Payment of Fees and Charges

It is the student's responsibility to pay his or her student account after registration. After enrolling for classes for the fall and spring semesters, all students will be sent a billing statement for tuition and fees with instructions for making payments by mail, in person, or via the online SOLAR System at All tuition, fees, and charges must be paid by the due date.

During the Summer Session, payment of tuition and fees is due within seven days after enrollment. Winter Session billing information is available online at

Tuition, fees, and other University charges assessed on each fall and spring billing statement will be due in full by the due date appearing on the statement. University fall and spring billing statements are sent to the student's home address. Students should confirm that their home address is accurate in their SOLAR System account. Students can check and pay their account balance for each term or session through SOLAR. Students must have proof of anticipated financial aid, waivers, or scholarships to properly defer payment. Without satisfactory evidence to defer, students are expected to pay charges themselves and wait for reimbursement when the financial aid, waiver, or scholarship funds are actually received. Students have the option to enroll on the Solar System in the Time Option Payment Plan (TOPP) while waiting for the financial aid package to be completed. Students should apply early for any financial aid.

Payments made by check or money order must be made payable to Stony Brook University, and sent to P.O. Box 619, Stony Brook, NY 11790. Any returned payments are subject to a $20 handling fee and may be subject to a $40 late payment fee. Payments made by return mail should include the top portion of the statement (to ensure proper credit to the account), and should be sent in the return-addressed envelope provided with the bill. Mailed payments must be postmarked by the due date to avoid the late payment fee. Students are encouraged to pay by using the SOLAR System or by mail. All payments should include the student's Stony Brook ID number for prompt and proper credit.

Payment may also be made with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Payment with a credit card or check may be made using the SOLAR System at
Students registering on or after the first day of classes are required to pay a late registration fee of $40. The late registration period ends at the close of the second week of classes.

Failure to pay the amount due on fall and spring semester bills by the billing due date will result in an automatic assessment of the incremental late payment fee of $40. Incremental late payment fees, up to a total of $150 per semester, will be assessed on all accounts not completely paid by the due dates indicated on each successive account statement. Students should apply early for any financial aid in order to have their account paid before the University billing due dates. Late fees will not be removed because of pending financial aid.

Failure to pay Summer Session charges within seven days after enrollment will result in a deferred payment fee of $30 per session. Unpaid Summer Session charges are subject to additional late payment fees. A schedule of the assessment of these fees is available at the Summer Session Web site at

The Student Accounts Office offers a Time Option Payment Program (TOPP). This program allows for the budgeting of expenses on a monthly basis. This is not a loan of any sort; therefore, no interest is charged. There is a semester processing fee to help defray the administrative expenses of the program. For further information please go to or contact the Student Accounts Office at (631) 632-2455. The TOPP program is not available for the summer sessions.

Students failing to meet their financial obligations incurred at Stony Brook are not eligible to continue at the University or participate in room selection. No student may receive a degree, certificate of completion, or transcript until all charges due to the University or any of its related divisions are paid in full. Delinquent accounts will be transferred to private collection agencies and/or the New York State Attorney General's Office for collection, and are subject to additional interest and/or collection charges.