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Bill Delivery and Payment Services

Stanford University's policy is to furnish timely and accurate billing information as well as effective payment options to students and authorized payers. Billing and payment services are delivered electronically through Stanford's online billing and payment service, Stanford ePay.

Bill notification is sent to each student's @stanford.edu email address as recorded in Axess. All students with balances will receive a bill notification via Stanford ePay. For more information, reference Quick Steps: View / Pay / Print University Bill.

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Student Record Privacy

Federal regulations prohibit Stanford University from releasing student information (records) to third parties (including parents, spouses or relatives) without written consent from the student. Full details concerning the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) can be found on the Student Record Privacy section of the University Registrars Office web site.

Students may grant Stanford ePay access to third parties. Once authorized, these individuals are referred to as "Authorized Payers", and as such, can use Stanford ePay to access the student's billing and account information, as well as make payments to the student's account. Reference Quick Steps: Authorize Others to View/Print/Pay the University Bill.

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The Billing Cycle

University billing occurs monthly. All tuition and fees charged between billing cycles are grouped and displayed in Stanford ePay.

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Payment Due Dates

Undergraduates: Quarterly tuition and fees are due the 15th of the month prior to the start of the quarter.

Graduate Students: Quarterly tuition and fees are due the 15th of the month after the start of the quarter.

University Bill Due Dates 2014-15

Undergraduate Students 


Graduate Students

Bill Notification Due Date   Bill Notification Due Date
August 20, 2014 September 15, 2014   August 20, 2014 October 15, 2014
September 23, 2014 October 15, 2014   September 23, 2014 October 15, 2014
October 21, 2014 November 15, 2014   October 21, 2014 November 15, 2014
November 20, 2014 December 15, 2014   November 20, 2014 January 15, 2014
December 20, 2014 January 15, 2015   December 20, 2014 January 15, 2015
January 21, 2015 February 15, 2015   January 21, 2015 February 15, 2015
February 20, 2015 March 15, 2015   February 20, 2015 April 15, 2015
March 20, 2015 April 15, 2015   March 20, 2015 April 15, 2015
April 21, 2015 May 15, 2015   April 21, 2015 May 15, 2015
May 20, 2015 June 15, 2015   May 20, 2015 July 15, 2015
June 23, 2015 July 15, 2015   June 23, 2015 July 15, 2015
July 21, 2015 August 15, 2015   July 21, 2015 August 15, 2015

Bills are presented around the 20th of each month and due on the 15th of the following month. Tuition and fees not paid by the due date are subject to a late payment fee of 1% - See Overview: About Student Late Fees, Penalties, & Delinquent Accounts.

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How to Read the University Bill

Charges and credits from University departments are aggregated on a student's individual account and presented on the University bill in Stanford ePay. The bill summarizes all activity on the student account for the entire term. Our sample of the University bill summarizes the primary information provided on the bill.

Key Sections of the Bill


Charges are the primary component of the University bill. Charges are compiled from various offices and departments and placed on the bill.

Examples of charges a student may see on the University bill include:

  • Tuition charges.    These charges depend on the number of units taken. See the Finances section of the Registrar's Students page for complete information.
  • Housing, room and dining charges.   These fees are charged by Residential & Dining Enterprises. Other housing charges may include early arrival fees, repair fees and termination of occupancy fees.
  • Health insurance fees.   All registered students are automatically enrolled in Cardinal Care insurance at the beginning of each quarter. For more information including how to waive Cardinal Care insurance, visit the Vaden Health Center web page Using Your Own Health Insurance.
  • Campus health service fee.    This fee supports many of the services provided by Vaden Health Center and is mandatory for all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled on the Stanford campus. The services provided by Vaden Health Center are not covered by health insurance fees. More information about the fee can be found at the Vaden Health Center - Fees page.
  • Student activity fees.   These fees are owned and governed by the undergraduate and graduate Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) office.
  • Telecommunications fees.   These fees are charged by the Stanford University Residential Computing office. All students who live in on-campus housing will be automatically assessed a telecommunications fee on their University bill.
  • United States Post Office Box charges.   P.O. box rental is available through the Student Service Center's P.O. Box Rental Office for the academic year – September 1 to August 31.
  • StanfordCardPlan charges.   Charges made via the StanfordCardPlan (SCP) are summarized in the body of the bill and detailed at the end of the bill.

Students may contact the Student Services Center for an explanation of any charge on the University bill by submitting a HelpSU request.

Payments and Other

This section of the University bill shows all payments applied to the student account. Payments made via cash, paper checks, eCheck and wire transfer will reduce the amount shown in the Charges section. Also included in this section are transfers of charges to the Payroll Deduction Plan.

Financial Aid

Most disbursed financial aid will reduce the charges on the University bill. However, in some cases, disbursed aid is provided directly to the student in the form of a stipend (approved allowances for eligible students).


Overpayments and stipends are given to the student in the form of a check or online direct deposit. For more information, see Overview: About Student Refunds and Overview: About Student Stipends. Additionally, to prevent being provided a refund or stipend when a balance due remains on the student account, see Quick Steps: Grant Permission to Apply Financial Aid Funds to All Current Quarter Charges on My University Bill.

Anticipated Aid

Anticipated Aid is defined as any grants, scholarships, stipends, fellowships, or student loans and other aid which has not yet been applied to the charges on the University bill. Students and authorized payers may choose to subtract Anticipated Aid to calculate the amount to pay to satisfy the bill. However, Anticipated Aid is not always the amount of aid a student ultimately receives and, if the Anticipated Aid is not disbursed, is reversed, or otherwise does not repay the account balance, the student is responsible for the remaining balance on the account.

The following rules apply to the release of Anticipated Aid:

  • Students must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis.
  • For student loans, all paperwork must be completed by the student and received by the financial aid office.
  • Students may decline all or part of a student loan; if they do, the total amount of anticipated aid will be reduced.
  • Stanford's standard method of payment is via Stanford ePay as it is the fastest, most convenient, and least expensive method.
  • Stanford's standard method of providing refunds / stipends is via Direct Deposit as it is the fastest way for students to receive their funds and it ensures receipt of funds regardless of address changes.
  • If you have any questions about your University bill, please contact the Student Services Center.

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