Payment and Billing

Due Dates

Due Dates

Payment of tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board charges is due by the following deadlines:

  • Fall 2017 semester: August 1, 2017 
  • Spring 2017 semester: January 5, 2018

See other Important Dates and Deadlines

Viewing Your Bill

Viewing Your Bill

View your bill by following these steps:

  • Log into my.pointloma.edu
  • Click on the Students tab
  • Under Financial Services click on Statement of Account
  • Click View Bills — The most recent statement will be listed directly under the Official School Bills and Statements.
  • To generate a new bill (to see any changes to your student account between official school bills), click on Generate a New Bill at the bottom of the window.

Prior to the payment deadline each semester, the enrolled student will be sent a statement of account (a comprehensive printout showing class schedule, semester charges, and expected financial aid). This is your bill. The statement of account (or bill) also serves as the invoice from which payment should be made. 
 

Need Parent Access?

Does someone other than you need access to your bill or financial information (your parents, guardian, spouse, etc.)? Have them set up a parent portal. Then they will be able to see what you see and receive email notifications for statement of accounts each semester.

Payment Plan

Payment Plan

There are two options available to PLNU students for payment of remaining account balances. 

  • Pay in Full: There are three methods of payment available (online, by mail, in person).
  • Monthly Payment Plan (TIP): Students and parents looking for help with large semester payments or reducing loan debt can sign up for an interest-free monthly payment plan.

Pay in Full

There are three methods of payment available.

Online

By Mail In Person

E-check payments can only be made online through your portal account. Here’s how:

  1. Log into my.pointloma.edu
  2. Click on the Students or Parents tab
  3. Click the Financial Services link on the left side navigation panel
  4. Click on Statement of Account
  5. Click on Make a Payment

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

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

Be sure to include the student's name and ID number on the check.

Visit the PLNU cashier in Draper Hall
(Next to SFS Office)

Monday – Friday 
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Credit and debit cards are not accepted as payment. Please pay with cash, check, cashier’s check, or money order.


Monthly Payment Plan (TIP)

PLNU provides students and parents a monthly payment plan called Tuition Installment Plan (TIP). Students and parents looking for help with large semester payments or reducing loan debt can sign up for an interest-free monthly payment plan.

Fall Semester Plans Spring Semester Plans
5-Month: June 5/20 – October 5/20 4-Month: July 5/20 – October 5/20
5-Month: November 5/20 – March 5/20 4-Month: December 5/20 – March 5/20

 

Tuition Installment Plan FAQs

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

The Tuition Installment Plan helps families of undergraduate students by dividing educational costs into multiple payments per semester without accruing interest or late fees as long as the budget covers the current semester's charges and payments are made on time, according to the contracted amounts.

How do I enroll?

To enroll in the TIP, log into your student or parent portal and under Student Financial Services click on Enroll in a Tuition Installment Plan and follow the online instructions. You can also watch the instructional video below for further assistance with the setup of your TIP. There is an enrollment fee of $40 per semester plan. Please note: The enrollment fee is non-refundable.
 

How to Set up a Tuition Installment Plan

How can I pay?

Direct debit: Your checking account will be automatically debited on the 5th or 20th of the month according to the payment plan you select.

How do I confirm that my TIP budget is sufficient?

Compare your completed worksheet to your semester bill. If you find a discrepancy, you can adjust your budget by contacting your Student Financial Services advisor or emailing your change to tip@pointloma.edu.

What else do I need to know?

  • The enrollment fee is non-refundable.
  • Non-budgeted items such as library fees, Wellness Center charges, parking fees, chapel fines, and residence hall fines should be paid directly to PLNU.
  • Only semester charges billed through student accounts can be included in your TIP budget. Semester charges include tuition, housing, meal plans, mandatory fees, health insurance, and course fees. Books cannot be included.
  • Returned payments will be charged a $25 service fee.
  • Two returned checks will result in cancellation of your semester plan. The balance on your contract will post to your student's account and a five percent late fee will be assessed on the remaining student account balance. 

Please use this Payment Worksheet in conjunction with your statement to determine the amount of your TIP for the fall/spring semester. This is for your reference only and does not need to be returned to Student Financial Services.

Changes to Your Bill?

Changes to Your Bill?

There are several reasons changes to your bill can occur throughout the semester.  Changes in registration and fines are some of the charges that could affect your bill. 

It is important you keep an eye on your student account, even after paying in full, because there are many reasons your account balance may change. 

Reasons your student account balance may change after the first bill:

Lender Fees

The initial statement of account will include the actual amount of aid for which you have been awarded, but it will include an estimate of the amount of origination fees your lender will subtract prior to sending the funds to PLNU. Lenders are allowed some flexibility in the amount of fees they charge, so it is possible the amount that posts to your student account will be slightly different than the amount of aid that appeared on your first statement of account.

Changes in Registration

If you register for 12-17 units, you will be charged a “block” tuition rate. This means your tuition costs will not change when you add or drop classes within 12-17 units. However, if you make a change to your registration that brings you outside of block tuition, you will see a change in your tuition costs.

Some courses carry additional fees that will be charged regardless of whether or not you are within block tuition. For example, if you add a science lab with an associated fee, you will be charged the lab fee even if you are not charged for additional units. Also, if you add a private music lesson you will be charged a Private Music Lesson Fee as well as a Practice Room Fee.

If you register for an independent study (or directed study) course, you will be charged a $250 fee per unit in addition to any tuition costs. For example, if you register for a 3-unit independent study course that brings you to 18 units, you will be charged for the one unit of tuition that is above block tuition and you will be charged an additional $750 fee ($250/unit). If you add an independent study course but remain within block tuition, you will only be charged the additional $250/unit.

For more information regarding specific fees, please refer to the Tuition and Fees section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Manual Charges

We endeavor to ensure that all charges are placed on your student account prior to sending out your first statement of account. However, there are some charges that must be placed manually and may hit your account after the first bill has been sent out.

Room and Board Changes

All on-campus students are assigned a standard meal plan, which is included in the room and board charge that appears on a student’s first statement of account. Students have the option to change their meal plan during the first two weeks of each semester. If a student chooses a larger meal plan, this may create a balance owing on a previously paid student account.

Fines that may hit your student account at various times during the semester:

Chapel Fines

Each PLNU undergraduate student is required to attend a certain number of chapel services, unless they have been granted an official waiver. According to institutional policy, one to five excessive chapel absences will result in a fine of $5 for each absence and six or more excessive chapel absences will result in a fine of $20 for each absence in excess of five. Chapel fines are placed on student accounts at the end of each semester.

Read more about chapel and chapel attendance policy.

Residence Hall Fines

Residence hall fines are placed on student accounts when a residence hall policy is violated. Most commonly, these fines are placed at the end of each semester or at the beginning of holiday breaks, when hall inspections take place. Students are expected to follow proper checkout and safety procedures.

Public Safety Fines

Parking and Public Safety fines are placed on student accounts if they have not been paid or appealed within 10 days of the ticket issue date. 

Read more about Public Safety policies and appealing or paying for a ticket.
 

Refunds

Refunds

If a student withdraws from PLNU during a semester, we are here to help get through that process. There are some policies and procedures to consider:

Fees

  • Fees are refundable during the fall and spring semesters through the fourth week of classes.
  • Residential hall fees are refundable according to the tuition refund schedule except for the first two weeks of the semester, during which there is a charge of $26 per night. The housing deposit may be refunded (after a 30-day waiting period) to students who withdraw after the eighth week of the semester, provided all accounts have been paid in full.

Meals

Meals are pro-rated as of the date the withdrawal is received by the residential staff.

Tuition

  • Tuition is computed during the fall and spring semesters at the following percentages upon filing a properly executed change of schedule or withdrawal with the Records Office.
    • First Two Weeks of Semester: 100%
    • Third Week: 75 percent
    • Fourth Week: 50 percent
    • Fifth through Eighth Weeks: 25 percent
  • Students are not entitled to any tuition refund after the end of the business day on Friday of the eighth week of a regular semester. Specific refund dates are published in Loma Link (the university's student newsletter). According to federal regulations, if you are receiving federal financial aid and withdraw at any time during the semester, a portion of your federal aid may be refunded to the lender or the Department of Education. For additional information, contact Student Financial Services.

Financial Aid

Refunds for financial aid can be a detailed process. As always, you can contact us for support and guidance, but below are policies and procedures to consider.

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 Records Office. 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.

Federal Aid

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. Subsidized Federal Direct Loan
  3. Federal Perkins Loan
  4. Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
  5. Pell Grant
  6. SEOG Grant

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:

Pell Grant $2,775
SEOG Grant $600
Subsidized Federal Direct Loans $2,723
Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan $990
Total Federal Aid $7,088

Per the government’s formula, the student earned $3,509 (49.5 percent x $7,088 = $3,509). 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 $7,088.00
Total Federal Aid Earned - $3,509.00
Total Federal Aid to be Returned $3,579.00

NOTE: 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 a 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 a 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 = $1750
PLNU will retain $1,750


Tuition Remission

Tuition remission is equal to the amount charged.

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

Cost of tuition: $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.

Using Your 529 Plan

Using Your 529 Plan

A 529 Plan is an education savings plan operated by a state or educational institution designed to help families set aside funds for future college costs. It is named after Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, which created these types of savings plans in 1996.

PLNU accepts 529 Plans as a tuition payment method.

PLNU has worked with state, employer, and private 529 Plans. Please contact the Student Financial Services office if you have questions about your 529 Plan.

Read more about 529 Plans on the IRS website.

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. Everyone will receive an e-bill — it is just your bill in electronic form. E-bills are available online through PLNU’s student and parent portals.

How do I access my bill?

PLNU will mail a paper bill prior to the beginning of each semester to the address designated by the student. Subsequent bills for that semester 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 the student account, advising that the e-bill is available to view and pay on the portal. 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), these individuals can set up a parent portal at my.pointloma.edu to view bills, and will be enrolled to receive e-mail notifications when a new statement of account is generated each semester.

How will I receive communication about my bill?

On a monthly basis, students will receive an email notification if there is a balance due on the student account, advising that the e-bill is available to view and pay on the portal. 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), these individuals can set up a parent portal at my.pointloma.edu to view bills, and will be enrolled to receive e-mail notifications when a new statement of account is generated each semester.

What if I pay my bill late?

Students will be assessed a five percent late fee if there is an unpaid “net balance” on their account after the semester payment deadline.

View important dates and deadlines.

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 the student's name and PLNU ID number on the memo line at the bottom of the check. Mail the payment to:

Point Loma Nazarene University
Student Financial Services Office
3900 Lomaland Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

See all your options for payment.

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, 7 days a week
  • Automatic email notification each month if there is a balance due on the account
  • Better use of university resources

How can my parents of authorized payers view/pay my e-bill?

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

Download detailed instructions on how to setup a parent portal.

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 name and 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 generate your e-bill online, the information will be up-to-date with the most recent payment transactions. Payments are posted real-time, the same day. However, new charges and tuition adjustments due to class changes may take 24 hours to be reflected.