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Paying for College

It is never too early to start creating your financial plan. A community college education is the most affordable of all sectors of higher education. 80% of Onondaga students are eligible for some form of financial aid but it is important for you to prepare for all the costs of attending college.

Steps to creating a financial plan:

  1. Review the total cost of attending Onondaga
  2. Review your current financial resources
  3. Apply for  financial aid early!  Fill out a FAFSA online and apply for New York State TAP at least 8 weeks from the start of a semester to give you time to make the necessary adjustments or payments.
  4. When your financial aid and/or other payments to your student account exceeds what you owe the college, you will have a financial aid refund. Financial aid refunds may not be available to you at the start of the semester, so create a budget and be prepared to cover the initial educational expenses for the first few weeks on your own.  Most refunds are available around the sixth week of classes unless a student is in a course that begins after the first day of regular classes.  
  5. If you need to finance your entire or partial payment to the College, consider using our payment plan which allows for monthly installments
  6. Prepare a budget for books and other expenses
  7. Stick to a budget! 

 

Payment Methods

Payment Plan

To help you meet your expenses at Onondaga, we are pleased to offer an interest-free payment plan by partnering with Nelnet Business Solutions. This convenient monthly budget plan gives you two options for making monthly payments: You can make automatic bank payments, or you can charge payments to your MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover Card.  There is a $33.00 non-refundable enrollment fee per semester for the Nelnet payment plan of which $25 is paid to Nelnet Business Solutions for processing costs, and the remainder is paid to OCC to fund administrative expenses related to offering this service. 

The deadlines to enroll in the payment plan are as follows. Please note that the required down payment and the number of monthly payments vary depending upon when you enroll in the plan. 

Fall 2014 e-Cashier available on April 7, 2014
Enroll online by Required down payment Number of payments Months of payments
July 8
none 4 July - Oct
Aug 6
25% 3 Aug - Oct
Aug 24
33% 2 Sept - Oct

Spring 2015  e-Cashier available on November 17, 2014
Enroll online by Required down payment Number of payments Months of payments
Dec 6 none 4 Dec-Mar
Jan 6 25% 3 Jan-Mar
Jan 20 33% 2 Feb and Mar

 

Summer 2015  e-Cashier available on November 17, 2014
Enroll online by Required down payment Number of payments Months of payments
Apr 7 none 3 Apr-June
May 6 33% 2 May & June

NOTE: All down payments are processed immediately!

For further details, download the the Fall 2014, Spring & Summer 2015 Automatic Payment Plan brochure.

Enroll in the payment plan via e-Cashier.

Note: All down payments are processed immediately!

Pay in Full

If you choose to pay in full, tuition payments may be made in several ways.

How to Make a Payment in Full  

Payment Policies

  • Review your responsibilities in the  Financial Responsibility Agreement.  Returned Checks will incur a thirty three dollar fee, and will require tuition payment by cash or cashier's check.
  • Onondaga Community College has a first available funds policy which states that deferred tuition and fees will be collected from the first source of financial aid to be credited to the student's account. For example: if tuition and fees are deferred under TAP and PELL but a student loan comes in first, the balance due will be deducted from the student loan. A refund check will be issued for the remainder of any aid (loans, PELL, TAP), if any, that may exist after payment of all outstanding charges. Students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit otherwise a paper check will be issued.

Payment Deadlines

Please Note: The Student Accounts Office will not cancel registrations for students who fail to make payment. Students must drop their courses before the semester begins to cancel tuition and fee charges.

Payment in full for tuition & fees for the semester is due the Friday before the semester begins.  Students who fail to make full payment, enroll in the payment plan, or obtain proper deferral with the Student Accounts Office will have a financial hold placed on their record on the first day of classes. The financial hold will prevent the student from making schedule changes or obtaining official college records (transcripts, diplomas, etc.). Accounts that remain unpaid will have late payment fees assessed every thirty (30) days until the account is paid in full. Online payment is always available at http://pay.sunyocc.edu.

Failure to pay tuition or attend classes does not relieve you of your registration or financial obligation. Classes must be officially dropped in accordance with refund schedule to have tuition charges adjusted.

Official transcripts, grades and diplomas will be withheld if you have overdue library books or outstanding financial or other obligations to the College.  In addition, you will not be allowed to register for a subsequent semester.  Past due balances must be paid by cash, credit card, money order or certified check. 

It is the responsibility of the student to provide the college with a valid mailing address and notify the college promptly of any change of mailing address.