Payment Policy at COD
College of DuPage requires all students to pay their account balance in full or enroll in one of our flexible payment plans at the time of registration. If your account balance is not paid in full at the time of registration, or you have not enrolled in a payment plan, you may be dropped from your classes for the amount owed. Students receiving financial aid (i.e., grants and loans) may be eligible to enroll in the College's Deferred Payment Plan. Eligibility for the Deferred Payment Plan is dependent upon your financial aid status at the time you register. View Payment Plan information.
Financial Aid refund checks
College of DuPage provides notification via email to students when refunds are issued on a student's account. Student account refunds may be issued via direct deposit, credit card, or paper check. College of DuPage's preferred refund method is direct deposit (also known as eRefunds). Enrollment is free and can be done through the student portal. Read more about enrolling in direct deposit.
Important Financial Aid Dates
This is the earliest the HEERF funds will be applied to your student account to cover any outstanding tuition and/or book charges for Fall Semester 2021.
This is the earliest the following financial aid funds will be disbursed to your student account to cover any outstanding tuition and/or book charges for Fall Semester 2021. Any funds in excess of those charges will be refunded to you in about 10 to 14 business days later. Students are encouraged to sign up for eRefunds through their myACCESS:
- Illinois MAP Grant
- Federal Pell Grant
- Students who are enrolled in a 12 week session or 2nd 8 week session will have their Pell Grant disbursed after each session starts and attendance is confirmed.
- SEOG Grant
- Student to Student Grant
- Federal Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized and PLUS Loans
- Scenario 1: Students who are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours for either the full 16-week or the 12-week sessions.
- Scenario 2: Students who are only enrolled in the 2nd 8 week session will not have their loans disburse until after that session has begun.
- Scenario 3: Students who are enrolled in a combination of a 1st 8 week session, a12-week session or a16-week session and whose total hours will not equal 6 credit hours until after the 2nd 8 week session has begun, their loan funds will disburse after the 2nd 8-week session starts.
The 2022-2023 FAFSA covers Fall Semester 2022, Spring Semester 2023 and Summer Semester 2023 (depending eligibility).
The 2022-2023 Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid covers Fall Semester 2022 and Spring Semester 2023.
If you need help filing your 2021-2022 or 2022-2023 FAFSA or Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid, please sign up for a 45 minute Virtual Session.
The last day eligible students can use grants, scholarships, loans and HEERF Funds in the bookstore for Fall Semester 2021.