Paying Fees

Your Statement of Account shows what fees you owe for the coming term. It includes instructional and general fees, housing fees, a campus safety and security fee, student health insurance, overdue late penalties, and any items that may cause a "hold" on your account. It also shows scholarship contributions, financial aid disbursements, private loans and payments made. The statement can be viewed in your Student Center via Buckeye Link.

Fees are due 1 week (7 calendar days) prior to the beginning of classes. Fees paid after the due date incur late penalties as follows:

  • Day after due dates - $200
  • After the 2nd Friday - increases to $300

You can avoid a late penalty by making payment by the due date via one of the following methods:

  • Pay from a checking or savings account online.  Go to the Finances section of your Student Center, click on “Make a Payment”, the payment option page opens up, select make a payment. You will be transferred to a secure Cash Net – Smart Pay site to enter your information. Payments are posted in “real-time” to the student’s account.
  •  Make a payment by mail.  Go to the Finances section of your Student Center, click on “Make a Payment”. The payment option page opens up; select mail a payment and print a payment coupon.  Mail the coupon and your check, written to The Ohio State University, to: Office of the University Bursar, The Ohio State University, PO Box 183248, Columbus, OH 43218-3248.
  • Allow a parent or guardian to pay.  Go to the Finances section of your Student Center, select Guardian Setup and follow the instructions to set up a Guardian account.
  • Pay with Debit Card, MasterCard, Discover, Visa or American Express.  Go to the Finances section of your Student Center, click on “Make a Payment”. The payment option page opens up, select make a payment. You will be transferred to a secure Cash Net – Smart Pay site to enter your information.  Students and guardians who use this payment option will be charged a 2.75% convenience fee by the vendor.  This fee is non-refundable.  Payments are posted in “real-time” to the student’s account.

Please note that Housing may assess additional late payment penalties.

If you received an official financial aid award letter and correctly completed all promissory notes and entrance counseling requirements, your aid will appear on your statement as pending financial aid. It will disburse ten days before the start of classes.

If the financial aid is more than the total of your charges, the refund will either be direct-deposited into your account or, if you have not signed up for direct deposit, mailed to your home address. You can sign up for direct deposit by going to the Finances Section of your Student Center and clicking on Account Refund. You will be transferred to the secure cash-net website to enroll in direct deposit. The refunds are usually credited to your bank account within 1-3 business days.

Please Note: Paying fees tells us you intend to come to school for the upcoming term, allowing us to finalize your enrollment and assign a place for you in the classes for which you have registered. If you decide NOT to enroll for classes and your fees are to be paid in full by financial aid, you must contact the Academic Affairs Office at (330) 287-1303 to cancel your registration.

Tuition Option Payment Plan (TOPP)

TOPP is a payment plan that allows you or your family to pay tuition and other university expenses in four installments per term without interest charges. The first payment is due 1 week (7 calendar days) prior to the beginning of classes. Installments will be due monthly. The Topp enrollment fee is $30 per semester (non-refundable).  You must reapply each term.

To learn more about the TOPP Program visit https://busfin.osu.edu/bursar/student-payments/tuition-option-payment-plan.

Student Health Insurance Requirements

Students at all campuses of The Ohio State University are required to have health insurance if they are enrolled at least half-time and in a degree program of study. For more information visit: https://shi.osu.edu/about-the-health-insurance-requirement/

Questions about paying fees:
Contact Cindy Shelly
330-287-1264
shelly.12@osu.edu