Be Prepared

The following items should be completed prior to the start of classes.

How can I be ready for school financially?

If you have applied for financial aid, be sure all necessary documents to complete your financial aid file are received and your aid has been accepted at

After July 1, Log in to Student Information System at, to see your student account billing information for fall semester. Billing for spring semester is available after January 1.

How do I pay the balance due after Financial Aid?

There are three options for covering the balance due:

  • Payment in full for the semester can be made online by logging in to your SIS account.
  • Sign up for a monthly payment plan for the year.
  • Secure additional student loans to cover the balance.

How do I set up a monthly payment plan?

Submit the monthly payment plan application online to begin working with Financial Services to create a custom payment option. You may begin payments as early as May for a full 12-month plan.

What if I need additional loans?

There are two options to consider when applying for additional loans


A Parent PLUS loan is applied for by the parent for dependent students. Loan funds are disbursed to the student’s account in halves each semester. Payment terms can be chosen at the time of application. There is a loan fee of 4.264% withheld from the amount borrowed.

Private Loans

Private loans can be borrowed by the student with a co-signer. These are non-need-based student loans made through a private lender. Compare loan terms and conditions from a variety of private lenders at Loan features, interest rates, and payment terms will vary by applicant.

Money saving tips

  • For information about tax benefits for students and families visit, or consult your tax adviser.
  • Students who work 10 or 15 hours per week during school typically borrow less than students who don’t work.
  • Student employment opportunities are available in many different departments. See the application guidelines for students.
  • Students who bring cars to school typically borrow more than those who don’t.