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Payment Plan Benefits

Easy online enrollment

Flexible payment options

No interest

Make College Easier to Pay For with a Tuition Payment Plan.

Make college more affordable by paying for tuition and fees over time. Tuition payment plans break down your tuition balance into affordable monthly payments. There’s no interest, payment options are flexible, setup fees are affordable, and it’s easy to enroll!

Payment Plan Information

Payment Methods

  • Automatic payment from checking or savings account (ACH)
  • Automatic payment from credit card/debit card

Regularly scheduled payments will process on the 10th of the month

Cost to Participate

  • $30 nonrefundable enrollment fee per agreement (ACH & credit/debit card)
  • $30 nonrefundable returned payment fee if a payment is returned
  • Athens State assesses a $35 returned payment fee in addition to any Nelnet returned payment fees

Simple Steps to Enroll

Enroll Today

Students: If someone is paying on your behalf, you MUST first set them up as an Authorized Payer.

Authorized Payers: If you are paying on behalf of the student, the student must access or set up their account first and then add you as an Authorized Payer.

  • Log in to the MyAthens Self-Service
  • On the Dashboard, select “MyAthens Self Service”
  • From the link on the left side, select “Student Accounts, Payments, Payment Plans & Refunds Portal”

Authorized Payers

  • If you have used Nelnet before, simply sign in to manage your account
  • If you are new to Nelnet, click on the link in your email invite from the student.

Need some help setting up a payment plan?

Watch this short how-to video.

*Note: This video tutorial is for demonstration purposes only. Your educational institution may offer options other than those shown in the video.

Target Dates To Enroll By

Fall 2023

Payment plans available on June 1, 2023

Last Day to Enroll OnlineRequired Down PaymentNumber of PaymentsMonths of Payments
June 8none5June-Oct
July 6none4July-Oct
Aug 120%3Aug-Oct
Aug 3035%2Sept & Oct
Late Term Classes Only
Aug 31-Sept 1235%2Oct & Nov
Aug 31-Oct 1035%1November only

Spring 2024

Payment plans available on November 1, 2023

Last Day to Enroll OnlineRequired Down PaymentNumber of PaymentsMonths of Payments
Nov 8none5Nov-March
Nov 3020%4Dec-March
Dec 2935%3Jan-March
Feb 135%2Feb & March
Late Term Classes Only
Feb 2-Feb 1335%2March & April
Feb 2-March 1135%1April only

Summer 2024

Payment plans available on April 1, 2024

Last Day to Enroll OnlineRequired Down PaymentNumber of PaymentsMonths of Payments
April 8none3April-June
May 8none2May & June
May 3035%1June only

Note: Scheduled payments are automatically processed on the 10th of each month, 35% must have been paid by the first day of class, and payment deadlines may be found on “Important Dates” at All down payments are processed immediately!