Convenience Fee

Beginning July 1, 2012, all credit card payments will be assessed a non-refundable 2.85% convenience fee. The fee is charged by TouchNet Pay Path, a third-party processor, not Emerson College. Emerson receives no benefit or revenue from this fee. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit card payments.

TouchNet PayPath

TouchNet PayPath is the third-party payment servicer that will process your credit card payment to Emerson College. TouchNet PayPath established the 2.85% convenience fee to cover the credit card transaction fees assessed by credit card companies.

TouchNet PayPath will process your credit card payment and the convenience fee as two separate line items on your credit card statement. Emerson College will receive only your credit card payment. We do not receive any revenue from the convenience fee and the fee will not appear on your student account or tuition statement.

Important Things to Note

TouchNet PayPath processes all debit cards as credit card payments. If you enter your debit card into a credit card payment field, you will be charged the non-refundable 2.85% convenience fee. Checking or savings account payments should be entered using the account and routing number option to avoid paying the convenience fee.

If you wish to use a credit card check which you have received through the mail, you must mail the check to the Office of Student Accounts for processing. Credit card companies will not honor checks used electronically. The payment will be returned as “account not found.” Mail payments to the address indicated below. Please always include your Emerson ID number and student name on the check.

Emerson College
Office of Student Accounts
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Credit card payments entered in error will not receive the convenience fee back, even if the payment to which it relates is canceled, refunded, credited, or charged back.


You can avoid paying the convenience fee by paying online with direct debit from your checking or savings account known as an e-check. Electronic payments are submitted through eCommon under the Student Services tab. Authorized Users can submit electronic payments through their Student Payment Account. Students can add/remove Authorized Users through eCommon under the Student Services tab by clicking “View Bill.” There are video instructions on the payment site as well that walk you through setting up authorized users.

Additionally, you can avoid the convenience fee by mailing a check directly to the Office of Student Accounts, Emerson College,120 Boylston St, Boston MA 02116. Always include your Emerson ID number and Student Name on the check.

Payment Plan

You can also avoid the convenience fee by enrolling in a monthly payment plan. Emerson offers no-interest payment plans administered by Higher One.

The 10-month plan begins July 1 and should be budgeted for your full year’s expenses. Payments for July through November should equal your fall balance, and payments for December through April should equal your spring balance.

We also offer 5-month semester payment plans for fall (July through November) and spring (December through April). Your payment plan should be activated and up to date by the semester due date on your tuition statement.

The enrollment fee is $95 for the annual plan, and $50 for each of the semester plans. No interest is charged on the balance owed.