Billing & Payment FAQs

What can the Office of the Bursar help with?

  • Billing & Payment Due Dates
  • Identifying Holds/Removal of Financial Holds
  • Receipt of Outside Scholarship and Direct Pay Third-Party Checks
  • Special Billing (Third-Party Contracts & Payment Plans)
  • Refunds
  • Sibling Discounts
  • Student Health Insurance Waivers


Bursar Questions

Under What Circumstances Will A Financial Hold Be Released?

Only for those students who have enough awarded and accepted financial aid to cover their semester balances-or- those who have submitted documentation for an approved third party billing contract before the payment deadline will the hold be released. Please note, if a third-party contract or pending aid will not cover your entire balance, you must also pay the anticipated difference by the payment deadline. For all other students who receive a financial hold on their account, the balance must be under $200.00, no exceptions.

Where Should My Scholarship Provider, Employer, Or Other Direct Pay Third-Party Send The Check? should always contain the student’s full name and Howard University student identification number. The mailing address is:

Howard University
Office of the Bursar
2400 6th Street N.W. Suite 218
Washington, D.C.  20059

How Do I Sign Up For A Payment Plan?

Follow these steps:

  • Log into BisonHub - via
  • Click on the Menu button on the top-left of your BisonHub dashboard
  • Click on Financials Hub
  • Within the Suggested Links section on the left of the screen, please click on Make A Payment
    • You will be directed to your ePay page
  • From the main ePay page, click the Payment Plans tab
    • Here, you can enroll into a plan, view your schedule, and review payment plan history

Please note: Payment plans are available through Howard University ONLY for the current academic year and within the open enrollment period, no exceptions.

For more information, please visit the Payment Plans page -

How Do I Set Up A Third-Party Billing Arrangement?

  • Initial requests for third-party arrangements should be directed to our email, Include your name, student ID number, and the nature of your inquiry. You will be contacted with further instructions. Please consider the payment deadline, and submit your request at least a week before the payment due date to allow for processing.
  • Returning students must submit third-party documentation for each semester they intend to receive assistance from a third-party. Letters of credit and financial guarantees, etc., must be emailed to no later than the close of business the day of the payment deadline, no exceptions. Remember, financial responsibility remains with the student regardless of any anticipated assistance.

Tuition Rebate Program

Howard University offers tuition rebates to qualified graduates for up to half of their tuition costs that were paid out-of-pocket for the Spring 2025 semester. The Tuition Rebate Program provides a great incentive for students to complete degree requirements and graduate on time.

Below are the eligibility requirements for the University’s 2025 Tuition Rebate Program:

  • Must be graduating on time in four years (or early)
  • Not receiving tuition remission, Howard University Freshman Scholarship or Athletic Scholarship; a student may qualify if scholarship(s) does not cover the full tuition amount
  • Made direct payments (credit card, cash, checks, etc.) towards the Spring 2025 term (or Fall 2024 term for December 2024 graduates)
  • If students used any federal aid for Spring 2025, that amount is deducted from the tuition amount first before direct payments are considered (i.e., students using Parent Plus loan are ineligible if Plus loan covers full tuition amount)
  • Undergraduate students only
  • Transfer students not eligible
  • Rebate is eligible for tuition charges only

An evaluation will be performed during the first week of June for 2025 graduates (Fall 2021 cohort). Please be advised that students who qualify for the Tuition Rebate will be directly notified via email (there is no application process for the Tuition Rebate Program). Once the Office of the Bursar has determined the eligible students, their information will be forwarded to the Office of Financial Aid for coding before the Bursar’s office processes the rebate to student accounts.

Financial Responsibility Agreement FAQ’s

1. What is the Financial Agreement?

The Student Financial Responsibility Agreement (herein referred to simply as agreement) informs students of the financial responsibilities associated with enrolling for classes at Howard University and explains the potential consequences if a student fails to meet those obligations. It is part of the “Check-in” process.


2. Why do I have to acknowledge and sign the Agreement?

Our goal is to help our students understand the cost of their education and the financial policies associated with their enrollment at Howard University.  This agreement, in conjunction with our website, letters and other documentation, helps define the University’s expectations for payment, and allows us to clearly inform students of our policies related to billing, late payment penalties, contact methods, etc.


3. How often do I need to sign and complete the agreement?

Students will be asked to complete the Agreement each semester throughout their academic career at Howard University. (i.e. Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional, etc.)


4. Howard quickly can I register after completing the Agreement?

Assumingly all other requirements have been satisfied and no HOLDS are on your account, then the completion of the agreement (Check-in process) will lift the related hold immediately and you will be able to proceed with enrollment.


5. What happens if I refuse to sign?

The agreement serves as notification of potential consequences of non-payment, and to provide vital account information. If a student chooses not to complete the Agreement, they will not be permitted to register for classes until the issue is resolved.