Carnegie Mellon University

Nelnet Monthly Payment Plan

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The monthly payment plan, administered through Nelnet Campus Commerce, allows students and families to pay amounts due to the university in manageable monthly installments and provides the convenience of enrolling online. 

Making payments to Nelnet is simple. Your Nelnet plan will allow you to specify deductions from your checking, statement savings account, or credit card (credit card fees apply). Please contact Nelnet customer service for more information at 800-609-8056.

Available Nelnet Payment Plans

Semester-Based Payment Plan

Semester-based payment plans are available to undergraduate and graduate students with an enrollment fee of $40. Fall plans do not roll over to spring. Students are required to re-enroll each semester in order to set up a new plan for that semester.

Need some help setting up a payment plan? View an instructional video

ENROLL in plan

Health Insurance Payment Plan (Open to Graduate Students Only)

Health Insurance only payment plans are available to departmentally supported graduate degree candidates, with an enrollment fee of $20. These are annual plans that can only be opened by graduate students who plan to attend CMU in both the fall and spring semesters. These plans can only be used to cover health insurance. Those not meeting these requirements should choose the semester-based plan.

If your financial support (payroll deduction, financial aid, departmental grant money, etc.) exceeds what you owe the university, you should not open a Nelnet payment plan.

Payment Plan Enrollment Period

Semester-Based Plan (Fall 2022)

ENROLLMENT FEE: $40

4 month payment plan: Aug 1 - Nov 1 

* (20% down payment required)

  • Opens: July 5 at 12:01 a.m. (EST)
  • Closes: July  21 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)

3 month payment plan: Sep 1 - Nov 1

* (40% down payment required)

  • Opens: July 5 at 12:01 a.m. (EST)
  • Closes: Aug. 22 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)

2 month payment plan: Oct 1 - Nov 1

* (60% down payment required)

  • Opens: July 5 at 12:01 a.m. (EST)
  • Closes: Sep. 21 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)

(This is a hard deadline - no exceptions made after this date.)

Semester-Based Plan (Spring 2023)

Enrollment is currently closed.

Health Insurance Annual Plan Open Enrollment (2022-2023)

ENROLLMENT FEE: $20

Open to Departmentally-Sponsored Ph.D. Students

9 month payment plan:  Sep 1 - May 1

  • Opens: July 5 at 12:01 a.m. (EST)
  • Closes: Aug. 29 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)

8 month payment plan:  Oct 1 - May 1

* (12% down payment required)

  • Opens: Aug. 30 at 12:01 a.m. (EST)
  • Closes: Sep. 21 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)

(This is a hard deadline - no exceptions made after this date.)

Important Things to Note:

  • Any credit balance on your student account will not be refunded until your Nelnet payment plan is paid in full. The Student Accounts Office recommends that students in this situation contact Nelnet Campus Commerce for a budget adjustment.
  • Students need to know their Andrew User ID when logging into the Nelnet Campus Commerce website. Your Andrew User ID is the prefix of your Carnegie Mellon email address. For example, andrewc2 is the Andrew User ID for andrewc2@andrew.cmu.edu.
  • Nelnet Campus Commerce representatives do not have access to specific CMU student account information due to FERPA regulations. Please refer to your student account balance in SIO, or your student account invoice when setting up your payment plan.
  • CMU receives Nelnet Campus Commerce adjustment files every day; changes made to a payment plan will appear on the student's account within two business days.