What do I do with my first tuition bill?
It’s hard to believe, but July is here and that means you’ll soon be receiving your child’s first college bill (if you haven’t already). Although you may have been preparing for this day for what seems like an eternity, that first tuition bill can still catch you off guard. Here are some things you should know before making any payments.
First, most colleges use a “paperless” billing system. Usually, the student (not the parents) will receive an email notification that the college bill is due, and the charges can be viewed on the student’s web portal. Some colleges have parent portals that, with your child’s permission, allow you to view financial aid and billing statements. If your child’s school doesn’t have a parent portal, you may want to ask your son or daughter to share their login information with you so that you can access and pay the bill.