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Salem State University offers many ways for students and families to pay for their education. Most people begin by applying for financial aid and confirming their award letter. If financial aid does not cover the entire cost of attending, the university has other options to help students pay their bill. 


Note: If you do not receive sufficient financial aid or a loan award, you are solely responsible for all tuition and fees due.


Payment Options

          How to make an online payment

  • Personal checks can be used to make an electronic payment online through TouchNet.        
  • All major credit cards are accepted, however a 2.75 percent non-refundable service fee ($3 minimum fee) will be assessed by TouchNet, our credit card processor, for credit card payments. Credit card payments must be made online through TouchNet via Navigator.              
  • Enrollment in an interest-free monthly payment plan offered by Tuition Management Systems.
  • Personal checks, bank checks and money orders can be mailed to the Student Navigation Center, 352 Lafayette St., Salem, MA 01970 Attention: Student Accounts

Please note: The Student Navigation Center does not accept cash or ClipperCash as payment for student bills.

Due Dates

All Degree Seeking Students    

 Fall bills are due August 5
   Spring bills are due January 5
   Summer I bills are due May 25
   Summer II bills are due July 25
All Non-Degree Seeking Students  Payment is due no later than 11 pm 
 the day you register

Degree-seeking students may choose to pay at the time of registration or may be billed for their coursework. Upon registering for classes, a monthly eBill will be generated. Monthly eBills are always available for viewing on the second Tuesday of the month. A notification will be sent to your Salem State email address informing you that an eBill is available through your Navigator account. No paper bills will be generated.  Payments can be made online through your Navigator account, in person or by mail.


Non degree graduate and continuing and professional studies students will continue to pay at the time of registration.

Additional Billing information

  • Original tuition waiver, voucher or tuition remission form must be presented at time of registration. No refund will be processed if presented after registration is completed. These may not be applied to the cost of an institute, directed study, thesis, internship, or independent study course.
  • Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver - Students 60 years of age or over may enroll on a space available basis in credit courses with tuition waived.  However, fees are charged per credit hour. For directed study courses, as well as institutes and seminars, the full program cost plus all fees are charged. The eligible student must be a Massachusetts resident and provide proof of age at the time of registration. Registration will begin one week prior to the start of the course. 

  • Changes of sections and changes of courses via online registration will require payment in full; payment credits cannot be used via self-service registration. Refunds are processed through the student accounts office.
  • Students with a financial hold on their account will not receive their official university transcript until that hold has been resolved.

Payment Policy Information

  • Fall semester and spring semester charges are billed separately. We do not send paper bills. 
  • Email notifications are sent out when an eBill is available for viewing. eBills are available the second Tuesday of every month. Fall eBills are generated in July, and spring eBills are generated in December.
  • The online eBill can be downloaded and printed out for your records. Failure to comply with the university's payment due dates may result in late payment penalties.
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