Here are the top 5 financial things to know as an international student studying at University of Illinois at Urbana, Chicago, or Springfield:
1. Know the due date for tuition & fees.
Generally, payment is due on student account balances on the 28th of each month. Tuition & fees for fall are due September 28th while spring tuition and fees are due February 28th. For any changes to due dates, check University Bursar's website.
2. Payment plans can spread out college costs.
By enrolling in a payment plan, you can spread out payments past the due date without accruing late fees.
Payment plans require a US bank account.
Your bank routing & account number is required for enrollment. Your debit card number is NOT your routing and account number.
3. Understand ways to pay tuition & fees.
There are several ways to pay the University:
- International Wire Transfer Payments by Flywire
- Online with e-check (requires US Bank routing & account numbers) or credit card
- By mail with check from a U.S. bank; check must include your name and University Identification Number (UIN)
- In-person (check or money order only)
4. The University does NOT accept cash payments.
Carrying around a lot of cash can be dangerous. Therefore, the University does not accept cash payments. Plan to use one of the methods mentioned above to pay your tuition and fees.
5. Authorized Payers can ask about your student account.
Set up your parent or guardian as an Authorized Payer before the semester starts.
FERPA is a federal law that prohibits the University from discussing your education information with anyone unless you have given explicit permission to do so.
To learn more about money this year, check out the University of Illinois Financial Literacy Digital Badges Program.
Questions about your student account? Contact University Bursar.
Questions about personal finance or money more generally? Contact SMMC.