Finances

The Bursar’s Office is responsible for student account and billing information, receiving payments for tuition and fees, collecting unpaid payments and delivering refunds. The Bursar's Office is located in the University Services Building, room 104. If you are a sponsored student, check with ISS Sponsored Programs for billing and payment information.

It is your responsibility to make informed decisions about banking and finances. As an international student, you may be particularly vulnerable to scams and fraud so it is important to educate yourself about the banking system in the U.S. and know how to protect your financial information.
 

How do I pay for my tuition?

You can use UAccess to pay for tuition, fees and related expenses. The Bursar’s Office will also mail you an account summary, but your UAccess account will provide the most updated information.

If you pay by credit or debit card, you will be charged a 2.5% service fee in addition to the University of Arizona payment amount. If you pay by echeck by entering your U.S. bank information, you will not be charged an additional service fee. You can pay with check by mail or in person. Cash payments must be made in person. For a detailed explanation of these methods, read about payment options on the Bursar’s website. If you are not sure how to write a check, watch this video for instructions.

The UA offers a Tuition Payment Plan for the fall and/or spring semesters which allows you to spread tuition payments over 3 installments per semester. You must enroll for this service in UAccess each semester prior to the tuition payment deadline and pay a $75.00 per semester non-refundable enrollment fee.

If you are a sponsored student, check with ISS Sponsored Programs  for billing and payment information.
 

When is my tuition due?

Tuition is due by the first day of class each semester. Check the Bursar’s Office webpage for a full list of payment deadlines.  Being aware of deadlines will help you avoid costly late charges and fees.
 

What should I know about banking in the U.S.?

Most purchases in the U.S. are completed by debit or credit card, so choose your bank wisely and take care of your banking cards and information. You can use the following factors to select your bank:

  • Service fees for ATM transactions

  • Fees for overdraft protection

  • Minimum fees for opening an account

  • Availability and location of ATMs

Most banks require that you present at least two forms of identification, such as your passport and your UA CatCard or State of Arizona issued identification card. Some banks also require a Social Security Number (SSN) to open an account or to apply for a credit card, but only international students with employment are eligible for an SSN. If you open an account through Wells Fargo bank, you can link it directly to your UA CatCard for quick and convenient transactions on campus.

If you would like more advice about banking and finances, the Take Charge Cats offer workshops on spending habits, budgeting and saving.
 

How can I be a safe and knowledgeable consumer?

All individuals are at risk for identity theft and financial scams. Unfortunately, international students are frequent victims of these scams. Here are some tips for your safety:

  1. Do not share your checking or debit card PIN number with anyone, not even a close friend or relative.

  2. Do not write your PIN number down. Memorize it!

  3. Do not carry large amounts of cash in public. Instead, use a checking or debit card to make transactions to avoid losing cash or getting robbed.

  4. Keep your purse, wallet, or backpack close to you at all times.

  5. Carefully check your ATM or card transactions. Report any mistakes to your bank immediately.

  6. Carry only the cards you need.

Use the following resources to protect yourself as a consumer:
The Federal Trade Commission has information on lost or stolen credit cards, credit card fraud, avoiding scams, privacy and identity and more.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also provides detailed information on credit cards.

ASUA Legal Services is a free on-campus service for students who need advice and legal assistance.
 

What should I do if my debit if credit card has been lost or stolen?

  1. Immediately contact the bank or credit card company to report the lost or stolen card and ask them to put a stop on any withdrawals from your card. Once you report the loss of your ATM or debit card, federal law says you cannot be held liable for unauthorized transfers that occur after that time.

  2. Contact the UA Police Department or Tucson Police Department to report any stolen items.

  3. Follow-up by periodically checking your account activity.