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Student Accounts/Bursar's Office

Frequently Asked Questions

When is my bill due?

Here at MCLA we bill in 2 installments.  The Fall Semester bill is mailed in early July and will be due in early August.  The Spring Semester bill will be mailed in mid December and will be due in early January.  A $75.00 late fee will be assessed on accounts not satisfied by the due date listed on the bill.

 

What method of payment is acceptable? 

We accept cash, personal checks and money order. You may pay on-line with a credit card by going to www.mcla.edu/bursar.  MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express are accepted. 

 

What do I do with my bill if I will be receiving Financial Aid? 

If you have an approved Financial Aid Award, it will show as a credit on your invoice.

 

What if I would like to pay in installments?

Contact Tuition Management Systems to set up your payments.  You can reach them at 1-800-722-4867 or at https://www.afford.com/mcla .  There is a fee of $40 but there is no interest charged and you can pay in 5 installments.

 

What if I have already contracted with Tuition Management Systems to pay my bill in monthly installments? 

Simply return the top portion of your invoice to the Student Accounts/Bursar's Office noting the amount of your contract with TMS.

 

What if I need my student loan refund to purchase books? 

You may be eligible for a Book Advance if your financial aid exceeds the amount of your charges.  If your financial aid does not exceed the amount of your bill, please be sure to bring money with you to purchase your books. 

 

What kind of meal plan will I have?

If you will be residing in College Housing, you will be required to have the 270 Block Meal Plan.  This plan provides you with 270 all you care to eat meals per semester.  In addition, you receive $75 of Declining Balance Dollars to spend at any dining locations on campus.  You also will have $25 of Blazer Bucks which can be used anywhere on campus as well as off campus with a variety of local vendors.

 

Do I need to come to the Student Accounts/Bursar's Office to activate my meal plan? 

If you return your tuition bill and payment by the due date, your meal plan will automatically be put on your student ID card.  Otherwise, you may have to wait in line at the Student Accounts/Bursar's Office to have it activated when school starts.

 

What if I want to change my meal plan? 

Students with a Residency Requirement must have the 270 Block Meal Plan.

 

What if Student Health Insurance is listed on my tuition bill and I am already covered by an existing health insurance policy? 

Go to www.mcla.edu/bursar  and go the health insurance section, find "waiver" in order to submit your policy information. You need to complete this form each year that you are enrolled at MCLA.

 

What if I need to purchase student health insurance from MCLA?

Go to www.mcla.edu/bursar  and go to the health insurance section, find  "enroll" then complete the enrollment form.

 

What if my check is returned by the bank? 

Our bank will automatically redeposit your check and if it is returned a second time, a $25 returned check fee will be added to the student's account.  Your replacement check must be in the form of a bank check or money order. 

 

What if I have a question about my bill? 

The Student Accounts/Bursar's Office is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.  We can be reached at 1-413-662-5230 and our FAX number is 1-413-662-5105.  Email:  bursar@mcla.edu.