Frequently Asked Questions

Will I receive a tuition bill?

You can view your balance online at any time, through the Student Information System. We will also notify you via email every time financial activity occurs on your student ledger. Statements are emailed monthly.

Can I wait to receive my direct loan before paying my tuition?

No, students are required to pay tuition in full during the first week of the semester.

How can I use my military or government benefits to pay my tuition?

Upon admission, please contact the V.A. coordinator at your local campus for assistance:

  • Ryan Hollister, Portland campus: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Jacob Parodi, Sacramento campus: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Dan Ruiz, San Jose campus: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How do I make payments?

Please use the Student Information System (SIS). You may use SIS to register for courses, check grades, monitor your student ledger and pay tuition using Plan A. The least expensive option for students is to pay by eCheck.

How does the monthly payment plan through TuitionPay with Sallie Mae work?

Students register for the program through the Sallie Mae TuitionPay program, and Sallie Mae makes payments to Western Seminary. Please note: In order to register for the TuitionPay program, you will need to submit your first payment one month before the semester starts. See our TuitionPay Info page for more details.

My church/ministry wants to help pay my tuition. How can they do that?

If a person or organization wishes to make a contribution toward your tuition, please ask that they write your name on the memo line of the check. Payments made on your behalf are not tax deductible and must be received by the first week of the semester. For more information, see our Payments from Other Sources page.

What happens if I need to drop a course?

If you need to drop a course, you may be eligible for a partial tuition refund. The refund percentage decreases as the semester progresses. Please refer to our tuition and refund schedule. Any refund received will be credited to your student account, to be used in a future semester. If you would rather receive a refund check, please contact cashier Katy Shaw at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

When are delinquent fees charged?

Delinquent fees are charged at the end of each month.

When are delinquent accounts turned over to collections?

Accounts will be turned over to collections 60 days after the semester ends, unless payment arrangements have been made with the Business Office.