UA adds extra charge for credit card tuition payments - Tucson News Now

UA adds extra charge for credit card tuition payments

A copy of the letter sent to UA students A copy of the letter sent to UA students
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Paying with plastic is usually convenient but will soon cost students at the University of Arizona.

University officials sent a letter to students Monday explaining a new fee being tacked on to UA tuition that could add up to hundreds of dollars in added costs of a college education.

But there is away to avoid getting charged.  

Starting in May, those who pay tuition using a credit and debit card will be charged a 2.5 percent "convenience fee" that adds to about $250 to an in-state undergraduate's annual $10,000 tuition bill.

Out-of-state tuition can be upwards of $26,000, which could result in a convenience fee of about $650.

There are no fees for checks or cash.

In a statement, school officials said: "The change is necessary because the university was spending too much on the fees credit card companies charge for their services. Those fees cost the university $2.95 million per year, which [was] being paid from tuition money."

They said students who don't want to pay the fee can pay tuition by personal checks through the mail, by cash in person or use Electronic Checks, or eChecks, through UAccess.

Students who can't pay the whole amount at once have the option of a three-installments per semester payment plan, which involves a charge of $75 per semester.

A petition on the website Change.org was started Tuesday in opposition to the fee. It has more than 4-thousand e-signatures.

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