How to Pay

Payments may be made by using any of the methods below. 

Please note: The George Washington University does not accept payments over the phone.

The eBill System

Your Student Account eBill allows you to make payments 24 hours a day via electronic check or credit card.

Electronic Check 

When making a payment using the electronic check payment method the user is prompted to enter a valid bank ABA Routing Number and Account number. By completing this payment process, the user is authorizing GW and its third party vendor to initiate a one-time Automated Clearing House (ACH) debit transaction from a designated checking or savings account to pay tuition, fees and other charges. Please note that corporate/business accounts cannot be used. Electronic check payments made through the eBill system will be reflected on the student’s account immediately. 

Credit Card

The university accepts credit card payments directly via the Student Account eBill solution. When making a payment using the credit card payment method, the user is prompted to enter a valid credit card information. By completing this payment process the user is authorizing GW and its third party vendor to initiate a one-time credit card payment to pay tuition, fees and other charges. The user is also authorizing GW’s payment processor to charge a 2.75% (minimum $3) non-refundable PayPath Payment Service fee.  This fee is assessed by our processor and will appear as a separate transaction of the cardholder’s monthly statement. Please read our Credit Card FAQ's here. Credit card payments made via the Student Account eBill solution will be reflected on the student account immediately.

Third Party

The university no longer accepts credit card payments from government agencies, corporations, and embassies sponsoring students enrolled at the university and paying directly to the student’s account. Credit card payments will be accepted if the student’s charges are billed directly to your government agency, corporation, or embassy as a third party sponsor through our Third Party Billing office. Sponsors not billed through the Third Party Billing office would be required to have their students establish them as an authorized user on their Student eBill to process the credit card payment via the PayPath payment option. See our Authorized User Access webpage for more information on how to be setup as an authorized user. See our Third Party Billing webpage for more information on deadlines and sponsorship requirements.

Chargebacks
 
A chargeback is initiated when a cardholder contacts their bank or credit card company to dispute one or more debits on their statement.  If the credit card company finds the dispute to be in favor of the cardholder, the funds are debited from the university and credited to the cardholder’s bank or credit card account. If this occurs, the student account will be assessed the full amount of the chargeback.  In the case that a chargeback includes or is initiated for the non-refundable PayPath Payment Service fee, your student account will be assessed a charge in the amount of the PayPath Payment Service fee.  The PayPath Payment Service Fee is a charge assessed by GW’s payment processor, and the terms and conditions presented and agreed to by the cardholder or student at the time of the PayPath transaction state that the transaction is not refundable under any circumstances.  A copy of the original PayPath transaction receipt and confirmation page can be provided to you at your request.  The student is responsible for any account balance that becomes due as a result of a chargeback; any outstanding balance is also subject to late payment fees and finance charges

 

Payments outside of the eBill system

Check

The university accepts personal checks, cashier’s checks, traveler’s checks, and money orders. Checks should include the student’s GWID and payment coupon, which can be found at the top of the bill. Check payments can be dropped in the drop box safe in Colonial Central or mailed to:

The George Washington University
PO Box 822543
Philadelphia, PA 19182-2543

Please be sure to write your student GWID on the check.  Payments made via check will be reflected on the student’s account when the payment is processed.

Wire Transfer

In order to process a wire transfer for the payment of your bill, your bank requires the university's ABA Routing Number and Account Number which are listed on the Wire Transfer Information Form (PDF). We suggest that you provide this form, including your full name and GWID, to your financial institution for wire processing.

The George Washington University does not charge you a fee to process your wire transfer payment. However, your bank, or banks through which your funds are sent, may deduct a transfer fee(s) and/or exchange fees from your original payment. If there is a discrepancy with the payment amount received by GW, please contact your bank directly.

Payments made via wire transfer will be reflected on the student’s account when the payment is processed.

Please note that posting times for wire transfers vary depending on the originating bank and you can expect longer processing times for international wire transfers.

Cash

The university does not accept cash payments.

Returned Payments

If your payment is returned, a $35 Returned Payment Fee is automatically applied to your account. We also assess a financial hold on all returned payments. This hold can only be removed 10 business days after the outstanding balance has been paid in full.