specific E-Bill date displayed on the statement.

Amount Due*

The Amount Due equals the statement balance, plus or minus recent payments and/or adjustments made to charges due in the current billing cycle.

For example, if you go from being a part-time student to a full time student, in addition to your statement balance, you are expected to pay for the additional courses for which you registered and related fees associated with that registration (e.g., program fees, activity fees, Student Health and student medical insurance fees, etc.) to avoid being charged a late fee.

Amount Due*

(for students

with Undetermined charges)

Undetermined: The University is unable to determine certain charges before the student registers, so the student must calculate the balance based on intended registration. Full payment for the term is required by the due date to avoid late payment charges. Please refer to the online calculator and the Tuition and Fees pages.

Account Balance

to Date*

This amount is equal to the Opening Balance (from the current statement) plus the Current Activity and any anticipated adjustments.

Balance

From Last Statement

The account balance taken from the previous E-Bill statement.

Charges

Due Next Statement

The charges listed are not due for the current billing cycle, but will be due for the next monthly statement/billing cycle.

CR

When noted after an amount, "CR" denotes a credit to the student account.

 

* Please Note: The Amount Due and Account Balance to Date may not always be the same amounts.

Any changes made after the monthly E-Bill statement that are related to previously billed tuition and tuition-related fees (for example, registering for additional courses) will alter the Amount Due for the current billing cycle.

Other Current Account Activity charges, for example Flex charges, will not alter the Amount Due for the current billing cycle but will be included under Charges Due Next Statement and will be due the following cycle.

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Banks Outside the U.S.

For payments drawn on banks outside the United States, the University recommends a wire transfer as the most efficient method of payment.

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