STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES

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Make a Payment

If you have charges that are not covered by financial aid or a third party benefit (like a 529 savings plan), you must cover your remaining out-of-pocket costs by:

You have two options to cover your remaining costs.

You can either pay in full or establish a formal auto-debit payment plan. 

You can do both of these using CCCPay, an electronic bill payment system that is accessible through your OASIS account under "View and Pay Accounts."

CCCPay accepts payments via savings and checking accounts as well as Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express credit cards (note: you will be charged a 2.75% service charge for all debit and credit card payments).

Note: Any authorized partiesparents, spouses, guardians, or other third-party payerswho have been authorized by a student can access CCCPay through the Authorized Party Login page. You will need to disable pop-up blockers to access the page. 

Here are ways you can make a payment to Columbia directly:

Online E-check Payment
This secure online payment deducts automatically from a checking or savings account. The payer receives a receipt via email with a confirmation number, and payment is posted to the student account within two business days.
Online Credit/Debit Card Payment
You can pay by Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express. All payments by credit or debit cards require an additional service fee of 2.75% of the payment amount. This charge will appear as a separate line item on the card statement.
Pay by Mail (Personal Check or Money Order)

To pay by mail, 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.

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

In-person Payment at Cashier

You can pay by cash or check at the cashier window, located at 600 S. Michigan Ave., 3rd floor. Cashier hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Payment by a Third-Party Sponsor

To have part or all of your student account paid by a third party, you must complete the Third-party Benefit Release Form prior to the start of each academic year.

2017-18 Third-party Benefit Release Form
2018-19 Third-party Benefit Release Form

You or your sponsor must also provide the appropriate letter of authorization prior to the start of each semester the benefit will be used.

Examples of Third-party Benefit Sponsors include:

  • Veterans' Benefits (all branches and programs)
  • DORS 
  • State-sponsored 529 College Savings Plan
  • Out-of-State Grant
  • Parent's Employer

Student Financial Services also allows you to set up your sponsor as an Authorized Party, giving them direct access to your billing statements and payment options. 

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 ultimately your sponsor determines the actual amount to be paid. Please note that payment is normally received within six to eight weeks of the bill, and it is released to your Student Account within five to seven business days. You are responsible for paying any charges not authorized by your sponsor, and the Financial Hold policy will apply.

If SFS receiveds third-party funds 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 ad/drop period has passed, both the Third-Party Benefit Release Form and Letter of Authority must be submitted as soon as possible.

Wire Transfer with Foreign Currency

Flywire streamlines the process for paying your bill with a foreign currency. Foreign exchange rates are guaranteed at the time of payment, allowing you to pay in your home currency from any country without the fees associated with traditional banks. Payment is posted to your student account quickly and you will be notified by email when it's received. You also will receive dedicated multilingual customer support.

After you have initiated a payment on Flywire, you will receive detailed instructions on how to transfer funds to Columbia. Flywire will keep you informed throughout the process, including letting you know when Columbia has received your payment. Support via phone, email, or Skype is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To access Flywire:

  1. Log in to your Columbia OASIS portal
  2. Select the Student Financial Services tab on the menu bar at the top of the page
  3. Select the button Enter CCCPay
  4. Select the Make Payment menu option and enter the payment amount
  5. Select International Wire in the Payment Method box, and click on the Continue button
  6. You will be directed to the Flywire 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.

You can also download detailed instructions for paying with Flywire. 

Please note that if you have submitted a prior payment on Flywire, you should initiate all future payment transactions through Flywire on CCCPay using the same payment method. Please do not initiate payments directly on Flywire using your saved profile, because the funds will not automatically be transfered to your Columbia account. 

Payment Plan

For more information about our no-interest payment plans, or to set up a payment plan, visit our payment plan page.

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