Setting up a Payment Plan in Student Accounts

Last modified 2/9/2022

As a student, you can use a payment plan to make payments towards your tuition charges.

Before you Begin

As a student at Illinois State University, you can either pay your tuition all at once, or you can set up a payment plan through the Student Accounts website and pay your tuition in installments over time.

Set Up a Payment Plan

To set up a payment plan for your tuition in the Student Accounts website, please do the following:

  1. Go to the My Illinois State web portal at
  2. Click Central Login and enter your ULID and password. Click Sign In. If you are already signed into Central Login, you may skip this step.
  3. Select the Student tab at the top of the page.
  4. Click on Student Accounts in the Finances section.
  5. Under the heading Activity - Fall 2015 and Beyond, in the statement, “To view student account information in your Student Center, Log in here.”, click Here.
  6. Enter your ULID and password. Click Sign In.
  7. On the Welcome page, click Student Service Center in the blue bar at the top of the page.
  8. In the Student Service Center, find the blue shaded area on the right side of the page labeled Student Accounts. Click Enroll in a Payment Plan.
  9. On the Student Accounts website, click the Payment Plans tab near the top of the page.
  10. Click Enroll Now.
  11. Use the Select Term drop-down menu to select a term (semester) for which you would like to set up a payment plan. Then click Select.
  12. If multiple payment plans are available for the term you selected, use the Select Payment Plan drop-down menu to choose a payment plan. Then click Select.
    12a. You will not see this option If only one payment plan is offered for the term you selected.
  13. Read the installment plan details, and click Continue.
  14. On the Schedule Payment Plan page, review your Eligible Charges and Credits. Click Display Schedule to continue.
  15. The Payment Schedule displays the installment amounts, as well as the due date for each payment.
  16. Under Set up Automatic Payments, decide whether or not you want to set up automatic payments and choose the appropriate option, Yes or No. Click Continue.
    16a. If you chose No, proceed to step 17 below.
    16b. If you chose Yes, you are required to select a payment method to be used for automatic payments. You can use an existing payment method, or you can create a new one. To create a new payment method, you must provide the required account details, including the routing number, bank account number, and name on the account. If you choose to use this account to receive refunds from the University, additional action will be required. Refer to How to Sign Up for Electronic Refunds in Student Accounts
  17. On the Payment Plan Agreement page, review the Payment Plan Agreement. To accept the agreement, put a check mark next to I Agree. Then click Continue.
  18. If you set up automatic payments, the Payment Agreement page will appear. (If you did not set up automatic payments, proceed to step 19 below.) Read the Payment Agreement details. To accept the agreement, put a check mark next to I agree to the above terms and conditions. Then click Continue.
  19. Your payment plan will now be displayed in the Currently Enrolled Plans section on the Payment Plans tab of your Student Accounts. You have successfully enrolled in a payment plan.

How to Get Help

For questions about payment plans, please contact Student Accounts at (309) 438-5643.

For technical issues, including problems using the Student Accounts website, please contact the Technology Support Center at (309) 438-4357 or at

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