Billing and Payment

Payment Options

Deadlines for tuition and fees payment are listed in the dates and deadlines section of your program’s academic calendar. You can pay for your course online or in person by check, money order, or credit card*. Access online payments via Buff Portal via the Tuition & Fees card. Click on Balance Summary, then View/Pay Bill, which will direct you to CU Bill&Pay, the university’s secure online billing and payment system.

*You will be assessed a nonrefundable 2.85% service fee for credit card payments.

Visit us at 1505 University Avenue or call us at 303-492-2212 if you have any questions.

Credit Card Payments

Students and parents or other authorized payers can make secure payments online via Buff Portal and in person with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Effective fall 2013, you will be charged a nonrefundable 2.85% service fee for credit card payments. Debit card are acceptable but the nonrefundable service fee of 2.85% of the payment amount applies. The total is based on the payment amount for each transaction. The rate is established by our vendor NelNet to cover the credit card transaction fees assessed by credit card companies, and the university does not receive any part of the service fee.

To avoid the service fee, you can use an echeck using your checking or savings account instead. Select the online echeck payment option and enter your bank routing and account numbers. Payments can also be mailed or delivered in person at Continuing Education, 1505 University Avenue. To divide your bill payments between credit card and echeck, follow the instructions for How to View and Pay Itemized Bill.

If you have any questions about paying with a credit card, please contact us at 303-492-2212 or by email at

Employee Reimbursement

Employee reimbursement is when a student enrolls in a class and the company agrees to reimburse the student after the student has completed the class and met grade requirements. The student must pay for the class at the time of registration or by the appropriate due date. If the class is for credit, the student also has the option of making a payment arrangement. Continuing Education will not bill the company for employee reimbursements.

Note: Continuing Education courses are excluded from the University of Colorado Employee Tuition Benefit Program. Visit the CU Employee Tuition Benefit website for more information.

International Student Payments

International students can make education payments in the currency of their choice through a secure online service. Visit the Flywire website to transfer funds. The service converts funds to U.S. dollars and directly transfers the payment to Continuing Education.

For questions, contact the accounting department at 303-492-2212 or

Refunds and Tuition Adjustments

Students who drop or withdraw from a course or courses may be eligible for a tuition adjustment depending on their residency status, when they drop or withdraw from the course, and the number of credits in which they are enrolled. If a student is eligible for a tuition adjustment, they will only get a refund if they have paid tuition. If they have not paid tuition, the amount they owe will be adjusted (eliminated).

Students paying in-state tuition who are eligible for a tuition adjustment/refund will receive a percentage of the tuition of the class or classes from which they are dropping or withdrawing. For example: A 60% tuition adjustment means a 60% tuition refund and 40% tuition payment.

The percentage of the tuition adjustment/refund is based on when they drop or withdraw from the class or classes. Please see the appropriate Academic Calendar for specific deadlines.

Students paying non-resident tuition are not eligible for a tuition adjustment/refund if after dropping or withdrawing from a class or classes, they are still enrolled in 4 credits or more. If the remaining number of credits is 3 or less, the student will be eligible for a tuition adjustment/refund based on the difference between original tuition paid and the tuition of the credits remaining. The exact percentage of the tuition adjustment/refund is based on when students drop or withdraw from the class or classes. Please see the appropriate Academic Calendar for specific deadlines.

Course fees are non-refundable. Student fees are non-refundable unless a student can prove through the petition process that they were never able to access any of the services provided by the student fees.

Payment Plans

Students may be eligible to pay their tuition and fees in installments over the course of the current semester. Optional payment plans are available for undergraduate and graduate students or their authorized payers. Re-enrollment is required each semester you choose to participate.

A payment plan is a good option for students and families who can allow debits from one bank account or credit card to occur on a consistent basis. Payments must be made via automatic deduction (ACH) from a regular United States checking or savings account or credit/debit card. This option is not a good fit if payments will be made from multiple sources because automatic deductions/debits must come from only one bank account or credit card.

Continuing Education accepts American Express, MasterCard, Visa and DISCOVER. Automatic deductions are processed on the 5th of the month. When the 5th falls on a weekend, payments are processed the following business day. Dates and plan terms may be subject to change without notice.


  • A minimum $250 tuition and fee balance (estimated or actual).
  • Tuition and fee account must be in good standing (not past due).
  • Study Abroad participants are not eligible to enroll.

Costs to participate

  • $30 nonrefundable enrollment fee per semester (charged by NelNet Business Solutions)
  • $30 fee if a payment plan payment is returned (charged by NelNet Business Solutions)
  • A nonrefundable 2.85 percent (2.85%) service fee applies to all credit/debit card payments (charged by NelNet Business Solutions)

How to Enroll in a Payment Plan

  1. Students log in to Buff Portal. Authorized payers log in to CUBill&Pay and go to step 4. Please note: Whoever signs up for the plan becomes the “plan owner” and only that person can change the plan.
  2. Click on the Billing Information tab.
  3. Select Payment Plans.
  4. In the left menu, select CE Boulder Payment Plan.
  5. Follow the instructions to enroll in the plan.
  6. When you complete enrollment and activate your plan, your automatic deduction/debit is scheduled to occur on the 5th of each month. You do not need to do anything further. (If you need to cancel your plan, contact the Continuing Education Bursar’s Office.)
  7. You must re-enroll in the plan each semester.

Tuition Balances and Rebalancing

The amount of a student’s account balance may change due to changes in course fees, adding or dropping classes, or financial aid. If the student’s tuition and fee account balance decreases, the payment plan monthly deductions will be rebalanced automatically so that the adjusted balance is split evenly over the remaining months of your plan. You do not need to take action in this case.

If the student’s tuition and fee account balance increases, the plan owner is required to log in and manually rebalance the payment plan. For instructions, see the how-to guide on the Bursar’s website.

If you have questions or need to cancel a payment plan, contact us at 303-492-2212 or email

Now that you’ve selected your favorite Continuing Education courses, email or print the information, including class number, to more easily search Buff Portal and enroll. Still have questions? Contact an advisor.


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