A video overview
Please take a moment to watch this video which covers a number of topics related to billing.
How will you receive your bill?
You will receive an e-mail directing you to StuInfo when your bill is available for you to view/pay.
MSU bills you for tuition, fees, and residence hall charges. Your bill in StuInfo contains a payment coupon and billing address. For questions specifically about the bill (not about financial aid) please call Student Billing and Receivables at (517) 355-3343 or (800) 775-4323.
Payments for each semester are due approximately three to four weeks before the start of classes for that semester. A deferred payment plan is available (see below).
Payment methods accepted at MSU
- Check or money order payable to Michigan State University
- Credit card: MasterCard, Discover, or American Express (service fees apply)
- Electronic check
Financial aid and your bill
Financial aid or scholarship credits will be deducted from what you owe if you have taken all necessary steps for each type of aid. For more information, see our disbursement page.
Confirm your attendance
If the amount you need to pay on your registration bill (first bill for the semester) is zero, you must still confirm your attendance in StuInfo. If you fail to do this, your classes might be dropped!
Deferred payment plan
You may choose the deferred payment plan if you maintain a good credit record with the university. You may defer up to one-half of your tuition (including tuition-related fees) and up to two-thirds of you room and board charges. The deferrable amounts are outlined on the registration bill.
Charges associated with the deferred payment plan
A $10 fee will be charged whenever you defer tuition for a semester. There is also a finance charge of 12 percent per year on any unpaid tuition balance. You will be charged additional fees for late payments.
Exact bill due dates and more information about the deferred payment plan are available on the Controller's Office website.
Other frequently asked questions
Is it correct that students owing MSU more than $200 will have to pay that amount without any money from their financial aid being used to reduce their balance?
If a student owes more than $200 from a prior semester, they will be encouraged to pay all of it without using any of their current semester aid. If requested, Student Accounts can use up to $200 of their current semester aid, and only if they pay the amount exceeding $200 from their own resources. If a student owes $200 or less from a prior semester, and has completed all other aspects of the registration process (confirmed attendance, cleared any registration holds), Student Accounts will automatically apply up to $200 of current semester financial aid to pay the debt.
This suggests that students will be unable to enroll/register if they have not cleared an outstanding balance of more than $200. If a student has already enrolled for the current semester, how will he or she be affected?
Students who are already enrolled and have an outstanding balance should have a hold on their account. They will not be able to make schedule changes until the past due debt is paid. They also will not become "registered," which essentially secures their classes and prevents disenrollment, unless they pay the past due debt.
Will students who want to make changes to their enrollment and have a past due balance over $200 be locked out from enrolling?