Payment Methods

Iowa State Universty accepts payments through AccessPlus and by check. Below you can see details about the various payment options. If you don't see a payment option you want, or have any questions, you can call 515-294-7388, email, or stop by our office at 0880 Beardshear Hall. Full terms and conditions for the U-Bill can be read here.


Payment can be made on AccessPlus using your account and routing number. We DO NOT accept credit/debit cards for U-Bill payments. A guide for this process can be found here.


Checks should be made payable to Iowa State University with the Student ID Number or Customer Number in the memo/remit line. There is a drop box located on the ground floor of Beardshear Hall for checks and certified funds. You can also mail in your payment to...

ISU Treasurer's Office 
1220 Beardshear Hall 
515 Morrill Rd
Ames, IA 50011

International Payments

Iowa State University does not accept direct wire payments. All international payments should be facilitated through Convera or wired to a bank account in the United Stated to then use for online payment on AccessPlus.

Processing FAQ:

  • Bank -to- bank transfer initiated through your AccessPlus account
  • Pay in the currency of your choice and have it converted to U.S. Dollars
    • If the currency of your choice is not listed select USD and the banks will process the conversion
  • Exchange rate valid for 72 hours after transaction is initiated
  • Payments transmitted to ISU electronically, typically posted in 3 to 5 days
  • If you have questions you can view this powerpoint or contact us by phone or email.


529/Education Savings Plan

We are happy to take payments from your 529 Plan or Education Savings Account. It would be best to reach out to your plan provider for specific information of your plan. For more information about the payment processes from our side, visit this page.

Employer Reimbursement Deferment Plan

Applicable charges can be deferred until after grades are presented to allow tuition reimbursement plans from employers to pay those fees. For more information about this offering, click here.

Sponsored Students

If you are a student with a sponsorship or financial guarantee from an organization, government, or trust please visit this page for information about how the university can help handle your situation.

    Payment Plans

    There are currently 3 different payment plans offered for charges on the U-Bill. These plans allow for some flexibility in paying the semester fees across as much as a full year. If you have any questions please reach out to us by either calling 515-294-7388, emailing, or stopping by our office at 0880 Beardshear Hall.

    Pay in Full - No Fee

    If you pay the full account balance listed on the U-Bill by the 20th of the month there will be no additional fee. There is always the chance of other charges being added, but paying in full will avoid any late fees.

    Deferred Billing Plan - $20 Fee per Semester

    When the new semester's U-Bill is available in AccessPlus on the 1st of the month, it will show the total balance and a minimum payment listed. Simply pay the minimum due listed on the U-Bill by the 20th of the month and you will automatically be enrolled in the Deferred Billing Plan. This plan splits your semester bill (tuition, mandatory fees, room, and meal plan) up into 3 installments for an additional $20 deferred billing fee per semester. The $20 deferred billing fee is added to your second installment.

    The payments on this plan will need to be completed by the following dates:

    • Fall:

      • August 20th
      • September 20th
      • October 20th
    • Spring:
      • January 20th
      • February 20th
      • March 20th
    • Summer:
      • May 20th
      • June 20th
      • July 20th


    The minimum payment is calculated by billing the approximate 1/3 of eligible deferred charges (tuition, room, meal plan, and some fees) plus all of the miscellaneous (non-deferred) charges that have been added to the U-Bill during the month. This is the minimum amount due displayed on your U-Bill.

    Monthly Payment Plan


    The enrollment period for this plan has ended and it will not be offered in future years but adjustments to plans already established can be made at any time. This can be done on AccessPlus by going to Account/U-Bill, Monthly Payment Plan, making any necessary adjustments to the budget and selecting Recalculate or entering a designated payment amount in the Override Calculated Amount and selecting Approve. Changes may not take effect until the next month's payment. You may also contact for assistance.

    If the payment plan needs to be cancelled for any reason, you may do so via AccessPlus, although the enrollment fee is non-refundable.

    Past Due Balances

    You will not be able to register for classes for the next term or get a copy of your transcript until you have resolved this hold.  Also, charging to your U-Bill from the University Book Store or other ISU Departments may be restricted. More information can be found here.

    Options to resolve:

    • Pay your past due balance.
    • If you are unable to pay your balance due, contact the Accounts Receivable Office at (515) 294-7388 or stop by our office at 0880 Beardshear Hall.  You may also email us at