Billing and Due Dates
Bills are generated on or around the 20th of each month. A student's account is billed for the full account balance for each payment date. However, a minimum payment is allowed. The minimum payment amount equals the current term charges, divided by the number of scheduled payment dates remaining in the semester, plus the total of any previous semester remaining balance. The fall semester (August-December) has four months of payments, spring semester (January-May) has five months of payments and the summer session (May-July) has three months of payments.
Example: The student goes through early registration in March for the Fall 2012 semester. Four months of installment payments are available, beginning with the first payment due on August 15th. If the total amount billed for current semester charges is $3500 and there are no previous semester charges, the first installment payment will be for $875.
The required minimum payment must be made by the due date to avoid being subject to sanctions or cancellation. Students may also pay the total due or any amount greater than the required minimum. Any payment amount less than the total due results in a 1% monthly finance charge on the unpaid billed balance. Enrollment is not complete until the minimum payment is made. A student's ID will not be activated (for bookstore charging, use of the student rec center, etc.) until the required minimum payment is made.
Payment due dates
If the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, payment is due the previous working day.
- August 15 — 1st payment due date for early registered students
- September 15 — 2nd payment due date for early registered students; 1st payment due date for regular registered students
- October 15 — 3rd payment due date for early registered students; 2nd payment due date for regular registered students
- November 15 — last payment due date of fall semester for all students
- December 15 — 1st payment due date for early registered students
- January 15 — 2nd payment due date for early registered students
- February 15 — 3rd payment due date for early registered students; 1st payment due date for regular registered students
- March 15 — 4th payment due date for early registered students; 2nd payment due date for regular registered students
- April 15 — last payment due date of spring semester for all students
- May 15 — 1st payment due date for early registered students
- June 15 — 2nd payment due date for early registered students
- July 15 — last payment due date of summer session for all students
Missing a due date
A late fee of $10.00 will be added to your student account if at least the minimum payment is not received by the due date shown on the monthly billing statement. If we do not receive this payment, you may also be subject to sanctions, including denial of access to the Student Recreation Center, elimination of student charge privileges, and inability to add or drop classes. Failure to pay will also result in denial of future registration access and withholding of transcripts or diplomas.
If your student account continues to be delinquent, your classes will be subject to cancellation. If you went through early registration, you will have to register again (during regular registration) to re-enroll in classes after we receive the required payment. If you re-register after classes have begun, this will be considered a late registration, and you will incur a late registration fee equal to one credit hour of tuition at the undergraduate rate. If your classes are cancelled due to nonpayment, any refund to you will be subject to the University's refund schedule.
Past-due amounts owed the University must be satisfied by payment in full. If necessary, the University will pursue appropriate collections practices, which may include referrals to a collection agency for accounts that remain past due, resulting in an additional collection charge of up to 50% of the balance.
The University assesses a 1% monthly finance charge on the unpaid portion of the billed balance. The finance charge is based on the previous billed balance and will not be assessed on the current charges for that billing cycle. Students may avoid the finance charge by paying the total billed balance each month.
Where are bills sent?
If a student has granted eConsent, all bills are sent to the online billing system, and an email is sent to the student at his/her MU email address. If the student has added authorized users, they will also receive an email notifying them that bills are ready to view online.
If a student has not granted eConsent, all bills are sent to the student's permanent address, unless a separate billing address is provided.
Students wishing to have all monthly billing statements sent to an address other than their permanent address may make that request at the Cashiers Office Accounts Receivable window at 15 Jesse Hall. The request must be made by the student and requires the student's signature.
Types of charges
The bill will show charges for classes and residential life. It will also show charges from the bookstore, easy eating, etc. It will not show charges for sororities and fraternities. See a sample bill for an example of the types of charges shown on the bill.