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 succeeding 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 access instructions. Monthly statements will not be mailed to the home address.

View online monthly statements through Blink (Student Services tab > My Statement channel > Statement and Payment History > Select Statement Bill Date > View Statement).

Ways to Make a Payment

Students can view their account and pay online through Blink (Student Services tab > My Bethel Account channel > Make a Payment link). This will direct students to the TouchNet/Bill-Pay site. Click "Make a Payment" and follow the prompts.

  • Online by electronic check: Authorize a one-time automatic withdrawal payment from your checking or savings account with no fee.
  • Online by Credit Card: MasterCard, American Express, Visa, or Discover are accepted with a non-refundable fee of 2.75% or $3 minimum, charged by PayPath (processing service).
  • In Person: Pay by cash, check, or money order at the St. Paul Business Office (CC208), 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., M–F. Credit cards are accepted online only.
  • After Hours: For after-hour payments, a drop box is located in the hallway near the Business Office door (CC208).
  • By Mail: Send a check to: Bethel University, Business Office, 3900 Bethel Drive, St. Paul, MN  55112-6999.  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/authorized-users.

Registration Hold

Registration for classes in succeeding 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, the payment must be cleared through the bank before registration is granted.

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.

Finance Charges

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

Past Due Accounts

A student who is not currently registered at Bethel, and has an account balance more than 60 days past due may be transferred to Educational Computer Systems, Inc. (ECSI). ECSI is a billing service that offers payment plans for students not currently registered at Bethel University. Accounts sent to ECSI are automatically reported to the National Credit Bureau. No student who has an account balance with ECSI will be considered for readmission. Official transcripts and diplomas will not be released until the balance has been paid in full. A late fee of 6% annual percentage rate will be assessed on the unpaid balance.

In the event Bethel University has to incur any expense in collecting on a student account, the student agrees to pay all of Bethel’s costs for collection. This includes, but is not limited to, a collection agency fee and/or attorney’s fees at the rate of 25–40% depending on the actions necessary to collect the debt.

Non-Sufficient Funds Fee

If payment is returned from the bank for non-sufficient funds, a $20 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

Student's 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 Self Service Banner by going to: Student > Registration > Student Detail Schedule.

Students do not need to wait for administrative office hours to submit registration change requests. Students are encouraged to complete registration changes in Self Service 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
  • Stamped “paid” (provided payment for the course has been received)

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 & 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/

Student Health Insurance

Students who are registered for six credits or more may purchase the health insurance plan made available through Bethel University. If you would like information, please contact Health Services at 651.635.8532 or health-insurance@bethel.edu or visit bethel.edu/offices/health-services/health-insurance. Mention that you are a student enrolled in the College of Adult & Professional Studies.

Business Office Questions

College of Adult & Professional Studies: bethel.edu/business-office/caps 

Graduate School: bethel.edu/business-office/gs

Questions regarding your student account may be directed to the Business Office at 651.638.6208 (800.255.8706, ext. 6208) or business-office@bethel.edu. (Please include your student ID number in your email.)