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Partial Fee Payment

Columbus State now offers the ability to make a partial fee payment. Use this FAQ to find out more information.

1. What is the Partial Payment option to pay student fees?

Paying part of the total tuition balance due in smaller increments.  It could also be paying for 1 class at a time or taking the total due and splitting it into equal payments. For example, Mom and Dad can split the amount due in half; each can now pay at separate times prior to the Fee Payment Deadline. This also allows a student to pay estimated balances that will not be covered in full by financial aid or sponsors earlier rather than waiting until after financial aid has been transmitted (see # 9).

2. Does the student need to “sign up” to participate in the Partial Payment option?

No. The Partial Payment option is not a payment plan. Partial payments for a given quarter can begin with the first day of registration for that quarter. Payment is due in full by the Fee Payment Deadline published in the Enrollment Guide.

3. Is there a minimum partial payment amount?

There is no minimum payment amount; just be aware that the entire balance MUST be paid by the Fee Payment Deadline listed in the Enrollment Guide.

4. How many times can a student make payments on their account?

There is no limit on the number of times someone can make a partial payment.

5. When is the final payment due?

The final payment is due five days before the quarter starts. This date is listed in the Enrollment Guide as the Fee Payment Deadline and on the Academic Calendar under Quarter Schedules. No partial payments for a given quarter will be accepted after the published Fee Payment Deadline.

6. What method can the student use to make their payments?

The student can pay by the following methods: Cougar Web (Discover, Visa or MasterCard), Telephone Information Center (Discover, Visa or MasterCard), or In-Person in the Cashier’s office (Check and Cash or Discover, Visa or MasterCard).  There is also a drop box available for payments in the entryway of Madison Hall.

7. Where do I mail a partial payment if I wish to use a check?  

Columbus State Community College Attn:  Cashiers Office P.O. Box 1609 Columbus, OH 43216-1609

8. How do I determine the amount that I owe?

The outstanding balance can be found on your CougarWeb account on the “My Balance by Term” screen. You can also contact the Telephone Information Center directly at 614-287-5353, or the Cashier’s Office at 614-287-2414.

9. How does the partial payment option work if the student has financial aid to pay their bill?

Partial payments can be made as soon as registration is complete. Financial aid will be disbursed 10 days prior to the beginning of the quarter.  The student needs to verify that the financial aid disbursement covers the remainder of their fees before the Fee Payment Deadline listed in the Enrollment Guide. The amount owed can be found on CougarWeb on the “My Balance by Term” screen or contacting the Telephone Information Center at 614-287-5353 or Cashier’s office at 614-287-2414.

10. What additional steps should a student follow to use the partial payment option if the amount of financial aid available is not enough to cover their fees?

After financial aid has been disbursed (see # 9), the student should verify that the financial aid disbursement covers the remainder of their fees before the Fee Payment Deadline listed in the Enrollment Guide.  Any remaining amount owed can be found on CougarWeb on the “My Balance by Term” screen or contacting the Telephone Information Center at 614-287-5353. If there is a remaining balance due, the student must pay the remaining balance, using one of the payment methods indicated in #6, before the Fee Payment Deadline listed in the Enrollment Guide or risk being dropped from their classes.

11. What happens if the student makes a partial payment after the financial aid has been disbursed?

Any overpayment will be disbursed by Direct Deposit (if the student has submitted Bank information), or to credit card, if one was used, or by check. This will follow the standard refund process.

12. Are partial payments accepted after the published Fee Payment Deadline?

After the Fee Payment deadline, partial payments will not be accepted for any late registrations or re-registration activity.

13. How are refunds to the student made after the drop for non-payment?

Refunds will be processed under current refund practices.  Refunds for students with financial aid will be processed after the 9th day of classes each quarter.  Refunds for all other students will be processed 30 days after the start of the quarter. Refunds will be made at 100%, 50%, or 25%, based on when a class(es) is dropped. Parking, matriculation, and some other fees are non-refundable.

If a credit card is used as part of the payment, monies will be refunded first to the credit card, up to the amount of the payment made with the credit card.  If two different credit cards are used, the last credit card used would be the first card refunded.  In the event the refund is for more than that card’s transaction amount, the refund would then go toward the next credit card used up to that card’s transaction amount. Any remaining refund in excess of all credit card charges, or for payments by cash or check will be by Direct Deposit (if the student has submitted Bank information), or by check. Students should confirm that correct address information is on record.

14. How does the student get their refund if they decide to drop their classes and not attend the quarter after making payments?

Refunds will be processed under current practices.  Refunds for students with financial aid will be processed after the 9th day of classes each quarter.  Refunds for all other students will be processed 30 days after the start of the quarter. See also #13.

15. If someone other than the student, including Third Party payees, makes a partial payment by check, cash, credit card, or voucher, how would the money be refunded if the student drops his or her classes?

If a partial payment is paid with a third party voucher, the amount paid by voucher is deducted from the billing statement issued to the third party. If a credit card is used as part of the payment, monies will be refunded first to the credit card, up to the amount of the payment made with the credit card.  If two different credit cards are used, the last credit card used would be the first card refunded.  

In the event the refund is for more than that card’s transaction amount, the refund would then go toward the next credit card used up to that card’s transaction amount.  If the refund is for more than amounts paid by voucher and/or credit card(s), any remaining refund, or for payments by cash or check will be by Direct Deposit (if the student has submitted Bank information), or by check. Students should confirm that correct address information is on record. For more detailed information regarding third party payments/refunds, please contact the Cashier’s office at 614-287-2414.

16. Can a student use the partial payment option if they owe a previous/past due balance to Columbus State Community College?

No, any balance due for a prior quarter must be paid in full in order for any restrictions to be removed. Payments can be made to CSCC on the previous balance unless the balance has been referred to the Ohio Attorney General for collection.  

17. Can partial payments be made toward future quarters?

No, partial payments can only be made toward current quarter registration balances. For any questions not addressed previously, please contact the Telephone Information Center at 614-287-5353.