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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 bank payment (ACH)
  • Credit card/debit card (An additional fee may be assessed)

Cost to Participate

  • Your only cost is a small enrollment fee:
    • $60 for the 4 monthly payments
    • $70 for the 3 monthly payments
    • $75 for the 2 monthly payments
  • Up to a $30 returned payment fee if a payment is returned

Sign up early to maximize the benefit of spreading your payments over the maximum amount of months for the lowest enrollment fee.

Steps for students to log in


  • Go to
  • Log on to SWORDS
  • Select the Student tab
  • Click Student Account
  • Click Nelnet Payment Plan

Steps for authorized payers to log in

Authorized Payers:

  • If you are paying on behalf of the student, the student must set up their account first and then add you as an Authorized Payer.
  • Log in here after your student sets you up as an Authorized Payer

Need some help setting up a payment plan?

*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

Summer 2024

Payment plan available on March 1, 2024

Last Day to Enroll OnlineRequired Down PaymentNumber of PaymentsMonths of PaymentsEnrollment Fee
April 3none4April-July$60
April 18none4April-July$60
April 2525%3May-July$70
May 925%3May-July$70
May 2450%2June & July$75
May 2750%2June & July$75
May 2750%1July only$75
May 2750%1July only$75

Fall 2024

Payment plan available on May 22, 2024

Last Day to Enroll OnlineRequired Down PaymentNumber of PaymentsMonths of PaymentsEnrollment Fee
July 2none4July-Oct$60
July 18none4July-Oct$60
July 2525%3Aug-Oct$70
Aug 925%3Aug-Oct$70
Aug 2050%2Sept & Oct$75
Aug 2050%2Sept & Oct$75

Payments are processed on the 5th or 20th of each month

NOTE: All down and full payments are processed immediately!

Maximum Amount to Budget

The maximum amount you may budget is $5500, any amount over this will be added to your down payment.

Balance Adjustments

Please do not assume your balance will automatically be adjusted if financial aid is receivedĀ or a class is droppedĀ or added. You should review your agreement balance online.