The Catholic University of America

Student Accounts, Billing and Payment Plans

Office of Enrollment Services / Father O'Connell Hall, Rm. W203 / 202-319-5300 (toll free: 800-787-0242) / /

Billing & Payment Plans

For additional information about student account services, visit the website of the Office of Enrollment Services at The Office of Enrollment Services can also be contacted via telephone at 202-319-5300 (toll free at 1-800-787-0242) or via email at

Statement of Financial Responsibility

All students are required to read and agree to the university’s Statement of Financial Responsibility.  Students will be prompted to complete this requirement in Cardinal Station before registering for courses for their first semester.  The Statement of Financial Responsibility can be accessed via the Finances section of the Cardinal Station Student Center.

Billing & Due Dates

Students are billed tuition and other fees on a term-by-term basis. The first account statement for the fall term will be available in CardinalPAY in mid-July and the first account statement for the spring term will be available in mid-December. Charges are due in full at the start of each semester except for amounts budgeted to be paid through the optional monthly payment plan (see below section).

Keep in mind that account balances may change throughout the term as payments and/or additional charges are assessed to accounts. Be sure to review each account statement as it becomes available to determine whether any balance is due. Account activity can also be viewed in the Finances section of the Cardinal Station Student Center. Student accounts with past-due balances are subject to registration/transcript holds, late fees, and interest charges. 


Account statements are generated electronically and are available for viewing by students and Authorized Payers in CardinalPAY. The CardinalPAY website also allows students and Authorized Payers to make online payments via e-check or credit/debit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover). There is a 2.75% service fee for credit and debit card payments. 

Students who wish to grant other individuals access to their account information (including notification of monthly statements) must establish those individuals as Authorized Payers in CardinalPAY. Instructions for setting up this access are available at will not receive notification of billing statements unless their student has set up this access in CardinalPAY.

Once account statements are available for viewing, e-mail notification will be sent to students and Authorized Payers. Students can designate additional e-mail addresses that they wish to receive statement notifications through the User Preferences menu in CardinalPAY. Only students can make changes to their notification preferences.

Students who anticipate that they will receive a refund due to overpayment of their account are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit in CardinalPAY. 

Payment Plans

A payment plan option is available through Tuition Management Systems (TMS), a division of First Marblehead. For more information on the TMS plan, visit their website at or contact them via telephone at 1-800-722-4867. Students enrolling in the monthly payment option through TMS should continue to review their regular CUA billing statements in CardinalPAY to ensure that the amount budgeted through the payment plan is sufficient to cover all expenses. If the TMS payment plan does not cover all expenses, students will be billed by CUA for the difference and this amount will be subject to late fees and registration/transcript holds. 

Refund of Charges

Refund Policy

The Refund of Student Charges policy can be found here:

Refunds are based on total charges billed, not on payments made. Application fees and registration deposits are non-refundable.


A complete withdrawal from the University may impact a student’s financial aid.  Students are encouraged to consult the Financial Aid website prior to initiating the withdrawal process.

Tuition Refund Plan

Given the substantial financial commitment that students and their families make to pay for an education at CUA, the University offers a voluntary insurance program designed to protect that investment should a student need to withdraw from the University for medical reasons. For more information, visit