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 2017 and Spring 2018 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 2017 are assessed $165 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 Spring 2018: January 16, 2018
  • Winter 2017: Variable due to different start dates of winter classes, see billing statement.

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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

FINANCIAL HOLD: Failure to pay a student account bill or any monies due to Creighton University by the scheduled due date will result in Creighton University placing a financial hold on the student account.  The hold will prevent the student from registering for future classes, requesting transcripts, or receiving their diploma until the account is paid-in-full.

LATE PAYMENT CHARGE: Failure to pay for a student account bill or any monies due to Creighton University by the scheduled due date will result in Creighton University assessing late payment and/or finance charges monthly on the past due portion of the student account until the past due account is paid-in-full.

COLLECTION AGENCY FEES: Failure to pay for a student account bill or any monies due to Creighton University by the scheduled due date and failure to make acceptable payment arrangements to bring the account current will result in Creighton University referring a delinquent account to a collection agency.  The student is responsible for paying the collection agency fee/s which may be based on a percentage at a maximum of 50 percent of the delinquent account, together with all expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees, necessary for the collection of the delinquent account.  The delinquent account may be reported to one or more of the national credit bureaus.

To speak to a Business Office representative about a past due account, please call (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 studentís tuition and fee account.  Student loan proceeds will disburse three business days prior to the start of classes.  Students will be notified by an email message to their CU mail account if any financial aid checks require endorsement.  If Federal Financial Aid exceeds assessed charges, refunds will be disbursed within 14 days after the financial aid is credited to the studentís account.

Creighton University encourages students who are expecting an overpayment and/or financial aid credit in excess of the charges on their account to sign up for Direct Deposit of the refund through NEST.  Students may have the refunds deposited into any bank account they choose.  Creighton University does not endorse any specific financial institution. Students should sign up for the Direct Deposit Refund process at least 3 business days prior to an expected refund to allow time for the process to be activated. 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 in NEST.  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 studentís responsibility to make sure that the banking information is kept up-to-date should you close your account or change banks.  Failure to do so will result in a delay to your expected refund. 

If a Direct Deposit Refund request has not been completed and an overpayment has been created by Federal Financial Aid disbursement(s), a paper refund check will be mailed to the student's current mailing address within 14 days.  It is the studentís responsibility to maintain a current mailing address in NEST. 

Paper checks will also be issued for any overpayment that is created by a Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) and will be refunded directly to the parent borrower within 14 days of the loan posting to the studentís account.  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 is originally processed, the convenience fee is non-refundable.  If a personal check credited to a studentís 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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