Payment Options & Due Dates
Bradley expects payment arrangements to be completed prior to the start of each academic term. For the fall and spring semesters, by paying the full balance due on or before August 2, 2016 and January 6, 2017 respectively you avoid additional payment plan fees. Pay-in-full is your most economical option. However, for the regular semesters the university also offers longer-term payment options through the Deferred Payment Plan and Monthly Installment Payment Plan.
Payments for the interim (January and May) or summer terms are due no later than 12:00 Noon on the first day of the respective term(s). There are no payment plan or longer-term payment options available for the interim and summer sessions.
Accepted Forms of Payment
Payments for all charges on the billing account (tuition, fees, room & board) can be made by cash or check in person at Swords Hall-First Floor. Payments can be made via checks mailed to:
Payments can be made online by credit card. A 2% fee is assessed on credit card transactions when using VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express for tuition and fees. The University can not accept credit card payments over the telephone. A payment kiosk will be available in Swords Hall for in-person credit card payments. At no additional charge online payments can be made by ACH debit from checking or savings accounts.
If you have questions about using a credit card for student fees payments see FAQ-Credit Card Payments for Student Fees.
Payments from Banks Located Outside the United States
Bradley University has partnered with Flywire (formerly peerTransfer) to provide you with an easy and secure method of sending international electronic payments. All processes remain the same. Only the name is changing.
Flywire allows you to :
* save on bank fees and exchange rates in over 48 currencies,
* pay from any country and any bank,
* receive peace of mind with dedicated multilingual customer support,
* track your payment from start to finish.
To submit your payment, log on to www.flywire.com/Bradley:
* Select your home country and the available payment options will be displayed.
* Complete the information requested.
* Per the instructions provided, you will send your home currency from your bank account (via phone, online or in person) to Flywire.
* Flywire will convert your currency to U.S. dollars and forward that to Bradley University.
Here are some guidelines and policies on determining your payment amount:
* Review your bill at MyBU.Bradley.edu. Use the amount on the bill to request funds from your bank.
* The funds sent through this process are for tuition, fees, and room and board charges billed by Bradley University. Funds received will be used for current, past due and future terms.
* Do not request funds through this process for off-campus living expenses. You will need to make arrangements to have these funds come directly to you.
* If you have not registered for classes for the coming term, you may estimate the amount needed by taking the current tuition rate times the number of hours you plan to register for. Be sure to include extra for course fees, surcharge fees, activity fee and health fee. The University fee structure is online at sfs.bradley.edu – click on “Charges and Payment Options”.
* If your bank has questions about this process, you may provide them with 3rd party access to your billing by setting them up with a log in to view your bills. Instructions for this process is also at sfs.bradley.edu, click on “Charges and Payment Options” and then “Online Viewing and Payment”.
For the fall and spring semesters, three payment options are available.
Option 1: Pay in Full
The plan requires the entire semester balance charges, less financial assistance to be paid in full on or before the due date for that semester: August 2, 2016 for the fall semester and January 6, 2017 for the spring semester. If the balance for the semester is paid in full prior to the first day of the term, no additional fees are charged unless changes are made to the student's schedule or financial aid.
Option 2: Deferred Payment Plan - DPP
This plan divides each semesters' balance into 4 installments. Payment is determined by taking semester charges, subtracting semester financial assistance (not including work study), and dividing the balance by 4. The first payment is required before the start of the semester. A finance charge of 4% will be applied once to the remaining balance each term, on the first day of the term. Remaining fall payments are due in October, November, and December; spring payments in March, April, and May. There is no application required.
DPP Fall 2016 Payment Due Dates
- August 2, 2016
- October 5, 2016
- November 1, 2016
- December 1, 2016
DPP Spring 2017 Payment Due Dates
- January 6, 2017
- March 3, 2017
- April 3, 2017
- May 1, 2017
Option 3: Monthly Installment Payment Plan - MIPP
Available for full-time undergraduate students attending both semesters, this plan allows you to pay annual charges in 12 installments. Your Monthly Installment Payment Plan (MIPP) is determined by taking total annual charges, subtracting financial assistance (not including work study), and dividing the balance by 12. No interest or deferment is charged, but an annual, non-refundable set-up fee of $135 is required. Payments begin June 1st and end May 1st (automatic payments are available). You must apply each year to participate in the MIPP program.
Making Payments through a college savings plan
Families who have saved for their college expenses by investing in a 529 Plan have a number of choices in using this resource to meet their payment obligations. The information provided below provides a general guide for executing disbursements from a 529 plan.
State of Illinois Bright Start Plan
This 529 is administered for the State of Illinois by Oppenheimer Funds, Inc. and operates very much like a private plan. Contact and distribution information is available here.
State of Illinois College Illinois plan
Unlike the more common college savings 529 plans, College Illinois is a pre-paid tuition plan. This difference makes the disbursement procedures slightly more complicated. First, the actual value of a College Illinois contract varies from year to year and is typically not determined until July of each academic year. In the 2016-17 academic year the per-credit-hour value was $484.50 for a Universal Plan. It is likely this amount will increase slightly for 2017-18. Second, disbursements from a College Illinois plan are paid directly to Bradley University but only after verification of the student’s enrollment. However, so long as we know that you are using funds from your College Illinois plan Bradley will “carry” the portion of charges being paid by the plan until the proceeds arrive. Contact Bradley’s Student Fees office at email@example.com requesting the billing of your College Illinois proceeds prior to your payment due date.
If you have a college savings plan through a private investment company, you should contact them directly about withdrawal procedures. We recommend that you make contact with the plan representative at least 30 days prior to the payment due date for which you are using the 529 distribution. Some investment firms will remit your plan distribution directly to Bradley and, in turn, we will credit your account. In other cases the distribution will be directly paid to you. In our experience, everything you will need to execute a distribution can be managed at the website of your investment house.
Other State Plans
Nearly all 50 states have some type of a 529 plan. Follow the link below to a directory of state sponsored plans with contact and distribution information.
For additional questions, contact Student Fees at 309-677-3120.
For every period of enrollment students must confirm their intentions to matriculate by taking an action called "Claiming Classes". Classes are claimed in one of two ways: By making a payment on the balance due for each period of enrollment or, if there is no balance due (zero balance or pending refund), by completing the steps outlined on your MyBU account.