Tuition, Fees, and Payments on Student Accounts

Full payment is due on the start date of each course. Tuition is generated through information from the Office of the Registrar. Therefore, the student account will be billed once the student has been registered for his/her course(s). Students are responsible for payment reaching the St. Paul Business Office when due, regardless of the source of payment. Payment must be received in U.S. dollars. If loans are needed to help meet a financial obligation, students may apply for them through the Office of Financial Aid. Loan applications should be made well in advance of registration for funds to be disbursed at the beginning of the term. A late fee of .5% per month will be assessed on any charges more than 30 days past due. Enrollment for subsequent courses is dependent on full payment of the previous expenses.

Online Monthly Statements

Around the 17th of each month, an email will be sent to the student’s Bethel email address alerting them that the monthly statement is available to view online with a link to access your statement. Monthly statements will not be mailed to the home address.

View online monthly statements through My Bethel (My Bethel > My Statements and Finances > Make a Payment. This will direct you to TouchNet where statements can be viewed).

Ways to Make a Payment

  • Online:  My Bethel > My Statements and Finances > Make a Payment. This will direct you to the Touchnet/Bill-Pay site.  Click “Make a Payment” and follow the prompts.  
    • Online by Electronic Check: Authorize automatic withdrawal from your checking or savings account with no fee.  
    • Online by credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover with a non-refundable fee of 2.85% or $3 minimum, charged by PayPath (processing service).
  • In person: Pay by check or money order at the Business Office (Anderson Center, 5th Level) 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F.  (Credit cards are accepted online only.)
  • Drop Box:  A drop box is located next to the ATM machine near the entrance of the Campus Store on the main campus.  Items in the drop box will be delivered to the Business Office one time per business day.
  • U.S. Mail:  Mail a check to:  Bethel University, Business Office, 3900 Bethel Drive, St. Paul, MN  55112. Please include your student ID number in the memo portion of the check.

Authorized Users

If a student would like to give electronic access to a spouse or another person to view an account and make online payments, the student will need to authorize that person as a user.

For more information visit bethel.edu/business-office/make-a-payment/authorized-users.

Authorized users can view Semester Payment Plan details and pay online by visiting https://epay.bethel.edu/C20433_tsa/web/login.jsp

Registration Hold

Registration for classes in subsequent courses is dependent on full payment of the previous expenses. A student whose account is in arrears will have a registration hold on their account and will not be permitted to register for subsequent courses.

Any student who pays an outstanding balance by check will have his/her registration dropped if the check is returned from the bank due to non-sufficient funds. The student will not be permitted to re-register until full payment is received. If repayment is made via check, registration will be granted in ten business days.

Be advised that students whose registrations have been dropped have no guarantee the same course(s) will be available when they re-register.

Transcript Hold

When full payment has not been received, a transcript hold is placed on the student account. A transcript hold will prevent an official transcript from being printed by the Office of the Registrar.

Financial Clearance for Graduation

A student will not be issued an official transcript or receive his/her diploma until all financial obligations have been met.

Financial Suspension

Bethel reserves the right to suspend a student from a program/course(s) if there is failure to provide full payment on the student account when due. Any student who is financially suspended during a semester will be withdrawn or dropped from his/her classes depending on the date of the suspension.

Late fees

A late fee of .5% will be assessed on any charge more than 30 days past due.

Past Due Accounts

The following paragraphs apply to all students:

Default: I will be in default if: I fail to pay the total amount payable when due, any scheduled payment under either a semester payment plan or installment plan, or any other fee (which may include, but are not limited to, charges such as parking fines, library fees, other charges for violations of Bethel University policies, or any other amount billed to my student account) by the 15th day of the month following the month in which I am sent billing notice.

Failure to pay due to the following situations will not exempt me from entering default:

  • withdrawal from Bethel University (whether voluntary or involuntary),
  • insufficient funds in an account from which my payment was drawn (or similar circumstances),
  • change of address without notifying Bethel University in writing,
  • providing to Bethel University any false or misleading information,
  • a case under U.S. Bankruptcy Code is started by or against me or any guarantor or cosigner.

If I am in default, Bethel University may require immediate payment of my Obligation in full along with any unpaid fees. If Bethel University demands immediate payment and I fail to comply, I agree that Bethel University may add my unpaid fees to my Obligation. If any payment is not paid in full by the 15th day of the month following the month in which it was due, I agree to pay Bethel University a default charge of six percent (6%) of the unpaid and past due amount of my Obligation. In addition, Bethel University may prohibit me from scheduling courses for the current or following semester; remove me from current courses; withhold course credits, academic transcripts, and my diploma without prior notice until the Obligation is paid in full. Bethel University may also exercise any other legal rights it may have, including engaging a collection agency to enforce its rights hereunder or taking legal actions to collect amounts due to it. In the event Bethel University incurs expenses collecting my Obligation, I agree to pay all reasonable attorneys’ fees, legal expenses, and collections fees that result from my default (unless prohibited by law) at the rate of twenty-two percent (22%) of the unpaid Obligation. Even if I am in default, Bethel University may or may not require immediate payment, and may delay enforcing any of its rights without waiving them.

Non-Sufficient Funds Fee

If payment is returned from the bank for non-sufficient funds, a $25 returned check fee will be assessed on the student account. Any student who has two checks returned due to non-sufficient funds will not be allowed to make future payment by personal check.

Child Day Care Center

Bethel reserves the right to transfer the credit balance from the student account to the Child Day Care account (“C” account) should the account fall behind on monthly payments.

Refunds

Students who withdraw from classes during the term may be eligible for a refund. There are two types of refunds: billing refunds (tuition, fees) and financial aid refunds. A billing refund credits funds to the student's account, thereby decreasing the amount that is owed on the student account. A financial aid refund reduces the amount of aid available to pay the billing charges, thereby increasing the amount that is owed on the student's account.

After registration, changes made to a student's schedule must be made in consultation with a Student Success Advisor (SSA) at the College of Adult and Professional Studies or the Graduate School or online through Self Service Banner.

Tuition and Fees Refund Schedule

For this policy, every week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday and is counted regardless of whether any course activity is scheduled or takes place during the week. Week 1 is the Monday through Sunday week that includes the start date of the course. Students who request withdrawal from a course will receive tuition refunds according to the follow schedule:

Request is received Refund
Through Sunday of Week 1 100% of tuition and fees
Through Sunday of Week 2 50% of tuition
Through Sunday of Week 3 25% of tuition
Starting Monday of Week 4 No refund

Bethel fees (if applicable) are refunded in full through the 100% refund period. Thereafter, there is no refund of fees.

The first week is the Monday through Sunday that includes the start date of the course. When or whether the course has met, or administrative offices are open in a given week, does not affect the refund schedule. Course dates are available in Banner.

Students do not need to wait for administrative office hours to submit registration change requests. Students are encouraged to complete registration changes in Banner when possible. Written requests submitted to the student's Student Success Advisor via email from the student's Bethel email address will be processed using the email time-stamp as the request date.

For detailed billing refund and course withdrawal dates, see the Office of the Registrar's web site

Employer Tuition Reimbursement

During the final week of each course, upon request made by the student, the Business Office will send tuition reimbursement billing invoices to the student’s home address. Students may submit the invoice(s) to their employer for reimbursement.

To request tuition reimbursement billing invoices, contact the Business Office at 651.638.6208, or email your request to business-office@bethel.edu. (Please include your student ID number in your email.)

The following information will be included on the invoices:

  • Student name and address
  • Student Bethel ID number
  • Course number
  • Course name
  • Number of credits
  • Beginning and ending dates of the course
  • Tuition amount

Military and Veterans Educational Benefits

If you have questions about military benefits, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 651.638.6241 or email finaid@bethel.edu. You can also visit the websites below for more information.

College of Adult and Professional Studies: https://www.bethel.edu/adult-undergrad/financial-aid/types/military-benefits/

Graduate School: https://www.bethel.edu/graduate/financial-aid/types/military-benefits/

Account Questions?

More student account information is available at bethel.edu/business-office.

Contact the Business Office at 651.638.6208 (800.255.8706, ext. 6208) or at business-office@bethel.edu.