Payment Deadlines

Important Payment Information & Deadlines

Once you have registered for classes, you are responsible for all charges associated with that semester posted to your account and available for viewing on NEST. All Montclair State University students are required to read and electronically sign the Montclair State University Financial Responsibility Statement before registration for each semester, session, or term. (Returning students will be prompted to read and acknowledge this statement when entering the add/drop course registration module in Self-Service Banner.

If you decide not to attend any or all of your courses:

  • You must officially withdraw through NEST or submit a written notice to the Registrar’s Office located in Red Hawk Central.
    • Students who do not withdraw or take a leave of absence according to policy, forfeit all rights to any type of adjustment to their account and will be responsible for meeting all financial obligations.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop/withdraw from their classes by the applicable deadlines. Students that withdraw from classes and have received financial aid must also visit Red Hawk Central as some of your financial aid may need to be returned. Any balance that results from a reduction in financial aid is the responsibility of the student.
  • Financial aid awards are contingent upon continued enrollment and attendance in each class upon which aid eligibility was calculated. Dropping any class before completion may decrease eligibility and some or all of the financial aid awarded may be canceled. If some or all financial aid is canceled because a student drops or fails to attend class, all canceled aid that was disbursed to the account and resulted in a credit balance that was refunded will need to be paid back to Montclair State University.

Students with balances that are not paid in full by the applicable deadline enrolled in an adequate payment plan or without sufficient financial aid applied may be subject to:

  • A hold is placed on your account which will result in denial of registration, requests for transcripts, re-admission, viewing grades on NEST, diplomas, and/or certifications until the past due balance is satisfied.
  • A one-time late fee
  • The account is referred to a third party pre-collection service and/or an external collection agency as stated on the Collection web page.
    • Should a student account be referred to a collection agency, you will be responsible to pay all agency costs in addition to your balance for your account to be satisfied and any applicable financial holds released. Such costs may include but are not limited to, late fees, costs associated with collection, attorney’s fees, and litigation cost (estimated to be 20%-40% of the amount placed in collection).

It is vital that students contact The Office of Student Accounts or Red Hawk Central Central in advance if they are unable to meet any of the deadlines outlined in the following table. Our goal is to assist students in positively achieving their educational goals while also meeting financial obligations. Our office can provide helpful information to students on payment plans or other solutions and will work diligently to assist you in resolving your term bill.

Payment Deadlines

Term Bill Issued on NEST Payment Due Late Fee Applied
Fall 2023 Week of July 31, 2023 August 14, 2023 November 13, 2023
Winter 2024 Week of November 20, 2023 December 18, 2023 TBD
Spring 2024 Week of December 4, 2023 January 8, 2024 April 17, 2024
Summer 2024 Week of April 22, 2024 The due date is the first day of classes for the
specific session in which you are registered.
July 23, 2024

Term bills are posted electronically on NEST they are not mailed. Invoices are also emailed to your Montclair State University address each week. Bills not paid by the established deadline will be subject to holds and late fees. Please also review the Important Dates Calendar. Deadline dates are subject to change. Students are required to review NEST continuously throughout the semester for changes to the term bill. Students on payment plans must follow the payment plan schedule for due dates. Payments not made by the plan due date will be subject to a late fee.

Financial Holds

As noted above, a financial hold may be applied to your account if your bill is not paid in full, enrolled in an adequate payment plan or sufficient financial aid has been applied after the applicable Add/Drop date as described in the current term Important Dates calendar. Financial holds can impact a student’s ability to register for classes depending on the amount of the past due balance.

  • Small balance holds (SA) are applied to student accounts with a past-due balance of $3,000 or less. The SA Financial Hold Type restricts students’ ability to request transcripts, receive their diplomas, or view their grades on NEST. Students with a small balance hold are not placed on a registration hold. This means they can adjust their schedule and or register for future terms.
    • NOTE: If a cumulative balance is $3,000 or less due to excess restricted funds (i.e., Federal Title IV Aid or other term-based funding), and the credit balance is from prior academic years or outside a specific term, a Small balance hold (SA) will not be applied.
  • Large Balance Financial Hold (SF) are placed on accounts with a past due balance greater than $3000.01 depending on the time within an academic period. The SF hold type prevents students from adjusting their schedules, registering for future terms, requesting transcripts, applying for graduation, and viewing their grades on NEST.

Students with holds on their account should contact the Red Hawk Central team via email at or call: 973-655-7600.