How and Where to Pay

Payment Methods

Electronic Payments

Electronic Payment is available 24 hours a day with immediate credit to the student’s account. Online E-check payments can be made using your checking/savings account information with no additional fees. Western also accepts online credit card payments with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Please note, an additional 2.75% convenience fee will be added to the payment transaction.  To make a payment now, click on the Make a Payment icon located on the right sidebar. Parents or other third parties making online payments to the student account must be set up as an Authorized User by the student in order to access student account information.

It can take up to 5 business days for your check payment to clear your bank. If your bank rejects your payment, for ANY reason (i.e. NSF, incorrect account information, etc.), your student account will be assessed a $25 returned check fee, and a $50 returned check fee for each subsequent rejected check payment. Your student account may also be subject to late fees and interest, and a student account hold, if a rejected payment causes the balance to remain unpaid after late fee assessment day.

Payments by Mail

Please send check payments to:

Western Washington University
516 High St.
Bellingham, WA 98225

Allow seven to ten business days for mail to reach Western. Payments are credited when received, not when mailed.

  • Write your WWU ID number on the check and make it payable to WWU
  • Canadian checks must be made payable in U.S. funds
  • Returned checks are subject to a $25 fee for the first returned check and a $50 fee for each subsequent returned check.

In Person Payments

Note: In conjunction with the university’s response to COVID-19, our lobby is currently closed to the public. 

Pay in Person at the Student Business Online, located in Old Main 110 (9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays). 

Cash, check or debit card payments are the only accepted forms of payment in the Student Business Online.

International Payments

Western Washington University has partnered with Western Union Business Solutions to offer students an easy way to make international payments. The preferred payment process for an international student to pay their tuition and fees is through International Funds Transfer via Foreign Currency payment. This option allows you to pay your student fees in the currency of your choice in an efficient, secure and inexpensive manner.

Financial Aid

All aid types, except private lender loans received as a check made payable to the student, will be applied to current quarter charges on the student’s account. Only after University charges have been paid will a refund of excess aid be given to the student. If a student incurs additional registration charges after financial aid has been applied to their account, the student is responsible for paying the additional charges by the tuition due date.

Miscellaneous charges to a student’s account, such as bookstore purchases, ID Card fee and health center charges will not be paid by financial aid unless a student signs a form authorizing the University to use financial aid to pay these miscellaneous charges. Fill out the Authorization to Apply Financial Aid Funds form, available online or at the Student Business Online, to allow financial aid to pay these charges.

Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET)

GET is Washington state’s 529 prepaid college tuition program. It is governed by federal IRS rules and Washington State law (RCW 28B.95). With GET, you save money by prepaying part or all of your child’s college tuition costs now, to avoid paying higher costs in the future. The State of Washington guarantees that the value of your account will keep pace with the cost of resident undergraduate tuition and state-mandated fees at the most expensive public university in Washington.

Requesting GET Payments

After the GET program has approved your disbursement request, WWU will apply the funds to the students account to pay tuition, fees or housing charges.

Please allow 14 days for your disbursement to apply to the student account.

For more information or questions regarding your GET account, please contact the GET program:

1-800-955-2318 (toll-free)
360-753-7803 (Olympia, Washington)
Fax:  360-704-6200

Due Dates, Late Fees and Interest

Tuition, mandatory fees, course fees, on-campus housing charges and meal plan charges are due on the first day of each term. Payment is late after the first day of the term and subject to late fees if all charges are not paid by the 15th of each month.

Any changes made after the first day of the term to a student’s account where additional tuition charges, mandatory fees, course fees, meal plan adjustments, or housing charges are due immediately.  Additional charges that are not paid in full by the 15th of the month will be assessed a $40 late fee.

Miscellaneous charges such as Bookstore purchases, medical service charges, ID card replacement and others; have a 30-day payment due date. Miscellaneous charges remaining unpaid after 30-days are considered past due and are subject to late fees and interest.

Late fees and interest are assessed after the close of business on the 15th of each month.  A late fee of $40 and a 1% interest charge will be assessed to all past due accounts monthly.

The 2020-2021 Due Dates and Late Fee Assessment Dates are:

Term Tuition & Housing Due Date Late Fee Assessment Day
Fall September 23 October 15
Winter January 5 January 15
Spring March 30 April 15
Summer June 22 July 15

Miscellaneous charges are past due after 30 days.

Using Western Account Online

Logging into your Western Account Online

Students – Log in through your MyWestern account; select the Student tab; select Student Records; select Western Account Online

Authorized Users – Log in beginning from Western’s home page; scroll to the bottom of the page and select Pay Bills.

  • If a student created an “Authorized Payer” for you, enter the Authorized User ID Login and Password provided by the student.
  • If you do not know or forgot your Authorized Payer ID or Password, you can either reset it using the Forgot Password  link, or contact your student to reset your Password.

Viewing Online Statements

Students will receive email notifications at their WWU email address when their newest statement is available to be viewed. Authorized Users will receive notifications at their specified email address. The newest statements will appear in the “Your Bills” section.

The billing statement reflects account activity up to the date of the statement. Check Current Activity Detail for up to the minute charges/payments to your student account.

Note: Mac users will need to download and install Adobe Reader to view the statement PDF’s. Other PDF viewers may have trouble displaying the statements.

Using Saved Payment Methods

When entering payment details on the ACH (eCheck) or credit card payment sites, you may choose to have the site save your payment information for future use by entering a name for the payment method at the bottom left of that page. Saved payment methods are only available to the account in which they were created; students cannot make payments using saved payment methods from Authorized Payers on their account and vice-versa.

If the student updates the Authorized Payer’s account information (such as password or email address), the saved payment methods will be removed, ensuring the security of your payment information.