Find answers to your questions about eStatements, banded tuition, credit card fees and much more. Feel free to contact us if you don’t find an answer to your question here.

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Quick Guide

When you register for classes, the payment due date will appear on your “Course Schedule and Fee Statement”.

You will receive an email notifying you that you have a new bill to view online when there are changes to your account. Current and past billing invoices/schedules are available for viewing through your MyPNW account. You may refer to a sample bill here.

You may sign up for direct deposit and have any refund automatically deposited in your designated bank account. Otherwise, a refund check will be mailed to your current address. If, however, the original payment was made by credit card, a credit will be issued back to the card.

A financial hold is placed on your account if you have a past due balance of any kind. A hold will prevent you from receiving or having access to your academic records (transcripts), diploma, and may cancel or prevent your future registration.

An electronic refund (ER) hold is placed on your account if you have not yet signed up for Direct Deposit. If you expect to receive refunds from financial aid or dropped classes, this is strongly recommended. Paper refund checks are only processed once a week. Setting up an eRefund account, however, is optional and will not prevent you from registering or from receiving transcripts or a diploma.

The Composite Fee, generated by a required student fee, is used to support student technology (i.e. computer labs and classrooms, smart technology in classrooms, projectors, computers, printers), the repair and maintenance of academic and student service buildings and infrastructure, student activities, intramurals, intercollegiate athletics, the fitness centers, maintenance of parking facilities, and debt service.

Purdue Northwest assesses differential fees based on students’ majors in Nursing, Business, Engineering, and Technology programs, beginning with students admitted Fall 2016. The fee will be used to support educational advancements for students in the specific major, including faculty; support and coordination of professional career development; monitoring experimental learning activities; and maintenance of labs and capstone courses.

Address changes may be made in the Registration Office:

  • Hammond campus: Lawshe Hall, Room 130
  • Westville campus: Schwarz Hall, Room 40

Banded Tuition Guide

  • Banded tuition is defined as charging a single tuition rate for credits within a defined range.
  • PNW undergraduates pay the same basic tuition rate for a course load of 12 to 18 credit hours per semester.

Banded tuition is a way to help you graduate on time and reduce the cost of your education. If you take advantage of the banded tuition and enroll in 15+ credit hours per semester, you will graduate in the traditional four years. Tuition charged by the credit hour creates a financial disincentive for students to take more courses in a particular semester. According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, an additional year of college can cost a Hoosier student more than $50,000 in tuition, lost wages and related costs.

Yes, banded tuition applies to both in-state and out-of-state undergraduate students in on-campus programs.

Financial aid eligibility will likely be the same for students enrolled in 12-18 credit hours; however, individual circumstances can vary. It is important to know that federal, state and institutional financial aid can be limited beyond the fourth year of college. Some Indiana state aid programs and some scholarships require the completion of 30 credits each academic year.

No, banded tuition applies to undergraduates only. It has been established to help undergraduate students earn a BA or BS degree in four years.

No, you will pay by credit hour during summer sessions.

Banded tuition does not have an impact on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) calculations. The amount of tuition paid is not a factor in SAP calculations. The completion percentage component is calculated by dividing the number of hours completed by the number of hours attempted. A student who enrolls in 15 hours and successfully completes 12 hours has an 80% completion rate, regardless of how much was paid for those classes.

Credit Card Convenience Fees

The cost of processing credit and debit cards keeps going up. It’s now a significant annual expense for universities, and Purdue Northwest is no exception. Unfortunately, the university cannot absorb these costs and keep a PNW education as affordable as we would like. However, we do want to continue the convenience of allowing you to use credit and debit cards as payment options.

PNW has contracted with TouchNet® PayPath. This is a third-party company that processes credit and debit card payments. This allows you to pay tuition, fees, fines and other student account charges, conveniently, online with a credit or debit card. When you use a credit card to make a payment, you will be charged a 2.95 percent processing fee by TouchNet® PayPath. The fee is charged by the third-party processor, not Purdue University Northwest.

You can pay by electronic check by providing your bank routing and account numbers online. You can mail a check or money order to the Bursar’s Office on either the Westville or Hammond Campus, or you can pay in person by check, cash, or money order.

No, credit card companies will not honor checks used electronically. The payment will be returned as “account not found.” You may use these checks through the mail or in-person only. Send mail payments to the Bursar’s Office on either campus. Always include your student ID number on the check.

Yes, students can pay online via the myPNW system.

Credit card payments cannot be made in person, over the phone, or via mail. This is a security measure that ensures the confidentiality of your payment information. Credit card payments may only be made through the myPNW system.

PayPath accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. Credit card payments can be made online via myPNW. If you need assistance, call or stop by the Bursar’s Office on the Hammond or Westville campuses.

Accessing your eStatement

Electronic statements, or eStatements, are online student, faculty, and staff invoices that display the same information as the traditional paper billing statements.

  • Students, faculty, and staff can access their eStatement through their MyPNW account.
  • Authorized users, when notified by email that an eStatement is ready, can click on the link that is provided and login using the user ID (e-mail address) and password provided.

If you want a parent, guardian, or some other person(s) to have access to your eStatements, you will be able to set them up as an “Authorized User”. When you receive an eStatement, your authorized user will also receive an e-mail notification that your eStatement is available.

eStatements provide convenient access from any computer with an internet connection 24/7. Information is secure and confidential. The eStatement can only be viewed by the student, faculty, and staff member or authorized individuals. There are no mailing and postal delays.

You will receive an email at your Purdue Northwest email informing you that your eStatement is available to view and pay. Click on the link provided in the e-mail and log in to see your eStatement.