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Student Payment Information

Responsibility for Tuition Debt

Students are responsible for debts resulting from registration for courses. Registrations will not be canceled for non-payment of tuition or non-attendance. Therefore, failure to pay for courses or attend courses will not release students from the responsibility for these charges. Students may contact Customer Relations (757-683-3030 or via email at tuition@odu.edu). Distance Learning Students should contact their Site Staff or the Office of Distance Learning for assistance.

  • The Cashiers Office no longer accepts credit card payments at the window.
  • Please check the credit card section of this page for full details about changes to charge card payments.

Rate Assessment/Pending Domicile Decisions

In-state tuition rates are a privilege granted by the Code of Virginia and are awarded only upon application for in-state rates. Students must apply for in-state tuition rates in order to qualify, and application deadlines apply. Students who fail to apply for in-state privileges will be billed at the out-of-state rate. Upon approval, rates will be revised appropriately.

Pending Domicile Decisions

Students with pending domicile decisions are responsible for paying tuition for at least the in-state rate by the tuition deadline. Once the domicile decision is made, if the student is classified at the out-of-state rate, the difference between the in-state and out-of-state rate will be due immediately. Students should not wait until the final domicile decision is made to pay tuition.

Student Financial Holds

Financial debts with Accounts Receivable, parking fines, and library holds must be fully satisfied in order to register. Holds will not be lifted in order to permit pre-registration. Students are permitted to drop courses during refund periods to decrease debt to the University by manual request only. Online/Web options do not recognize drops when holds are placed. Contact the Office of the Registrar for assistance.

The University will not allow a student to register, incur additional charges or add a course, issue a degree, release a transcript of grades or a grade report, honor requests for enrollment verifications or other certifications, permit deferred payment arrangements, or allow access to other student services until all debts are paid in full.

Holds are removed upon system update every four hours. Student's may access records and register the day after payment is made. Go to Leo Online to view and pay charges resulting in student account holds. You must sign in using your MIDAS ID and password.

Cash, Checks & Money Orders


Cash payments must be made in person in the Cashiers' Office. Service hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. We encourage students to not bring large sums of cash onto the campus, as large cash payments are not recommended. Rather, the University offers other convenient payment options.

Please Note: Anytime the University receives payments in cash, money orders, travelers' checks, or cashier's checks totaling $10,000 or less in one or more related reportable transactions, the IRS requires the University to file Form 8300. This form must be filed within 15 days of reaching payments totaling over $10,000 and must also identify the individual making the cash payment. Reportable transactions include payment of services such as tuition, room and board, fees, and other related educational costs. Any individual making a cash payment of $10,000 or less will be required to complete a Cash Intake Form upon making the payment. If the individual refuses to complete the form, the cash payment cannot be accepted.

Checks and Money Orders

Please make checks or money orders payable to "Old Dominion University" and include the student's identification number on the check. Students paying by check or money order are encouraged to pay by mail. Returned checks and charges are subject to a returned check fee. Please allow 7 business days for mail payments to be posted.

Please mail check or money order payments to the following address:

Office of Finance
Old Dominion University
Alfred B. Rollins, Jr. Hall
Norfolk, VA 23529-0046

*Do not send address changes to this address.
*Do not send scholarship checks to this address.

For out-of-country checks, please make checks payable in US dollars only.
Address changes should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

Web Check

Students can pay via WEB Check (from checking accounts only).

NOTE - When using the Web Check process, please ensure that you enter all checking account information accurately. There is a $50 administrative charge for all checks and charges returned unpaid by the bank for any reason. If the check or charge is returned unpaid for any reason, a financial hold is placed on the student's account. The student will need to repay the check or charge along with the $50 administrative fee with certified funds such as cash, cashier's check, and/or a money order. Failure to do so will result in additional penalties. If repayment of a returned check is made with another check, there is a 10 business day wait before the hold will be removed from the student's account.

After three(3) returned checks per student, payment MUST be made via a cashier's check, a money order, an in-person cash payment, or with a credit card online via LeoOnline. If paying with a credit card online, there is a non-refundable transaction fee of 2.85% or $3.00, whichever is greater, for each transaction.

WARNING: Students may not use Credit Card Convenience Checks or savings accounts to make payments via Old Dominion University's Web Check payment process. Convenience checks and savings accounts are not recognized by automated banking systems. Since the bank cannot locate a specific account associated with a convenience check or a savings account, a student might not be aware of the outstanding amount until contacted by a collection agency.

Payment may be made via: the Web Check process (if using a checking account ONLY), a cashier's check, a money order, an in-person cash payment, or via a credit card in via LeoOnline. It is important to note that if paying with a credit card online, there is a non-refundable transaction fee of 2.85% or $3.00, whichever is greater, for each transaction.

Credit Cards

The University's Cashiers Office does not accept credit card payments at the window. Credit card payments on student accounts will be processed via Leo Online.

  • ODU accepts VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards for student tuition and fees.
  • Students may make charge card payments via Leo Online.
  • Authorized users may make charge card payments via Touchnet.
  • When paying by credit card, students or authorized users will be automatically redirected to our credit card processor (PayPath).
  • Students who pay using a credit card will be charged a 2.85% convenience fee effective May 1, 2018 (or $3.00, whichever is greater).

Payment Plan

Old Dominion University offers a payment plan, administered by the Office of Finance, for Fall and Spring terms ONLY. Payment plans are currently not available for Summer sessions. The payment plan is currently not available to students taking non-credit classes. Payment plans must be established in LEO Online each term by the published tuition deadline. Either students or Authorized Users may establish the payment plan, but the student remains responsible for ensuring the account remains current. After signing up for the payment plan, students will continue receiving a comprehensive billing statement of all remaining charges. Please refer to LEO Online for the actual payment amounts and due dates. Please note that the payment plan may not be revoked once established.

Third Party Payments

The University accepts company checks or purchase orders as payment, or we can bill your employer for your total charges with the appropriate authorization. Unfortunately, we are unable to bill employers who reimburse employees based on the course outcome or the grade received.

Tuition Assistance Authorization for Military Service Members

Per military policy, social security numbers are not printed on military service member's tuition assistance (TA) authorizations. There will be blanks for service members to supply either a SSN (Social Security Number) or Old Dominion University's UIN (University Identification Number). If a student fails to provide an identification number (SSN or UIN), on the tuition assistance form, Old Dominion University will be unable to process the tuition assistance document. This will cause students to receive billing notices and could result in late fees, holds on student accounts, and collection fees. It is imperative that students include an identification number on all tuition assistance documents.

International Payments

Old Dominion University has partnered with Flywire to provide ODU international students with an easy and secure method to send international payments in your home currency.

Flywire provides:

  • Payment options & currencies from countries all around the world.
  • Significant savings on bank fees and exchange rates, while guaranteeing the lowest available exchange rates through their Best Price Guarantee
  • Payment tracking from start to finish
  • 24/7 access to their dedicated multilingual Customer Support Team via email, telephone, live chat, and a WeChat QR code for Chinese live support

Flywire is the only international payments partner authorized by Old Dominion University. To ensure that your payments are safe and secure, and are credited to your account in a timely manner, please do not send payments to ODU outside of the authorized process.

To start an international payment through Flywire, visit odu.flywire.com

Domestic Wires

The University is also able to accept direct wire payments (see notes below).

  1. Please send in U.S. Dollars (required)
  2. ODU will assess a fee for this service of $50.00 USD
  3. The inclusion of the student's name and ID number is essential for appropriate posting to the student account. ODU will not be liable for any penalties for wire payments received without appropriate identification. Please allow 7 to 10 business days for funds to be applied to the account.
  4. Contact Customer Service at 757-683-3030 for actual wiring instructions.

Using Financial Aid to Pay Your Account

The Office of Finance is the disbursing agent for financial aid funds. Financial aid funds are applied directly to student accounts when the funds are available. For credit balances due to the student, the funds will be returned to the student in the form of a check or e-Refund. Balance of aid checks are normally made payable to the student and mailed to the student's permanent address on file with the Registrar. Checks for balance of aid are released 5-7 business days after the credit balance is created. If the charges exceed the aid awarded, the student is held responsible for any remaining balance by the tuition deadline.

  • In accordance with Title IV regulations, students will NOT be able to use financial aid for future semesters to cover prior semester debts in another aid year.
  • If you owe for prior semester charges, you will have a financial hold on your account.
  • Prior semester debts must be paid in full before the financial hold will be removed from the account. Students will not be allowed to add additional courses to meet requirements to have their aid disbursed if there is an outstanding past due balance.
  • There may be a delay in processing financial aid refunds for students with outstanding prior semester balances (applies to those who receive a paper check and those who have signed up for eRefunds).

Chapter 33 Benefits

Based on Veteran's Affairs (VA) requirements, recipients of Chapter 33 benefits will have their funds posted after the end of the 50% refund period.

Returned Checks and Charges

There is a $50 administrative charge for all checks and charges returned unpaid by the bank for any reason. If the check or charge is returned unpaid for any reason, the student will have seven (7) days to repay the check or charge amount and the $50 administrative fee. Failure to do so will result in a payment penalty and a financial hold on the account. If repayment of a returned check is made with another check, there is a 10-day wait before a hold will be removed from the student account.

Each account will be allowed three (3) returned checks, after which payment by check will not be accepted. This includes returned electronic payments.

After three (3) returned checks, payment MUST be made via money order, cash (in person), or via credit card via LEO (non-refundable fee of 2.85% or $3.00, whichever is greater).

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