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Payment Options

Payments made to Tulane University Accounts Receivable should not exceed the amount of university billed charges. Payments made in excess of billed charges may be canceled or returned to the payer.
Tulane University offers numerous payment options, but does not accept payments over the phone or by email.  

Online Payment Options - Student Accounts Portal

Students and their authorized users utilize our student accounts portal to initiate an electronic check or credit card payment.  A student or authorized user account is required to initiate your payment.  Students log in to Gibson Online and access the View Online Account hyperlink.  Parents (and other authorized users) may use the Parents and other Authorized Users hyperlink on the Accounts Receivable website.

The student accounts portal is available 24/7, except for a monthly scheduled maintenance period on the last business date of each month from 9:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m. CST.

Electronic Check Payment

Tuition and related charges may be paid online using your checking or savings account. An electronic check payment results in an electronic debit of your bank account. After the electronic check payment has been posted to your student account, it will be sent to your bank for processing. Most banks will process your payment transaction in one (1) to three (3) business days. Before making a payment, verify your account and routing number, and that your bank allows electronic debiting of your account.

Credit Card Payment

Credit cards and ATM / Debit cards may be used to pay tuition and fees online. The University works with an external vendor, TouchNet PayPath, to process credit card payments.

TouchNet PayPath accepts all major credit cards on our behalf. A non-refundable PayPath Payment service fee of 2.75% (minimum $3.00) will be added to the payment. The service fee will appear as a separate line item on your bank statement, and is not collected by Tulane University.

The service fee cannot be refunded to the cardholder even where the principle payment to which it is related is canceled, refunded for any reason, or charged back. An easy way to avoid the service fee is to record an Electronic Web Payment from a checking or savings account, using your routing and account numbers.

Other Electronic Payment Options

Domestic and International Wire Transfer

The PDF document linked below should be completed and submitted to your bank to initiate the transfer. Funds must be received in U.S. dollars.  It is essential that the wire include a memo with your 9-digit student ID number to ensure timely posting.

Wire Transfer Instructions (PDF)

International Payers: If you are able to utilize one of our international bank transfer partners, you will save on the currency exchange rate and in bank fees, in most cases.

International Bank Transfers

Tulane University has partnered with outside payment processors FlyWire and PaytoStudy for account payments originating from a non-USD account. Each vendor offers excellent foreign exchange rates, allowing you to pay in your home currency (in many cases) and save money as compared to traditional bank wires. In addition, the posting of your payment into your student account will be faster, you will be able to track where your payment is in the transfer process, and you will be notified via email when it is deposited into your student account.

International Payment Options

Checks and Cash

Payments must be received by the due date to avoid finance charges.  When mailing a payment, send at least seven (7) business days in advance of due date to ensure timely posting. Checks are posted on the date received. Accounts Receivable does not hold postdated checks.

Check Payment
Make your check payable to Tulane University, and ensure that your 9 digit student ID number is clearly written on the check.  If student name is not printed on the check, please write student’s name on the front so that your student account will be properly credited. 

Mail check payments to:
Bursar’s Office #1685
Tulane University
35 McAlister Drive
New Orleans, La. 70118-5645

In-Person
Checks, cashier’s checks, certified checks and money orders are accepted in-person at the Accounts Receivable Office. Credit/debit cards are not accepted in person. The Accounts Receivable office is located on our uptown campus, at Phelps Hall Suite 103, 35 McAlister Drive, New Orleans, LA 70118.

In addition to the above options, the Bursar’s Office will also accept cash payment.  The Bursar’s Office is located on our uptown campus, at 1030 Audubon Street, New Orleans LA 70118.  Please do not mail payments to this address.

529 Plan Payments (Qualified Tuition Program)

Each state, state agency, or educational institution offering a 529 plan may define how their plan operates within the constraints outlined in IRS Publication 970, Chapter 8. Please contact your plan administration directly with any questions you may have about the procedure to make a withdrawal.

Your plan administration may take several days to approve a withdrawal and submit a paper check to USPS for first-class delivery.  Request your withdrawal as soon as possible so that payment is posted to the student’s account by the due date.

To ensure timely posting, please ask the sender to include the student’s name and ID number in the mailing.

Mail 529 plan payments to:
Bursar’s Office #1685
Tulane University
35 McAlister Drive
New Orleans, La. 70118-5645

Payments and correspondence from these 529 Plans should be directed to Florence Alexander at (504) 247-1705 or email falexand@tulane.edu:
  College Illinois Prepaid
  Texas Guaranteed
  Florida Prepaid
  Michigan Educational
  State of Alabama Pact
  Mississippi Pact
  Nevada Prepaid
  Kentucky's Affordable Prepaid
  Louisiana START Savings Program
  South Carolina Savings Program
 

Outside Scholarship Check Payments

Checks or money orders from outside scholarship entities who wish to award Tulane students should be mailed to: Accounts Receivable Ste. 103, Tulane University, 35 McAlister Drive, New Orleans, LA 70118-5645.  Please include detailed identification for the recipient/s as well as the donor organization, and please do not mail cash payments.  Accounts Receivable and Financial Aid have procedures in place to share information when a scholarship payment arrives from an outside entity for a Tulane student.

Click here for more information about Outside Scholarships

Returned/Rejected Payments

If your payment is returned as unpaid by your bank for any reason, your student account will be assessed a returned item fee of $25. Late payment fees up to 5% of the amount of the returned payment may be added if the returned item causes the account not to be paid by the due date. Accounts Receivable reserves the right to cancel registration when the returned payment causes the account not to be paid by the due date.

Payments may be returned by banks for many reasons including:

  • lack of sufficient funds
  • the use of an incorrect or invalid bank routing or account number
  • the account has been closed or frozen
  • the account is a non-transaction account
  • the bank does not participate in automated clearing house (ACH) transactions

Alternative Financing

Prepayment Plan with Tuition Management Systems

Tulane has partnered with Tuition Management Systems (TMS) to offer a payment plan that allows you to spread your education expenses over smaller monthly installments.  Payments begin as early as April for Fall semesters, and September for Spring semesters.

To take advantage of the monthly payment plan, simply enroll on their website, or you may call them toll-free at 800-722-4867. Once enrolled, you will be billed monthly in accordance with the Monthly Payment Schedule printed on your planner. Enrollment for Fall 2017 plans will not be accepted after July 15, 2017.

Click here for more information about the TMS Payment Plan

Employer Reimbursement

Tulane University does not defer account payments for students with pending employer reimbursement. If payment is not received by the due date, finance charges and administrative holds will be applied.  Please make arrangements to pay your student account balance as billed, and then seek reimbursement from your employer based on their qualification and disbursement policies.   

Third Party Billing

Government entities and private companies may establish a formal billing contract with Tulane University for payment of sponsored student tuition and fee balances.  Generally, these contracts do not include employer reimbursement programs except where the third party sponsors numerous Tulane students.

Where applicable, sponsored charges will be billed directly to the third party based on a schedule and parameters defined in the contract.

Students remain wholly responsible for any sponsored and non-sponsored amounts owed to the University, including any amounts not paid by the sponsor for any reason.

For US Government, ROTC and Veteran Affairs contracts, please contact:

Florence Alexander
(504) 247-1705
falexand@tulane.edu

For International Governments, Corporate Sponsors, and Tuition Exchange contracts, please contact:

Bill Beverly
(504) 314-2303
bbeverly@tulane.edu