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What You Need To Know

The Office of the Bursar is responsible for the billing and collecting of balances owed to the University. Primarily, this entails student tuition balances that are charged every semester.

This page is a summary of important information that all students need to know about the Office of the Bursar at Ohio University.  Please see our website,, for additional and more detailed information.




Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are calculated based on enrollment status, residency, campus, and your course selections. Every new degree-seeking first-year or transfer undergraduate (baccalaureate or associate) student regardless of campus of admission or enrollment, is part of the OHIO Guarantee at Ohio University.

The OHIO Guarantee is a cohort based, level-rate tuition, housing, and dining model that assures students and their families a set of comprehensive rates for the pursuit of an undergraduate degree at Ohio University. Your OHIO Guarantee cohort is listed on your MyOHIO Student Center. You can view the rates for your cohort on the Tuition and Fees section of our website.

Waivable Fees

Student Health Insurance: Students are required to maintain an active health insurance policy while enrolled in Athens Campus credit hours. A one year commercial policy, that is billed over two semesters, is offered to all students who can opt out if they already have a health insurance provider. A waiver is required only once each academic year.



Student Legal Service: The Center of Legal Services is a law office for Ohio University Students that will provide students with legal representation, advice, and education. A waiver option is available at the beginning of each semester.

Wellbeing: The WellBeing Plan is a university discount program that helps reduce patient costs for select services through Counseling and Psychological Services. Not applicable for students in the OHIO Guarantee tuition structure. A waiver option is available at the beginning of each semester.

Waiver deadline for any of these fees: Third Friday of each semester

Waivers are submitted on your MyOHIO Student Center. 

Student Account Balance

Charges for a new semester will post to the student account based on the schedule below:



Semester Initial Charge Assessment Begins Initial Due Date
Fall Early - Mid July August 21st
Spring Early - Mid December January 21st
Summer Mid - Late April May 21st


Ohio University does not issue paper bills or statements.  At the beginning of a given month, OHIO students are emailed monthly balance notifications to their University email accounts. (Authorized Users also receive balance notification emails to the email address assigned to them by their OHIO Student.) These notifications are sent as reminders of upcoming balances — including payment plan installments — that are due on the 21st of that month. Balances not paid by the due date will be assessed a 1.5% late fee.

All charges that post to the student account are assigned due dates. A due date is the date that a charge must be paid in order to prevent penalties for nonpayment from occurring. Due dates may be reviewed in the Finances section of the MyOHIO Student Center and the Authorized User Portal.

Charges Due, located in the drop down menu under the Finances Section, is a great place to view a listing of all charges due as well as their assigned due dates. Charges Due is also available on the Authorized Users Portal.

Payment Options

The Office of the Bursar accepts the following types of payment:

  • eCheck (available online only)
  • Credit Card (available online)
  • Personal Check, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order (available by mail or in person)
  • Wire Payment – International (Online)
  • 529 College Savings Plan (Initiate payment at least two weeks before any payment due date)
  • Third Party Sponsored Students ( Military/Tuition Assistance/Employers)

How to Pay

  • Online
    • MyOHIO Student Center
    • Authorized User Portal
  • In-person- (drop box located on the ground floor of Chubb Hall)
  • Mail (include PID and student’s name)
    PO Box 960
    Chubb Hall 010
    Athens, Ohio 45701

Payment Plan

The Office of the Bursar offers a payment plan option for students who are unable to pay their tuition and fees by the first due date of a semester. Students/authorized users may enroll in an installment payment plan each semester, after charges for that semester have posted. Students who wish to enroll may do so by logging into their MyOHIO Student Center and, under the Finances section, selecting ‘Enroll in Payment Plan’ from the drop-down menu. Authorized users may also enroll through the Authorized User Portal.

Become an Authorized User


Ohio University students are able to set up Authorized Users to view student account activity, make payments, enroll in a semester payment plan, manage waivable fees, and view 1098-T information.  Authorized Users will also receive email notifications regarding student account balances.  

Create a new authorized user account:

  • Sign in to your MyOHIO Student Center
  • Select “Authorized User Portal” (located in the Finances section)
  • Select “ Authorize New User ”
  • Enter the email address for the authorized user
  • Click “ Create Authorized User ”  button

An email will be sent to the authorized user with instructions to activate their account.

Expecting a Financial Aid Refund?

Financial aid refunds will be issued when financial aid funds are in excess of tuition and fees for a given term.  Financial aid disbursements are based on a student’s current enrollment and the completion of any necessary requirements. Refunds of financial aid funds will begin on the first day of the term.

The Office of the Bursar offers direct deposit as a more convenient means of issuing refunds to students. Instead of mailing a check, we will deposit the funds directly into the student's bank of choice.

Refunds issued by direct deposit are processed Monday through Friday during the first three weeks of the semester. After the third week of the semester, refunds by direct deposit are processed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Refunds via check are mailed on Fridays to the student’s mailing address. 

Enrollment is a two-step process:

  1. Enter bank account information
  2. Assign the bank account to direct deposit

Both steps must be completed or the direct deposit enrollment will not be valid. Incomplete direct deposit enrollments will result in a mailed check.

To start the direct deposit enrollment process, sign into the MyOHIO Student Center. In the Finances section, select "Enroll in Direct Deposit" from the dropdown menu.

After entering your bank account information in step one, be sure to click “Proceed to Enroll in Direct Deposit,” otherwise enrollment in direct deposit is not complete. Enrollment is complete when the message, “Congratulations! You are now enrolled in direct deposit” has been displayed.