Convenience Fee

Convenience Fee

Credit Card Convenience Fee

Students paying their tuition and associated fees with a credit or debit card will be assessed a credit card convenience fee, currently 2.85% of the transaction.  Rowan University is committed to offering its students a comprehensive array of financing options to pay for their tuition and associated fees, including room and board. However, the rising cost of transaction charges has made it fiscally impossible for Rowan University to continue to absorb these expenses. In order to continue accepting credit or debit cards, the University must pass the service charge on to the cardholder.

Payments via cash, check, or online deductions from a checking account will not be subject to this fee.


Credit Card Convenience Fee Frequently Asked Questions


Can I use a credit card to pay my tuition bill?

Yes, credit card payments are accepted online and in person at the Office of the Bursar. Effective May 2018, students paying their tuition and associated fees, including room and board, with a credit or debit card will be assessed a credit card convenience fee, currently 2.85% of the transaction. Credit card payments made online will be subject to a minimum fee of $3.00.

Rowan University does not accept credit card payments by mail, over the phone, e-mail, or via fax.

What types of credit cards does Rowan University accept?

Rowan University accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express credit cards.

Is there a fee for using a credit or debit card for tuition payments?

Card users are assessed a separate, non-refundable convenience fee of 2.85% of the payment amount at the time of each credit or debit card payment for student account charges. Credit card payments made online will be subject to a minimum fee of $3.00. The non-refundable convenience fee is assessed by our third party processor and will be a separate transaction item on your credit or debit card statement.

Am I charged this fee if I use my RowanCard to pay my tuition bill?

No, there is no convenience fee when using the Rowan Bucks on your RowanCard to pay your student account. Additionally, if you add Rowan Bucks to your RowanCard with a credit or debit card, you will not be charged the convenience fee for that transaction. For this reason, Rowan Bucks funded via credit card will no longer be accepted to pay tuition and associated fees, including room and board. However, Rowan Bucks funded via financial aid will continue to be accepted to pay tuition and associated fees, including room and board.

Why am I being charged a fee for using a credit or debit card to pay my tuition bill?

In order for Rowan University to continue accepting credit cards as payments, the University must offset the rising costs of credit card processing. Unfortunately, Rowan University cannot absorb these costs, which have amassed to over a $1 million expense on the annual budget.

Any student account payment made with a credit or debit card will incur the charge of the credit card convenience fee. This convenience fee is paid directly from the card user to our third party processor; Rowan University does not receive any part of this fee.

Why is this fee not viewable on my student account?

The convenience fee is assessed by our third party processor, not Rowan University, so it will not appear as a charge on your student account.

Do other universities charge convenience fees for credit card payments? 

Yes, many other private and public universities have been charging credit card convenience fees for quite some time. 

Is the convenience fee refundable?

The 2.85% convenience fee is non-refundable, even if the payment to which it relates is canceled, refunded, credited, or charged back. is non-refundable, even if the payment to which it relates is canceled, refunded, credited, or charged back.

How can I pay my student account and avoid the convenience fee?
  • Online payments from a checking account (eCheck)
  • Cash in-person at the the Office of the Bursar
  • Check or money orders via mail or in-person at the Office of the Bursar