Phone: (518) 861-2507
Student Bill Payment
There are many funding sources and our Student Financial Services Office is here to help you. Registering for courses means you are obligated to pay the tuition and fees associated with those courses, and all students are strongly encouraged to set up a payment plan at the beginning of the semester with Student Financial Services (located in the Main Building).
One way we provide a service to students is by helping students determine the best way to fund their education. Our experience has shown that when students have a financial plan to fund their education, they reduce overall stress and anxiety and can better focus on their academics.
Often the first step is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Not only does the FAFSA provide access to this federal aid, but it often opens up other pathways to other loan and scholarship programs. If you haven’t already completed your FAFSA for the current school year, please do so. Applying takes approximately 10 minutes, so even if you do not think you qualify for financial aid, please complete the FAFSA.
Another funding option available to students is our flexible, monthly payment plans that can be tailored to your needs and can accommodate any budget. Please reach out to the Student Financial Services Office by phone at (518) 861-2586 or email SFS@mariacollege.edu for more information on our payment plan options.
Payment plans are an important step to enrolling at Maria. Failing to establish a payment arrangement to cover your balance; this includes financial aid, Nelnet payment plan or a combination of the two, may result in you being administratively dropped from all courses the Friday before the start of the semester. This may also result in a hold on your account that prevents you from registering for courses the next semester, requesting a copy of your transcript, or receiving your diploma until your late amount is paid in full or set up on a monthly payment plan.
Nelnet Payment Plans
Initial set-up fee: $25
Payment terms: This could vary depending on your individual plan. Payments are drafted on either the 5th or the 20th of the month (your choice).
Interest rate: No interest charged
The steps for setting up a payment plan agreement through Nelnet are as follows:
1. Log onto: https://www.mariacollege.edu and click on MyMaria (top of the page)
2. Click on View Details in the My Finances box
3. Click on Make a Payment (yellow tab)
If you have not logged into the portal previously, it will ask you to review your contact information and add a phone number to set up your account.
Once in the Nelnet portal, you will see your current balance, the option to make a payment or set up a payment plan. The Nelnet portal is also where you can see your current balance, view/print your billing statement and set up direct deposit as is required for all student refunds.
This will bring you to the payment site, from here you will be able see your balance and set up a payment plan through Nelnet’s system. Your monthly payment amount may be adjusted if you incur additional charges, such as textbook rentals, late fees, or other charges. Students on payment plans remain subject to other financial policies of Maria College, including late fees and refund policies. You can stop participating in the Payment Plan program at any time by submitting a written request to the Office of the Bursar along with full payment for any amount remaining on your student account. Maria College reserves the right to not offer the Payment Plan program to any student who has previously failed to make payments according to their agreed upon payment schedule or had their student account balance assigned to a debt collector.
If you have any additional questions or concerns about your financial obligations, please contact the Student Financial Services Office by email at SFS@mariacollege.edu or by phone at (518) 861-2586.
Failing to pay your student account as scheduled may result in Maria College charging you late fees and placing a hold on your student account. If your student account becomes past due, you will be charged a $25 late fee every month until the late amount owed is paid in full or set up on a monthly payment plan.
In addition to a late fee, students with past due accounts will not be eligible to register for classes, request copies of their transcript, or receive their diploma until the late amount owed is paid in full. If you are struggling to make payments as scheduled, we encourage you to contact the Office of the Bursar to discuss the options available to you. For students who receive federal financial aid and owe a balance on their student account, Maria College is authorized to apply up to $200 of current semester funds towards a student’s unpaid balance for tuition and fees for the prior semester. Students who wish to apply a greater amount of current semester funds towards an existing unpaid balance must visit or contact the Office of the Bursar to discuss their options.