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Tuition Payment Options
This page provides information about transferring funds to the IU Office of the Bursar, paying for tuition, fees, housing expenses, and general spending upon arrival.
Payment dates of tuition and fees for each semester can be found at on the Billing Calendar. If you have already signed a contract with Residential Programs and Services for room and meal expenses on campus, your first payment will be billed in your next statement. You must access your bursar e-bill using OneStart, and following the links to your bill. (Refer to the Office of the Bursar for assistance with billing and due date information.)
Depending on the currency, it can take from one day to two weeks or more to get foreign currency exchanges at your bank or credit union in Bloomington. If you require foreign currency, the Currency Exchange at the Indianapolis International Airport can obtain nearly any nation’s currency for exchange. You should contact them at (317) 241-0440 two weeks prior to departure.
Transfer of Funds
Transferring funds from abroad often takes time. It is a good idea to plan ahead and budget accordingly. There are several ways to transfer your money from abroad to Bloomington.
Funds sent from abroad should be written in US dollars and sent to the account of your American bank, if possible. It usually takes several days for a bank draft to clear. It is often safest to send bank drafts by registered mail. You may wish to approximate the amount of funds you will need for the academic year based on the amount stated on your I-20 or DS-2019 document.
All financial institutions accept wire transfers. To send money directly to your personal bank account in Bloomington, just ask your financial institution for its wire transfer routing number and address. Be sure to include your complete name and account number.
International Bank to Bank Payment for your IU bursar account
To pay for charges billed to your IU bursar account, please note the following:
- There is no interest paid on the funds sent to IU, and there is no discount for paying for both the fall and spring semesters in advance. The Office of the Bursar does not routinely accept advance payments. Students should contact them before sending payment to discuss the issue of advance payments if exceptional circumstances exist.
- The amount received by Indiana University, less any fees incurred, will be refunded if the student does not enroll at IU.
International students can pay their bursar balances from home through Travelex’s Bank to Bank transfer. This option allows you to pay in your own currency while providing a simple and secure way to initiate an electronic transfer. If your own currency is not yet available, you will need to choose another currency from the list or select UNITED STATES (USD).
To learn more and schedule a payment of your IU bursar account, click on the Office of the Bursar website at:
We suggest that you bring approximately $1,000–1,500 with you ($200 in cash and the remainder in traveler’s checks). The commonly accepted credit cards at ATM’s are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Foreign credit cards are commonly not accepted in stores and restaurants. Credit cards are not accepted by the IU Office of the Bursar.
Upon your arrival, you may decide which bank you prefer and then use a local bank for your banking needs, including future money transfers. They will have information about their services available each day during orientation. Before orientation, you may visit Money and Banking.