Chatham University

Office of Student Accounts

+Tuition & Fees

A comprehensive schedule of tuition and fees is available at the following link on the University website under Financial Information 2016-2017, http://www.chatham.edu/tuitionfee.

+Payment of Expenses

Term Invoice

The Student Accounts Office will mail term invoices to registered students approximately a month prior to the start of each semester. The term invoice will list anticipated charges and credits based on the student’s status at the time of invoicing and are subject to change. A student must be financially cleared by the published tuition due date for any balance due on the term invoice. Financial clearance is the final step in the registration process and may be obtained by paying the balance due in full, or by enrolling in a University- approved payment program. Payment by check or money order should be made payable to Chatham University and addressed to Chatham University, Office of Student Accounts, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Payment by credit card is available online through the student portal or by completing the appropriate remittance attached to the invoice. There is a 2% processing fee on the total payment amount for all credit card and debit card transactions. This is true for payments completed on the portal as well as in the office. Credit cards accepted are MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. Failure to financially clear by the tuition due date listed on the term invoice will result in a late financial clearance fee.

Monthly Account Statement

The Student Accounts Office will mail monthly account statements to students around the first of each month. The statement shows all University charges and credits for the previous month, as well as any unpaid financial obligation to the University. Payment by check or money order should be made payable to Chatham University and addressed to Chatham University, Office of Student Accounts, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Payment by credit card is available online through the student portal or by completing the appropriate remittance attached to the Account Statement. There is a 2% processing fee on the total payment amount for all credit card and debit card transactions. This is true for payments completed on the portal as well as in the office. Credit cards accepted are MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. Failure to pay the amount due by the due date listed on the statement will result in a late payment fee.

+Past Due Accounts

A student account is considered past due when a scheduled payment is not paid by the required due date. The following actions may be taken against any student with a past due account:

  • Place the student on financial hold
  • Withdraw all charging privileges
  • Withhold grades
  • Withhold transcripts
  • Withhold statement of transfer in good standing
  • Cancel dining hall privileges
  • Request that a student vacate campus housing
  • Withhold the ability to register for future terms
  • Cancel the student's current registration at the University
  • Withhold receipt of the degree
  • Withhold participation in graduation ceremonies
  • Garnish work-study wages
  • Place the account into collections; charging the student all related collection costs and reporting the default to all national credit bureaus and other appropriate non-campus organizations.

+Optional Tuition Programs

Tuition Payment Plan

The Chatham University Tuition Payment Plan is a semester based, interest-free payment program that allows students to finance tuition and fees over four monthly installments for the spring and fall semesters and two monthly payments for the summer semester. Designed to ease the burden of paying for college, this payment program helps many students pay the balance due each semester that is not covered by financial aid assistance. Additional information is sent to students each semester with their term invoice. To enroll in the Tuition Payment Plan, a student must be registered for classes and be in good financial standing with the university.

Corporate Payment Options

Chatham University is pleased to offer several corporate related payment options. These payment options are available for any student employed at a company offering tuition assistance benefits. Payment options are offered year round, however, students must enroll each term they wish to participate. Enrollment in any of the Corporate Payment Options is free provided a completed application and all required documents are received each term by the add/drop deadline. Applications received after the term add/drop deadline will be charged a $50 late processing fee. To enroll in any of the Corporate Payment Options students must be registered for classes and be in good financial standing with the university. Available payment options include:

  • Company Reimbursement Program

    The Company Reimbursement Program is offered for students who work for an employer who offers tuition reimbursement. The program allows students to defer payment of the reimbursed portion of their educational expenses until 30 days after the end of the term. Students are required to submit a completed Corporate Payment Options Application & Contract and a letter from their employer verifying employment and eligibility to participate in their company's tuition reimbursement program. Any amount not covered by tuition reimbursement must be paid in accordance with standard Chatham University payment policies. Company reimbursement may be counted as a financial aid resource for students receiving financial aid assistance. Applications for this program must be received by the close of the add/drop period.

  • Company Billing Program

    The Company Billing Program is offered for students who work for an employer that requests to be billed directly for their employee's tuition and fees. With Company Billing, Chatham University will bill the company directly following the term add/drop deadline. The company is required to pay upon receipt of invoice. Students are required to submit a completed Corporate Payment Options Application & Contract and a letter of authorization and/or tuition voucher authorizing Chatham University to bill the company directly. A detailed explanation of coverage and invoicing details must be included. Any amount not covered by company billing must be paid in accordance with standard Chatham University payment policies. Company billing may be counted as a financial aid resource for students receiving financial aid assistance. Applications for this program must be received by the close of the add/drop period.

  • Tuition Advancement

    Tuition Advancement is a special program for employees of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Students must first submit the completed Corporate Payment Options Application & Contract in order to receive a special UPMC invoice. The student submits this invoice to the UPMC Employee Service Center along with the required UPMC advancement application. The Employee Service Center will process the advancement request and provide the student with an advancement letter indicating the amount of advancement. The student then submits the advancement letter to Chatham as a form of payment. Chatham University will then bill UPMC for all advancement amounts. Any amount not covered by tuition advancement must be paid in accordance with standard Chatham University payment policies. Tuition advancement may be counted as a financial aid resource for students receiving financial aid assistance. Applications for this program must be received by the close of the add/drop period.

  • Corporate Tuition Reduction

    As an added benefit for students participating in a corporate payment option, Chatham University has teamed up with a number of companies to offer a special 20% tuition reduction benefit. If a student's employer is listed on our current approved company list at time of application, and the student is eligible for tuition benefits during that semester they will receive this reduction automatically, provided all eligibility requirements are met. By receiving the 20% reduction students will not be eligible for any other reduced tuition rates offered by the University. Additionally, if a student already receives a reduced tuition rate, they will not be eligible for the corporate tuition reduction benefit. As required by federal guidelines, the 20% tuition reduction must be counted as a financial aid resource for students receiving financial aid assistance.

Methods of Payment

Chatham University accepts tuition payments by cash, check or money order made payable to Chatham University, or credit card (MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). Payments may be made online or at the Student Accounts Office in person, by mail, or by phone. Student may also pay online through the student portal.
There is a 2% processing fee on the total payment amount for all credit card transactions. This is true for payments completed on the portal as well as in the office. Credit Cards accepted are MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
It is very important to remember that you, the student, are ultimately responsible for payment of your student account, regardless of actions taken, or not taken, by your employer.

+Student Health Insurance

Chatham University requires all full-time students to have health insurance. Coverage can be purchased through the University sponsored plan. Any registered full-time student wishing to enroll in the student health insurance can do so online at my.chatham.edu.

+Institutional Refund Policy

An institutional refund policy has been established for those students who process a complete withdrawal (all classes) or leave of absence from the College. Adjustments are for tuition only; nonrefundable deposits and fees are not adjusted or refunded. To be entitled to a refund, a student must give the College written notice of complete withdrawal. Non-attendance and/or non-payment of tuition charges do not constitute an official withdrawal. No adjustments will be made for students who process a course withdrawal (one or more classes as opposed to all classes).

Institutional refund adjustments for complete withdrawals are made according to the following schedules:
Seven-Week Sessions

  • Before the 5th day of the session 100%
  • 6th - 7th day of session 80%
  • 8th - 14th day of session 50%
  • 15th day of session and beyond 0% Fourteen-Week Sessions
  • Before the 5th day of the session 100%
  • 6th - 13th day of session 80%
  • 14th - 26th day of session 50%
  • 27th day of session and beyond 0% Fifteen-Week Sessions
  • Before the 5th day of the session 100%
  • 6th - 14th day of session 80%
  • 15th - 28th day of session 50%
  • 29th day of session and beyond 0%

Refunds for charges in room and board status will be calculated based on the same schedule used for a complete withdrawal or leave of absence. The date used for this calculation is the date on which the director of residence life and/or the vice president for student affairs receives written notification of the student's intent to live off-campus.

Students sign a Housing Contract for two semesters. If a student chooses to live off-campus for the second semester, she must notify the director of residence life in writing by December 1. Students will be held to their Housing Contract for the second semester if written notification is not received by December 1, and their student account will be billed room and board charges for the spring semester.

After the Institutional Refund Policy is applied, any balance is due upon withdrawal. Any credit amount will be refunded within 14 days. For the purpose of computing any refund, a student's withdrawal date is the date the student initiates the withdrawal process by filing an official notice of withdrawal or leave of absence with the Office of the University Registrar.