Important Student Billing Information
Legally your student bill is your responsibility; it is not the responsibility of your parent(s) or guardian(s). While your parent(s) or guardian(s) may be making payments on your behalf, the responsibility to make sure that these obligations are met in a timely manner is yours alone. Any repercussions from failure to fulfil your obligation will directly affect you personally.
Albion College provides a convenient on-line system (TouchNet) for tracking student account information and making payments for your tuition and fees. You will also receive e-mail notifications via your Albion College e-mail and have access to make online payments via e-check or credit card as well. (Albion does not issue paper billing statements.) You may also make payments at the cashier window in the Accounting Office in Ferguson Hall Monday through Friday 8:15am-4:45pm.
Legally your individual account is private. If your parent(s) or guardian(s) will be making payments on your behalf, it is your responsibility to add them as an "authorized user" within the TouchNet e-Bill system. "Authorized users", when added, will receive e-mail notifications billings and will have the ability to make on-line payments via an e-check or credit card. Instructions on setting up an "authoized user" may be found at the following website: http://www.albion.edu/accounting/ebill/authorized-users. The "authorized user" status will only grant your parent(s) or guardian(s) access to your billing information.
Parent Communications with respect to Billings and Financial Aid
As stated above you, the student, are the primary contact with respect to your College billing and financial aid. You may allow your parent(s) or guardian(s) to speak to College representatives about billing and financial aid issues by adding your parent(s) or guardian(s) as authorized-users in the TouchNet e-Bill system. This permission is required under the federal FERPA law.
We will allow you to set your own payment arrangements within the terms listed below:
Fall Semester Due Dates
|August 20||Your account must be paid in full or you must be enrolled in a payment plan.|
Spring Semester Due Dates
|January 15||Your account must be paid in full or you must be enrolled in a payment plan.|
You may choose to pay your account in full or in part and/or enroll in a TouchNet or Higher One payment plan. Any portion of the account that is unpaid or not enrolled in a pyament plan will be subject to time charges. The time charges are calculated at 1.25% each month non-payment plan charges are outstanding. The time charge applies to non-payment plan balances after August 20 (for fall semester) and January 15 (for spring semester). This would include any balances as a result of incomplete financial aid including loans. For new semester charges; you will have one billing cycle to pay these charges before a time charge is assessed. After the initial billing cycle, all non-payment plan charges will be subject to time charges as described above.
You will have one billing cycle to resolve disputed charges. Items such as library fines and parking fines must be resolved with the charging department (aka the Library or Campus Safety or any other department that generated the disputed charge). Please contact the Accounting Office at 517-629-0507 if you need assistance in determining who to contact and we will provide you with the correct contact information.
In-Semester Charges and Changes
Changes often occur mid-semester, e.g. students change room assignments, incur miscellaneous charges and/or drop/add classes in the drop/add period. Changes on your bill resulting from these items will be given one billing cycle to be paid in full before time charges are assessed.
If you have a balance on your account after October 15 (fall semester) or March 15 (spring semester) a hold will be placed on your account. A hold restricts your ability to register for future semesters and receive or forward transcripts.
If you have a balance at the conclusion of the semester you will be withdrawn and will be required to apply for readmission to the College. Withdrawal for failure to fulfil your financial responsibility may result in your needing to provide assurance that future bills will be paid in a timely manner. Readmission may be dependent upon satisfactory payment arrangements for future billings.
All financial aid requirements should be met prior to August 1 for the August 20 payment due date or January 1 for the January 15 due date. This includes requirements for all internal and external aid as well as student loans. Exceptions would be requested verification of your enrollment by a third party or late admission to the College. The College gives one billing cycle to resolve enrollment verification issues. After that cycle, the College will assess time charges according to the rules described above. Selection for Federal verification for financial aid purposes will not prevent time charges on items pended as a result of the federal verification.
Pending Financial Aid
Please review billing items listed as "memo items" on your bill carefully. The College cannot post Federal funds (aid and /or loans) to your student account until 10 days prior to the start of the semester, items listed on your bill as "memo items" after August 10 and January 5 indicate that some action is necessary by you, the student. "Memo items" do not reduce your balance when assessing time charges so failure to act on these items will result in additional cost to you.
TouchNet Monthly Payment Plan (administered by Albion College)
The TouchNet plans enable you to pay your Albion College fees in monthly installments without time charges on the balances within the agreement. Participation is on a semester basis. The cost is a $25.00 per semester enrollment fee. The deadline to enroll in a TouchNet payment plan is January 15 for spring, and August 20 for fall.
Please log into the TouchNet website, https://secure.touchnet.com/C20352_tsa/web/login.jsp, for more information and to sign up under the "Payment Plans" tab.
Higher One Monthly Payment Plan (Formerly Sallie Mae)
The Higher One plan enables you to pay all or part of your Albion College fees in monthly installments without interest charges. The plan may also be used to supplement all other forms of financial aid such as grants, loans and/or scholarships. Participation is on an annual or semester basis. The cost is a $55.00 enrollment fee for the academic year, or a $35.00 enrollment fee for one semester. The deadline to enroll in the Higher One payment plan is January 15 for spring, and August 20 for fall.
Please visit the Higher One website, tuitionpay.higherone.com, for further information and to sign up on-line.
Payment for Students on Off Campus Programs
Payment requirements for students participating in Off-Campus Programs are different than for on-campus students.
- Payment in full for the semester is required before the student leaves for the Off-Campus program or by the due date on the semester bill whichever is sooner. (An exception to this is certain Australia Off-Campus programs that start in mid July; payment for these programs is expected by the due date on the bill).
- Payment Plans are not permitted for any Off-Campus Programs.
- Students must make sure that all Federal loan requirements are completed prior to their departure so that loan funds will be disbursed on time. Alternative loans and PLUS loans should be initiated far enough in advance so that they disburse on or prior to the Off-Campus Program due date.
- Please see the Off-Campus Programs Handbook for other information.
- Billing information can be reviewed at: http://www.albion.edu/accounting/tuition/off-campus-program-billing.
Past Due Accounts
Students having greater than a $1,500.00 indebtedness to the college are not permitted to enroll for the next semester's classes.
No diploma, cerificate, transcript, semester grade report, letter of honorable dismissal, or letter of recommendation will be granted to students who have an indebtedness to the College.
The College reserves the right to increase or decrease fees and charges. Published notice of any change will be given in advance.