Wilkes University

Payment Policy

New Financial and Registration Policy for Fall 2015

Please note that an important financial and registration policy change affecting all students will begin with the fall 2015 semester.

Under the new policy, Wilkes requires that all balances must be paid in full, two weeks before the start of classes, or a financial clearance must be obtained from the Bursar. Students who have not paid their bill in full, or who have not obtained financial clearance, may have their class registration canceled prior to the start of the fall semester. 

Payment for the 2015 Fall Semester will be due on August 17, 2015. Bills for any other academic programs that are on a different semester/term schedule other than Fall, Spring or Summer, are also due 2 weeks prior to those start dates.

Several options are available for students to obtain financial clearance. A student who has not paid in full can be treated as financially clear by taking one of four specific steps. To review a complete list of options for obtaining financial clearance, please click here. To read the full payment policy, please click here.

This new policy is designed to assure an equitable and consistent policy for all Wilkes students. We recognize how complex financial planning for college can be. Please know that the University welcomes the opportunity to speak directly with you if you are facing financial challenges with your invoice. For assistance, please call Student Services at 570-408-2000.

When a personal check offered to the University by a student as payment is returned by the Bank (a NSF Check), the Bursar’s Office will notify the student as soon as the University receives notice from the Bank. Wilkes University expects the student to immediately respond to this notice and pay the balance due, plus applicable service charges of $50 per returned check. A financial hold will be placed on the student’s account until payment is received.

If a NSF Check is received more than once by or on behalf of a student, that student will lose the opportunity to make future payments by personal check. All future payments made by or behalf of the student must be made with cash or by money order, cashier's check or credit card.

Checks returned because of bank errors will be re-deposited after written notification is received from the bank and a $50 service charge is paid by the student. No late registration fee is assessed for checks returned. Students should request reimbursement of the service charge from their bank.