Info for Parents Counselors

Wondering about Fall 2018 billing information?

Prior to the start of each semester, you should review the information below as it will help you understand the billing information provided to you by the university.   

Fall 2018 billing will post to Bill + Payment by July 6th with payment arrangements due August 15th. 

Using a 529 Savings Plan for payment?  No worries!  We know it can take a bit of time to get the funds requested and issued so you may not meet our payment deadline.  Please send a message to sfs@pugetsound.edu to let us know if this is the case.  We will make a note on your student's account regarding this payment arrangement.

Students who have not made financial arrangements or communicated about special arrangements by the initial payment deadline each semester will be charged a nonrefundable $200 late payment confirmation fee.

If you anticipate a problem meeting the payment deadline, please contact Student Financial Services (SFS) at sfs@pugetsound.edu to make special arrangements.  

Below is common information the 529 plan may need:

  • Check payable to University of Puget Sound, include Puget Sound ID or student name on the memo line.
  • Mail to:  University of Puget Sound, Student Financial Services, 1500 N. Warner St. #1039 Tacoma, WA 98416-1039.

Meal Plans

Only students can add or change meal plans, they can do so within myPugetSound beginning June 1st for fall billing.  The opportunity to select a different type of meal plan or to purchase an optional meal plan is available to students in myPugetSound until the tenth day of the semester. 

  • Ask your student if they need to change or add a meal plan prior to paying.  Billing will update the next day, after a meal plan is changed or added.
  • Parents and Student Financial Services staff are not able to purchase a meal plan on a student's behalf, the student must do this themselves.
  • Meal plans must be selected or changed each semester.  If you do not wish to use the Medium Meal Plan be sure to change it, the plan from fall does not roll over as the meal plan used for spring.

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 unless they change the plan via myPugetSound each semester.   It will take 24 hours for any changes or additions to show up in the "View Account Activity" section of Bill+Payment system. See more information on meal plans.

Dining Dollars can be purchased after tenth day if a student is running low on meal plan funds.  Students can add dining dollars in $25 increments by logging into myPugetSound.  The charge will be applied to your student account the following business day.

Payment Options

All students must submit payment in full or confirm plan for payment (with loans or payment plans secured) by August 15th for fall semester and January 15th for spring semester.  The initial payment deadline for each semester is extremely important as it is a strong indicator of whether a student is planning to take courses for which they have enrollment, that semester. 

  • The $200 Late Payment Confirmation Fee is applied to accounts that have not met the initial payment deadline each semester, this fee holds the student's enrollment for the upcoming semester.  This is only applied in August or January each year (initial payment deadline for fall and spring semesters). 

Puget Sound offers several options for payment. Payment may be made by electronic check, check or cash and credit cards.

Credit Cards are subject to a service fee of 2.85% or $3.00, whichever is greater, this cannot be waived or refunded.  NOTE:  Debit cards with a credit card logo can be used and will also be subject to the service fee which cannot be waived or refunded under any circumstance.  If you want to use a debit card for payment, we recommend submitting payment via electronic check to avoid paying the service fee as it cannot be waived.

1.  Payment in full

Payment for each semester's balance due must be paid in full by the payment deadline; August 15 for fall and January 15 for spring.  

  • Be sure to check the account balance monthly (watch for our SFS monthly statement emails) to pay for additional fees that may be added throughout the semester. 
  • Accounts with new charges added to the account that are not paid by the 15th of each month will be charged a $25 late fee each month payment is not received.

2.  Payment Plans - Available July 6th, 2018

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 August 15th with additional payments due the 15th of each month.  A $25 late fee will be charged for monthly installments not paid in full and payments not received by the due date. 

NOTE: You must sign up for the payment plan each semester, the presence of a payment plan from a prior semester does not add one to your account for a future semester.

Students or Authorized Users must enroll for payment plans through Bill+Payment. 

3.  Parent PLUS Loans

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.

  • Apply for your 2018-19 PLUS Loan once fall billing has posted.  Remember to borrow enough to cover the amount of the loan origination fee.  See more information on Parent PLUS Loans.  Contact sfs@pugetsound.edu if you need assistance confirming the amount you should borrow.

Requesting Refunds from Financial Aid Credit

When your financial aid exceeds the amount billed to your student account, you may request a refund of the credit balance.  Refunds can be requested by emailing sfs@pugetsound.edu.  Refunds cannot be processed until the first day of the semester.

Puget Sound can direct deposit refunds electronically, to your bank account if you set up an eRefund profile in Bill + Payment.  Select the following link for the steps required to set up an eRefund profile.

Withdrawal or Changes to Enrollment (Please Review!!)

Have to withdraw from the university or drop enrollment after classes start?  You may be eligible for tuition charge adjustments based on the official withdrawal date as provided by the Office of the Registrar. 
Please review the full details of Puget Sound's Tuition Adjustment Policy.

Questions?

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

Need Help?

For help accessing myPugetSound, please contact the Technology Service Desk at 253.879.8585 orĀ servicedesk@pugetsound.edu.

For questions related to your account, contact Student Financial Services at 253.879.3214 or sfs@pugetsound.edu.