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Sign Up For Payment Plan

For students, parents, or other payers wishing to pay their semester bill on a monthly basis, the University of Cincinnati offers payment plans via Educational Computer Services, Inc (ECSI).  Such plans provide an option for those persons who cannot pay the entire bill by the bill due date.  There is a small enrollment fee for each plan.  Keep in mind that you cannot sign up for a ECSI payment plan to pay off a past due balance.

 

Caution

Please note that the plan is not automatically reflected on the tuition bill after you have completed the payment plan application.  Please allow 2-3 business days for processing. The application is not fully accepted until your first  installment plus the $35 enrollment fee is processed with your bank.

 

Already Signed Up for a Payment Plan?
Students can access their ECSI Payment Plan Account online and Responsible Parties can access their plans through the Parent Portal. You can also contact ECSI at (866) 927-1438.

Calculate Your Payment Plan Budget 

Before creating payment arrangements with ECSI, the student, parent, or other payer needs to determine the necessary payment amount to pay a bill in full.  (Click here to view your bill.)

For example, consider this fall semester bill:                                                                           

  
Debits     Credits
Instructional Fee 4,562    
General Fee
398    
Info Tech and Inst Equip Fee 180    
Campus Life Fee 252    
Federal Pell Grant     2,775 CR
Federal Direct Subsidized Loan     1,317 CR
             
                                         Balance Due:     
1,300
   

In the above example, $1,300 is required to pay the semester bill in full.  If the payer opts to enroll in the plan before the first payment is due, ECSI will divide this amount into four monthly payments of $325.  This does not include the payment plan enrollment fee.  These payments are due to ECSI according to the schedule at the bottom of the page.

Please Note: A common mistake made by payers is not providing ECSI with the right budget amount needed.  The payer then assumes the bill will be paid in full; however, such mistakes can lead to late payment fees (assessed by the university) and service blocks.  Again, using the example above, consider if the payer informed ECSI that only $1,000 was required.  This would leave the sample bill with a balance due of $300.  ($1,300 - $1,000 = $300).  Because there is a balance due, the bill is subject to late payment fees and service blocks.

Step by Step Enrollment Instructions 

Once you have determined your correct budget amount, read the rest of the information on this page and click on the statement in red at the bottom.  This link will take you directly to the ECSI web site.  You are strongly encouraged to sign up by the earliest enrollment deadline to avoid any additional fees on your tuition bill.  Please note the ECSI enrollment and payment deadlines at the top of the page. (Click here for payment plan enrollment instructions and screenshots)

The ECSI payment plan is an interest free plan, but there is an initial enrollment fee.  The enrollment fee for each semester plan is $351. 

Payment Plan Enrollment and Late Payment Fee Assessment 

The ECSI payment plan is an interest free plan, but there is an initial enrollment fee.  The enrollment fee for each semester plan is $351. 

Failure to sign up for the payment plan by the tuition payment due date may result in assessment of late fees and interest charges.  Late fees are assessed on the last day of each month.  Enrolling in the payment plan on the date of late payment fee assessment will not prevent your account from being assessed fees.  Please plan accordingly.

How the ECSI Payment Plan is reflected on the bill 

Once the payer completes the ECSI payment plan agreement, ECSI will communicate to UC that the student has an ECSI payment plan.  Within a couple of business days the student's bill will reflect a "ECSI Payment Plan Budget".  Once UC receives your first payment from ECSI you will see "Payment(s) Received from ECSI Payment Plan" appear on your student bill.  As payments are received by UC, the budget on your bill will be reduced accordingly.

The example below shows a sample bill after one ECSI payment is received by the university:                                                                          

  
Debits     Credits 
Instructional Fee 4,562    
General Fee
398    
Info Tech and Inst Equip Fee 180    
Campus Life Fee 252    
Federal Pell Grant     1,920 CR
Federal Direct Subsidized Loan     1,680 CR
ECSI Payment Plan Budget     1,344 CR
Payment(s) Received from ECSI Payment Plan     448 CR
             
            Balance Paid in Full - Thank you     
     

The remaining ECSI budget is $1,344.  The budget and payment amounts will change as payments are received from ECSI.  Please note:  UC only receives payments from ECSI once a week so your ECSI payments may not be reflected on your student bill for several days after you make the payment.  To confirm your payments were received at ECSI, please check your "ECSI Payment Plan Account" for more payment info.

Financially Responsible Party for Payment 

Parents or other third-party payers (uncles, grandparents, etc.) can enroll in the payment plan to pay their student's bill using the Parent Portal. Once logged in to the portal, select the desired student and then select "Sign up for a Payment Plan". Follow the on-screen instructions to successfully sign up for the payment plan. If "sign up for payment plan" is not an option on the menu then the student has not authorized that service for the parent/third-party payer.

Payment Methods 

Payments are not automatically deducted from your account. You may elect to have your payments automatically deducted from the account you designate directly to ECSI.
To make payments via automatic withdrawal (ACH), simply provide the account and routing numbers of your checking or savings account.  

As an added convenience you may pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express), however, there is a 2.5% non-refundable convenience fee if you use this option. 

Payments are due on the 15th day of each month in the plan.  If a payment is returned because of insufficient funds you will be charged a $35 returned payment fee.

International students must be prepared to pay the initial enrollment fee and their first installment payment using an United States based bank account or credit card.  The remaining payments can be paid to ECSI using PeerTransfer.

Students make a payment plan payment here.  Parents/third parties should use the Parent Portal. Once you get to the ECSI web page follow the payment link (on the ePay tab) to make a payment on your payment plan. If you signed up for automatic ACH (eCheck) deductions you should not have to make payments manually.

Late payments may result in a $25 late payment fee for each payment that is not paid by the due date.

PLEASE NOTE: It's important to pay using this method since ECSI manages these payments not UC. Payments made via the "view/pay my bill" are not counted as payment plan payments.

Tuition Payment Plan Options (2014-2015)

Fall Semester

Plan
Option & Fees 1
Enrollment Period Payment
Due Dates

  Open Date  
Closed Date

4-Pay

$ 35

08/01/2014
08/31/2014 Date of Enrollment
09/15/2014
10/15/2014
11/17/2014

PLEASE NOTE: Signing up for the 3-Pay Payment Plan is available, however, late fees will be assessed on August 31, 2014. To avoid late fees you will need to sign up for the 4-Pay Plan by 08/28/2014 to allow time for processing.

3-Pay

$ 35

09/01/2014
09/09/2014 Date of Enrollment
10/15/2014
11/17/2014

Spring Semester

Plan
Option & Fees 1
Enrollment Period
Payment
Due Dates

  Open Date 
Closed Date

4-Pay

$ 35

12/01/2014
12/31/2014
Date of Enrollment
01/15/2015
02/16/2015
03/16/2015

3-Pay

$ 35

01/01/2015
01/26/2015
Date of Enrollment
02/16/2015
03/16/2015

Summer Semester

Plan
Option & Fees 1
Enrollment Period Payment
Due Dates
  Open Date 
Closed Date

4-Pay

$ 35

04/01/2015 04/30/2015 Date of Enrollment
05/15/2015
06/15/2015
07/15/2015

3-Pay

$ 35

05/01/2015 05/26/2015 Date of Enrollment
06/15/2015
07/15/2015
1 Fees are based on payers using the on-line eCheck option. If a credit card is used then a 2.5% non-refundable convenience/service fee will be charged.