Students are billed by semester and invoices are published online approximately 30 days in advance of the due date. Invoices must be retrieved on the student's Self Service page under Finances >> Statements. Charges are assessed for undergraduate students at a flat rate for full-time students and by the credit hour for part-time students. Graduate, doctoral, or online program students may be charged either at a flat rate or by credit hour depending on their program of study.
All outstanding charges must be paid in full (payment plans, financial aid, or combination of both) by the statement due date. Students who have outstanding balances prior to the student’s respective move-in date and/or start of the semester will not be allowed to move into the residence hall and/or begin classes with the start of the semester. Students registering after the due date will receive an invoice published online with payment due immediately. Invoices must be retrieved on the student's Self Service page under Finances >> Statements.
Alvernia reserves the right to change tuition, fees and other charges from one academic semester to the next as deemed necessary to meet its financial commitments and to fulfill its role and mission.
Students adding a course(s) during the add/drop period are required to obtain an invoice and settle any financial obligations immediately. The amount due on the Student Invoice is the total amount of unpaid charges less any unapplied financial aid or scholarships reflected on the invoice. Unapplied aid is aid for which a student is eligible, but which has not yet been received by the University.
Students may not receive scholarships, grants and awards from all Federal, State, college and private sources in excess of tuition and fees for commuters and in excess of tuition, fees, and room and board for resident students. These scholarships, grants and awards also include, but are not limited to Resident Assistant Award, Golden Guide Ambassador Award, employee/dependent tuition remission. Contact or visit the Office of Student Financial Services for details.
Interest-Free Monthly Payment Option
Education expenses are easier to pay when spread over predictable, interest-free monthly payments. Our Interest-Free Monthly Payment Option is an alternative to large annual or term payments and helps limit borrowing. It is available for a small enrollment fee and includes:
- Convenient, interest-free monthly payments.
- 24-hour account access through the student's Self Service page under Finances >> Payment Portal.
- Automatic scheduled monthly payments from your bank account with e-check (free) or credit card (2.75% convenience fee) through the student's Self Service page under Finances >> Payment Portal.
Checks or money orders should be made payable to Alvernia University. If sent by mail, they should be addressed to: Alvernia University, Attention: Student Financial Services, 400 St. Bernardine Street, Reading, PA 19607. Payment may also be made online through the student's Self Service page under Finances >> Payment Portal. Electronic payments from your bank account (e-checks) are simple and free. Convenience fee (2.75%) will apply when utilizing a credit card (Visa, MC, Discover, AmEx) as form of payment. *Note: The university reserves the right to cancel a schedule and require a repeat of registration for any student who does not pay his/her invoice by the due date.
Students also can enroll a parent or other individual as an authorized payer so their designee has access to receive and pay bills online, as well as view balances and payment history. Enroll a parent or authorized payer through the student's Self Service page under Finances >> Payment Portal.
If your financial aid exceeds your total charges, a refund will automatically be processed. It is recommended that you enroll for direct deposit (e-refunds). This will reduce processing and mailing time and allow you to access your funds faster. Enroll for E-refunds today through the student's Self Service page under Finances >> Payment Portal.
A $125 late payment fee may be assessed on any past due balances when payment is not received by the published due date.
Past Due Obligations
Past due obligations include, but are not limited to, tuition and fees, room and board, library materials or fines, and parking fines. Students will not be permitted to register, receive a transcript, grade report, or diploma until past due obligations are paid. In addition, in accordance with the terms outlined in the Financial Responsibility Agreement signed by students at the time of registration, the University reserves the right to refer past due accounts to an outside collection agency, as well as assess all collection fees and related costs to the outstanding balance due.
Errors or Disputes
Inquiries concerning charges should be referred to the Office of Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the due date of the invoice.
The return of a check or e-check for any reason constitutes non-payment. A fee will be assessed for each check returned unpaid by the bank. Repeated violations could result in cancellation of a student’s registration and/or a STOP placement that will restrict University services until the balance is fully paid.