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Costs and Payments for Distance Education


Costs and Payments. Easy.


We understand how big the decision is to go back to school. While covering tuition and making a payment might seem complicated, the process itself doesn’t have to be difficult. That’s why we’re here!

We’re ready to make your journey with Unity start as easy as possible. Review each tab to learn more about payment processes, applying for and using financial aid, using your military benefits, and more.

Questions about making a payment? Reach out to your advisor with any questions you might have about the payment process.




How Much Will My Classes Cost?


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Education should be affordable and manageable—and with no hidden fees. Each section below covers the basic information you need to know about the cost for your classes as a Distance Education student.

However, it’s important to note that the information below is an estimate of the total costs for students. Your personal costs for classes and college experience may vary.

If you want to get a closer estimate to what your personal cost to attend might look like, check out our Net Price Calculator.

 



Baccalaureate Tuition & Fees


   Cost per credit
: $470
   Cost per course: $1,410 (Three credits)

 

Baccalaureate Estimated Yearly Costs (2023-2024)

Distance Education Baccalaureate Programs

Annual Costs for 30 Credits

Fees

Course Materials*

Estimated Annual Total

Online Baccalaureate Degrees

$14,100

$100

$800

$15,000

 

   Additional Costs

Course Materials: Approximately $100-$150 per class

 



Graduate Tuition & Fees


   Cost per credit
: $650
   Cost per course: $1,950 (Three credits)

 

Graduate Estimated Yearly Costs (2023-2024)

Distance Education Graduate Programs

Annual Cost for 15 Credits

Fees

Course Materials*

Estimated Annual Total

Online Graduate Degree

$9,750

$100

$1,000

$10,850

 

   Additional Costs

Course Materials: Approximately $150-$200 per class



Military Rates
military family


We proudly work with our students who have military education benefits. Please visit the Military page for more information about how to use your benefits.

Not sure what you qualify for? We can help you determine your benefits eligibility right now! Contact us today at online@unity.edu or call 207-509-7155.

*The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

   Cost per Baccalaureate credit: $423
   Cost per Baccalaureate course: $1,269 (Three credits)
   Cost per Graduate credit: $585
   Cost per Graduate course: $1,755 (Three credits)

 

Distance Education ProgramsMilitary Rates

Annual Cost

Fees

Course Materials*

Estimated Annual Total

Online Baccalaureate

$12,690 (30 credits)

$100

$800

$13,590

Online Graduate

$8,775

(15 credits)

$100

$1,000

$9,875

 

   Additional Costs

Course Materials: Approximately $100-$150 per Baccalaureate course or $150-$200 per Graduate course


How Do I Pay for Classes?


Congratulations on signing up for your classes! We’re excited for you to start your journey at Unity Environmental University. Before you begin your first term, you need to either make a tuition payment or sign up for a payment plan. To do this, you use the Unity Payment Portal—our one-stop payment and billing portal.

From here, you can:

  Pay your bills online. The portal accepts a large variety of payment options.
  Sign up for payment plans. Spread your payments out over time to make them more manageable.
  Set up autopay. Pay your bills directly from your bank account at regular intervals.
  Get your refund faster! Get your money deposited directly into your bank account by signing up for eRefunds.
  Give others the ability to pay your bills. Give users authorized by you–such as employers or relatives–access to pay your student bills on your behalf.
  See payments in real-time. View your payments immediately on your ledger and receive confirmation in your email.
  Get notification of new bills in your email. Authorized users can receive notifications of new bills in their email.



How Do One-Time Payments Work?


When you want to pay the tuition for your term in full, you need to complete a One-Time Payment within the Unity Payment Portal. To make a one-time payment in the Unity Payment Portal, complete the following steps.

  1. Login to my.unity.edu SSO portal.
  2. Click the STRATUS Student Portal > Single Payment tab
       Note: This opens a new tab to the Unity Payment Portal.
  3. Click Make a Payment.
  4. Select the payment term and enter the amount you would like to pay.
  5. Click Checkout, and follow the onscreen prompts to complete your payment.

 



Payment Plans


Not sure if you want to pay for your entire term in a single payment? Using a payment plan is the way to go! When you opt to use a payment plan with Unity, you get payment benefits like:

       No Interest
       Flexible Payments
       Easy Enrollment
       Automatic Bank Payments (ACH)
       Credit Card Payments

To set up a payment plan in the Unity Payment Portal, complete the following steps:

  1. Login to my.unity.edu SSO portal.
  2. Click the STRATUS Student Portal > Single Payment tab
       Note: This opens a new tab to the Unity Payment Portal.
  3. Under Payment Plans, click View Payment Plan Options.
  4. Enter your payment amount.
       Note: The system auto generates the schedule for upcoming payments.
  5. Click Enroll in Plan.
  6. Follow the prompts to complete enrollment in a payment plan.

 


Baccalaureate Payment Plan


When you opt to use a payment plan as a Distance Education Baccalaureate student, you have the option to pay in three installments per term. Each installment covers one-third of the tuition due for the term.


Baccalaureate Payment Plan by Term Example


The following table represents an example payment plan schedule as it applies to a term for a Baccalaureate Distance Education student. 

DE 2023–September

 

 

Required Down Payment (%)

Payment Number (Out of 3)

Payment Week

33%

1

1

33%

2

3

33%

3

5




Graduate Payment Plan


As a Distance Education Graduate student, you have two available options if you opt to use a payment plan. You can pay in four-part installments (25% of your tuition per installment) or two-part installments (50% of your tuition per installment). 

 

Graduate Payment Plan by Term Example


The following tables represent an example for each type of payment plan, the 4-part and the 2-part plans, as it applies to a 2023-2024 term for Distance Education graduate students.

Four-Part Payment Plan Example

DE 2023–September

 

 

Required Down Payment (%)

Payment Number (Out of 4)

Payment Week

25%

1

1

25%

2

3

25%

3

5

25%

4

8

 

2-Part Payment Plan Example

DE 2023-September

 

 

Required Down Payment (%)

Payment Number

Payment Week

50%

1

1

50%

2

4


Where Can I See My Bill?


Your Unity Payment Portal is the central hub you can refer to for anything billing or tuition related. This experience will also vary based on whether you are a student or an authorized third-party user. 


Students


As a student at Unity Environmental University, you are given access to your student portal. After you set up your account as a new user, you can use your portal to make payments and view your bill. Follow the steps in this section to view your bill in the Unity Payment Portal. 

  1. Login to my.unity.edu SSO portal.
  2. Click STRATUS Student Portal.
  3.    Note: This opens a new tab to the Unity Payment Portal.
  4. Click Billing & Payment to view your bill.


Authorized Users (Parents/Guardians/Third Parties):


If you plan to have a parent, guardian, or someone other than yourself pay for your tuition (a third-party), you must give the person access as an Authorized User before they can gain access to the Unity Payment Portal. This is a FERPA requirement. If you are a parent, guardian, or third-party trying to make a payment and do not have Authorized User access, you must work with the student you plan to pay for because they are responsible for granting you access.

After you grant someone access as an Authorized User, they can view bills and make payments on your behalf.

 


How Do I Set Up An Authorized User?


   Note
: Only students can set up authorized users.

Setting up Authorized Users allows parents, guardians, and other third-party users to access your account billing and payment information. When setting up the authorized users, you will be able to choose the account permissions for each individual user. Use the steps in this section to set up an Authorized User in the Unity Payment Portal.

  1. Login to the my.unity.edu SSO Portal.
  2. Click STRATUS Student Portal >Single Payment tab.
  3. Click My Account.
  4. Under the Payers section, select Send a payer invitation.
  5. Fill in the required fields.
       Note: Required fields are marked with a red asterisk.
  6. Select the authorized user’s permission level.
  7. Add an optional note to the email that will be sent to the authorized user.
  8. Click Send Invitation.

After you click Send Invitation, a welcome email will be sent to the authorized user’s email address that you have provided, containing the optional note, login information, and temporary password.

 


How Do I Pay My Bills?


After you set up your portal or an Authorized User and view your bill, you can make a payment. Complete the following steps to pay your bill in the Unity Payment Portal.

  1. Login to my.unity.edu SSO portal.
  2. Click STRATUS Student Portal.
       Note: This opens a new tab to the Unity Payment Portal.
  3. Click Billing & Payment > Make a Payment.

 


How Do I Get A Refund?


Refunds occur whenever there is a negative balance on your account. This balance comes from things like receiving aid that exceeds term charges. The best place to check to see if your account has a potential for a refund is in the Unity Payment Portal. 


Unity Environmental University’s Refund Policy


To receive a 100% refund on a course, you must drop the course before the end of the add/drop period. After midnight of the last day of the add/drop period, you are no longer eligible for a refund.

Student refunds begin processing the second week of each term after the Add/Drop period has ended and continue each subsequent week thereafter. Refunds can be received by direct deposit/eRefund or by paper check.

Unity will only deposit refunds into student accounts. Additionally, Parent Plus loan refund checks are made out to the parent of the student and mailed to the parent’s address.

To receive your refund online, you must enroll in Direct Deposit/eRefund in your Unity Payment Portal. eRefunds can be received within 3-5 business days. Paper checks will be received within 10-14 days.

Important: Refunds cannot be deposited into Venmo, Chimes or Cash app accounts. Refund checks need to be cashed within 90 days of the date on the check.

If you request a refund after the end of the Add/Drop period, you will receive your refund within 10-14 business days through a paper check in the mail. This refund will be mailed to the address on file. In the event a check is not received in the mail within 14 business days, students may then request that the check be reissued.

It is the student’s responsibility to keep their contact information up to date in the student portal.

Note: There is a $30.00 fee for the reissue of a voided check. The fee can be avoided by enrolling in direct deposit/eRefund (link). Students who would like a paper check reissued and choose to NOT enroll in direct deposit/eRefund will be charged the $30.00 fee.

 

Account Credits


If you have a credit on your account, you are eligible for a refund.

 

Dropped Courses


If you drop a course, you may see a negative balance on your account which can result in a refund.

Notes:

  • If a course is dropped before the end of the Add/Drop period, you will receive a full refund. After midnight at the end of the Add/Drop period, you are no longer eligible for a refund. 
  • To receive your refund faster, we recommend setting up Direct Deposit/eRefunds in your student portal.

 

eRefunds


If you have credits on your account and you want to receive the refund as soon as possible, sign up for eRefunds in your student portal. This also helps you avoid any additional fees taken from your refund. Complete the following steps to request a refund in your Unity Payment Portal.

  1. Login to the my.unity.edu SSO Portal.
  2. Click STRATUS Student Portal > Billing and Payment. 
       Note: This opens a new tab to the Unity Payment Portal.
  3. Click My Account.
  4. Under Direct Deposit Refunds, click Sign Up.
  5. Read and agree to the user agreement and follow the prompts to complete the eRefund process.

Important: You will need the Account Holder Name, Account Type, Routing Transit Number, and Bank Account Number to complete the eRefund process. 

 


Why Does My Account Have a Hold?


A hold may be applied to your account if you have a past-due balance. Depending on the amount of your account balance, you may not be able to remain in future courses or receive access to transcripts and other official documents.

 


SFS1 Hold


If your account has a SFS1 Hold, you owe less than $2,500 but more than $750 to the university. If you have an SFS1 Hold and are enrolled in a future term, you may stay enrolled in your current course if your balance does not exceed $2,500. However, this hold may prevent you from registering for future courses. 

To remove this hold from your account, reach out to your advisor to figure out your next steps.

 


SFS2 Hold


If you have a balance of $2,500.00 or more on your account, you have a SFS2 hold on your account. With this type of hold, all restrictions of the SFS1 Hold apply and you will not have access to your grades or your transcripts until you set up a payment plan. If you are registered for future courses and have past-due balances of $2,500.00 or more on your account, you will be dropped from all registered courses. If you pay your balance down to below $2,500.00, this hold will be replaced with an SFS1 Hold.

To remove this hold from your account, reach out to your advisor to figure out your next steps.

 


Collections Hold


Any unpaid balances on your account are sent to Collections. When your account is sent to Collections, the Collections hold is added to the SFS1 or SFS2 Hold that already exists on your account. This hold can only be removed after you pay off the entire balance on your account.

Reach out to your advisor if you have any questions about this hold on your account. 


How Do I Use Financial Aid?


Our goal at Unity is to make education affordable and manageable. We work with you during the recruitment process to help plan and find ways to pay for your degree. To learn more about financial aid and your journey with Distance Education at Unity Environmental University, check out our Financial Aid – Distance Education page.

 


How Do I Use My Military Benefits?


MilitaryWe offer veterans, active-duty military, and military spouses and dependents a special tuition rate. 

Your tuition may also be 100% covered by your military benefits. Discover which benefits you may qualify for:

       Member of the National Guard
       Military Spouse
       Veteran
       Dependent

*The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

 


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