Paying Your Semester Bill

Understanding your Tuition Bill

Tuition bills reflect activity on your student account.  This includes charges, payments, and credited and pending financial aid.

When you register for courses at Canisius University, you are obligated to pay the associated tuition and related fees for those classes unless you officially drop your classes by the end of the drop/add period.

Pending Financial Aid

Pending financial aid is any aid the college is anticipating the student will receive.  The student is required to turn in ALL necessary paperwork for the aid to credit to the student account.  If the pending credits are not received by the tuition bill due date the student is responsible for the total balance due or may sign the appropriate semester payment extension.  NOTE: A balance may be left outstanding only if it will be paid by a NYS TAP or NYS Merit Award.  Please contact the Student Records & Financial Services Center with any questions at 716 888-2600 or 1 800 238-8160.

Federal Direct Loans: New Borrowers and Graduate students may need to complete an e-MPN (electronic Master Promissory Note) and/or Entrance Counseling for your loans to credit.

How to Pay Your Tuition Bill

Tuition, fees, room and board are due on the date printed on your bill.

Students must either:

  • Pay the bill in full less NYS TAP and NYS Merit award.
  • Be enrolled in a semester payment plan.
  • Griffin Payment Plan-spreads your semester equally over a down payment and 4 monthly payments.
  • Two payment plan-spreads your semester costs over two equal payments.
  • Pending Financial Aid Deferment Plan-for a student who has authorized financial aid that will pay your tuition bill in full but will not arrive until after the due date.
  • Students Employer Reimbursement Plan-used if the students employer is going to reimburse for tuition expenses.

Failure to do this by the close of business on the due date printed on the bill will result in the assessment of a Late Payment Fee.

*Late Payment Fee Policy*

Tuition and fees are due in full by your bills published due date each semester.  To avoid a late payment fee your bill must be paid in full (less NYS TAP) or you must be registered for a semester payment plan.  Students that fail to meet this deadline will be assessed a late payment fee of $100.  An additional $100 late payment fee will be assessed for each month your bill is late (max. $300).

The Student Records & Financial Services Center is responsible for the assessment and collection of tuition and fees payable to Canisius University.  All prior financial obligations to the College must be paid in full before registration and will be permitted for any new semester.  If payment or other arrangements are not made, the College has the option of canceling the student's registration.

The Student Records & Financial Services Center accepts tuition payment cash, checks (U.S. funds only), money orders, wire transfers, and telephone checks.  Tuition payments can be paid online by electronic check from your checking or savings account.  It is the College policy to write the student's ID number on the face of the check or money order to ensure accurate posting.  By submitting a check, please be aware that you are authorizing Canisius University to use information on your check to make a one-time electronic debit from your account at the financial institution indicated on your check.  This electronic debit will be the amount on the check.

Checks for tuition payments should be mailed to:
Canisius University
Student Records & Financial Services Center
2001 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14208

Make your check payable to Canisius University.  Your student ID number must be clearly written on the check so that your tuition account is properly credited.  All payments are credited on the day received.

Students personally guarantee and are responsible for all obligations to the College for tuition, fees, and other charges.  Students under the age of majority, under 18 in New York State, have by assumption received the personal guarantee of their parent(s) or guardian unless the student, the parent(s), or guardian notifies the College in writing of their invitation of the personal and parental assumption of guarantee of all tuition, fees and other charges.

Any student who has an outstanding balance due to the College will have a student accounts hold placed on their student record.  These students will also be subject to additional collection fees, attorney's fees, late fees, fines or interest charges on the unpaid balance.  Failure to receive a bill in the mail is not sufficient grounds to appeal College policy.  It is the responsibility of the student to check their account balance online and remit timely payment.

Students participating in a tuition remission, exchange, or consortium program are responsible for various charges and fees.  Please consult your academic associate dean or financial aid counselor.


Online Services

Manage your Student Account online.  Go to the Financial Services folder in MyCanisius

  • View your bill and current account history.
  • Pay on your account with your checking or savings account.
  • Provide permission for others (parents, employers, etc.) to view and pay on your account.
  • Enroll in a semester payment plan.
  • Enter your bank account information so that refunds can be deposited into your account electronically.