Payment OptionsPayments can be processed as follows:
Unless there is a prior billing arrangement with the student's host institution, IAU will send an invoice to the student via email. If payment is not received by the due date indicated on the student invoice, a $150 late fee will be applied to the student’s account. IAU will not allow students to register for classes if their accounts show outstanding balances not related to documented financial aid disbursements and reserves the right to prevent students from sitting for final exams if their invoices are not paid in full.
Questions regarding invoices and payments should be directed to Ms. Kristin Ouerfelli, Director of Administration, based in Aix-en-Provence, France. If your question is
Payment deadlines are as follows:
|Fall Semester||July 5|
|January Term||November 1|
|Spring Semester||December 5|
|Summer Term||May 5|
Credit card payments can be made through IAU's secure payment portal. IAU accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. A transaction fee of $150 will be assessed for payments exceeding $5,000. Multiple credit card payments for the same student whose cumulative total exceeds $5,000 will also be assessed the fee. Payments made on the portal should be clearly marked with the student's name in the description section.
Checks must be clearly marked with the student's name and IAU program listed in the memo section of the check. A $35 fee will be added to invoices if a check is returned due to insufficient funds.
When paying by check, please mail to:
Institute for American Universities
409 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108
For payments by ACH or Wire, please contact IAU’s U.S. Office via email or (800) 221-2051.
Students on Financial Aid
Students who expect to receive financial aid disbursements to help pay for some or all of their program fees should notify IAU immediately by submitting the Financial Assistance Form. Students should complete the student portion and then have a financial aid advisor from their home institution complete the final section and return to IAU via e-mail, fax (847-864-6897) or mail (IAU College, 409 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 303, San Diego, CA). Students are responsible for paying anything not covered by expected financial aid by the payment deadline.
Students must submit the Financial Assistance Form by the following deadlines:
|Fall Semester||June 15|
|January Term||November 1|
|Spring Semester||October 15|
|Summer Term||April 15
IAU is pleased to offer a payment plan for its study abroad students who pay IAU directly for their program fees. Students can spread their payments over a period of several months, interest-free, to conclude no later than one month before the end of their term abroad. There is a one-time $30 Payment Plan Fee that will be paid in addition to the first monthly payment. If you’re considering a payment plan, please contact Ms. Kristin Ouerfelli to establish your payment schedule. Payment can be made by check or ACH payment. For the latter, IAU asks the student to initiate the ACH direct deposit, details for which will be shared by IAU directly. Please note, students who submit payment for the program to their home institution are not eligible to enroll in a payment plan through IAU.
Parents claiming students as dependents often wish to use tuition paid for study abroad programs toward educational tax credits. IAU does not issue 1098-T forms. If a student’s home institution bills for the program’s tuition, it should issue the 1098-T form. If students pay IAU directly, they or their parents are recommended to seek professional tax advice as to whether such payments would be eligible given that the home campus applies the credits toward a degree. While IAU cannot provide any tax advice, the Registrar can furnish a zero-balance account statement.