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Ways to Make a Payment to Columbia

The following are accepted methods to make out-of-pocket payments:

ACCESS TO CCCPAY

Students - to access the system simply login to the Oasis Portal and select the link Online Payment and Billing/CCCPay located on the Student Financial Services page.

Authorized Payers (parent, spouse, guardian, third party) - to access CCCPay, go to your Authorized Payer Login page. Please be aware that you must be signed up by your student to access the system as an Authorized Payer. Please go to Authorized Payer webpage for more information. The Authorized Payer login page opens in a new tab on your browser; therefore, the pop-up blocker on your browser must be disabled to access the login page. Click here for instructions on how to disable your pop-up blocker.

CCCPay Online Payment Options

Online E-Check Payment - One of the best features in CCCPay is the ability to make secure online payments that debit a checking or savings account. To make an online payment via E-Check, simply select the Make Payment menu option on the CCCPay home page and select e-check in the Payment Method box. When an online payment is made by the student or an Authorized Payer, the payer receives a receipt via email with a confirmation number. All student emails are sent to your Columbia email account. Payments are posted to the student's account within two business days of the transaction.

Online credit card payment - To pay by credit card, select the Make Payment menu option on the CCCPay home page and select credit card in the Payment Method box. Credit cards accepted on CCCPay are Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. All credit cards payments require an additional service fee of 2.75% of the payment amount and will appear as a separate line item on your credit card statement.

Online Payment History

Students may view a list of all online payments made to their account by selecting the Transaction History menu option. Authorized Payers may only view the online payments that they submitted for their student.
Select the Detail icon next to the payment information to view the transaction details.

Wire Transfer with Foreign Currency – International Students

Columbia College Chicago has partnered with peerTransfer to streamline the tuition payment process for international students who pay their bill with a foreign currency. With peerTransfer, you are offered excellent foreign exchange rates that are guaranteed at the time of payment, allowing you to pay in your home currency and save a significant amount of money compared to traditional banks. It's fast, simple and cost effective from any country. In addition, the posting of the payment into your student account will be faster and you will be notified via email when it is received. You also receive dedicated multilingual customer support.

Instructions to access peerTransfer

  1. Log in to the Columbia Oasis Portal
  2. Select the Student Financial Services tab on the menu bar at the top of the page
  3. Select the link Online Payment and Billing/CCCPay
  4. Select the Make Payment menu option, enter the payment amount.
  5. Select International Wire in the Payment Method box and click on the Continue button.
  6. You will be redirected to the peerTransfer website to set up a user account on the site. After you have set up your user account, follow the instructions to complete the wire transfer payment.

View the Payer Guide to peerTransfer for detailed instructions.

After you have made your payment - log back in to the peerTransfer website to review the status of your payment. You will receive a final email confirmation when the payment has been delivered to Columbia. Allow 2-3 business days for your payment to post to your student account after you receive the final email confirmation.

Important Note If you are unable to submit a payment in your local currency with peerTransfer, please contact Student Financial Services for other wire transfer options.

Payment by mail -- Personal Check or Money Order

To pay by personal check or money order, write the student ID number (located next to the student’s name on the bill) on the front of the check or money order. Print a copy of the bill from CCCPay by selecting the PDF icon on the "View Accounts" screen.

Mail the bill and payment to:
Columbia College Chicago
Student Financial Services
Attention: Payments
600 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Payment at Cashier

Cash and check payments only are accepted at the cashier window, located at 600 S. Michigan Avenue, 3rd floor. Cashier hours are 9am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Credit card and E-Check payments are not accepted at the cashier but may be submitted online through CCCPay.

Payment by a Third-Party Sponsor

To have part or all of your student account paid by your sponsor, you must complete and return the Third-Party Benefit Release Form prior to the start of each Academic Year. You or your sponsor must also provide the appropriate letter of authorization prior to the start of each semester the benefit will be utilized.
Student Financial Services also provides with the option to set up your sponsor as an Authorized Payer, giving them direct access to your billing statements and payment options.
Examples of a Third-Party Benefit Sponsor:
• Veterans’ Benefit (all branches and programs)
• DORS
• State Sponsored 529 College Savings Plan
• Out of State Grant
• Parent’s Employer

SFS will bill all third-party sponsors, for which we have a completed Third-Party Benefit Release Form, after the add drop period has passed. The billing is based on your balance at that time and the instructions / limitations indicated on the letter of authorization.

An estimate of the amount to be received is added to your Financial Aid Award once billing has been completed but your sponsor ultimately determines the actual amount to be paid. Payment is normally received within 6 - 8 weeks of the bill and is released to your Student Account immediately upon receipt.

It remains your responsibility to pay for any charges not authorized by your sponsor and the Financial Hold policy will apply.

If third-party funds are received in excess of charges and third-party funds are not authorized to be refunded to the student, SFS will return the excess funds directly to the Third Party Sponsor.

To ensure priority billing once the add/drop period has passed, both the Third-Party Benefit Release Form and Letter of Authority must be submitted by:

Non-tuition payments may be paid online:

Use the online payment form to pay the following: