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Payment Information

 

Obligations

The university requires payment of semester charges by 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to the start of each semester. These dates may be found on the Academic and Registration Calendar. Students have the following options:  

  • Pay balance to $500 or less by 5 pm on the payment deadline
  • Set up a payment plan
  • Ensure that sufficient financial aid and scholarships are authorized to cover the balance to $500 or less

Students who register for the term after the payment deadline, or who are dropped on the payment deadline date and re-register, have until 5 p.m., on Friday of the first week of the semester to make payment arrangements. Those who do not will be dropped from their classes.

 

Payment Methods

Payments can be made online by e-check (free) or by credit/debit card (plus a 2.85 percent convenience fee) through the Online Business Center. The University accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. In-person payments by cash or check can be made at the Cashier's Office which is located on the second floor of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center. We are unable to accept credit/debit card payments in person or by phone. 
 
Students have the option of authorizing parents, guardians, employers, etc., to make payments on their behalf, and to view current account information, through the Online Business Center. A student must give access before others are able to view account information or make an online payment on their behalf. 
 

UAFS offers payment plans for those who are unable to make full payment of their current charges. These plans will cover any eligible current semester charges that remain after financial aid has been applied. Please visit our Payment Plan page for details or call our office at 479-788-7060.

 

International Payments

UAFS has partnered with TransferMate, a leading cross-border payments provider, to offer an easy, economical, and secure International tuition payment option. Students and authorized users can pay through the TransferMate portal.
 
Payments may be mailed to:
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Cashier's Office
PO Box 3649
Fort Smith, AR 72913-3649

Be sure to include your student ID number on the payment.

 

Late Fees

Late fees are assessed during the semester. A $50 late fee may be assessed to any student who has an outstanding balance for registration-related fees after that semester's payment deadline drop date.

 

Financial Holds

An outstanding balance may prevent a student from pre-registering for any semester. A student must have a balance of no more than $200 or be on an approved payment plan for the current semester to participate in priority registrations. The University reserves the right to withhold transcripts or diplomas from any student who fails to pay their student account balance in full by the prescribed deadlines.

 

Returned Payments

Students whose payments are returned to the university as unpaid (for any reason) will be assessed a $30 returned payment fee.

 

Failure to Pay

If an account balance remains outstanding for 180 days after the end of the billing term with NO payment activity, the account may be forwarded to collections.
  • No services are provided to the student while the balance remains outstanding, including receipt of transcripts, diplomas, or further registration privileges at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
  • An outstanding balance with the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith never expires. To receive services at any time in the future, all outstanding charges must be paid in full. 
  • Failure to attend class and/or pay tuition does not constitute official withdrawal. Charges included by the student remain the student's obligation. A student must officially withdraw from courses to be eligible for a refund. 

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith offers several payment plan options, as well as financial aid counseling and support. Students who have financial concerns should contact UAFS Financial Aid and the Cashier's Office as quickly as possible to help avoid unnecessary charges and complications.