How to Pay Your Bill

Online payment (Credit Card or eCheck) is Columbia International University's preferred payment method. When paying online, payments are posted to the student account in real-time. For release of accounting holds, please allow 24-48 hours for processed payment to be posted to your account.

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Methods of Payment

Online

Payments by either Credit Card or eCheck (electronic check) are accepted online only. To make a Credit Card or eCheck payment, log into MyCIU using your username and password. Click on the Finances tab at the top of your MyCIU homepage. Click on Make Payment under My Financial Account.

Credit Cards

Columbia International University accepts credit card payments from Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Please note that there will be no charge for payments made via credit card.

eCheck

eCheck is a direct debit from your personal U.S. checking or savings account. Payments made by eCheck, are offered at no charge to you. You will need the routing number and account number to process an eCheck.

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International Payment

The Columbia International University has partnered with Flywire to streamline the tuition and fee payment process for our international students. Flywire offers multiple payment options and excellent foreign exchange rates. They'll ensure your payment arrives safely and accurately. 

Mail

Checks and money orders are the only form of payment that will be accepted through the mail. Using the PDF of your eBill, print and return with your payment. To ensure accurate and timely processing, please make checks payable to Columbia International University and include your Student Identification Number. Allow seven (7) days for mailing to ensure proper credit.

Mail payment to: 
Administration Building 
Columbia International University
Attention:  Accounting
P.O. Box 3122
Columbia, SC 29230-3122
In Person

You may pay by cash, check, money order, or credit card when paying in person. Office of Student Accounts is located in the Administration Building.

Office of Student Accounts is open from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Lines often form on payment due dates, which makes this method the least convenient way to pay.

College Saving Plan (529)

College Savings Plan payments can be sent directly to Columbia International University. You should work directly with your plan administrator to initiate the payment process.

Mail College Saving Plan payment to: 
Administration Building 
Columbia International University
Attention:  Accounting
P.O. Box 3122
Columbia, SC 29230-3122

To ensure accurate and timely processing, please make checks payable to Columbia International University and include your Student Identification Number.

If you would like for Columbia International University to send an invoice on your behalf please contact the Office of Student Accounts at 803-807-5016.

Payment Plan

A payment plan allows you to pay your eBill in several installments spread over the course of a term. If you are enrolled in a payment plan, your billing due dates differ from the normal billing process.

Overpayment

If there is an overpayment on your account, you will receive a refund within thirty (30) days. Refunds are issue by check or credit card originally used for payment. 

Wire Transfers
Parents, students, and third parties can pay tuition and fees through a wire transfer between financial institutions. Please include the student's name and student ID number with the transfer notes. Wire transfers will be posted to your student account within 1-3 business days of bank notification.

For deposit account information, please contact the Office of Student Accounts at 803-807-5016.

Returned Checks
If your payment is refused by your bank, CIU will add a $12.00 returned check fee to your total account in addition to a late payment fee if applicable.
 
Declined Credit Cards
You will be notified if your payment has been denied by your bank. A late payment fee will be applied to your account if applicable.
 
 
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