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Important Dates

Being aware of important dates and deadlines is critical both academically and financially.

Upcoming Tuition Payment Deadlines

Summer Tuition Payment Deadline: May 27, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.
Mail-in Deadline: May 18, 2020 (Mail-in payments should be received by this date.)

Fall Tuition Payment Deadline: August 12, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.
Mail-in Deadline: August 6, 2020 (Mail-in payments should be received by this date.)


Being unaware of financial dates and deadlines can result in:

  • being dropped from courses for non-payment
  • owing for courses dropped outside of the 100% refund period for particular parts of the term
  • registration holds

Important Payment Dates and Deadlines

The following dates and deadlines only apply to the university's Columbia campus. For students on our system campuses, please visit your campus website.

Dates/Deadlines Summer 2020 Fall 2020
Bills Available on Self Service Carolina April 16, 2020 July 16, 2020
Mail-In Tuition Payment Deadline May 18, 2020 August 6, 2020
Tuition Payment Deadline May 27, 2020 August 12, 2020
Processing of Refunds Begins * May 22, 2020
(Allow 3 – 5 Days for Processing)
August 17, 2020
(Allow 3 – 5 Days for Processing)
First Day of Classes VARIES August 20, 2020
(Part of Term 30)

NOTE: Due to the large number of parts of term for each semester, it will be the student's responsibility to drop, add or change classes within the posted deadlines to avoid charges. Please check the dates and deadlines (W, WF, Refund, Withdrawal) for every class you take.

*Paper or electronic check payments will delay the processing of refunds by 14 days.

For more information, please refer to the university's Refund of Academic Fees Policy (FINA 4.06).

Late Payments

If you register for classes after the payment deadline, your payment is due immediately. Additionally, if you are dropped from classes as a result of nonpayment, a $75 fee will be assessed for re-enrollment. Learn more about drops, withdrawals and late admissions.

Withdrawal and Refund Dates

Withdrawal deadlines should not be used in determining how to receive a 100% refund on tuition. For more details, please review the withdrawal information provided by the University Registrar, or view the Parts of Term Dates and Deadlines located in the Academics section of

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