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Billing and Payments

Billing and Payment Information

Charging to Accounts

Northwest allows students to charge various items throughout campus to their University account. All miscellaneous charges are due by the 15th of the following month. Listed below are some of the items we allow to be charged to accounts.

  • Bearcat Shop charges
  • Dining dollars (food)
  • Parking fines
  • Parking permits
  • Wellness Services charges
  • Laser printing
  • Art store charges
  • Performing Arts tickets
  • Yearbook
  • Transcript

Monthly Billing Statement

Students will receive their fall billing statement mid-July and the spring billing statement in mid-December. Full payment must be made on or before the due date to avoid finance charges.

Northwest uses a balance forward system. Any unpaid charges will appear on subsequent bills as a previous balance. Just like your MasterCard or VISA statement, charges will not be itemized a second time. Only new charges will be itemized.

Failure to pay the minimum due or make acceptable payment arrangements with the Office of Student Account Services could result in the students inability to use their meal plan and the possibility of administrative withdrawal. A series of email notifications are sent prior to any of these measures. Student fees and miscellaneous charges are billed monthly and are consolidated on the billing statement. This allows the University to send the student one monthly billing statement covering all charges including tuition, technology fees, textbook rental fees as well as room and board. The student ID card, Bearcat Card, also serves as a campus charge card. The charges are billed through one consolidated account for items such as Bearcat Shop purchases, copy charges, dining dollars, parking permits and Wellness Services charges.

Where Are Bills Sent?

All bills will be emailed to the student's Northwest email account.

Students may add additional authorized users to receive an email notification of the new bill to which they can view online.

Dual Credit Students: In addition to the above, dual credit students will receive a paper bill each month to the permanent address listed on file.

Installment Plan (Fall 2022 - Summer 2023)

Students are encouraged to pay the total balance on or before the due date to avoid finance charges. Students will automatically be enrolled in an installment plan at the time they receive their bill. Students can view their installment amounts in the payment center.

Things to know

  • A 1% finance charge will apply to any unpaid, billed balance on the 16th of each month.
  • Financial aid and scholarships will reduce the overall balance on your account and cannot be used towards an installment payment.
  • If financial aid and/or scholarships are not authorized to your account by the due date, you will be subject to a finance charge. If a scholarship check is made payable to the student and Northwest, student endorsement will be required before it can post to the student’s account.
  • Monthly automatic withdrawal available.

View Your Installment Amount

  1. Log into the Payment Center
  2. Payment Plans tab

Direct Deposit

Students anticipating a refund can sign up for direct deposit. 

  • Enter the Payment Center by logging into CatPAWS
  • Select the Account tab
  • Select Payment Center
  • In the Payment Center, select Refunds at the top of the page
  • Select Set up account and continue through the prompts to set up your profile

Statement of Financial Responsibility

The Financial Responsibility Statement outlines the terms and conditions of the financial responsibilities and obligations associated with attending Northwest Missouri State University.

View the Statement of Financial Responsibility View PDF

Paying Your bill

Methods of Payment

In person

  • Check, cash*, debit card, credit card or money order
  • *Northwest will accept $500 per day and no more than $1,500 per semester, in cash payments, for each account holder.


  • Electronic check
  • Online debit
  • Credit card

Pay Now


  • Cashiering Office
    Northwest Missouri State University
    800 University Drive
    Maryville, MO 64468-6001
  • Be sure to include your 919#

International Wire Transfer


Northwest Missouri State University has partnered with Flywire to streamline the tuition payment process of international payments. Flywire allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, generally in your home currency.

By making your payment with Flywire you can:

  • Track your payments from start to finish
  • Save on bank fees and exchange rates
  • Contact their multilingual customer support team with any questions, day, or night

To make the payment:

If you have questions about making an international payment visit

Northwest and Flywire Partnership Letter View PDF

Western Union

Northwest Missouri State University has chosen Western Union to give you a simple, reliable way to pay.  This allows you to pay in your home currency, either online or by bank transfer, with competitive exchange rates and takes the stress and uncertainty out of paying for your tuition.  Please transfer only the amount due on your student account to avoid payment delays.

How to make a payment:

  1. Login to the Payment Center
  2. Select make a payment
  3. Add the amount to pay, select continue
  4. Under the Method, select Bank Wire and follow the prompts

If you have a payment in progress and have questions or need help with a payment initiated by foreign currency, please contact Western Union Business Solutions customer support team at +1 (877) 218-8829 or +1 (402) 884-3041 or email


Your student account is the place for paying your tuition and fees online.  Northwest Missouri State University has teamed up with TransferMate to provide a streamlined and secure payment method through your student account that also reduces bank fees and improves your payment experience.  With TransferMate, students can pay tuition and fees in their local currency from nearly any country.

What are the benefits?

  • Accurate currency conversions
  • Competitive exchange rates
  • Local currency payment methods
  • Faster payment posting to your student account
  • Exceptional customer service

Get started by logging into the Payment Center, through CatPAWS. Watch this video for a quick demo.

How to make a payment:

  • Login to the Payment Center
  • Select Make Payment
  • Add the amount to pay, select Continue
  • Under the Method, select TransferMate INTL and follow the prompts

With TransferMate, rates are held for 48 hours, you can track your transaction throughout the payment process and have access to 24-7 customer support. For assistance, contact