Students may view their official UW Billing statement containing their current balance and other student account activity at any time by logging into their MyUW account. Students are responsible for paying tuition fees in full by the tuition due date, regardless of whether or not you received a tuition email notice.
The tuition due date is always the third Friday of each quarter. The 2020-2021 due dates are as follows:
October 16, 2020
January 22, 2021
April 16, 2021
July 9, 2021 (all terms)
Important: The Cashier's Office will only accept payments for tuition and fees for the current academic quarter. Due to banking requirements, funds submitted in excess of outstanding balances may result in the payment being rejected and returned to the payer in its entirety. Excess payments may be rejected even if the extra funds are intended for use for books, off-campus housing, or other living expenses.
$500.00 Cash Limit: In an effort to promote student safety, UW Tacoma Cashier's Office will no longer accept cash payments greater than $500. Personal checks and cashier's/bank checks will still be accepted. Or payment can be made online with a web check (no service fee) or credit/debit card (service fees are applied) via MyUW.
UW Tacoma does not accept foreign deposits (checks from non-U.S. banks) even when they are drawn in U.S. dollars (USD). Foreign checks, money orders, cashier's checks, drafts or currency presented for deposit that were not issued by a bank in the United States, including Canada, are considered a foreign item.
How Payments and Financial Aid are Applied to Your Account
Payments are applied to charges on your tuition account in order of the charge due dates. For charges with the same due date, payments are applied first to tuition and related University fees and then to other charges on your account. You may request that a payment be applied to a specific charge when paying in person at the Cashier's Office. If making an online payment you can email email@example.com to request your payment be applied to a specific charge on your tuition statement.
Web Check (FREE ONLINE!)
Tuition and related charges may be paid online using your checking or savings account. A Web Check payment results in an electronic debit of your bank account. After the Web Check payment has been posted to your student account, it will be sent to your bank for processing. Depending on your bank, the transaction could take from one (1) to ten (10) business days to be deducted from your bank account. While the transaction can take up to ten days, payments post to your student account immediately and there is no fee for this service. Before making a payment, verify your account and routing number, and that your bank allows electronic debiting of your account.
If your payment is returned as unpaid by your bank for any reason, your student account will be assessed a returned item fee of $25. Late payment fees may be added if the returned item causes the account not to be paid by the tuition due date. Student Fiscal Services reserves the right to disable the ability to use Web Check due to returned items.
Payments may be returned by banks for many reasons including:
lack of sufficient funds
the use of an incorrect or invalid bank routing or account number
the account has been closed or frozen
the account is a non-transaction account
the bank does not participate in automated clearing house (ACH) transactions
Need help making your webcheck payment? Watch the video and learn how it works.
Paying Student Account Charges by Debit or Credit Card (Online Only)
Tuition and fees can only be paid by debit or credit card online. To make a payment, sign into your MyUW and select the "Credit Card Payment" option.
University of Washington - Tuition
P.O. Box 3981
Seattle, WA 98124-3981
Scholarship checks should be sent via US MAIL* to:
University of Washington - Scholarships
PO Box 24967
Seattle, WA 98124-5871
*The P.O. Box can take regular mail, but cannot receive parcel service, such as FedEx, UPS or DHL.
UW Tacoma does not accept foreign deposits even when they are drawn in US Dollars (USD). Foreign checks, money orders, cashier's checks, drafts or currency presented for deposit that were not issued by a bank in the United States, including Canada, are considered a foreign item.
Make your check payable to "UW Tacoma." Your 7 digit student number must be clearly written on your check. If your name is not printed on the check, write it on the front of the check. If you don’t know your student number, write your social security number on a piece of paper and enclose this with your check. The paper will be securely disposed of after your student number is located.
Also note if the payment is for tuition, UW Housing or a Short Term Student Loan Payment.
Payments must be received by the due date. Payments received after the due date will be subject to late charges and/or holds on your academic records.
Pay by Drop Box
NOTE: DROP BOXES ARE CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS.
Payments can be placed in the drop boxes located in CAR 400 or outside DOU 176. All drop boxes are stocked with pre-labeled envelopes. Place your check, made payable to UWT, into the envelope and be sure to provide the information requested on the label. All envelopes are stored securely in the drop boxes.
A late fee will not be assessed to payments placed in the drop box by the due date.
Pay in Person
NOTE: CAR 400 IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AT THIS TIME.
The Cashier's Office window in Carlton 400 using cash, check, cashier's/bank check, or money order only.
In an effort to promote student safety, UW Tacoma Cashier's Office does not accept cash payments greater than $500.00. Personal checks and cashiers/bank checks will still be accepted.
University policy does NOT permit in-person use of credit/debit cards for tuition or other student account charges. These payment types can only be used online via MyUW. See Pay Online tab above.
PAY IN INSTALLMENTS WITH THE UW TACOMA TUITION PAYMENT PLAN
The Tuition Payment Plan option allows students to pay their quarterly tuition in three installments.
The tuition due dates are always the first, third and fifth Fridays of the quarter.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PAYMENTS
International students have options to make their tuition payments by wire transfer. Contact Student Fiscal Services with any questions or for assistance at 206-543-4694.
Reminder: UW Tacoma does not accept foreign deposits (checks from non US Banks) even when they are drawn in US Dollars (USD). Foreign checks, money orders, cashier's checks, drafts or currency presented for deposit that were not issued by a bank in the United States, including Canada, are considered a foreign item. Students are encouraged to use the International Wire Transfer for making their tuition payments.
SCHOLARSHIP CHECK, VOUCHER, EMPLOYER AND GOVERNMENT AGENCY PAYMENTS
The UW Tacoma Cashier's office cannot process these types of indirect payments. This includes business checks from a non family related business account. These checks must be processed as scholarship checks for tax-reporting purposes. If you are a student who is having their tuition paid via an employer, scholarship, loan or government-issued check or voucher, please go to Student Fiscal Services Scholarships.
Sending these payments to the UW Tacoma Cashier's Office will only delay processing and may result in late fees, as checks need to be rerouted to Seattle.
Contact Student Fiscal Services with any questions or for assistance at 206-543-4694 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GUARANTEED EDUCATION TUITION (GET)
GET is an IRS 529 Qualified Tuition Program that allows you to prepay for a student's college tuition today. It is guaranteed by the state for tuition payment in the future even if state university tuition charges increase and may be used at nearly any public or private college in the U.S.
Washington guarantees that 100 GET units will cover one year of full-time, undergraduate, resident tuition and state-mandated fees at the most expensive state public university. You may buy from 1 to 500 units for college tuition payments. Students may use 125 GET units in a year plus any unused units from a prior year. More information about GET is available on the UW Seattle Student Fiscal Services (SFS) site.
Note for UW Tacoma students: Because UW Seattle controls student accounts for all three campuses, UW Tacoma is not listed as an option on the GET website. You will need to select UW Seattle.
If you see a “CR” on your tuition statement (e.g. $17.00CR) this means there is a credit balance. Contact Student Fiscal Services for a refund. Do not pay if your balance shows a "CR".
If you do not pay your tuition by the tuition due date, you will be assessed a late payment charge based on the amount of your outstanding balance.
For past due balances of $250 and above, the late fee is $120.
For balances between $50 - $249.99, the late fee is $50.
There is no late payment charge for balances under $50.
Failure to pay your outstanding balance may result in a hold on your academic records and/or your account being referred to an outside collection agency, which will add additional charges.
For more information regarding late payments, contact Student Fiscal Services.
STUDENT ACCOUNT INFORMATION RELEASE
You can authorize someone else to pay your tuition by following the Information Release Authorization link after signing into your MyUW account and viewing your tuition statement.
UW will not release your tuition or loan account information to others, including your parents or spouse, unless you complete an online authorization information release. This is to protect your privacy.