Payment Options and 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 15, 2021 and January 9, 2022 respectively you avoid additional payment plan fees. Pay-in-full is your most economical option. However, for the regular semesters the university also offers a longer-term payment option through the Deferred 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 the cashier window in Swords Hall on the first floor. Payments can also be made via checks mailed to:

Office of the Bursar
Bradley University
1501 W. Bradley Avenue
Peoria, IL 61625

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. There is no additional charge for online payments made by ACH debit from checking or savings accounts. The University cannot accept any type of payment over the telephone (credit card or pay by check).

If you have questions about using a credit card for student fees payments see FAQ-Credit Card Payments for Student Fees.

Payments from Outside the United States

Bradley University has partnered with Flywire to provide a fast, secure way to submit international and wire payments. You can pay in your local or other desired currency with available payment methods (e.g., international credit and debit cards, wire transfers and other international payment options that will vary by country). Flywire allows you to:

  • Track your payments from start to finish
  • Make payments in more than 140 currencies, online and from banks worldwide
  • Other available payment methods include international credit and debit cards, and other international payment options that vary by country
  • Save on bank fees and exchange rates with Flywire’s Best Price Guarantee
  • Enjoy peace of mind with dedicated multilingual customer support
  • Ensure accurate and timely posting of your payment to your student account

To ensure that your student's account is properly credited in a timely and expedient fashion, please click the following link to initiate your payment bradley.flywire.com:

  • Select your home country and the available payment options will be displayed
  • Complete the information requested and follow the instructions that are provided

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. Excess funds may be returned to Flywire.
  • 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”.

Payment Options

For the fall and spring semesters, two payment options are available.

Students in Distance Learning programs, please refer to myonline.bradley.edu

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 15, 2021 for the fall semester and January 9, 2022 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 5 installments. Payment is determined by taking semester charges, subtracting semester financial assistance (not including work study), and dividing the balance by 5. The first payment must be a minimum of 20% of the semester balance and 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 September, October, November, and December; spring payments in February, March, April, and May. There is no application required.

DPP Fall 2021 Payment Due Dates

  • August 15, 2021
  • September 15, 2021
  • October 15, 2021
  • November 15, 2021
  • December 15, 2021

DPP Spring 2022 Payment Due Dates

  • January 9, 2022
  • February 15, 2022
  • March 15, 2022
  • April 15, 2022
  • May 15, 2022

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.

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 2020-2021 academic year the per-credit-hour value was $544.43 for a university. It is likely this amount will increase slightly for 2021-2022. 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 funds arrive. Contact Bradley’s Student Fees office at stufees@bradley.edu requesting that we bill College Illinois prior to the payment due date for the semester. This must be done for each term that you want to use College Illinois funds.

Private Plans

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 firm.

Other State Plans

Nearly all 50 states have some type of a 529 plan. Visit SavingForCollege.com for a directory of state sponsored plans with contact and distribution information.

For additional questions, contact Student Fees at (309) 677-3120.

Claiming Classes

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.

Claiming Classes - Distance Education

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 MyOnline account.