Tuition and fee payments

Student financial obligation for payment of tuition and fees

By completing registration for a semester, students become financially responsible for all applicable fees by the published due date(s). Payments not received by the due date(s) are subject to collection, attorney and litigation costs, which then become the financial obligation of the student. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their electronic bill (eBill) and billing and payment dates.

Accounts must be current to maintain enrollment eligibility and to request and receive official university documents and services. Contact Student Accounts Receivable at 313-577-2100 for more information.

Payment methods

Numerous options are available for students to pay tuition and fees. Visit the Student Accounts Receivable website to view a list of payment options.

Late payment fees

Late Payment Fee information and assessment schedule is available through the Office of the Bursar.

Delinquent prior term balances

Students who register for classes owing a prior term balance are subject to course cancellation if a full payment is not received by the last day of the term for which the balance is due.

  • Personal checks are not accepted on balances in collections or written-off to bad debt.
  • Payment must be made by cash, certified check or money order.

Tuition cancellation

Students are contractually liable for tuition unless they drop classes during the tuition cancellation period. The registration fee is not subject to cancellation and is non-refundable.

  • Cancellations are computed on tuition assessed.
  • The amount cancelled will be credited to the student's account. If this results in an overpayment, a refund may be requested from the Student Accounts Receivable Office.
  • If the credit does not cover the outstanding balance, the student is responsible for the remainder and must pay by the appropriate deadline. 

Special adjustments

In special circumstances, the university registrar is authorized to make adjustments in the application of tuition and fee assessments and enrollment policies.

Examples of circumstances that warrant special tuition cancellation: 

  • Serious illness. 
  • Death of an immediate family member.
  • Misadvisement by a university representative.

Tuition cannot be cancelled for changes in work schedule or other employment demands. Circumstances within the control of the student do not warrant tuition cancellation. Non-attendance alone is not an acceptable reason for neglecting to drop a class in a timely manner.

The university non-attendance policy allows for tuition cancellation only for students in their first term at Wayne State. Instructors for all courses must verify the student did not attend classes after the tuition cancellation deadline. 

Medical withdrawal 

A medical withdrawal is a complete withdrawal from all courses.

  • Students are required to submit a request for medical withdrawal application, including medical reports from the attending physician(s).
  • The university Medical Withdrawal Policy will grant 100 percent tuition and fee cancellation if a student stops attending all classes before the end of the tenth week of the semester in a full fall/winter term. 
  • Documentation is needed to confirm that medical attention was provided during this time period.
  • For medical withdrawals occurring during the eleventh or twelfth week, 60 percent tuition cancellation will be granted.
  • There is no tuition cancellation after the twelfth week of the term.
  • Cancellation periods are adjusted proportionally for courses that do not run the full term.

All special adjustment requests must be received by the Registrar's Office by the following dates:

  • Winter term – July 1
  • Spring/summer term – November 1
  • Fall term – March 1

If the deadline falls on a weekend, it will be extended to the next business day. Applications must be received by the filing deadline date. Exceptions to the deadline are not granted.

Tuition cancellation dates

Tuition and fees may be fully cancelled in accordance with the following schedule when students officially withdraw from classes:

  • Classes meeting 9-15 weeks: Before the third week of classes.
  • Classes meeting 4-8 weeks: Before the second week of classes.
  • Classes meeting fewer than four weeks: Before the first day of classes.
  • Classes meeting 16-27 weeks: Before the fourth week of classes.
  • Classes meeting 28 weeks or more: Before the seventh week of classes.