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Agreeing to a monthly Payment Plan Option at BSC allows students a flexible option to pay their eligible student charges.  Students who are approved to be on a Payment Plan and are current on their installments within a payment plan option, will not incur late fees or student holds that prevent course registration.

Payment plan options are available to students each Fall and Spring semester in which a student is enrolled. Eligible students will need to sign up for the payment plan each semester it is offered. Payment Plans do not carry over to a future term.  

There are no payment plan options provided for Summer term.

What to know about Payment Plans at BSC

How do I know if the Payment Plan Option is right for me?
When trying to determine if the Payment Plan is right for you, these are some items to consider:
 
1. What are my eligible charges for the semester that can be included in the Payment Plan?
  • Tuition
  • Fees (Mandatory student fees, course fees and class fees)
  • Residence hall room and board contract charges
 
2. Are there charges that are not eligible to be included on the Payment Plan?
  • International Student Health Insurance
  • Resident Hall Fines
  • Library Fines
  • Returned Payments
  • Returned Payment Fees
  • Late Fees
  • Bookstore charges
 
3. How much Financial Aid am I expecting for the semester?
  • Financial Aid can include student loans, grants or scholarships. Students can view their accepted Financial Aid for the semester within their student Campus Connection account.
 
4. Did I qualify for any waivers?
  • Waivers can be applied to tuition, fees or resident hall costs.
 
5. Am I receiving financial assistance from my employer or another 3rd Party?
  • Third Party is an outside agency/business that submits payment or authorizes BSC to bill charges related to your student account. 
 
6. If I am receiving Financial Aid, Waivers or any other Financial Assistance, is that amount greater than what my expected charges will be for the semester?
  • If you are expecting more financial aid/assistance and waivers, then what your charges would be you would not need to apply for the Payment Plan.
 
If you are trying to determine what your charges for the Fall semester will look like prior to being able to view in your Campus Connection account, you can use the most recent Cost Estimation Worksheet.  Students will want to use their course study list found in their Campus Connection account to calculate their charges based on enrolled courses and/or Residence Hall room and board charges.
 
If you have charges on your student account that are not eligible to be included in a Payment Plan, those charges would need to be paid separately upon their posted due date and would be eligible for late fees or holds should they not be paid by their due date.
How does the Payment Plan work?
Students who are approved, and have made the $30.00 enrollment fee payment, will be enrolled into the Payment Plan one week prior to classes starting for the semester. The Student Finance team will send an email to your campus email notifying you of your enrollment and your installment amounts and due dates.  You can also review your Campus Connection account (Campus Connection > Campus Finances > Account Inquiry) for details about your monthly installment amounts. 

Monthly installments equal the sum of eligible charges, less Anticipated Financial Aid, and/or waivers, divided by three.  Students wishing to reduce the amount of the future monthly installment payments may elect to make a substantial payment (i.e. a fourth installment) prior to enrolling. 

Financial Aid received after the Financial Aid Disbursement date will be applied to the account and may change installment amounts.

Remember, additional eligible student charges may occur after initial approval to enroll into the payment plan. These charges will increase subsequent monthly payment amounts once you have been officially enrolled into the payment plan. It is the student’s responsibility to check their Campus Connection account to view installment amount changes until after the enrollment period ends.
 
You can review your Campus Connection account (Campus Connection > Campus Finances > Account Inquiry) for details about your student charges.
 
Charges accrued after the payment plan enrollment period will not be added to the payment plan balance and must be paid by the due date of the charge.
 
Notifications regarding the payment plan will be sent to the student's campus email account, please be sure to check your Campus email account on a regular basis. Notifications will NOT be sent to parents or Authorized Users.
 
How do I make my Installment Payments?
Students enrolled in the Payment Plan will want to make payment on their monthly installments prior to or on the day of the installment due date.  Payment reminders will be sent to the student’s campus email two weeks prior to each Installment Due Date.  Students can view their installment amounts in Campus Connection in their Student Center.
 
If any installment payment is returned, you will receive notification, and will be assessed a $25 returned payment fee. Enrollment fees and returned payment fees are subject to change in future academic years or semesters
 
There is a 2-day grace period from the installment due date for the month before any registration holds are applied to the account.
 
Payment plan balances more than 5 days past due will result in the immediate cancellation of the payment plan. Upon cancellation, the remaining balance is due immediately, and the monthly late payment fee of 1.75% will be applied to all charges more than 30 days past due.
 
Installment payments can be made through any of the following options:
 
ONLINE: 
Electronic check payments or VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card payments may be processed online via Campus Connection.
 
1. Log into your Campus Connection account. 
2. Click on Financial Account > Pay Online Now.  (You will click Pay Online Now twice)
*It may take up to a minute to connect to Touchnet, which is our payment gateway for online payments at Bismarck State College.
3. Your student account balance screen will appear so click on Make Payment
4. You will see options to pay current balance, amount due or pay by term. You can select any of these and then enter the amount you would like to pay in the empty box listed to the right of your selection. 
*Payment can be made with credit/debit card or check
 
 
MAIL Check Payments to: 
Bismarck State College
Student Finance
PO Box 5587
Bismarck, ND   58506-5587
 
IN PERSON:
Cash, check, credit/debit card payments can be made in person at:
Bismarck State College
Student Finance Office (1st Floor of Schafer Hall)
1500 Edwards Avenue
Bismarck, ND
Who should I contact if I have questions regarding the Payment Plan?
Please contact the Student Finance team at one of the following telephone numbers:
701-224-5533
701-224-5706
 
You can also stop by our office on the 1st floor of Schafer Hall. We are open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm.
 
How do I sign up for a Payment Plan?
Review the tabs listed in the “What to know about Payment Plans at BSC” section above to learn about Payment Plans at BSC. 
 
When you are ready to apply, follow these steps:
  1. In the Payment Plan Enrollment Periods section listed below, click on the Fall 2020 term.
  2. Click on the green button, “Enroll in the Fall 2020 Payment Plan”.
  3. Log into the Payment Plan application with your Campus Connection user id and password, review the payment plan terms, and electronically submit to the Student Finance office at BSC. 
  4. The Student Finance team will review your application to determine if you are eligible for the Payment Plan.  An email will be sent to your campus email within 3 business days of your application submission notifying you if you have been accepted or denied. 
  5. If accepted, you will be provided information within the email that contains an enrollment code and a link to electronically submit payment on the required $30.00 payment plan enrollment fee.   This is a non-refundable fee and is required prior to enrollment into the payment plan. 
  6. Once payment has successfully been made, the Student Finance team will contact you confirming your acceptance into the payment plan and provide further information on installment amounts, due dates and when you will be able to view these installments in your Campus Connection.
  7. Students can review their Campus Connection account, one week prior to the start of the semester, (Campus Connection > Campus Finances > Account Inquiry) for details about their monthly installment amounts. 

Payment Plan Enrollment Periods (past and present)

Fall 2020

July 15, 2020 - September 9, 2020

*All Fall 2020 enrolled students

**Enrollment period has ended for Fall 2020 students enrolled in classes that started before October 19, 2020.

Paid in 3 installments, due on the following days:
  • September 11th
  • October 11th
  • November 11th

September 14, 2020 - October 21, 2020

*Fall 2020 students enrolled in a 2nd 8-week course or later enrollment option only, cannot be enrolled in courses that started prior to October 19, 2020.

**Enrollment period is now open for Fall 2020 students enrolled in classes that start after October 19, 2020.


Paid in 2 installments, due on the following days:
  • October 24th
  • November 24th
* No Payment Plan enrollment is allowed after the enrollment period ends for each option.
 

Students will be prompted to log into this application with their Campus Connection user id and password, review the payment plan terms, and electronically submit to the Student Finance office at BSC. 
 
The Student Finance team will review your application to determine if you are eligible for the Payment Plan. An email will be sent to your campus email within 3 business days of your application submission notifying you if you have been accepted or denied. 

If accepted, you will be provided information within the email to electronically submit payment on the required $30.00 payment plan enrollment fee. This is a non-refundable fee and is required prior to enrollment into the payment plan. The fee is not eligible to be paid with funds from Title IV Financial Aid.

Once payment has successfully been made, the Student Finance team will contact you confirming your acceptance into the Fall payment plan and provide further information on installment amounts and due dates.
Spring 2020

April 14, 2020 - May 1, 2020


You must contact Student Finance prior to May 1 to set up your Spring 2020 Payment Plan.

All phone lines are open for your convenience: 
701-224-5533 
701-224-5706 
701-224-2451