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Costs & Payments for the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions (TIEP)

Costs & Payments Information at Your Fingertips

Getting ready to start your degree should be easy—that’s why we’re here to help! Check out the tabs below to learn more about how to pay for school, apply for and use financial aid, use your military benefits, and more.

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

How Much Do Courses Cost?


Education should be affordable and manageable—and with no hidden fees. Each section on this page covers the basic information you need to know about the cost for your classes as a Technical Institute for Environmental Professions (TIEP) student.

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

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


Associate’s Degree

   Cost per credit
: $250
   Cost per course: $500 (Two credits)
An Associate’s degree consists of 60-64 credits total.


Associate’s Degree Tuition & Fees

Technical Institute for Environmental Professions Programs

Cost for 60 Credits

One-Time Graduation Fee

Course Materials*

Estimated Program Total

Associate’s Degree





   Additional Costs

Course Materials: Approximately $100-$150 per class

How Do I Pay for Classes?

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We’re excited for your to start your classes at the Technical Insitute for Environmental Professions (TIEP)! Before you begin your first semester, you’ll need to pay your tuition. To do this, you use the Unity Payment portal—our one-stop payment and billing portal.

From this portal, you can:

Get your refund faster! Get your money deposited directly into your bank account within three to five business days by signing up for e-refunds.
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 one week prior to term start and the first day of the term.
Pay your bills online. The portal accepts a large variety of payment options.
Set up autopay. Pay your bills directly from your bank account at regular intervals.

Note: There is a $30.00 fee for every check returned to Unity Environmental University as “insufficient funds.”


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, complete the following steps.

  1. Login to SSO portal.
  2. Click the CAMS Student Portal > Billing & Payment
       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.


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. 



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. To view your bill in the Unity Payment Portal, complete the following steps.

  1. Login to SSO portal.
  2. Click CAMS 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 a payment and billing 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 in the Authorized User portal.


How Do I Set Up an Authorized User?

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.

Complete the following steps to set up an Authorized User:

  1. Login to the SSO Portal.
  2. Click CAMS Student Portal > Billing & Payment.
  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. Follow the steps in this section to pay your bill in the Unity Payment Portal.

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


Will 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/e-refund or by paper check.

To receive your refund online, you must enroll in Direct Deposit/E-Refund at the Transact Student Portal. E-refunds 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.

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.

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. Students must wait 14 business days for their check before requesting a reissued refund. 

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/e-refund (link). Students who would like a paper check reissued and choose to NOT enroll in direct deposit/e-refund 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.


  • 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.



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 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 Career Coach 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 Career Coach 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 acts as an additional hold on your account. This hold can only be removed after you pay off the entire balance on your account.

Reach out to your Career Coach 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 the Technical Institution for Environmental Professions at Unity Environmental University, you can schedule an appointment with an Enrollment Counselor or check out our Paying for College page.

How Do I Use My Military Benefits?

military familyWe offer veterans, active-duty military, and military spouses and dependents a special tuition rate. See a full breakdown of tuition costs on our Military Benefits page.

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

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

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