Taking Action

Now that you have your first bill, it should tell you the exact amount due for the first semester and it is your cue to take action on your account. 

Please note that your award letter is not the same thing as your bill. Please click below to view samples of each document. We've included some notes that we hope you will find helpful!

Sample Award Letter

Sample Bill

Before you enact your plan, there's just a couple more things you should know about your bill:

  • Please keep in mind that although the bill is for one semester, your plan should be for the year
  • All charges are semester specific - except the health insurance which is our only annual charge
  • The charges reflected on your bill are based on your current registration for that term
  • The aid reflected on your bill is based on what you reported to us on your Student Information Form
    • If either your current registration or what you reported is expected to change, please let us know so that we can provide more accurate information!


Checking your estimate

Assuming your registration is the same for the fall and spring semesters and that you will waive the health insurance, doubling your fall bill is a good way to get a second estimate of what you will need for the year.

  • Please note: If you are taking summer classes, are less than full-time, or are a DIX scholar or graduate student, you should not use this method as your charges and aid may vary more than that of a traditional, full-time undergraduate student.

If the above note describes you or if you would like us to double check your figures, please contact us!

Action Items: Cover your balance

Once you know how much you need for each semester and therefore the year, implement your plan! This may include any combination of the following or more:

  • If needed, set up your Tuition Payment Plan before July 31st
  • Apply for your loan for the year
    • Note: Do not apply for any PLUS loans until after July 1st if you are starting in the fall! The credit check for the PLUS loan is valid for 180 days and credit must still be valid when classes start for the semester. The credit decision for the PLUS loan typically takes about 24-48 hours. It is recommended that you submit your application approximately three weeks before the bill due date.
  • Send us copies of your outside scholarship award letters each year
  • Make a payment to your account
  • Waive the health insurance at www.universityhealthplans.com if applicable


Status Check!

 At this point you should have your balance covered through either pending financial aid or payments made to your account.

Once you see a $0 or negative "balance" on the account, there are only a few more things to do in the:  

Last Step: Finalizing