Summer Sessions 2020: June 26, 2020
Fall Semester 2020: Aug. 7, 2020
Spring Semester 2021: Jan. 8, 2021
In addition to charges for tuition, fees, room, meal plans, and other expenses, the bill reflects any scholarships, grants, and loans as pending financial aid. Financial aid is listed as pending until a student’s eligibility is confirmed, verification is completed, and the student’s enrollment is verified on the census date. The census date is the morning after drop/add, as published in the official academic calendar.
To defer a bill to federal student loans, students must have a FAFSA on file and have completed both the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Loan Counseling online for Federal DirectLoans by July 20, 2020, for fall bills, or Dec. 1, 2020, for spring bills. This is a one-time requirement at Mercyhurst. Private Education Alternative Loan proceeds are not credited until the loan proceeds are received by Mercyhurst.
If payment or satisfactory payment arrangements are not made with Student Financial Services by the bill due date, a late payment fee will be applied to a student’s account, the account will be placed on business office hold, and a student might be deregistered from courses. The student will not be able to make changes to registration, register for any additional courses, or receive grades/transcripts. A student’s balance must be paid in full by the specified semester due date.
Overdue accounts will be placed with a collection agency. If a student’s account is placed with a collection agency, the student will be responsible for the balance plus any collection fees, which might be based on a percentage up to a maximum of 33% of the debt, and all costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees that are incurred by Mercyhurst University in such collection efforts. This may negatively impact a student’s credit rating. To register for future semesters, receive transcripts or a diploma, a student’s balance and any collection fees must be paid in full. A balance can be paid via eBill, which is accessible from the student Hub (mhur.st/sfs). Payment can be made by credit card (convenience fees apply) or electronic funds transfer from a U[NS1] .S. savings or checking account (no convenience fees apply). Bills can also be printed and mailed with a personal check, cashier’s check, or money order to the address on the bill. Cash payments can be made in person with Student Financial Services. Funds can also be wired electronically to Mercyhurst, which is convenient for international students.
For more information, visit the Student Financial Services page on the student Hub or contact Student Financial Services at 814-824-2288. All payments, including those from a third party, such as a 529 Savings Plan, must be received by the bill due date. Plan accordingly to allow for mailing time.
In lieu of paying a bill in full, a student or family can sign up for a payment plan (partial payments made in intervals) through Mercyhurst’s partner, Nelnet Campus Commerce, prior to the bill due date. The Nelnet Campus Commerce Payment Plan divides a student’s financial obligation into interest-free installments over the semester, making financial obligations easier to manage. Five- and four-month plans are available. There is a nonrefundable fee for participating in the Payment Plan, regardless of the balance. Nelnet Campus Commerce provides monthly billing, with payment due on or before the first day of each month. Failure to pay by monthly due dates will result in late fees, business office holds, and possible deregistration. Repeated delinquent payments will result in a cancellation of the Payment Plan, and payment of any outstanding balance will be immediately due to Mercyhurst. Failure to resolve an outstanding balance may result in deregistration and placing a student’s outstanding account with a collection agency.
Students receiving financial aid may also participate in the Payment Plan. To determine the minimum monthly payment, deduct the amount of financial aid from the annual charges, and then divide the balance by the number of payments in the chosen plan. Students should review their budgets each semester to ensure the scheduled monthly payment plan reflects actualcharges at Mercyhurst. Be sure to use “net” loan proceeds in calculations for federal loans, because an origination fee is deducted before funds are sent to Mercyhurst.
For more information about the plan or how to calculate monthly payments, contact Nelnet Campus Commerce at 888-285-3052. You may also visit mercyhurst.afford.com. If students’ projected budgets at TMS are less than their actual balance at Mercyhurst, late fees might be incurred and a business office hold might be placed on a student’s account, preventing future registration.
If payment is made by check (paper or EFT), Mercyhurst will credit the funds but will not remove any business office holds for at least seven calendar days, to allow time for the check to clear. If funds do not clear, a student might be charged a late fee in addition to a $75 insufficient fund fee. In this instance, the student will be contacted and given one week to make payment to Mercyhurst in the form of a certified check or money order. Legal action might be taken against any person who has repeatedly submitted checks with insufficient funds, and Mercyhurst reserves the right to reject future check payments.