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Helping Your Student Manage Their Financial Responsibility

Guide for Family Members

Parents and family members play a key role in the success of the student. While in college, young adults will be exposed to financial learning experiences ranging from personal budgeting to choosing a loan. As these learning opportunities arise, guidance from their families is critical. Therefore, it is important that family members have a solid understanding of the corresponding processes so that they may give sound advice to the student and ultimately help them reach their goal of becoming financially self-sufficient.

Authorized Payers

Students may elect to designate an Authorized Payer for their student account. Authorized Payers are allowed to make online payments on behalf of the student – they are not granted access to any student account details. Designating an individual as an Authorized Payer does not grant FERPA permissions. Instructions regarding how to set up an Authorized Payer may be found here: Campus Connection Help.

Billing Process

Currently enrolled students do not receive a paper billing statement in the mail. Instead, they are emailed a monthly billing statement reminder. Students can view their balance at any time through their Campus Connection account.

Charges to Student Accounts

Students may have charges applied to their student accounts for a variety of reasons and by several different departments within NDSU. Tuition charges are the direct result of registration activity and rates are determined by many factors including the student’s residency, major, full/part-time status, and academic level. Student fees, however, are charged uniformly to all students on a per-credit basis, up to thirteen credits. Additional fees may be assessed on specific courses. Please visit the Tuition & Fees page for more detailed information. Examples of potential additional fees: library, bookstore, inclusive access (e-books), student health, parking citations and permits, lost ID cards, new student fees, dormitory, meal plans, etc.


The student bears the sole responsibility of ensuring that the account is paid in a timely manner. While assistance from family members is appreciated, they do not have any individual responsibility for making payment. Failure to pay the balance owed will result in the account being referred to a collection agency and this may adversely affect the student’s credit rating. Both students and family members are encouraged to read the Financial Obligation Agreement, which is electronically signed during the registration process each semester.


Students may drop a class or withdraw from the University and receive a full refund of tuition and fees. Whether or not the student is eligible for a refund depends upon the timing of their decision and that proper procedures are followed. In the fall and spring semesters, this deadline passes shortly after the first week of classes ends. For additional information regarding dates/deadlines and dropping vs. withdrawing, go to: Effects of Dropping or Withdrawing on Student Account Balances.

Delegated Access

Students may provide family members or third-parties with proxy access to their student account.  Individuals with this access will be able to view specific pages within Campus Connection.  For instructions regarding how to set up Delegated Access, go to:

Direct Deposit

Students can self-enroll online to receive refunds as a Direct Deposit to any bank account designated by the student. Direct Deposit refunds will be processed at the same speed regardless of the account selected by the student. In addition, the student may change the selected account at any time within Campus Connection. NDSU does not preselect an account for the student.

Instructions on how to set up a bank account for Direct Deposit can be found here: Direct Deposit.

Email Communications

Email is the official means of communication at NDSU. Meaning, your student will receive important and timely information via their email address. For this reason, it is imperative that they check their account frequently and promptly take action when necessary. Communications regarding billing, etc. are not sent directly to family members.


NDSU staff members are not allowed to discuss the financial details of a student account without express permission from the student, as dictated by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Permission may only be granted by the student signing the electronic FERPA Agreement. Becoming an Authorized User does not grant FERPA rights to the Authorized User.


Holds may be placed on a student account for a variety of reasons ranging from a past due balance to conduct issues. These holds may, for example, prevent a student from registering for a future semester or receiving an official transcript. Holds may typically only be released by the department that placed the hold.

Military & Veteran Services

As a particular acknowledgment of an individual’s service to our country, we are committed to providing resources to veterans/military students which will assist in smooth navigation of the university environment and a successful educational experience.

Our Military Certifying Official's web page can be found here: Military & Veterans Certification


A student may not receive an official transcript if a balance of any amount is owed to the University.

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Phone: +1 (701) 231-6200 / Fax: (701) 231-8297
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Physical/delivery address: 1401 Administration Ave., Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2836 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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