Student Billing and Payment Changes for the 2017-2018 Academic Year
Wilmington University's policies, schedules, and procedures for tuition, student billing, student accounts, and student payment have changed from previous academic years. To ensure you understand what's different, below following is a summary of changes.
Financial Commitment Required Prior to Starting Classes
Students must commit to pay for all financial obligations for an upcoming term prior to the start of that term. To commit, students must do one of the following by the financial commitment deadline for each term:
- Pay the full amount of tuition and fees for the upcoming term.
- Enroll in the University payment plan via the myWilmU Payment Center.
- Submit a Third-Party Billing Authorization Letter (only for student's whose employer or another organization pays Wilmington University directly on their behalf).
- Complete their application and accept their award for Financial Aid. Students whose financial aid award does not cover their full tuition/fees for the upcoming term must still do one of the above.
Students who do not commit via one of the actions above will be dropped from their courses for the upcoming term.
See Payment Information for deadlines for the 2017-18 Academic Year and full details.
Why this change?
- While it's Wilmington University's mission to keep the cost of higher education affordable, a degree here or at any institution is a significant financial cost.
- It is important that we confirm each student is aware of their costs before they are obligated to pay them. After the start of classes and the drop-add period, tuition is not refundable and students are financially obligated.
- Students who are not aware of the full cost of their education are at risk of not completing their education due to inability to pay, incurring unknown debt, or damaging their personal finances for years to come.
Payment Plans, Bill, Balance Due Dates Are Earlier
Students must have their full account balance for the current term (and any outstanding balance) paid prior to registered for courses for the following (or any) upcoming term. Because registration for the "next" term usually falls midway through the current term, the full balance is now due approximately two months earlier.
See Payment Plans for the full schedule for the 2017-18 Academic Year and full details.
Why this change?
Previously, balances and payment plans were typically not due until the end of the current term in progress. The often created confusion due to our overlapping terms and registration periods. The new billing and payment cycle provides the following benefits:
- Students will have their payment plan installments/balance paid prior to the start of registration for the upcoming term. It is important for students to fully understand and meet their existing financial obligation prior to incurring additional costs or debt for classes for the next term.
- This reduces confusion about outstanding balances for overlapping term/registration, enabling students to more clearly identify outstanding/overdue balances.
Financial Holds Applied Only Once Per Term
Financial Holds for overdue student account balances, which prevent students from enrolling in future terms and prevent or restrict other academic or student services, will now only be applied to student accounts once per term, just prior to registration for the next upcoming term.
See Payment Information for full details about your student account and financial holds.
Why this change?
Previously, financial holds were applied daily throughout the term in progress. This prevented some students from using required services or making some valid transactions at certain times throughout the term.