What Does the Bursar’s Office Do?

And more importantly, how can it help me?

The Bursar's Office & Your College FinancesAs you probably already know, college is an investment in your future. You will owe some amount of money to the school, and in return, they will provide you with thought-provoking courses and an invaluable experience that will enhance your career and life options.

Of course, there will be an office on campus designated to collecting your end of the bargain on this investment. The Bursar’s Office has the responsibility of organizing your tuition account, sending out bills, and imposing late payment charges.

The Bursar’s Office does not have to be so intimidating; as long as you are making your appropriate payments, you may only hear from them in your monthly statements. In fact, they can be quite helpful in setting up a payment plan, discussing various fees, and organizing your account.

Your account will usually include any tuition or housing costs not covered by your financial aid award, as well as some other smaller charges. Lab fees, student services fees, interest accrued on unpaid balances, meal plans, health insurance coverage, and late payment charges can all add up fast. Be sure to check with the Bursar’s Office from the beginning to see what costs are not covered under tuition.

Organizing your account and making your monthly payments also plays a key role in registration. Most likely, you will not be able to register for next semester’s classes if you have an outstanding balance. If you ever have an issue with making your payments, schedule a meeting with a representative from the Bursar’s Office; they are friendly and supportive, and they can help you sort through your questions or concerns.

The moral of this story is that the Bursar’s Office can be quite helpful in assuring that your money matters are worry-free.


This article was written by Carlin Carr

Carlin Carr received her bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College and her master’s degree from the National University of Ireland. She also studied at the University of Mumbai, India, on a Rotary Ambassadorial Fellowship.

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