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Payment Policy

Payment Policy

College of DuPage requires all students to pay their account balance in full or enroll in one of our flexible payment plans at the time of registration. If your account balance is not paid in full at the time of registration, or you have not enrolled in a payment plan, you may be dropped from your classes for the amount owed.

Drop for Non-Payment

College of DuPage monitors and drops students from classes due to non-payment of tuition and fees in order to help students avoid incurring extraneous tuition bills. The drop for non-payment process is intended to ensure students are successful in fulfilling their financial obligation to the College, which in turn frees students to succeed in their educational journey.

The College runs regular monitoring reports and notifies students that they need to make payment arrangements or run the risk of being dropped from classes. Being added to a drop evaluation does not automatically indicate you will be dropped. You should not rely on the drop for non-payment process to remove you from classes you no longer wish to attend.

How to Avoid Being Dropped for Non-Payment

Here are your options:

1. Pay in Full 

  • Online: Pay by credit card, debit card, or electronic check via myACCESS.
  • In-person: Pay by credit card, debit card, cash, personal check, money order, or cashier's check at the Cashier's Office, Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2424.
  • By Phone: Pay by credit card or debit card with a cashier via phone at (630) 942-2206.

2. Enroll in a Payment Plan

  • If you are unable to pay your student account balance in full at the time of registration, you may opt to spread the payments over the term by enrolling in a payment plan.
  • Any payment not made on the scheduled payment date will result in a $30 late fee automatically assessed to your student account, and you run the risk of being dropped from your classes for the amount owed.
  • More information concerning payment plans, including the list of available payment plans and instructions on how to enroll, can be found on the Payment Plans page.

3. Financial Aid or Military Benefits

  • If you are anticipating financial aid or military benefits, you need to enroll in a payment plan to hold your registered classes since funding does not disburse to your student account until after the start of the term and amounts may vary depending on your enrolled credit hours.
  • Complete your documents early. You are strongly encouraged to complete all financial aid documents at least one month before registering for classes to allow for the necessary processing time. View and submit outstanding financial aid documents by accessing Financial Aid - Self Service via myACCESS. For military benefits you must complete a Veterans Certification Request Form which can be found in your myACCESS student menu.
  • If you are anticipating financial aid or military benefits, you may be eligible for the Deferred Payment Plan, where payments are deferred until after funding posts to your student account. To be eligible for the Deferred Payment Plan, your funding must be finalized and the award letter must be received. 
  • For questions on how to apply for financial aid, please visit the How Do I Apply page.
  • You will be responsible for any charges not covered by financial aid or military benefits.

4. Company Sponsored Billing Agreement 

  • Sponsored Billing is available for students whose employers will pay for their tuition and fees within 30 days of the start of the term, regardless of grades or class attendance.
  • The Sponsored Billing Agreement must be completed, signed by the student and the sponsor, and submitted to the Office of Student Registration Services.
  • A letter from the sponsor on company letterhead must be submitted along with the Sponsored Billing Agreement.
  • You will be responsible for any charges not covered by your company.
  • Contact the Office of Student Registration Services for more information.

5. College Illinois

  • If you participate in College Illinois, please contact the Office of Student Registration Services one week before registering for classes and inform the office of your plan to use College Illinois.
  • You will be responsible for any charges not covered by your plan.
  • Contact the Office of Student Registration Services for more information.

6. 529 Plans (Other than College Illinois)

  • If you are participating in a 529 plan, please contact the Cashier's Office immediately after you register for classes and inform the cashiers you are using a 529 plan. The cashiers will place a protective hold on your account to allow time for the check from the 529 plan to be sent to the College.
  • You are responsible for contacting the provider and requesting a check be sent to the College to pay for your tuition.
  • The check should be made payable to "College of DuPage." Your name and student ID number should be referenced on the check.
  • The check should be made for no more than the cost of tuition and fees on your account for the current term.
  • You will be responsible for any charges not covered by your plan.

Steps to Take if Dropped for Non-Payment

If you are dropped for non-payment, the steps you need to take are different depending on where you are in the term. 

If you are dropped before your class begins:

  1. Pay your outstanding balance. Clear all financial holds by paying any remaining balance in full, if applicable.
  2. Re-register for classes.
  3. Pay for your classes. After you have re-registered for your classes, you must pay your account balance in full or enroll in a payment plan. Another down payment will be required for the payment plan.
  • Please note: You are not guaranteed the same classes you were registered for prior to being dropped, as registration is dependent upon class availability.

If you are dropped during the first 10 days of class:

  1. Pay your outstanding balance. Clear all financial holds by paying any remaining balance in full, if applicable.
  2. Request a permit online. Login to myACCESS, under the Registration heading, select "Request a Permit." If the request is approved, an email will be sent to your student email address (@dupage.edu).
  3. Re-register for classes. Once permits are obtained, register for your classes via myACCESS or by contacting the Office of Student Registration Services. 
  4. Pay for your classes. After you have re-registered for your classes, you must pay your account balance in full or enroll in a payment plan. Another down payment will be required for the payment plan.
  • Permits are only valid for one day after the date of issuance, so please re-register immediately.

If you are dropped after the 10th day of class:

  1. Pay your outstanding balance. Clear all financial holds by paying any remaining balance in full, if applicable.
  2. Request a permit from your instructor. Contact your instructor directly by phone, email, or in-person to request a permit. Instructors will send an e-permit to the Office of Student Registration Services.
  3. Re-register for classes. Once permits are obtained, you must re-register by phone or in-person with the Office of Student Registration Services. 
  4. Pay for your classes. After you have re-registered for your classes, you must pay your account balance in full or enroll in a payment plan. Another down payment will be required for the payment plan.
  • Permits are only valid for one day after the date of issuance, so please re-register immediately.

Contact Information

Cashier's Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2424

Hours
Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: (630) 942-2206
Fax: (630) 942-2909

cashiers@cod.edu