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Tuition Payment with Financial Aid

Tuition and Billing Payment Options

Financial aid is posted to your student account and used to pay tuition and other student account charges. If there is a remaining balance, a refund will be issued.

  • For students who have accepted financial aid and it is sufficient to cover tuition charges, financial aid will automatically pay tuition charges and no action is necessary.
  • For students with accepted financial aid that is insufficient to cover tuition charges, the payment deadline is extended. 

For tuition due dates, visit Tuition Dates and Deadlines.

If financial aid is not awarded and accepted by the tuition due date, tuition charges must be paid to avoid automatic enrollment in the ASU Payment Plan and assessment of the non-refundable tuition installment plan fee of $100 for resident students and $200 for nonresident students.

Class enrollment completes the registration process. If you decide not to attend classes, you must officially withdraw from the University. Classes will be held even if aid becomes unavailable or is inadequate to pay all tuition and fees. Registration will not be automatically cancelled during the tuition refund period.

Refunds by Direct Deposit

Financial aid in excess of institutional charges is refunded to the student. Direct deposit to your bank account is available and is the most convenient way to receive student account refunds, including financial aid. To enroll in direct deposit:

  1. Sign in to My ASU.
  2. Select the Finances tab at the top of the page.
  3. Then select Direct Deposit Enrollment link in the Tuition Profile box on the right side of the page.

View the Direct deposit FAQs to learn about enrollment online and direct deposit in general.  If you choose to enroll in direct deposit in person, please fill out the Direct Deposit Authorization form and bring it to the Student Accounts office. For students not enrolled in student account direct deposit, refunds are made by check and mailed to the student's address. Direct deposit enrollment verification takes two weeks. If a refund becomes available before your direct deposit enrollment has been verified, a paper check will be issued and sent to your mailing address on file.

Taxability of Scholarships and Fellowships

Scholarships, grants, fellowships and stipends (but not loan funds) are taxable income to the recipient, except for the portion of these funds used for tuition, registration, other University fees, and books, supplies and equipment required for the courses being taken. Special tax regulations also apply to non-resident alien students and may require withholding of taxes at the time of aid disbursement to these individuals. Information on the taxability of scholarships can be obtained from the following IRS publications and forms:  Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, Pub 519 - U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens, Form 1040EZ and instructions - Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers with no dependents, Form 1040 NR and Instructions - U.S. Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return.  These publications and forms can be obtained from the Internal Revenue Service at their toll free number 1-800-829-FORM. These publications and forms can also be viewed at

Paying for Past Due Charges with Future Semesters Financial Aid

Federal financial aid will not pay prior year past due charges. To view your account charges and make a payment online:

  1. Sign in to My ASU.
  2. Select the Finances tab at the top of the page. 

Additional payment options are available. Please contact the Collections Office at 480-965-5220 with questions about unpaid balances.

Financial Assistance Withdrawal Policy

Individual circumstances may require complete withdrawal from the university. The outcome of complete withdrawal on your financial aid depends on when the complete withdrawal is initiated and the types of financial aid you received. In all cases, your financial aid must be recalculated.

Official Complete Withdrawal

Federal regulations require the recalculation of Title IV financial aid in cases where a student received financial aid and officially withdrew on or before the point at which 60% of the semester has lapsed. If a return of aid is required, ASU returns the unearned portion of Title IV financial aid funds to federal programs on behalf of the student. Any return of financial aid funds made by the university will be charged to the student's university account. Payment to the university will be due on demand. Federal financial aid Title IV funds include:

  • the Federal Pell Grant
  • the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • the Federal Perkins loan
  • the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP)
  • the Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
  • the Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART)
  • the Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Student Loans and the Federal PLUS Loan

Students who withdraw prior to the first day of the semester and who have received a financial aid disbursement are not entitled to keep those funds. The student's university account will be charged. One hundred percent of the funds disbursed must be returned to ASU.

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