Payment Plans

Parents and students may choose one of the following payment plans that is the most convenient for them.

Regular Payment Plan

The quarter's estimated expenses (tuition, required fees, cafeteria meal plan, rent, estimated books and other expenses) plus any previous balance and less any awarded financial aid are paid before the student receives financial clearance for the new term.

Students and/or parents are billed for actual charges as those charges are incurred.

International (other than Canadian) students are expected to use the Regular Payment Plan.

Finance charges will accrue on a past due balance.

Monthly Payment Plan

The quarter's estimated expenses (tuition, required fees, cafeteria meal plan, rent, estimated books and other expenses) less any awarded financial aid are divided into three equal payments. The first payment plus any previous balance is due before the student receives financial clearance for registration. The second and third payments are due by set dates during the following two months.

Students and/or parents are billed for actual charges as those charges are incurred.

This plan is not available to international students, except for Canadians.

Finance charges will accrue on a past due balance.

The schedule of payments is as follows:

  Autumn Winter Spring
Down Payment + Previous Balance Registration Registration Registration
Second Payment October 25 January 25 April 25
Third Payment November 25 February 25 May 25

Automatic Payment Plan

Walla Walla University offers two automatic payment plan options. To set up an automatic payment plan, go to and choose either “I am a student” or “I am a parent or other person who has prior authorization.”

1 – Amount Due

The amount due from either the Regular Payment Plan or the Monthly Payment Plan is processed as automatic charges using one of the online payment methods below. These payments are processed around the 25th of each month. At the end of the school year (or sooner if a student finishes midyear), a final charge is applied using the payment method.

Many people choose this option because it reduces the time spent arranging payment.

2 – Recurring Amount

The same amount in processed each month, on the date of your choosing. When you set this up, you specify the date, dollar amount, and how many times you wish the payment to be processed.

Financial Clearance, Deadline, and Classes Dropped

All students must complete financial clearance each quarter. This online process available through myWWU requires students to review contact information (address, phone numbers, email address), choose a meal plan and confirm housing arrangements, make sure all paperwork for financial aid and loans is completed, make any required down payment, and agree to terms and conditions.

The deadline for fall, winter, and spring quarters is the Wednesday before the start of classes. The deadline for summer quarter is the first day of summer session. Students missing this deadline will have their classes dropped. Because other students may be waitlisted for one of these classes, students are not guaranteed reinstatement into their scheduled classes after financial clearance is completed.

Change in Expenses

Because of fluctuation in the economy, the University Board of Trustees reserves the right to adjust costs and policies throughout the school year or to supersede statements published in this bulletin.

Release of Transcripts or Degrees

By action of the Board of Trustees of the University, a diploma or transcript (official or unofficial) may not be released until the following criteria are met:

The student's account is paid in full.

The student does not have a short-term loan co-signed by WWU.

The student's Nursing, Perkins, and institutional loans are current.

The student's loan exit interviews are complete (Diploma only).

To expedite the release of transcripts, diplomas, and other legal documents, a money order, credit card payment, or certified check should be sent to cover the balance of the student's account. Requests for transcripts may be made online through myWWU or in writing and signed by the student, either emailed, faxed, or mailed to the Academic Records Office.

A processing fee will be charged. See Financial Bulletin.

Financial Aid

Families unable to meet the full costs of a Walla Walla University education are encouraged to apply for financial aid from the government and the University. All financial aid applications are evaluated based on the government's standard analysis of need. This analysis determines how much each family can afford to pay for a college education according to federal government guidelines.

Financial aid recipients are then awarded aid packages which typically include a combination of scholarships, grants, low-interest loans, and student employment. Unless otherwise noted, all forms of financial assistance are disbursed one-third each quarter (Autumn, Winter, Spring).

The total amount of scholarships, grants, and subsidy (from all sources) which a student receives cannot exceed WWU's packaging budget in any given year. If the total does exceed the packaging budget, the award from WWU will be reduced.

Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence, student leadership, and other accomplishments. They are not awarded based on need and do not have to be repaid. Even though it is recommended that students apply for financial aid, they are not required to do so in order to receive scholarships. Grants are awarded on the basis of financial need and do not have to be repaid. Low-interest loans are an investment in a student's future, allowing the student to attend university with payments and interest typically being deferred until after the student graduates or withdraws from school. Almost all financial aid award packages include a long-term loan. Part-time employment helps students meet the expenses of university life.

In order to receive the maximum financial assistance available, students should plan their finances for the entire academic school year prior to registration and complete their financial aid file by April 30, 2017, for the 2017-2018 school year.