Payment Plan FAQs

Please see below for some of the most frequently asked questions about the semester payment plan. For specific questions or additional help, please email paymentplan@usfca.edu.

Who is eligible to enroll in the semester payment plan? 
You must have a U.S.-based bank account to pay the $50 enrollment fee each semester. Installment payments may be made from international bank accounts through Flywire.

You must also owe a balance of at least $2,250; if your balance is less than that, you may be subject to registration holds and late fees, but you will not be subject to registration cancelation.

Where can I view my semester payment plan online?
Payment Plans are viewable on your myUSF account (click on View & Pay). If you are an authorized payer, you can log in to View & Pay using the credentials provided by the student. Once logged in, you will see a box titled "Installment Payment Plans."

Will I get notices about my semester payment plan?
Yes, your initial notice acknowledging your enrollment will come from noreply@usfca.edu. Subsequent notices will be sent from paymentplans@higherone.com when payments are processed or if some action is required on your part due to a change in your student account balance.

What are the fees associated with the semester payment plan?  There is a $50 enrollment fee and a $10 late fee charged on the 10th of the month if payment has not yet been received.

When are the installments/payments due?
The $50 enrollment fee is due when you enroll in the semester payment plan. Each installment/payment is due the 1st of the month.

  • Fall: August 1, September 1, October 1, November 1
  • Spring and Intersession: January 1, February 1, March 1, April 1
  • Summer: May 1, June 1, July 1

Can I enroll in the semester payment plan after the semester payment due date or after having my registration canceled? If you have not registered before the semester payment due date, or if your registration has been canceled, you may still have access to the semester payment plan. Email paymentplan@usfca.edu for more information. 

What are the acceptable forms of payment? We accept electronic checks from U.S.-based bank accounts or international wire transfers through Flywire. The University of San Francisco does not accept debit or credit cards for tuition payments.

How can I switch my payment method? You can change your payment method through View & Pay (accessible through myUSF). You'll have to add a new account information.

I signed up for the payment plan, but have now decided I would rather pay the charges for the semester in full. Can this be done? Yes, but you will forfeit the enrollment fee, as this fee is non-refundable.

I signed up for the payment plan, but have now received additional financial aid that will cover my semester balance in full. What should I do? First, make sure that you have completed all of your financial aid requirements, such as accepting your awards, completing entrance interview requirements, signing promissory notes, and sending any required verification documents to the financial aid office. When your balance drops to zero, you will be automatically removed from the semester payment plan and no further payments will be made.

What if my student account balance changes (due to registration, additional financial aid, etc.) after I've enrolled in the semester payment plan? If your student account balance decreases, it will automatically be reflected in your semester payment plan and your monthly payment will be reduced. If you've already paid, normally it will be applied to the next month's payment. At the end of the semester, if you have a credit balance in your account, you can request a refund by emailing studentaccounts@usfca.edu.

If your student account balance increases, the adjustment is not automatic. You may opt to either 1.) pay the additional balance in full (separate from the payment plan), or 2.) accept it as part of your semester payment plan for future installments. You can do this through View & Pay (accessible through myUSF)

What happens if I can't make a payment? If you fail to make a payment by the 10th of the month, you will be assessed a $10 late fee. If you fail to make the payment within 15 calendar days of the due date, an additional $15 late fee may be assessed.

If a payment is returned, you will be charged a $15 fee. You will then be responsible for making a payment yourself, through View & Pay (accessible through myUSF). If you miss two consecutive installments, you will be withdrawn from the payment plan. Your account balance will then become due in full and will be subject to late fees of 1.5% of the balance.

What happens if I am withdrawn from the payment plan? You can request an appeal by emailing paymentplan@usfca.edu. A second withdrawal will result in permanent loss of access.