Payment and Paperwork Policy

PURPOSE: We want students to be able to start off the semester with having all paperwork and (if necessary) payment being made so you can be better prepared to focus on your studies and succeed academically. All Traditional, Accelerated Learning, and Graduate students will have a payment and financial aid paperwork deadline of the Monday before the first day of each semester.


Fall 2023 Due Date: 8/21/23

Spring 2024 Due Date: 1/1/24

Summer 2024 Due Date: 4/22/24


Fall 2024 Due Date: 8/19/24

Spring 2025 Due Date: 1/6/25

Summer 2025 Due Date: 4/28/25


  • Complete a FAFSA form at
  • Complete any missing items (i.e. verification, selective service, missing signatures, unusual enrollment history, etc)
  • Accept or Decline all awards on the student portal at
  • If accepting loans, students must complete:
    • Entrance Counseling (EC)
    • Master Promissory Note (MPN)
    • Parent PLUS Loan MPN (if applicable)
    • Private/Alternative Loan secured (if applicable)
  • New Traditional Students Only:
    • Tuition and Fees Promissory Note
    • Institutional Aid Renewable Policy
  • If payment is due:
    • If paying in full, payment is due the Monday before the first day of the semester.
    • If doing a payment plan, the first payment is due the Monday before the first day of the semester.


  • Students will receive an “Unofficial” email at different intervals, notifying them of any outstanding items, and then daily the week leading up to the deadline. Please do not ignore these emails.
  • IMPORTANT: Students who do not complete all of the required steps will be administratively dropped from all of their courses following the payment deadline. You will not be able to move into the residence hall as a Traditional-Residential student.
  • You will receive notification to your RCU email that you have been administratively dropped from your courses.
  • If you are administratively dropped from your courses and complete your paperwork/payment after the fact, then you can re-register for courses. You may not be able to get back into the same courses as before. Traditional students must re-register by 4 pm on the first Friday after the semester begins (census date). Graduate and Accelerated Learning students must re-register by Friday 4 pm before the first day of the semester.
  • Exceptions will be limited, but must be approved by Student Financial Services.

Please contact Student Financial Services at or 248-218-2127 for any questions.