Sponsor Billing & Third-Party Payments-The HUB - Carnegie Mellon University

Sponsor Billing & Third-Party Payments


Sponsored billing occurs when an entity, government or a third party assumes responsibility for all or part of a student’s educational expenses. Sponsors pay the university directly on behalf of the student with an agreement, commitment and/or obligation between the paying party and the student.

Scholarships, grants, and pre-paid college savings plans (529) are not considered sponsors and do not need to follow this process. 

Graduate Students: Non-university living expenses cannot be paid through student accounts. Funding for these expenses must be arranged directly between the student and sponsor.


Follow the steps below to participate in the sponsored billing process:

1. A Sponsor Billing Authorization form must be completed by an authorized representative of the sponsor and submitted to the Student Accounts Office by the 15th of the month prior to the start of the semester. Ex: August 15 for fall semester.

2. Upon receipt of a completed Sponsor Billing Authorization form, students receive a Sponsored Student Information Release form via email. This form authorizes the university to share student account information with sponsors.


Sponsor invoices will be sent after the course add/drop deadline each semester. All invoices will be emailed to both the sponsor and student, unless directed otherwise. Course add/drop deadlines can be found on the Academic Calendar


If notification of sponsorship is not received by August 15 for the fall semester, or by December 15 for the spring semester, the student will be held responsible for any penalty fees assessed to their account.

Any expenses not covered by the sponsor are the responsibility of the student by the general payment deadline.

If a sponsor does not make the promised payment, for whatever reason, the student is responsible for any resulting balance, as defined in the Student Financial Obligation Terms.