Late Payments

Students are responsible for ensuring that all awarded financial aid is applied to their student accounts by the first class day of each term. This includes endorsing co-payable grant and/or scholarship checks and completing all required documents including the annual conditions of award, loan entrance interviews and promissory notes.

Late Fees

Late fees of $50 at 30 days plus $50 at 60 days plus $100 as a final demand will be assessed on any unpaid balance remaining after the student account balance due date for a total of $200 in possible late fees per quarter. A financial hold may also be placed on a student's  student record that will block registration for future quarters until the balance for the current quarter is paid. For students on payment plans, missed/late payments are subject to an additional $10 fee. 

Exceptions to this policy will be made only if:

  • Payment arrangements for the current term's charges were made with Student Financial Services by the due date (if the terms and conditions of the plan are not met, all applicable late fees will be applied retroactively), or
  • The late fee and/or hold is the result of an institutional error and/or delays in the application of financial aid funds to the student's account.

Students who have a balance due to the university may also be unable to receive their diplomas.


Registering for classes at Seattle University implies acceptance of the university's financial policies and obligates students to pay all applicable charges. This includes a 1.0% per month finance charge (12% APR) that may be assessed on unpaid balances (including finance charges previously assessed) as well as any subsequent collection expenses and fees. 

Because an unpaid balance represents funds owed to Seattle University that are yet to be paid, it is considered an "educational loan" and is not subject to discharge under federal bankruptcy laws.

Returned Checks

A service fee of $25.00 will be charged for any check not honored by a bank (for any reason) and returned unpaid to Seattle University. If the returned check was for tuition and charges are still outstanding after the tuition due date, late fees will also be assessed to the student's account.

Additionally, a restriction (hold) will be placed on the student's record until the returned check and fee are cleared. This hold will prevent the student from registering for future quarters and from receiving transcripts or a diploma.

Failure to pay the balance due from a returned check may result in the student's account being referred to a collection agency.

Balances resulting from a returned check or checks may be paid with the following:

  • Cashier's Check
  • Money Order
  • Traveler's Check (In-person only)

If Seattle University has received three or more returned checks on a student's account, further check writing privileges for the student at Seattle University will be revoked, after which the Student Financial Services Office will accept only verified funds as payment on the account.

Past Due Accounts

Failure to pay all tuition and other fees in full for any quarter or session will result in a restriction being placed on the student's record. The student will be blocked from registering for future quarters, from receiving a diploma, and from the use of university facilities such as the library or the Redhawk Center.

Delinquent accounts may be referred to a commercial collection agency and may be reported to national credit bureaus. All costs, expenses and fees (including, but not limited to, attorney fees, court costs, and other out-of-pocket expenses) incurred by the University in collecting or attempting to collect a past-due account are the student's responsibility and will be charged to the student's account.

For these reasons, it's important that you immediately contact Student Financial Services to resolve any past due account issues.