Late Payment Fees

Payment of tuition, room, board, and fees are due prior to the start of each official school semester or term.  Failure to pay the account balance in full by the Last Payment Date will result in the assessment of a Late Payment Fee each month the student account has a balance due unless:

  1. The student is participating in the MET payment program and all outstanding account balances are included in the MET payment plan.
  2. Delays in financial aid application of funds are the result of University or financial institutional error (see Other Financial Arrangements). 
    Note:  It is recommended that all financial aid applications and required documentation be completed and submitted to the Financial Aid office at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester or term to avoid possible delays and resulting late fees.

Payments received after the Last Payment Date (regardless of the postmark date) are considered to be late and are subject to late charges.  For the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters, an initial late fee of $165 will be assessed to any unpaid balance the first day after the last payment date (see schedule below). Accounts with outstanding balances of $500 or more will be assessed late fees each subsequent month in the amount of $85.  Outstanding balances under $500 will be assessed late fees for each subsequent month in the amount of $70.  Late fees for Summer 2015 are assessed $163 for each term a balance is unpaid.  The last day for tuition payment for each semester or term before late fees are assessed are:

  • Last payment date for Fall 2015:  September 1, 2015
  • Winter 2015: Variable due to different start dates of winter classes, see billing statement.
  • Last payment date for Spring 2016:  To be announced


Last payment date for Summer 2015 Terms:

  • May Sessions (3 week or 4 week): May 18, 2015
  • Law School Term 1: May 25, 2015
  • Accelerated Law:  May 25, 2015
  • CSP Term 1:  June 15, 2015
  • Term 1 (3 week, 4 week, 5 week or 8 week sessions): June 15, 2015
  • Law School Germany:  July 13, 2015
  • Law School Term 2:  July 13, 2015
  • CSP Term 2: July 13, 2015
  • Term 2 (3 week, 4 week, or 5 week sessions): July 20, 2015

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Return Payment & Fees

If a check, online payment, or monthly MET plan payment is returned to the University unpaid for any reason, the amount of the returned item will be charged back to the account.  The account will be assessed a $30 Return Item Fee for each incident.  Full restitution for each returned item plus fees must be made within 14 business days.  Any balance resulting from a returned item may be subject to a Late Payment Fee or a Hold placed on the account if restitution is not resolved in a timely matter.



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Past Due Accounts

Failure to pay all balances due for any semester or term will result in a HOLD being placed on the student account.  Students with a HOLD on their account will be restricted from registering for classes in future semesters.  Transcripts and diplomas will not be released until the account is paid in full.

Delinquent accounts may be referred to a commercial collection agency and may be reported to a national credit bureau.  All costs, expenses, and fees incurred by the University in collecting or attempting to collect a past-due account are the responsibility of the student.

To resolve any past due accounts, please call the Business Office at (402) 280-2707.


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Withdrawal and Refund

A student is considered in attendance and is responsible for any tuition balances due until he or she has formally notified the University in person or in writing of their withdrawal.  Refunds are made to the student on the basis of the date he/she has formally notified the Dean in person or in writing of their withdrawal. Students who formally withdraw from the University before the official start of the semester or term will not be liable for tuition or fees.

The federal refund policy will be used for all students receiving federal aid.  This is a proportional calculation based upon time enrolled during a semester, type of aid received and direct costs.  Students impacted by this policy will receive a worksheet outlining the steps and resulting calculation.

 To view the Creighton University Withdrawal and Refund Policy & Schedule



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Refunds from Overpayment on Student Account

All financial aid proceeds will be credited to the student's tuition and fee account.  Lenders disburse loan proceeds three days prior to the start of classes.  Students will be notified by an email message to their CUmail account if any financial aid checks require endorsement.  If financial aid exceeds assessed charges, refunds will be disbursed as soon as possible after the financial aid is credited to the student's account.   

Beginning July 1, 2011 Creighton University will no longer print paper checks for student refunds.  Students who expect to receive an overpayment and/or finanicial aid credit in excess of the charges on their student account will be requested to sign up for Direct Deposit of their refund checks through their NEST self service web site.  In order for the Direct Deposit to be activated, students must sign up for Direct Deposit at least 2 business days prior to any expected refunds.  Once a student has signed up for Direct Deposit, all future refunds will be directly deposited to the bank account indicated unless the student initiates changes or cancels the Direct Deposit on the NEST web site.  Students signed up for direct deposit will receive an email notification at least one business day prior to the actual deposit of their refund.  It is the student's responsibility to make sure that all of your banking information is kept up-to-date should you close your account or change banks.  Failure to do so will result in a delay your expected refund.

Paper checks will only be issued for overpayment created by a Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) and will be refunded directly to the parent borrower.  Refund checks will be mailed to the parent as soon as possible once the loan funds are received.  If a parent prefers to have the refund issued to their student, the parent borrower must submit a written request to the Business Office.  Written requests may be provided in person, by mail, email, or fax.

If a credit card was used as a method of payment and a credit balance is created by a tuition adjustment, the refund amount will be returned to the credit card used in the original transaction.  As stated when the online credit card payment is originally processed, the convenience fee is non-refundable.  If a personal check credited to a student's account overpays the account, a refund check will not be issued until sufficient time has passed (usually 10 -14 business days) to ensure that the check has cleared. 


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Check Cashing Policy

The Business Office offers registered students, staff, and faculty check cashing privileges at the Cashier Window located on the first floor of Creighton Hall (Administration Building).  Requirements and limitations include:

  • Personal and two-party checks accepted.  No third-party checks will be accepted.
  • Limit of $200.00 per day per person.
  • Checks must be drawn on a valid account.
  • Must present current University I. D. or valid driver's license.
  • Personal checks must be made payable to Creighton University.  Two-Party checks must be endorsed properly.
  • Creighton Federal Credit Union members are asked to cash their checks at the credit union.  Creighton Federal Credit Union has an office on campus in the Skutt Student Center.
  • Any check that is returned to the University as unpaid for any reason will be assessed a $25 Return Item Fee.  Restitution to the University should be made within 14 business days.
  • Any personal or two-party check that has been cashed by a student and is returned to the University due to insufficient funds or for any other reason, will be charged back to the tuition billing account of the student who received the cash and will be assessed a $25 Return Item Fee.  It will be the responsibility of the student to make restitution for all outstanding balances and fees owed on their student account.  Any balance on a student account resulting from a returned check may be subject to a Late Payment Fee or a Hold placed on their account if restitution is not resolved in a timely manner.
  • The Person who cashes a two-party check will be held responsible if the check is returned.  Restitution to the University should be made within 14 days.


Check cashing is a privilege that the University offers to our students, staff and faculty.  The Business Office reserves the right to revoke or deny this privilege to any individual at any time.


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