Dear Parent, Student or Family Member,
Students: Please share this information with whomever is involved in paying your educational expenses.
We are writing to share important information about the billing process, payment options and more important information regarding financial obligations at Lehigh. Please read this information in its entirety to ensure that you are prepared for the billing statement and are ready to fulfill your financial obligations for your educational expenses. Failure to comply with these obligations may result in you being dropped from courses or being placed on hold for registering for future semesters.
1. Billing statements: Will be sent online; Set up authorized user(s); Payment due January 3
Spring billing statements will be available on the e-Bill suite the week of December 12th. The bill for the Spring semester will be due on January 3rd, unless you are participating in the payment plan (see below for more information about this option).
IMPORTANT – Students need to add any individuals who will be assisting with tuition payments as an authorized user on the e-Bill suite. This should be completed by December 1st to ensure that all authorized users receive the Spring Semester billing notification. Authorized users will have their own log in credentials and are not permitted to log in using the student’s user ID and password.
Students and all authorized users will be notified via email when a new billing statement is available to view. This is the only method we will use to send billing statements.
2. Spring Semester Four Payment Plan (Optional): Application and 1st Payment due December 1st
The Four Payment Plan (4PP) option allows you to spread the semester's balance over four equal monthly installments. There is a $50 application fee to participate in the 4PP. If you choose to participate, the application along with the first installment payment is due December 1st. The application is not considered received/complete if the first installment payment is not received. Applications and payment received after the December 1st deadline will be subject to up to a $200 application fee.
Note: The 4PP application is due prior to the spring bill being sent and will be based on anticipated spring charges and credits. If a discrepancy exists after the billing statement is generated and aid is applied, any adjustments will be applied to the next scheduled installment payment. Please visit our website for instructions as well as FAQ’s.
3. Payment Options: Allow for adequate processing time to be received by the due date
Check/Online Check: Bills may be paid via check. Save time and money by taking advantage of the online check option available on the e-Bill Suite. Individuals who will be assisting with tuition payments must be added as an authorized user on the e-Bill suite by the student in order to have access to this option. There are no fees for this service. Paper checks, money order, or cashiers checks can be mailed to the Bursar’s Office. Be sure to give adequate time when mailing a paper check. Please include the student LIN on check payments. Checks received after the due day are subject to a $200 late fee.
529 Payments: If you are paying your balance with funds from a 529 account, you should request the check no later than two weeks prior to the bill due date. This will allow for adequate time for us to receive and process the payment. A $200.00 late fee may be assessed for a 529 payment that is not received by our due date. Please be sure to include the student’s name and Lehigh Identification Number (LIN) on the check.
Credit Card Payments: Credit card payments are accepted and are handled through PayPath, a tuition payment service. This service allows you to make real-time Credit or Debit card payments to your student account. PayPath accepts most major Credit/Debit cards for your convenience. PayPath will charge you a non-refundable service charge of 2.85% (minimum of $3.00) which will be added to your card payment. Lehigh University does not receive any portion of this service charge. Please note that Lehigh accepts the online check payment option free of charge.
Flywire (For International Students): Lehigh University has partnered with Flywire to offer our international students the ability to make international wire payments. Flywire allows you to pay securely from almost any country and any bank, generally in your home currency. Please visit our website for more information.
Financial Aid: Financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships or loans that you have been offered should be reflected on your billing statement. If you are receiving financial aid that is not reflected on the bill, you should review any outstanding requirements on your Lehigh Portal. If you are applying for additional loans to cover your outstanding balance, be sure to have all approvals in place prior to the bill due date to allow for processing by the financial aid office. If you have any financial aid or other resources that do not appear on your bill, you will be required to complete the Bursar Payment Worksheet by the billing due date, which allows you to account for financial aid that is not already accounted for on your invoice.
NOTE: Federal Aid will display as authorized or memo’ed aid on your bill. Prior to fall 2022, this aid was not reflected on your bill. Authorized or memo’ed aid were listed on the bill, but not subtracted from the Amount Due.
Any questions about financial aid eligibility or additional financing options should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid.
5. Refunds: Set up your bank account information to receive electronic refunds
In the event that your total credits (i.e. payments, financial aid, etc.) exceed your total billed expenses, you may be eligible to receive a refund. We process refunds using the E-refund process in the Ebill Suite. All STUDENTS (authorized users do not have this capability) should set up their information by selecting the “Electronic Refunds” icon under My Profile Setup in the Ebill Suite. You will have the option to use an existing ACH profile, or create a new one. Note: Refund profiles must be associated with a U.S. bank account and cannot be set up using a credit or debit card.
6. Meal Plan Changes: Recommended by December 1st
You are automatically assigned the meal plan you had during the fall 2022 semester. You may submit a change to your meal plan only if you plan to change or drop the meal plan you had during the fall semester.
Meal plan changes made prior to December 1 will be reflected in your spring billing statement. Meal plan changes made after December 1 may not be reflected in your original semester bill. If the change results in additional charges to your account, the amount is due immediately. You may be placed on hold, possibly delaying your registration process, until the balance is paid in full.
7. GoldPLUS: Recommended by December 1st for availability by start of classes
Students can choose to add money to their Gold PLUS account by logging into Banner via Connect Lehigh. GoldPLUS funds can be added throughout the year and you can use a credit or debit card or elect to charge your Bursar account. For more information about using GoldPLUS, visit the GoldPLUS Office website.
Any GoldPLUS additions made after December 1st may not be effective by the time you return to campus. Any GoldPLUS funds added as a charge to your bursar account after December 1 may not be reflected in your spring billing statement and will be due immediately. You may be placed on hold, possibly delaying your registration process, until the balance is paid in full.
We hope you find this information helpful in your financial planning for the semester. If you have any further questions that are not addressed in this email, you can visit our website for more information. You can also contact us via email at email@example.com, live chat (available during normal business hours) or by calling us at 610-758-3160.