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Tuition Payment Plan

Montclair State University offers a payment plan which is processed through Touch Net, which students can access through NEST.

All students are responsible for ensuring their contracts are correct and payments are up to date. As your bill changes, the TouchNet payment plan will be automatically adjusted. Students can enroll for 1 semester at a time and may have 1 active plan per semester. This plan is interest free and available for a modest fee. This is NOT a loan. Students MUST satisfy their previous balance prior to enrollment. If your previous balance exceeds $100, enrollment is prohibited.

There is NO grace period, payments are due as stated on contract. Late payments will be assessed a $25.00 late fee. All students must log onto to NEST every month and remit payment.

Fall 2019 Payment Plans

The First Payment (Down Payment) and a $30.00 enrollment fee are due upon sign up.
Payment Plan Minimum Balance Required Enrollment Period & Down Payment Installment Due
5 payments $800.00 June 25 – August 25 Varies Per Student. See Agreement Schedule.
4 payments $800.00 June 25 – September 25 Varies Per Student. See Agreement Schedule.
3 payments $800.00 June 25 – October 25 Varies Per Student. See Agreement Schedule.
How to Enroll in a Payment Plan
  • Log into NEST, select the Student Accounts tab (upper right hand corner) and select the “Payment Plans” link.
  • Follow the instructions to enroll in the payment plan through TouchNet:
  1. Select Enroll Now
    Screenshot of Touchnet's Payment Plan gateway.
    You must have a minimum balance of $800.00 after you’ve made your down payment. If you receive the message that you’re ineligible, you do not qualify to enroll.Example: If your balance is $900 and attempt to enroll in a five month plan, your down payment is $180.00 leaving a remaining balance of $720.00. You would not be eligible to enroll as your remaining balance is below the $800.00 threshold.
  2. Select a plan
    Screenshot of Touchnet's Payment Plan gateway.

    Example 1: 5 Month Payment Plan

    Screenshot of Touchnet's Payment Plan gateway.

    Example 2: 4 Month Payment Plan

    Screenshot of Touchnet's Payment Plan gateway.

    Example 3: 3 Month Payment Plan

    Screenshot of Touchnet's Payment Plan gateway.
  3. Initiate Payment
    Screenshot of Touchnet's Payment Plan gateway.
Payment Plan Details and Payment Methods
  • Payment Methods: Once a payment plan is established, you must make payment online directly through the TouchNet Payment Plan Portal. Do not make payments directly to MSU through mail or in person.
    • Payment can be made online by electronic check or credit card. When paying by credit card, a non-refundable convenience fee of 2.85% is added each time to the amount charged by our credit card servicer.
  • Payment Reminders: Emails are sent to all payment plan participants to remind them of upcoming payments. Participants are responsible for login into the system and initiating monthly payments and ensuring their payment method is current.
  • Late Payment: If a payment is not made by the due dates outlined in the contract, a late fee of $25 will assessed immediately. There is NO grace period. Your payment plan will be terminated after 1 month of a missed installment payment. At that time, you will then be responsible for paying MSU in full.
  • Returned Payments: All returned/rejected check (e-check) payments due to incorrect information (i.e.; invalid account number, banks inability to locate account due to invalid routing/account number, non-sufficient funds, stop payments, etc.) will be will be assessed a $60.00 return check. Your initial payment will be reversed and holds will placed on the student account.
  • Billing Adjustments: If at any time you have new charges posted to your account, such as fines, tuition, room and board, etc., your payment plan contract and installments will be recalculated within 24-48 hours. It is your responsibility to monitor your account.
  • Holds: If your payments are passed due, a registration and transcript hold will be placed onto your account which blocks registration and/or release of your transcript.
  • FERPA Policy – Due to privacy reasons, we cannot disclose any information to anyone other than the student. If the student would like our offices to disclose information to another party, he/she will need to come to our office and complete a FERPA form.

More information about FERPA.


For questions about the payment plan, you may contact Red Hawk Central at 973-655-7600 or redhawkcentral@montclair.edu.