Payment Options

The University's preferred method of payment is electronically (online) thru SIS. However, many more payment options are available, including payment plans and listed.  

Payments are applied to the financial account and not specific charges. Payments are applied to the term with oldest balance. 

Students or SIS Authorized Financial Users can access Student Information System (SIS), available at on a desktop or mobile device to make payments. For step-by-step guide on how to make online payments, access the Student Financial Guide.  Domestic payments (that is, U.S. account) can be made using e-Check, Debit Card, and Credit Card.  

e-Check (electronic bank transfer or check) option is available by entering the bank routing number and account number of a checking or savings account. This information can be obtained on the front of your check or by contacting your banking institution.  This option has NO service fee. Occasionally, an online payment from a checking or savings account is returned. Both the payer and the student will receive an email informing them why the payment failed. Within a few days, the university will be informed and the payment will be removed from the account. 

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Debit card are processed as a credit card payment.  There is a 2.7% non-refundable service fee by the credit card processing agent (must use e-Check option for no service fee).  You will be asked to acknowledge and accept the service fee before submitting the payment.    


Credit card are also accepted, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. There is a 2.7% non-refundable service fee by the credit card processing agent.  You will be asked to acknowledge and accept the service fee before submitting the payment.   

Debit and credit card payment option is unavailable after multiple failed attempts. If your debit or credit card payment failed, please contact Student Financial Services at 216.368.2226 for additional instructions. 

Below is an example of the service fee using different online payment method:

  Tuition and Fees Due (CWRU) Service Fee (Agent) Total Amount Paid
e-Check $1,000 $0 $1,000
Debit Card $1,000 $27 $1,027
Credit Card $1,000 $27 $1,027

If you want to mail a personal or bank check, please make payable to Case Western Reserve University. The student ID number should be written on the check or money order to ensure proper credit. The payment remittance slip, accessible from the online invoice, should also be included. To access your remittance slip, please learn about obtaining your current electronic statement in the Student Financial Guide.

CWRU redeposits returned checks automatically and without notice. Penalties may be charged to CWRU for checks returned by the bank for non-sufficient funds (NSF checks). Any penalties will be charged to the student’s account. When a check is returned, the university reserves he right to require payment by cash or certified funds.

The personal or bank check with the seven digit student ID number in the memo section and the payment remittance slip should be mailed to

Case Western Reserve University
PO Box 74056
Cleveland, OH 44194

A 529 Plan is an education savings plan operated by a state or educational institution designed to help families set aside funds for future college costs.  Each plan administrator will distribute funds differently and we encourage you to ask your 529 Plan administrator how distributions from the plan are made.

Students or families who will make payments from 529 plans should allow for sufficient time to process the payment and have it mailed to the university.  It can take up to 3 weeks for the University to receive a paper check from the 529/education savings plan.

Please make the check payable to Case Western Reserve University, clearly marked with the student’s name and seven-digit ID number. The credit will be applied to the account upon receipt.  Mailed check may be sent to:

Case Western Reserve University
Cashier’s Office
Yost Hall Room 165
10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106-7043

If you have received a scholarship from an organization outside of the university, that check needs to be given to the Financial Aid Office so it can be credited to your tuition account. If the organization requires the university to send them a bill for the scholarship, the organization must send a written request for a bill to the Student Financial Services office. This request must provide the student's name, and 7-digit ID number.

Scholarship checks should be mailed to:

Case Western Reserve University
Office of University of Financial Aid
Yost Hall Room 435
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7049

The Cashier's Office is open Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. to Noon and 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Yost Hall Room 165.  The Cashier's Office is closed from Noon to 12:30 p.m.  

Case Western Reserve University partners with Flywire to streamline tuition payments for international students. With this service, you are offered excellent foreign exchange rates, allowing you to pay in your home currency (in most cases) and save money, as compared to traditional banks. You will be notified via email with instructions on how to pay Flywire from your home country bank account and when the university receives your payment. 

To initiate an international wire transfer, follow the instructions on how to make an online payment, but select the International Payment via Flywire option.

Special sponsor billing arrangement or third-party billing is when an employer, private trust fund, or domestic, foreign, or other government agency will pay all or part of a student's tuition and fees but requires a billing invoice directly from CWRU. 

A copy of the sponsor agreement, sometimes referred to as a Financial Guarantee, must be emailed to before the first week of each semester.  If the third-party requires a student to submit grades before payment can be made, then this option is not available.  

A credit amount is placed on a student's account after the add/drop date and the amount is transferred to the sponsor's account.  The sponsor will be provided an invoice for payment.  Invoice for payment are due on receipt.  At our discretion, we will place a financial hold on a student's account for non-payment from a sponsor.  Please see Past Due Balance Policy on what student services may be impacted by the financial hold.


Employer reimbursement occur when an employer will reimburse a student for tuition and fees as part of the employer benefit after a student submits grades for the semester.  We will accept a written employer reimbursement letter and permit a payment after the due date but the student is responsible for late fees on the account.  

Electronic bank transfer/ACH is the preferred method for transferring funds to the university. See above for instructions. However, students and SIS authorized financial users who wish to do a domestic wire transfer will need to contact the Student Financial Services office at 216.368.2226.