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Registration and Payment Procedures
Registration is held five to eight weeks prior to the beginning of the term. Students whose accounts are not current may be denied any or all college services. A student may not register, utilize college facilities, or receive transcripts/grade reports, including licensing agencies, until all accounts with the college are cleared. This includes all charges for tuition, fees, residence hall, library, bookstore, or any other college department expense.
The student’s tuition, fees and other charges must be paid in full by the posted due date.
Due date for Fall 2018 semester: Monday, September 10, 2018.
To pay your bill online, log in to your EMPOWERME account.
There are three ways this can be done:
- Payment in full by cash, check, electronic check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. There is a 2.25% surcharge for any credit card payments.
- Pending financial aid: student must submit all of the required forms/documentation needed by the financial aid office.
- The Mercy Installment Payment Plan. This plan is by the semester, and payments are divided into four equal installments to be paid throughout the semester (three payments during summer semester). There is a $25.00 application fee for this plan.
Please contact the Office of the Bursar for further information about payment options. Changes, such as enrollment, marital status, address, phone number or insurance coverage must be submitted promptly to the admissions/registrar’s office to assure proper billing.
Failure to Make a Payment
Students who fail to meet expenses and do not make arrangements with the college for payments by the due date of the semester/term will have their account placed on a business hold. Grades or transcripts will not be released for any student who has outstanding financial obligations to the college.
Health Insurance and Waiver Information
All students who are enrolled in 6 or more credits will be automatically enrolled in the Mercy College Health Insurance plan each fall. This is annual coverage through United HealthCare and the premium for undergraduate is $1714.00 per year and the premium for graduate students is $2366. Our student coverage is an excellent and affordable plan. More general information regarding the coverage is available in the Office of the Bursar.
If you need specific coverage information, please contact United HealthCare Customer Service at 1-800-505-4160.
If you already have health insurance and wish to waive, please complete the online Health Insurance Waiver form. This waiver will be available on your Empower account from Friday, August 3 through Friday, September 14, 2018. The link is directly below your billing detail summary.
- Click on “access form” and then remember that you will need to click on all three “Update buttons” on the left-hand side of the form.
- The first update button is your personal information. You may make any changes if necessary and then click next.
- The second update button is a disclaimer form that asks if you are registered for at least six credit hours. If no – you do not need to complete the rest of the form. If yes, please check the box and click next.
- The final update button is for your health insurance information. Please answer the questions and type your name to decline coverage.
- Make sure that you click next, and then hit the submit button at the bottom. This will submit your waiver and the charges will be removed from your student account within 5 business days.
Frequently Asked Billing Questions
How and when will I receive my bill?
Bills will be available online on your EMPOWER ME account on Friday, August 3, 2018. Billing statements are not mailed. It is your responsibility to log in to check and/or print your billing statement after 08/03/18.
When is my bill due?
Fall tuition is due on Monday, September 10, 2018. Your student account must be paid in full or you must set up a payment plan or have pending financial aid by 09/10/18.
What are my payment options?
Bills may be paid online on your EMPOWER ME account using a debit or credit card or electronic check. Payments may also be made in person in the Office of the Bursar by cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. There is a 2.25% surcharge for any credit card payments. You may also mail in payment by check.
How much will I be charged?
Mercy College charges per credit hour. A full fee schedule is available on the following pages:
What if I cannot pay all at once or I am still finalizing my financial aid?
If you cannot pay all at once or are still finalizing your financial aid, we do offer an installment payment plan. To sign up for the payment plan, please contact the Office of the Bursar once you have received your bill. There is a $25.00 fee to participate in the payment plan, and you will have four payments due on the 10th of September, October, November, and December. All balances must be paid in full by the end of the semester.
Can my parents or someone else call or receive information about my bill?
Due to FERPA regulations, we cannot speak to anyone except the student regarding their billing statement. Students must sign a Release of Information form if they wish to allow the Office of the Bursar to speak with any person other than the student regarding the financial status of their student account. This form is available in the Registrar’s office.
What happens if I do not pay by the due date?
If you have not paid in full or signed up for the payment plan by September 10, your account will be placed on a “Business Hold.” You may still attend classes and complete the semester, but you will not have access to your grades or transcripts, and you will not be able to register for future semesters. If your account is placed on a Business Hold, please contact the Office of the Bursar ASAP to make payment arrangements.
Can I get a printed estimate of my bill now?
Once you have registered for classes, you can view and print an estimated billing statement. This is available from your EMPOWER ME account under the Student Billing option “Estimated Tuition Worksheet.” This shows your estimated charges as well as financial aid at the time of registration. Please note that this is not your final bill, and may change if you make changes to your class registration and/or financial aid options.
How can I find out about the student insurance plan and charges?
Mercy College offers an excellent and affordable health insurance plan. Enrollment opens each fall semester. If a student has existing coverage, this coverage can be waived. More information and a link to complete the online waiver will be available on your Empower account from Friday, August 3 through Friday, September 14, 2018. The link is directly below your billing detail summary.