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Now that you've been admitted, it's time to plan your finances.
Welcome to the Whitworth Office of Student Accounting Services.
One of the most stressful parts of going to college is planning a financial strategy. How will you pay? Which paperwork is required? How does it all work? Here is what you can expect:
In early May, you will receive a letter from Student Accounting Services with information about our 12-month payment plan option. This letter contains a worksheet to assist you in estimating your charges, financial aid, and any remaining balance that may be owing. Payments for the 12-month plan begin in June. The deadline to sign up for the 12-month plan is May 31. We also have payment plans beginning in August or September (10- or 9-month and 3- or 4-month) should one of those options work better for you.
In late June or early July, you will receive an e-mail from student accounting services with your estimated charges and financial aid for the coming semester. This important e-mail also contains the instructions you will need to complete your Confirmation Billing Information E-Packet.
Completion of the e-packet, payment (if any is owed) and/or payment plan are due in early August.
If you qualify for a Perkins or institutional loan, the loan office will send paperwork (i.e. a promissory note) in June. Included documents must be completed and returned before the beginning of the school year.
Frequently asked questions:
- Why do I have to complete an e-packet? Can't I just send my payment?
- In the e-packet you have the opportunity to provide information that allows you to calculate the tuition and other charges for your attendance at Whitworth as well as to submit other important information about you. For example:
- Federal authorizations required to apply financial aid and/or hold any credit balance on your account for future charges
- Authorization for release of information
- Confirmation of or changes to your charges/financial aid
- Meal plan changes
- Payment method selection
- Vehicle registration or yearbook purchase
- Do I have to complete an e-packet every semester?
- Yes, confirmation of registration/payment plans/etc. is required every semester.
- Is health insurance required?
- Beginning Aug. 1, 2013, full-time undergraduate students will be required to have medical insurance. Students with existing medical insurance coverage may waive the university's program; otherwise, student bills will include a charge payment for the university's plan that conforms to federal medical insurance requirements. We have a plan that is competitive with available plans and that may actually be less expensive than adding a student to a parent's private insurance program. Information about this plan will be provided later in the summer.
- When is payment due?
- Payment or a payment plan contract is due the same day the e-packet is due. Generally, this due date falls at the end of the first week of August for Fall Term and at the end of the first week of January for Spring Term.
- I will be due a refund after my financial aid all transmits. When will that be available?
- Refunds are available after you attend your first class of the semester, depending on if/when your financial aid transmits.
- Can I have my refund sent directly to my bank?
- Yes, we offer direct deposit for refunds. Your e-packet contains information on how to set that up.
- I'm bringing a car to campus. Do I have to register it?
- Yes, you must register your vehicle and pay a car registration fee. Failure to do so will result in car citations and fines.
- I have more questions. Whom can I call?
- Your account representative will be happy to help you. If your last name starts with:
We know you will have other questions and concerns. We're here to help you! Please feel free to contact us at any time. For more information, click here.
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