Costs, Payment & Billing

Costs and Fees

Costs and Fees

We know how important it is to be able to afford your college education — it’s an investment unlike any other. It is our goal to help you discover all available resources you need to make your educational dreams a reality.

Program Costs 2017-2018
 

Program Cost Per Unit
Graduate Education (Mission Valley)         $625
Graduate Education (Bakersfield) $610
MBA $825
MSN $780
MS Biology $725
MS Kinesiology $685
MA Clinical Counseling $750
MA Religion $275
MA Ministry $275
MA Organizational Leadership $485

Fees
 

Fee

Program Cost
Audit Fee All Programs $150
Independent Study Fee Ministry $90/unit
Research Project Fee All Education Programs $60
Student Teaching Fee MAT, Teaching Credentials $75
Teacher Education Assessment Fee MAT, Teaching Credentials $500 (one time, billed in two $250 charges)
Thesis Project Fee Biology $60
Thesis Extension Fee MBA, MSN $600
Thesis Extension Fee Religion $300
Thesis Binding Fee MBA, MSN, Religion $35 (one time)
ePortfolio Fee MSN, MBA, Religion $120 (one time) 
Graduation Fee All Programs $100 (one time)*

Late Fee **

  varies

*A graduation fee will be charged to each student at the completion of a degree program, regardless of participation in commencement. Tuition and fees noted above are for the academic year beginning with the fall 2015 semester and are subject to change annually.
**Late fees will be charged to all unpaid balances at the close of business on the billing due date.

Due Dates

Due Dates

Payment in full for the enrolled session is due by the second Friday of each session. A late fee of five percent will be assessed to all student accounts with outstanding balances at the close of business on the payment due date.

View Important Dates and Deadlines

There are two main methods to make a payment:
 

By Mail

Online

Send your statement stub (printed from your portal account) with a check to:

PLNU
Attn: Student Financial Services
3900 Lomaland Dr.
San Diego, CA 92106

E-check payments can only be made online through your portal account.

  • Log into my.pointloma.edu.
  • Click on the Students tab.
  • Click the Financial Services link on the left side navigation panel.
  • Click on Make a Payment.

Viewing Your Bill

Viewing Your Bill

Bills will only be available online through PLNU’s student and parent portals. On a monthly basis, students will receive an email notification if there is a balance due on their student account, advising that the e-bill is available to view and pay online. The email will be sent to your official university email account. If you have authorized other individuals to have access to your financial information (such as parents, guardians, a spouse, or third-party sponsor), they will receive a postcard by mail advising that your e-bill is available to view and pay.

How to View Your E-Bills

  1. Log into my.pointloma.edu.
  2. Click on the Students tab.
  3. Under Financial Services, click on Statement of Account.
  4. Click View Bills – The most recent statement will be listed directly under Official School Bills and Statements.

To generate a new bill (to see any changes to your student account between official school e-bills), click on Generate a New Bill at the bottom of the window. 

Billing Calendar

Payment of tuition and fees is due by the date specified on the student’s monthly bill.

Any charge that has remained unpaid on the student’s account after the due date is considered past due. Students who fail to pay their balance by the semester due date will have a late fee of five percent imposed on their accounts at the close of business on the payment due date. Registration holds will be placed on all past due accounts and will not be released until the balance has been paid, or the student has settled the account with a Student Financial Services advisor. In addition, transcripts and diplomas will not be released, nor will a student be permitted to participate in graduation. For more information, please contact us.

 

Paying Your Bill

Paying Your Bill

Payment in full for the enrolled session is due by the second Friday of each session. A late fee of five percent will be assessed to all student accounts with outstanding balances at the close of business on the payment due date.

There are two main methods to make a payment:
 

By Mail Online

Send your statement stub (printed from your portal account) with a check to:

PLNU
Attn: Student Financial Services
3900 Lomaland Dr.
San Diego, CA 92106

 

E-check payments can only be made online through your portal account.
  1. Log into my.pointloma.edu.
  2. Click on the Students tab.
  3. Click the Financial Services link on the left side navigation panel.
  4. Click on Make a Payment.
  • Tuition and fees for district partnerships and introductory cohorts are not reflected on this chart.

  • These figures do not include the cost of books, supplies, special fees, transportation, or personal expenses.

  • All students who have a balance owing on their account after the billing due date will receive a late fee.

Please review the Graduate Catalog or contact your Graduate Student Financial Services advisor for more tuition information. For information on refunds, withdrawals, and return of aid, visit Withdrawals and Refunds.

Payment Plan Options

PLNU provides an interest-free monthly payment option for a minimal fee.

Payment Plan

Payment Plan


What is PLNU's Tuition Installment Plan (TIP)?

PLNU offers students a monthly payment plan option. Graduate students looking for help with large semester payments or wishing to reduce future loan debt can sign up for PLNU's interest-free Tuition Installment Plan (TIP). TIP allows families to divide educational costs into three payments per semester or two payments per quad without accruing interest or late fees, as long as payments are made on time and according to the contracted amounts. Non-refundable enrollment fees are $30 for a semester plan and $20 for a quad plan.

What Types of Plans Are Available?
 

Payment Due Date Semester Plan Quad I Plan Quad II Plan
January 15 Payment #1 Payment #1  
February 15 Payment #2 Payment #2 Payment #1
March 15 Payment #3   Payment #2

Please note: A financial hold will be placed on all unpaid student accounts on holds day, but will be removed once a student contract is paid in full.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll?

To enroll in TIP, log into your student portal (my.pointloma.edu) account and follow these steps:

  1. Click on Students tab.

  2. Click the Financial Services link on the left side navigation panel.

  3. Click on Enroll in a Tuition Installment Plan.

  4. Follow the instructions to set up a payment plan.

What is the deadline for enrollment?

Students may not enroll in TIP beyond the first payment due date of the plan they are selecting.

Is there a minimum amount required to register?

Yes, you must sign up for a minimum of $500 for a quad plan (two payments) and $1,000 for a semester plan (three payments).

How can I pay?

Direct debit: Your checking account will automatically be charged each month according to the account information you provide upon enrollment.

How do I know if I've budgeted enough?

Review your latest semester statement on your student portal account. If you find you have not budgeted enough, you can adjust your contract by contacting your graduate student success advisor. Please ensure you are registered in all courses necessary for both quads in the semester. You can do this by contacting your academic program advisor after reviewing your bill and before enrolling in a TIP contract. Also, please check to make sure all program fees, including graduation (if applicable), are included in your contract amount.

Billing FAQs

Billing FAQs

What are e-bills?

E-bills are online student billing statements that display student-related financial activity such as tuition, fees, housing, financial aid, and payments. E-bills are available online through PLNU’s student and parent portals.

How does e-billing work?

Bills will be available online through PLNU’s student and parent portals. On a monthly basis, students will receive an email notification if there is a balance due on your student account, advising that your e-bill is available to view and pay on the portal. The e-mail will be sent to your official university PLNU gmail account. If you have authorized other individuals to have access to your financial information (such as parents, guardians, a spouse, or third-party sponsor), they will receive a postcard by mail advising that the e-bill is available to view and pay.

How can I pay my e-bill?

Bills can be paid two ways:

  1. Pay online by e-check. You are not required to pay online. E-check is a fast and secure method to electronically pay your e-bill from a checking or savings account. There is no convenience fee when paying by e-check.

  2. Pay by mailing a check to PLNU, Student Financial Services Office, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106. Please write your PLNU ID number on the memo line at the bottom of the check. Be sure you have allowed sufficient time for your payment to arrive by the due date.

Can I mail my payment?

We encourage you to make your payment online, but if you wish to mail your payment, please print your bill and detach and include the payment remittance form at the top of the bill with your payment. Please write your PLNU ID number on the memo line at the bottom of the check. Mail the payment to PLNU, Student Financial Services Office, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106. Be sure you have allowed sufficient time for your payment to arrive by the due date.

What are the benefits of e-billing?

  • Student privacy — only you and those you authorize can see your e-bills and payment history

  • Parents or other authorized payers can view the bill prior to submitting payment

  • E-bills are up-to-date on a real-time basis, and are available to view 24 hours a day, seven days a week

  • Automatic email notification each month if there is a balance due on the account

  • Better use of university resources

How do I access my e-bill?

  1. Log into your student portal (my.pointloma.edu) and enter your username and password.
  2. Click on Students at the top of the page.
  3. Under the Financial Services section, click on Statement of Account.

How do authorized payers access my e-bill?

Authorized payers will need to set up a parent portal to view and/or pay your e-bill. Read detailed instructions on how to set up a parent portal.

How do I authorize my parents or others to view and/or pay my e-bill?

How can my family obtain my bill if they do not have access to a computer?

If others normally pay your bill and they do not have access to a computer, you can print and mail it to them or simply provide them with the balance due and the payment mailing address. Please be sure they write your PLNU ID number on the memo line at the bottom of the check.

How can I view and/or print my bill if I do not have a computer at home?

Your options include:

  • You can access any computer on campus, including computers for student use in the Student Financial Services office, to view and/or print your bill.

  • Visit a public library or Internet café to access your e-bill.

  • Your employer may have a computer available to access your e-bill.

  • Ask a family member or friend who has a computer to access your e-bill.

Will my e-bill show the payment I just made?

Yes, each time you access your e-bill online, the information will be up-to-date with the most recent payment transactions. Payments are posted in real-time, the same day. However, new charges, tuition adjustments due to class changes, and financial aid adjustments will be posted within 24 hours.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Withdrawals and Refunds

If a student withdraws from PLNU during a semester, a portion of the student’s financial aid may have to be returned. To begin the withdrawal process, a student must contact the Office of Records. Refunds and returns will be determined by the last date of attendance as determined by the records office. If a student does not begin the official withdrawal process, the last date of attendance is determined in consultation with the records office.

Tuition Refund (Institutional Refund Policy)

Tuition is refunded based on the following schedule:

 

100% REFUND 75% REFUND 50% REFUND 25% REFUND NO REFUND
Semester Course Weeks 1-2 Week 3 Week 4 Weeks 5 – 8 Weeks 9 – end of session
8- or 9-Week Course Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Weeks 5 – end of session

5- or 6-Week Course

Week 1   Weeks 2 – 3   Weeks 4 – end of session
3-Week Course 1st – 2nd classes 3rd – 4th classes 5th class 6th – 7th classes 8th –12th classes

Five 8-Hour Classes

1st class 2nd class 3rd class   4th – 5th classes

*For any other class configuration, refunds are based on the percentage of class time elapsed in a proportional manner to the total amount of class time.
**Please note: The summer refund calendar calculations may differ due to varying term lengths.

 

Financial Aid Returns and Return of Title IV Funds

Federal aid is returned according to the Return of Title IV Funds process as mandated by federal law. PLNU is required to use the Return of Title IV Funds process to calculate the unearned portion of financial aid received and return it according to the federal schedule. Students begin earning financial aid from the first day of class. The percentage of financial aid earned is determined by dividing the number of days the student completed in the term by the total number of days in the term. If the student attended 60 percent or more days, the student can retain all aid originally awarded. If the student attended less than 60 percent, PLNU will return funds accordingly.

Funds will be returned in the following order:

  1. Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan

  2. Federal Perkins Loan

  3. Federal Graduate PLUS Loans

  4. Other Title IV Programs

Example:
If there were 109 total days in the term and the student completed 54 days, the student would earn 49.5 percent of the Title IV aid received (54/109 = 49.5 percent).

In our example, the student originally received the following federal awards for the term:

Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan $3,484
Graduate PLUS Loan $2,737
Total Federal Aid $6,221

Per the government’s formula, the student earned $3,079 (49.5 percent x $6,221 = $3,079).

Next, we need to determine the amount of aid that needs to be returned to the Title IV programs (total federal aid originally received minus aid earned).

Total Federal Aid Originally Received $6,221
Total Federal Aid Earned -$3,079
Total Federal Aid to be Returned $3,142

The student is responsible for any owing balance this may cause on the student’s PLNU account.

 

Cal Grant

Cal Grant is returned according to the Institutional Refund Policy.

Example:
If the student withdraws during the third week of semester-long courses, PLNU will return 75 percent of the Cal Grant disbursed. 

Amount disbursed $4,612 x 75 percent = $3,459; PLNU will retain $1,153.

 

Institutional Aid

Institutional Aid (academic, departmental, athletic, and endowed scholarships; church and institutional grants, etc.) is returned according to the Institutional Refund Policy.

Example:
If the student withdraws during the fourth week of semester-long courses and received a provost academic scholarship, PLNU will return 50 percent of the amount disbursed.

Amount disbursed $3,500 x 50 percent = $1,750, PLNU will retain $1,750

 

Tuition Remission

Tuition remission is equal to the amount charged. 

Example:
If the student withdraws during the sixth week of semester-long courses, the student will be charged 75 percent of tuition cost.

Cost of tuition is $14,450 for the semester x 75 percent. Tuition remission = $10,837.50.

 

VA and Other Outside Agency Awards

These are returned according to the agencies’ policies.

 

Private Loan Funds

These are returned according to the Institutional Refund Policy. Upon the student’s request, PLNU may retain funds to pay any balances, since this is a private loan the student must pay back.
 

 

Employer Discounts

Employer Discounts

Many school districts and other employers offer discounts for students to attend PLNU. Please contact your employer and program advisor if you believe you are eligible for a discount. You will need to provide proof of employment each academic year if you are eligible. This should be submitted to the Graduate Student Financial Services office.