About University Collections
University Collections, a division of the Office of the University Bursar, is Ohio State’s debt recovery team. They monitor and collect on past due student accounts and balances due to university departments for goods provided or services rendered. They also maintain and collect on certain types of student loans.
Pay Online - Past Due Tuition and Fees
Pay tuition and fees that are more than one term past due using one of the following methods.
Important: these online web payment portals are intended for past due tuition and fees. If you need to pay current term tuition and fees, please visit the Pay Tuition and Fees page on this site.
If you need to make a payment toward your Perkins, Health Professions, or University Loan, visit Perkins, Health Professions, and University Loans.
Current & Recent Former Students If You Received Your Bill from ECSI
(Account and PIN Number Required)
Electronic check payments (ACH) made through My Buckeye Link are free. If you choose to pay with a credit or debit card through My Buckeye Link, a 2.75% convenience fee is assessed at checkout.
Payments made through ECSI may be assessed a processing fee, depending on the method and frequency you choose. Learn more about ECSI's processing fees (link is external).
What is ECSI?
University Collections contracts with Educational Computer Systems, Inc. (ECSI) to generate monthly billing statements for past due tuition and fees for former students who can no longer access their My Buckeye Link account. The amount of time you can access your My Buckeye Link account varies.
If you have not received a bill from ECSI but wish to pay a balance for a prior term, we recommend attempting to pay online through My Buckeye Link first. If you are unable to access My Buckeye Link, contact the University Collections team for help.
Other Payment Options - Past Due Tuition and Fees
Please consider paying online when feasible, as it is fast, convenient, and safe. If you are unable to remit payment this way, you may utilize one of the following options. For our safety and your peace of mind, we cannot accept cash payments (either in-person or by mail).
Mail a Payment to Ohio State
Please make all checks payable to The Ohio State University and include the student or former student's name and OSU ID number in the Memo line. Failure to include this information with your payment may result in processing delays.
Submit your personal check payment for past due tuition and fees to:
The Ohio State University - Collections
PO Box 183248
Columbus, OH 43218-3248
Please allow 1-2 weeks from the time you send your payment for it to post to your account. All mailed payments are processed within 24 hours of receipt at the Office of the University Bursar.
- Print a Payment Coupon from My Buckeye Link - coming soon!
- How to Complete a Paper Check
Make a Payment to the Ohio Attorney General's Office - Accounts 1+ Year Past Due
If your account is over one year past due, it is subject to transfer to the Ohio Attorney General's Office for further collections attempts. If you would like to pay online toward an account placed with the Ohio Attorney General (OAG), please visit their website.
If you require other payment arrangements, please contact the Attorney General's Office at 888-301-8885.
University Collections is unable to process payments received toward accounts placed with the OAG.
Establish a Repayment Plan for an Account in Collections
Contact University Collections
P: 614-292-1056, option 2
M-R 8:00am - 4:00pm
F: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Failure to resolve your past due balance by paying in full or establishing and maintaining a repayment plan will result in continued collection activity. University Collections is required, by state law, to place delinquent accounts with the Ohio Attorney General for further collection activity.
Collections Timeline and Impacts
The timeline below explains how your account may be impacted if the balance remains unpaid for a given period of time. Most university services are restricted until your balance is paid in full. Your account ages based on the due date of each charge on your statement of account.
|Days Past Due||Impacted Services|
|1-60 (1 - 2 months)|
|61-120 (3 - 4 months)|
|121-365 (5-12 months)|
|366+ (1 year)|
About Financial Holds
If you owe money to Ohio State, an administrative hold will be added to your My Buckeye Link account. Holds restrict certain services, including but not limited to course registration; receipt of grades, transcripts, or diplomas; denial of library or recreational services; and football ticket pickup. If you attempt to graduate while an administrative hold is on your account, you will not receive a diploma until your hold has been cleared.
Visit Late Fees and Financial Holds to learn more about holds and procedures for clearing them. Your balance must be paid in full in order to have a financial hold removed.
About Finance Charges
Each month your account is in Collections (61+ days past due) you will be assessed a finance charge, 1% of the principal balance. This appears as a Finance Charge line item on your statement of account.
About the Ohio Attorney General's Office
Once a debt is more than 365 days (1 year) past its original due date, it may be transferred to the Ohio Attorney General (OAG) for additional collections attempts, in accordance with Ohio Revised Code.
In addition to standard collections strategies, the Ohio Attorney General may utilize state tax refund offsets, bank account attachments, and litigation to recover funds.
Customers who establish a repayment plan with University Collections will not have their debt transferred to the OAG, provided they continue meeting the terms of their payment agreement.
Once an account has been transferred to the OAG, any payments must be made directly to them. University Collections is unable to process payments received toward accounts placed with the OAG.
Upcoming Important Dates
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