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NKU offers a 50/25/25 installment plan payment option:

If you are unable to pay in full the first day of the semester or you applied for financial aid late or it is not appearing on your student account, you will be automatically placed on the installment plan. You will be charged the appropriate fees if your balance is not paid in full by the tuition due date. Please note, the installment plan option is not available to accelerate program students. 

To avoid any fees on your student account and being placed on the installment plan, you must ensure you apply for financial aid early.  Check your NKU email daily and have all financial aid requirements completed (including any items chosen for verification) by the due date below for the semester.  You may also pay the balance due out of pocket by the due date and reimburse yourself via refund when your financial aid is applied to your semester balance.  Questions regarding financial aid issues can be addressed by contacting Student Financial Assistance at 859-572-5143.


If your account balance (tuition, housing, fees, etc.) is not paid in full by August 23rd, 2021, you will automatically be placed into the payment plan option and your account will be charged a:

  • $ 50.00 payment plan fee
  • 1.25% account maintenance fee charged at the end of each month on the outstanding balance

Fall Installment Plan Dates:

  • August 23, 2021 – a minimum 50% of your tuition and fees payment due. *
  • Sept 23, 2021 – an additional 25% of your tuition and fees payment due.
  • October 22, 2021 – the remaining 25% of your tuition and fees payment due.

Please note:  If you are not prepared to pay the balance for any courses that begin in the future seven or five week terms, please withdraw from those courses.  For information on how withdrawing could impact your financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Assistance at ofa@nku.eduDue to the short nature of each session, no payment plan is available.

* Financial Aid can count as all or part of your payment.

If the initial payment (50%) is not made, then you are subject to the university's cancellation for non-payment policy.  Your account must be paid in full by the close of business on that final payment due date.  Registration and Transcript holds are put on all accounts with a balance after the initial due date.

You will receive account statements in your NKU email each month detailing your account activity. There will be no paper billings sent by the office.

You are encouraged to monitor and pay your account online thru myNKU.

You will receive Past Due Notices.  However, if you utilize this payment schedule described above, you will avoid class cancellation and reduce maintenance fee assessments.