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Holds/Fines

By registering for classes at TCNJ, students are agreeing to pay all charges on their student account by the payment due date. Students are subject to being charged late payment fines, cancellation of registration activity, withholding the ability to register, and/ or withhold an official transcript if pending charges are not paid.

Students will receive an email notification from Student Accounts that a new billing statement is available through PAWS. It is the responsibility of each student, whether they received a billing statement or not, to make payment in full by the payment due date.

Late Fines

A late payment fine will be assessed against the account of any student whose account balance remains unpaid after the payment due date. This late payment fine will be calculated and assessed for each month that the balance remains $1,000.00 or greater. Each monthly fine will either be $25.00 or 1.5% of the outstanding balance, whichever is greater.

For example:

  • Balance due on February 4: $4,000.00
  • First month late payment fine assessed on February 27*: $4,000.00 X .015 = $60.00.
  • Second month late payment fine assessed on March 27*: ($4,000.00 + $60.00) X .015 = $60.90.
  • Thus, to pay in full and avoid assessment of additional late payment fines, the student should pay $4,120.90 ($4,000.00 + $60.00 +$60.90) before April payment due date.

*These dates reflect a 5 business day grace period.

Holds

Transcript Hold

Students with a past due account balance will have a Financial Transcript hold placed onto their account. The hold will prevent an official transcript from being prepared and released by the college. Unofficial transcripts can still be viewed in PAWS.

Once the balance is paid, the hold will be removed.

Unpaid Balance Hold

Students with a past due account balance will have an Unpaid Balance hold placed onto their account. The hold will prevent the student from registering for any current or future classes.

Once the balance is paid, the hold will be removed by the following morning.

Returned Payments

Paper check or e-check payments that are returned for insufficient funds will result in a fine of $25.00 and a hold being placed onto the respective student’s account. This hold will prevent the student from registering for classes or requesting official transcripts. Unofficial transcripts can still be viewed in PAWS.

E-check payments that are returned because the system cannot locate the bank account (this means the account and/or routing number were incorrect entered when making the payment in Paws) will have a fine of $10.00 and a hold placed onto the respective student’s account. This hold will prevent the student from registering for classes or requesting official transcripts. Unofficial transcripts can still be viewed in PAWS.

Deregistration

Students with past due balances for the semester/session, above a pre-determined threshold, after the end of Add/Drop week may be subjected to deregistration. All students in danger of being dropped from their course schedule will be notified via email. It is the student’s responsibility to check his or her TCNJ email account regularly.

If a student terminates from a Tuition Payment Plan after registering for a future semester, the student may be deregistered from the future semester’s courses. The student will be notified of the potential deregistration and given a time period to make payment before deregistration is to occur.

It is up to the discretion of the Office of Student Accounts, in conjunction with Records & Registration, to determine if a student should be deregistered from his or her current or future semesters’ courses for other reasons than what is mentioned on this website. Students will always be notified prior to being deregistered and given the opportunity to make payment.

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