Paying Tuition with Financial Aid

If you are receiving financial aid, and all of your financial aid documents are complete, most of your aid will be automatically disbursed to your account for payment of on-campus charges. If the charges are greater than the financial aid, the remaining balance can be paid using your CofC EBill Account. EBill information may be found on the CofC Treasurer website or you may call 843.953.5572. If the financial aid is greater than the charges, an excess aid deposit will be made to refund the remaining financial aid to the student.

Payment Plan

The College of Charleston offers an installment payment plan, which allows the student/parent to pay tuition, fees, room, and board in four equal installments per semester. Information about this option may be obtained by visiting the Office of the Treasurer website or contacting the Office of the Treasurer 843.953.5572. Students with financial aid can use this to pay a remaining balance, or cover part of tuition while completing financial aid documents.

Excess Aid Deposits

Expecting a student refund check?  Excess financial aid is returned to the student in the form of an excess aid deposit after the student's CofC balance due has been paid. Once your financial aid has fed to your CofC EBill account, the Treasurer's Office is responsible for generating your refund check. The Treasurer's Office should deposit excess financial aid to the student's automatic deposit account set up in CofC EBill Account by the first day of class; for more information see How do I set-up a refund direct deposit account?  In order to receive your refund you must:

  1. Review the estimated financial aid listed on your EBill statement to ensure that the aid exceeds tuition, fees, housing cost, meal plans and any other charges.
  2. Check your Financial Aid eligibility status in CofC MyPortal to ensure that you have submitted all required documents to the Office of Financial Assistance & Veterans Affairs.
  3. Set-up automatic deposit in your CofC EBill Account. Automatic deposit accounts may take up to 10 days to establish, so complete this long before school starts.


Note: If you plan to DROP OR ADD a course during the drop/add period, email a financial aid counselor immediately at Please include your name, your College of Charleston ID number, and the number of hours you plan to be enrolled for us to update your financial aid information.