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Payment Deferral Option

Payment Deferral Option for Autumn 2017 is available starting July 12, 2017.

Students with unpaid tuition balances can sign up for and pay the $115.00 setup charge for the Payment Deferral Option until August 23, 2017. This will defer the tuition due date until October 12, 2017.

Our Payment Deferral Option lets you defer your tuition and fees beyond the fee payment deadline and into the term. It’s a non-structured payment option with no established installment amounts, only a final due date, acceptance of a Statement of Financial Responsibility and a set-up payment of $115 is required. This will defer the tuition due date to October 12, 2017.

Payment Deferral Option Tutorial

For a $115 non-refundable set-up charge, students can participate in the Payment Deferral Option. Additional requirements include:

  • Students must have a class schedule for the semester.
  • To avoid dropped classes, you must both select the Payment Deferral Option (please add the charge only one time), and pay the $115 set-up charge before the Fee Payment Deadline. This selection process is done on CougarWeb, using the Payment Deferral Option link. See illustration above.

Note: The last day to enroll in the Payment Deferral Option is the Fee Payment Deadline. You must select a new Payment Deferral Option each term.

The Payment Deferral Option may be right for you if:

  • You need extra time to pay your balance in full.
  • You agree to the terms and conditions of the Statement of Financial Responsibility.
  • You meet the requirements as defined above.

The Payment Deferral Option allows you to pay tuition in one payment or in increments - there is not a fixed payment schedule or required minimum payment. Only students enrolled in credit courses for the current semester are eligible to participate.

Payment Option Comparisons

  Partial Payment OptionExtended Payment PlanPayment Deferral Option
Cost to participate None $15 enrollment fee each semester (non-refundable) $115 set-up charge each semester (non-refundable)
Enrollment/promissory note required to participate No Yes. Enrollment must be completed 15 days prior to the Fee Payment Deadline. Yes. Statement of Financial Responsibility must be completed by the Fee Payment Deadline.
Scheduled payment dates No. Students, parents or others may make partial payments at any time, with the total amount due by the Fee Payment Deadline. Yes. There is a $25 late payment charge for each late payment. No. Students must pay tuition and fees by timeline detailed within the Statement of Financial Responsibility.
Set payment amounts No. Students, parents or others may make payments of any amount Yes, based on your balance and payment schedule No. Students, parents or others may make payments of any amount
Tuition and fees paid in full due date Tuition and fees must be paid in full by the fee payment deadline (5 days prior to the start of the term). Payments are extended into the term, due by final scheduled due date of the payment plan. Students must pay tuition and fees by timeline detailed within the Statement of Financial Responsibility.
Drop for non-payment Yes, if not paid by the fee payment deadline Yes, if the initial down payment and scheduled payment(s) (must equal 50% of tuition and fees) are not paid by the fee payment deadline No, if $115 is charged and paid, classes will not be dropped

Yes, if $115 is not charged and paid by fee payment deadline, classes will be dropped.
Payment methods Cash, Check, Credit Card Cash, Check, Credit Card Cash, Check, Credit Card
Minimum tuition and fees balance to participate None $200 None
Additional requirements to participate None Good financial standing with the college. See Tuition Payment Options for requirements. Agreement of Statement of Financial Responsibility. See Tuition Payment Options for requirements.
Includes fees not associated with tuition or registration (such as parking) Yes No No

With Partial Payment Option, Extended Payment Plan, and Payment Deferral Option, any excess funds due to class changes, or dropped classes will be refunded by direct deposit, credit card or check, and follow Columbus State’s standard refund guidelines.

Regardless of the payment option selected, the student is responsible for ensuring that all payments are made on or before established due date(s).