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Third-party tuition assistance

Overview

Third-party tuition assistance allows students the opportunity to receive financial assistance through a company and/or organization that agrees to pay the entire amount or a portion of a student’s tuition, books and/or fees.

The university will temporarily post a non-cash credit on the student’s account upon receipt of a completed authorization letter from a sponsor. This credit does not mean the university received payment on the student’s behalf, and it will be reversed if the university does not receive payment from the company/organization within 30 days from the initial billing date. Any portion not covered by a third party is the student’s responsibility to pay by the appropriate semester due dates. Terms of the agreement are not based on the grades received at the end of the semester.

Student responsibilities

In order for the university to recognize an anticipated third-party payment for a student’s tuition and fees, the student must provide written authorization on corporate letterhead or submit a company payment voucher. All letters are subject to review by the Office of the Bursar and must include the following information:

  • Student name
  • Student ID and/or social security number
  • Term or academic year covered
  • Number of credits or coursework covered
  • Dollar or percentage limit of total charges (if applicable)
  • Sponsoring company's name, billing address, contact name, telephone number and email address.

Students must submit the written authorization described above in person to the Office of the Bursar along with a completed Company Sponsored Tuition Payment Agreement.

Third-party billing

Third-party billing will commence at the end of the add/drop period for the term. The university directly bills the company and/or organization that agreed to pay the student's tuition and fees. Any portion not covered by a third party is the student's responsibility to pay by the appropriate semester due dates. Terms of the agreement are not based on the grades received at the end of the semester.

The bursar's office has the right to accept or reject third-party tuition assistance plans.

Third-party sponsors

View a list of third-party sponsors to see current participants in the program.

If you have any questions regarding third-party tuition assistance, please contact the Office of the Bursar at 313-577-6623.