The Catholic University of America

Payment Options

General Payment Information

Paper Check & Money Order Payments

E-Check & Credit/Debit Card Payments

Cash Payments

Cardinal Card Payments

Wire Payments

Payment Plan


General Payment Information

Payments to a student account can be made via check, money order, credit/debit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa) cash, Cardinal Card, or wire transfer and electronically through a checking or savings account (e-Check).  Payments must be made in U.S. dollars.  Payment can be made using one of the following payment methods:



Paper Check & Money Order Payments

IN PERSON:  Payments can be remitted at the Office of Enrollment Services, W200 Fr. O'Connell Hall. Our office hours can be found at

MAIL:  Please download the pdf version of the billing statement from CardinalPAY and enclose the remittance coupon at the bottom with your payment.  Payments sent with the remittance coupon should be mailed to our lockbox address:

The Catholic University of America
Dept. 6036
Washington, DC  20042-6036

If you do not have the remittance coupon, or if you are sending payment via a courier service like FedEx or UPS, send payment to:

The Catholic University of America
Office of Enrollment Services
Attn: Payment
620 Michigan Ave, NE
Washington, DC  20064


Checks should be made payable to The Catholic University of America. Include the student's full-name and CUA ID number on the memo line of the check.


The University does not accept postdated checks or starter checks.  The University is unable to accept any checks which do not have a printed name and address on them.  Personal, cashier's, traveler's, and credit card convenience checks in U.S. dollars are accepted. For more information see the complete cash handling policy.


The University cannot accept checks from a third party made out to the student only.


A charge of $75 will be assessed for returned checks.



E-Check & Credit/Debit Card Payments

ONLINE:  Payments can be made 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, using your credit/debit card, checking account, or savings account in our e-commerce system: CardinalPAY.  There is no fee for submitting an online e-check payment using a checking or savings account; there is a 2.75% service fee for payments via credit/debit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa).  Payments made via the CardinalPAY system will immediately post to the student account.

Students can access CardinalPAY via the hyperlink in the Finances section of their Cardinal Station Student Center.   

Authorized Payers can access CardinalPAY at

Individuals not established as Authorized Payers can remit payment as a Guest Payer by selecting the CardinalPAY hyperlink in the CUA Links section on the right-hand side of the Cardinal Station landing page.  Guest Payers will need the student’s ID and first and last names in order to remit payment.


International students can also remit credit/debit card payments via



Cash Payments

IN PERSON:  Payments can be remitted at the Cashier’s Office in Leahy Hall from 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday.

Cardinal Card Payments

IN PERSON:  Students may use Cardinal Cash funds on their Cardinal Card to make a payment towards their student account by bringing their ID card to the Office of Enrollment Services, 10 McMahon Hall. The office is open 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.   


Dining Dollars are not accepted for student account payments.  If a refund is to be issued as a result of a Cardinal Card payment to the student account, the refund will be in the form of a check.  A credit balances on a student account cannot be transferred to the student’s Cardinal Card.  Additional information about the Cardinal Card program is available at



Wire Payments

INTERNATIONAL: Individuals making international wire payments have the option of initiating their payment via Flywire by peerTransfer.  Flywire payments can reduce international wire transfer times and the associated wire transfer fees, as the service eliminates hidden bank fees and offers wholesale exchange rates.


How Flywire works:

·         Visit

·         Enter your payment amount, your home country, and select United States Dollars as the payment currency.

·         Flywire will display your transaction amount in your home currency

·         Enter the required information to initiate your payment.  Flywire will then provide you with detailed instructions on how to complete your transfer.


For additional information visit https://www/ or contact peerTransfer at 1-800-346-9252 or



DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL: Students can access CUA bank account information for domestic and non-PeerTransfer international wire payments at