Tuition Payment Options, Payment Deadlines & Past Due Balances
For students who elect not to utilize federal financial aid, there are several options for payment.
Option 1: Payment in Full by Start of First Course
Tuition payment should be completed two days prior to the first class to avoid delays or being withdrawn from class. First-course payment must be made in full before the first week starts in online courses. Payment must be made by check (made out to Grace Christian University), or by calling the Business Office at (616) 261-1986 to pay by credit card. For online payment, student must register for an account and follow the online instructions. Follow this link for online payment: gracechristian.edu/current-students/student-account-payment.
Option 2: Online Payment Plan
Student must have an established payment plan before the start of the semester. Visit gracechristian.edu/current-students/student-account-payment and click on “Sign up for the TMS Payment Plan” to set up a payment plan. Students may use the Online Payment Plan in combination with another payment option if preferred. Payment plans may be set up directly with the Business Office by calling (616) 261-8560.
Option 3: Private Student Loans
A student may also obtain a private loan from a Private Lender to cover education-related expenses. A lender may require a credit-worthy cosigner if the student has not yet established credit. Typically, loans are borrowed to cover the full academic year’s educational costs, divided between two semesters. Private loans do not have an origination fee. For more details, go to elmselect.com and choose “Undergraduate Loans” at Grace Christian University.
Option 4: Employer Reimbursement or Military Tuition Assistance
In order for Employer Reimbursement or Military Tuition Assistance to be considered an approved payment plan, a student must send a copy of the employer’s reimbursement policy or the military tuition assistance voucher to the Grace Christian University Business Office prior to the start of the first course.
Online and Graduate Online Students USING CASH/CREDIT
A payment plan must be set up for full payment of semester related/outstanding charges no later than two business days before the start of the student’s first course of each semester. If an approved payment plan has not been set up, the student will be dropped from all future courses and will only be rescheduled for courses after an approved payment plan is established with the Business Office.
New Online and Graduate Online Students USING FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID
Prior to acceptance, a student must have their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completed and approved by the Financial Aid Office. Students in the financial aid verification process have until the end of the first course in the academic year to turn in required information and documents, or they will be dropped from all future courses and treated as a cash/credit paying student. New students who have not submitted the required information and/or documents to the Financial Aid Office, or whose financial aid does not fully cover costs, will be treated as cash/credit paying students. Registration beyond the first course is considered incomplete until arrangements have been made with the Business Office for full payment of semester related/outstanding charges. Undergraduate Online: If a student is dropped from a course for non-payment, the student is still responsible for returning textbooks to Slingshotedu.com (third-party supplier) to avoid being charged for them.
Continuing Online and Graduate Online Students USING FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID
Continuing online students who are using federal financial aid must have an outstanding balance of $200 or less and have completed the relevant academic year’s FAFSA at least two weeks prior to the start of their next academic year. Continuing students whose FAFSA has been selected for verification, or has FAFSA errors, have until the end of the first course in the academic year to turn in required information and documents, or they will be dropped from all future courses and will be treated as a cash/credit paying student.
Continuing students who have not completed a FAFSA, or whose financial aid does not fully cover the costs, will be treated as cash/credit paying students. Registration is considered incomplete until arrangements have been made for full payment of semester related/outstanding charges. The student will only be rescheduled for courses after an approved payment arrangement has been established with the Business Office. If a student is dropped from a course for non-payment, the student is still responsible for returning textbooks to Slingshotedu.com (third-party supplier) to avoid being charged for them.
Students who do not return to a course within 45 days of their last date of attendance will be withdrawn from Grace Christian University unless they have been put on an approved leave of absence by the Academic Advising Department (see Leave of Absence Policy).
PAST DUE BALANCE
A student’s balance must meet the following criteria for re-enrollment:
• The balance must be less than or equal to $200, regardless of the age of the unpaid balance.
• Any balance must be paid in full OR have been awarded financial aid for the current academic year.
• A financial aid status of any of the following will disqualify the student from attending class with an unpaid balance greater than $0: Financial Aid Verification, Unusual Enrollment History, Outstanding Master Promissory Note, Incomplete Entrance Counseling
• If the student’s account balance was written off by the University for any reason, the student must pay the original balance before being re-admitted.
The Business Office reserves the right to deny a prospective student’s attendance regardless of the account balance if documented evidence shows a history of uncooperative behavior.
Students with an outstanding balance may not be allowed to re-enroll for another term or class, receive official transcripts, or be mailed a diploma.
In compliance with the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, Grace Christian University will allow any individual entitled to receive Chapter 31 (VR&E) or Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill®) benefits to attend registered courses while the institution awaits payment from the VA.
We will not assess late fees due to delayed VA payments. We will not deny access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities. We will not require that a covered individual borrow additional funds. We will not impose any penalty on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.
The waiting period will expire upon receipt of the payment from the VA or after 90 days from the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.
It is recommended that Military students submit their Certificate of Eligibility or Statement of Benefits to the school before classes begin. If the student’s eligible VA benefits do not fully cover the financial obligations at the University, the student will be responsible to make other payment arrangements to cover the remaining balance before classes begin.