Verified Payment Source Guidelines 

Purpose of Verified Payment Source: To plan and confirm how you will pay for tuition and fees for the semester. Verified payment Source for tuition and fees must be confirmed with the Bursar and Cashier Office prior to registration by the assigned due date. If verified payment source is not confirmed by the due date, then it must be confirmed with the Bursar and Cashier Office within 48 business hours after registration. Confirmation can be made by contacting the Bursar and Cashier Office by email, phone, or making an appointment.

Spring 2021 Term Deadline- December 18, 2020 (After the deadline, verification is due 48 business hours after registering for courses). 

Why Verifying how you will pay for tuition and fees is important?

  1. Having a financial plan
  2. How to not have a remaining balance before the next term registration opens.
  3. Exploring payment options
  4. Being prepared
  5. Understanding your financial responsibility
  6. Avoid Financial Hold(s)

 Verified Payment Source is considered to be any of the following?

  • Payment in Full 
  • Payment Plan
  • Financial Aid
  • CSU Scholarship(s)
  • Private Scholarship payment
  • Veterans Using Ch 33 or 31
  • Employer/Third Party Payment

Financial Aid

  1. Financial aid awarded and accepted by the tuition due date.
  2. If selected for verification, ensure that all missing requirements are complete.


  1. Chicago State and/or Chicago State Foundation scholarships be awarded.
  2. Private scholarship payments must be applied by the tuition due date.  A letter can be sent to the Bursar and Cashier office confirming that you were awarded an outside scholarship including the amount.

Veterans Using CH 33 or 31

With the submission of a Veterans Enrollment Certification Request (VECR) prior to registering for classes, classes will be held and the funds received from the Department of Veteran Affairs

(VA) will be credited to the student's account. The college will not impose a penalty, or require the beneficiary to

borrow additional funds to students responsible for paying any balance remaining after benefits have been credited, should benefit eligibility not be covered at 100% level.

Employer / Third Party Payment

If a student’s employer or a third party is paying for your classes and should be billed directly, a letter from the company or organization is required by the tuition due date to hold your classes. The letter must be on company letterhead and include contact name, company address, and classes covered for the student.                              

Payment in Full

Pay your term balance in full by the tuition due date. Payment can be made through Cougar Connect-My Info tab-

Payment Plan Enrollment

Chicago State University offers an interest-free monthly payment plan to distribute your education expenses over time instead of one large payment. There is a $50 enrollment fee and automatic payments are required.

Payment Plan Options:

5 monthly payments from Dec 10th  to April 10th(enroll 11/16-12/10)

4 monthly payments from Jan 10th to April 10th (enroll 11/16-1/10)

3 monthly payments from Feb 10th to April 10th (enroll 11/16-2/10)

2 monthly payments from March 10th to April 10th (Enroll 2/11-3/10)