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Important Dates

Being aware of important dates and deadlines is critical both academically and financially.

Upcoming Tuition Payment Deadlines

Spring Tuition Payment Deadline: January 3, 2024, by 5:00 p.m.
Mail-in Deadline: December 15, 2023 (Mail-in payments should be received by this date.)


Being unaware of financial dates and deadlines can result in:

  • being dropped from courses for non-payment
  • owing for courses dropped outside of the 100% refund period for particular parts of the term
  • registration holds

Important Payment Dates and Deadlines

The following dates and deadlines only apply to the university's Columbia campus. For students on our system campuses, please visit your campus website.

Dates/Deadlines Fall 2023 Spring 2024
Bills Available on Self Service Carolina July 14, 2023 November 17, 2023
Mail-In Tuition Payment Deadline August 4, 2023 December 15, 2023
Tuition Payment Deadline August 16, 2023 January 3, 2024
Processing of Refunds Begins * August 17, 2023
(Allow 3 - 5 Days for Processing)
January 8, 2024
(Allow 3 - 5 Days for Processing)
First Day of Classes August 24, 2023
(Part of Term 30)
January 8, 2024 
(Part of Term 30)

NOTE: Due to the large number of parts of term for each semester, it will be the student's responsibility to drop, add or change classes within the posted deadlines to avoid charges. Please check the dates and deadlines (W, WF, Refund, Withdrawal) for every class you take.

*Paper or electronic check payments will delay the processing of refunds by 10 days.

For more information, please refer to the university's Refund of Academic Fees Policy (FINA 4.06).

Late Payments

If you register for classes after the payment deadline, your payment is due immediately. Additionally, if you are dropped from classes as a result of nonpayment, a $75 fee will be assessed for re-enrollment. Learn more about drops, withdrawals and late admissions.

Late fees are assessed on payments that are not received by published due dates.  Failure to make payment by the monthly statement due date could result in a late fee of up to $100.00 per month with a maximum of $500.00 per term.   Late fees are assessed the five days after the statement due date.   Students receive email notices of the monthly statement indicating activity on their account and are notified of potential late fees. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their account is paid in full regardless of the source. Balances that result from incomplete financial aid requirements are also considered to be delinquent and are subject to late fees.

Withdrawal and Refund Dates

Withdrawal deadlines should not be used in determining how to receive a 100% refund on tuition. For more details, please review the withdrawal information provided by the University Registrar, or view the Parts of Term Dates and Deadlines located in the Academics section of

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