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Student Billing - Important Information

Payment for Spring semester is due by January 5, 2014.

Students who have not made financial arrangements by the payment deadline will be charged a nonrefundable $200 late fee.

If you anticipate a problem meeting the payment deadline, please contact Student Financial Services (SFS) before the deadline at 253.879.3214, toll-free at 800.396.7192, or to make special arrangements. Registrations not confirmed by the second day of classes will be cancelled. Students are able to re-register on a space-available basis after financial arrangements have been confirmed.

Meal Plans

All students living in residence halls, Union Avenue housing, Foreign Languages House, and Langlow House are required to purchase a meal plan. These students  will be charged for the Medium Plan. The opportunity to select a different type of meal plan or to purchase an optional meal plan is available to students on their Cascade Student Finances Menu page until the tenth day of the semester.  It may take up to 24 hours for any changes or additions to show up in the "detail of term charges and financial aid". See more information on meal plans.

Payment plans will not be adjusted to reflect meal plan purchases.  Please wait until you see the correct meal plan charges before you proceed with setting up a payment plan.

Payment Plan

The payment plan allows for extended payments of the semester balance due across the months of the term. There is an $80 participation fee for using the extended payment plan. The first payment of the plan is due January 5 with additional payments due the fifth or sixth of each month, as indicated on your payment plan detail.

Students must enroll for payment plans through their Student Center link. Enrollment must occur before the first payment due date of the semester. Bill Payers do not have access to the Student Center link but may email to request payment plan set up.

  • How to Enroll in the Payment Plan: Students must login to Student Center > Account Inquiry > Account Services > Enroll in Payment Plan. Complete the 4-step enrollment process to activate the payment plan. Once enrolled in the payment plan, the monthly payment schedule will be available to students and bill payers in Cascade > Your Student Finances. Bill payers do not have access to Student Center..

  • Payment Plan Recalculations: Payment plans will not be automatically recalculated as a result of additional charges (such as tuition charges, optional meal plan purchases, or bookstore purchases) or changes in financial aid. Please email to request recalculation of your payment plan.

Parent PLUS Loan

The Direct PLUS Loan is a credit-based loan which allows parents to borrow up to the cost of attendance, less any other financial aid already awarded. Parents may apply for a Direct PLUS Loan for any year that their student is enrolled at least half-time as an undergraduate student. See more information on PLUS Loans.

Tuition Insurance

Your investment in your education is a significant and important one. Our experience is that a small percentage of enrolled students unexpectedly find it necessary to withdraw from Puget Sound for medical reasons. With this in mind we suggest that you consider tuition insurance through A.W. Dewer to help safeguard your tuition investment. See more information on  tuition insurance.


Please visit the FAQs for answers to the most commonly asked questions about student finances.

Need Help?

For help accessing Cascade or PeopleSoft, please contact the Technology Service Desk at 253.879.8585 or

For questions related to your account, contact Student Financial Services at 253.879.3214 (toll-free at 800.396.7192) or

Transitioning from Cascade

As part of Optimize Puget Sound, the university is implementing software from Oracle PeopleSoft in stages. This means students, parents, faculty, and staff are seeing new ways to do many of the things once done in Cascade. Eventually, Cascade itself will be replaced by a new portal called myPugetSound. Read more about this conversion.

We appreciate everyone's patience and support during this time of transition!