Monthly Payment Plan

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How To Sign Up  |  Cost  |  Payment Methods  |  Plan Availability  |  Estimating Your Payments  |  Monthly Plan Features  |  Contact Us  |  Sign-Up Dates and Schedule

Payment Plan

Columbia offers a monthly payment plan to enable you to pay tuition and fees over several months, rather than in one payment. You can sign up for the fall semester beginning in July. Columbia offers this plan through the Nelnet service provider, which is integrated with the monthly E-Bill. The payment plan is not a loan. If you are using the payment plan and also borrowing private student loans, you have the right and ability to select the education loan provider of your choice, free from penalty. You are not required to use any lender promulgated by the payment plan provider.

While there is a modest, non-refundable application fee, there are no interest charges or credit checks.

The Payment Plan is available for the Fall term, Spring term, or the annual academic year plan. It is not available for the Summer term.

 

How to Sign Up

 

STUDENTS

 

1.

Log in to Student Services Online (SSOL) and click on “Account Detail and E-Billing.”

2.

Click on “View E-Bill and Use the Monthly Payment Plan.”

 
 
AUTHORIZED PAYERS
 

1.

Go to the secure e-billing website and log in with the username and password set up by your student.

2.

Select the "Payment Plan" option from the menu on the left side of the page.

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Cost

  • $45 annual enrollment fee
  • $25 enrollment fee per term (for Fall and Spring terms)
  • $30 returned payment fee if a payment is returned

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Payment Methods

  • Automatic bank payment (ACH)
  • Note that a credit or debit card may be used to pay the enrollment fee. (An additional convenience fee will be assessed.)

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Plan Availability

The payment plan is available June 1 each academic year. Students may choose to sign up for one of the following options:

  • Fall Term: August - December
  • Spring Term: January - May
  • Annual (Fall and Spring Terms): August - May

Note: The payment plan is not offered for the Summer term.

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Estimating Your Budget and Monthly Payments

Tuition and Fees for each new academic year are approved and posted by July 1. You will have the opportunity to adjust your budget if you are adding and dropping classes. When estimating, remember to also subtract financial aid awards and outside scholarships, add any Housing, Dining, or other fees, and take into account any sponsored payments or outside scholarship you may expect.

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Monthly Payment Plan Features

  • Automatic Rebalance of Amount in Payment Plan: If your term bill amount changes, the system will automatically recalculate your new total amount, as well as your updated monthly payment amount. This automatic recalculation will happen twice per term. You and any authorized payers will receive an automated email notification 10 days prior to the rebalance.
     
  • Manual Rebalance of Amount in Payment Plan: After you have signed up for the payment plan, if you anticipate a payment from a source not listed in your E-Bill, for example a sponsored payment or outside scholarship, you can adjust the amount budgeted for your payment plan by logging in to the E-Bill and updating the total amount you wish to pay via the plan. The system will recalculate your monthly payment based on your changes.

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Contact Information

 

NELNET

Telephone: 1-888-470-6014
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Student Service Center

Telephone: 212-854-4400
Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 

Sign-Up Dates and Schedule

Columbia’s payment plan is flexible and offers three options:

  • Fall Term Only
  • Spring Term Only
  • Annual / Academic Year (Fall and Spring Terms) - For plan management purposes, the Annual plan is considered as two separate plans, one for the Fall term and the other for the Spring. The percentages collected during late enrollment in the Fall term only apply to the balance established for the Fall term. 

Note: Payments are automatically deducted on the 5th of every month from the bank account you authorized during sign-up.

 

FALL TERM PLAN

5 Payments, $25 enrollment fee. Plan enrollment closes after November 23.

Enrollment Period

Required

Down Payment

Number

of Payments

Months

of Payments

June 1 - August 4none5August - December
August 5 - August 25
20%
4September - December
August 26 - September 26
40%
3October - December
September 27 - October 27
60%
2November & December
October 28 - November 23
80%
1December

 

 

SPRING TERM PLAN

5 Payments, $25 enrollment fee. Plan enrollment closes after April 26.

Enrollment Period

Required

Down Payment

Number

of Payments

Months

of Payments

November 15 - January 3none5January - May
January 4 - January 26
20%
4February - May
January 27 - February 23
40%
3March - May
February 24 - March 27
60%
2April & May
March 28 - April 26
80%
1May

 

 

ANNUAL / ACADEMIC YEAR PLAN (Fall and Spring Terms):

10 Payments, $45 enrollment fee. Plan enrollment closes after November 23.

For plan management purposes, the Annual plan is considered as two separate plans, one for the Fall term and the other for the Spring. The percentages collected during late enrollment in the Fall term only apply to the balance established for the Fall term.

Enrollment Period

Required

Down Payment

Number

of Payments

Months

of Payments

June 1 - August 4none10August - May
August 5 - August 25
20% *
9September - May
August 26 - September 26
40% *
8October - May
September 27 - October 27
60% *
7November - May
October 28 - November 23
80% *
6December - May


 

* This percentage is based on the amount dedicated to the Fall term portion of the payment plan.

 

Note: The payment plan is not offered for the Summer term.

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