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Payment Plan

Meeting the costs associated with education is an important component of your college experience.  Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is aware that this type of investment often requires careful planning.  We are pleased to offer our Payment Plan as an option to assist students and their families in reaching their educational goals.

The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Payment Plan is the interest-free, debt-free way to spread tuition payments over a number of months.  The Payment Plan is not a loan, so there are no interest payments, just a low enrollment fee per semester.  The Payment Plan allows you to break down your education expenses into easy-to-manage installments rather than one lump-sum payment.  It’s simple and convenient.


How to Enroll

Successful enrollment in our payment plan requires the following steps:

  • Complete a Payment Plan Agreement form which may be obtained in the Bursar’s Office.
  • Submit a $25.00 per-semester enrollment fee to the Bursar’s Office along with the completed agreement form.
  • Obtain a Payment Plan schedule and remit all necessary payments to the Bursar’s Office on or before the due dates.

To take full benefit of our Payment Plan, early enrollment is strongly encouraged. 


Length, Due Dates, and Fees

All payments are to be made by the first of each month.  The length and due dates of each plan are as follows:

Fall Semester Plan
Plan Length: 5 months
First Payment Due: July 1
Payments are due the first of every month from July 1 to November 1.

Spring Semester Plan
Plan Length: 5 months
First Payment Due: December 1
Payments are due the first of every month from December 1 to April 1.

Summer Semester Plan
Plan Length: 4 months
First Payment Due: May 1
Payments are due the first of every month from May 1 to August 1.

Students wishing to enroll in the payment plan need to complete the enrollment process each semester; enrollment is not automatic.  Summer semesters may be combined into one plan.

The payment plan agreement and schedule of payments does not supersede the balance due on the students’ official student account record.  The student is always responsible for payment according to the balance due on the official student account record.  The payment plan schedule is subject to revision if necessary.  If a student’s account balance increases or decreases after payment plan enrollment, the monthly payment is adjusted and revised payment schedules are provided.

A student who drops or withdraws from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, or does not attend classes, will be responsible for payment of their account balance according to Pennsylvania Highlands Community College policies and procedures. 

Failure to receive a bill from Pennsylvania Highlands does not relieve students of the responsibility to make required payments by the due dates.  Payments are due on the 1st of each month.

There will be a late fee of $10.00 assessed on any payment received more than 5 business days late after the date in which the payment is due. 

Checks returned for any reason will be subject to a $20.00 fee per check.

If you miss more than one payment you are considered in default of your payment plan, your payment plan will be cancelled and your full balance will become due and payable to Pennsylvania Highlands upon demand.


Frequently Asked Questions about the Payment Plan

Does the payment plan charge interest? 
The payment plan does not charge interest.  There is one time nonrefundable enrollment fee of $25 due when you enroll.  There is a $10 late fee assessed for each month your payment is late.

What if I want to enroll on the payment plan after the first 
payment due date?
  

You can enroll at any time during our registration periods; but if you enrollment after the first payment due date you will be required to pay all missed payments at the time of enrollment in addition to the enrollment fee.

What happens if I am awarded financial aid after I enroll 
and make payments?
  

Your payment plan payments are credited to your student account.  If a financial aid award brings your balance due to zero, your payment plan is cancelled and you owe no further payments.  If your financial aid award produces a credit balance on your account, a refund check would be issued to you according to our financial aid refund procedures.  Payment Plan fees are not refundable.  If you still have a balance due after your financial aid award, the remaining balance is divided by the number of payments you have left on the payment plan.

Do I need to sign up on the plan if I am expecting financial aid?  
If your financial aid award is approved by the Financial Aid Office by the tuition due date and it is enough to cover your bill in full, you do not need to make payments or enroll in the payment plan.  If your financial aid award is not approved by the tuition due date or you have a balance due after aid, you will need to either pay the balance in full (after deducting pending aid) or enroll in the payment plan for this amount.  This allows you to make regular payments while your financial aid award is being processed. 

Is there any penalty for prepayment?  
You can pay your payment plan balance in full at any time. There is never a penalty for prepayment.

Where do I make payments?  
We accept cash, check, money orders, Master Card and Visa.  Payments may be made during regular business hours at the student payment window or via mail.  Credit or debit card payments may also be made via the telephone at 814-262-6437.  After hours, use our payment box located to the left of the student payment window.

 

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