Paying Tuition

Paying Your Balance

Sandburg offers a number of convenient options to pay for classes. These options are listed below. Whatever method you choose, be sure to pay your tuition and fees by the Tuition Deadline. Students may be dropped from classes if all tuition and fees are not paid by the due date. Some students choose to enroll as early as possible and make partial payments until the tuition deadline at which time the remaining balance is due. Payment for enrollment after the tuition deadline is due in full at the time of enrollment. 

How to Check Your Balance Due

Students or an authorized user (Proxy - see details below) can monitor their charges and credits online using mySandburg. You are encouraged to view your account after registration and anytime there is a change in enrollment or financial assistance. To access the information, log into mySandburg, and select the student menu, my account, view account and pay tuition. Aid amounts are recalculated within 24 - 48 hours following a change in enrollment or eligibility.

Books and supplies are purchased separately through the College Bookstore or an external source. ISBN's for required materials are available in the Class Search or on the Bookstore website. For additional information see Using Financial Aid to Buy Books.


Payment Options

Pay Online

The student or authorized user can access mySandburg to make a debit or credit card payment. We accept American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa.

Pay in Person

Visit the Business Office located in E100 on the Galesburg campus or the Main Office at the Carthage Branch Campus to pay your tuition with cash, check, money order, or debit/credit card. We accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Checks are made payable to Carl Sandburg College with a memo of the student's name and ID. 

Pay by Mail

Please include the student's name and I.D. # on the check. Checks are made payable to Carl Sandburg College. The mailing address is:

Carl Sandburg College
Attn: Business Office
2400 Tom Wilson Blvd 
Galesburg, IL  61401 

Pay by Phone

Call 309.341.5210 to pay with a debit or credit card over the phone. There is no fee for this service.



Carl Sandburg College participates in federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs to assist students. Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships to help pay tuition and fees. 

Financial aid that has been finalized can be used toward tuition and fees. Eligible awards will have a status of accepted and the disbursement will show on the student's account based on enrollment status. If aid is not processed by the tuition deadline, you are responsible to pay your tuition in full or go on the payment plan. Financial aid involves several steps and students are encouraged to file early. For more information see Getting Started with Financial Aid.

The Business Office will automatically deduct incurred costs (tuition, fees, lab costs, and other authorized charges such as books, supplies, etc.) out of the financial aid that is credited to your account. Any remaining financial aid is refunded to you once attendance is confirmed approximately 14 calendar days after the semester begins.


The Payment Plan allows families to pay tuition and fees in up to six monthly installments with Nelnet's Tuition Payment Plan (excludes books).  A student or authorized user can access mySandburg to set up the payment plan with a debit or credit card, checking, or savings account, and manage the plan by checking scheduled payments, transactions, balances, payments made, and changes to the account. 

Benefits of the Payment Plan:

  • No credit check
  • Interest-free
  • A low enrollment fee of $35 a term is processed immediately and nonrefundable
  • Set it up once each term - payments are automatic
  • Manage account plan at anytime

Follow these downloadable instructions to enroll in the Payment Plan or manage the account plan.



  • If at any time during the term you add or drop a class, make extra payments online or in the offices, receive additional financial aid,  scholarships, or loans…PLEASE CONTACT THE BUSINESS OFFICE to let them know of your changes. CHANGES ARE NOT AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED!
  • If you should drop ALL your classes after the 100% drop period, you ARE OBLIGATED to pay the remaining amount due. Students must meet all financial obligations to the College before they will be allowed to re-register, receive grade reports, diplomas, certificates, and transcripts. If you should have any uncollected past due balances, we may use any and all means necessary to collect this debt in accordance with the state and federal laws.

If you need to change the payment method or credit card number, please contact Nelnet Business Solutions and a customer service representative will help you. They are available Monday - Thursday from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm (CST), Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm at (800) 609-8056.


NOTE:  Down payments are processed immediately! Monthly payments are processed on the 5th or 20th of each month and will continue until the balance is paid in full.

Fall 2022 Tuition Due August 9, 2022

Payments are available beginning April 1, 2022

  • Enroll April 1 - June 3 with no down payment, and 6 payments from June - November
  • Enroll June 4 - June 30 with no down payment and 5 payments from July - November
  • Enroll July 1 - August 3 with no down payment and 4 payments from August - November
  • Enroll August 4 - August 25 with 25% down payment and 3 payments from September - November

Spring 2023 Tuition Due December 13, 2022

Payments are available beginning October 1, 2022

  • Enroll October 1 - December 1 with no down payment, and 5 payments from December - April
  • Enroll December 2 - December 30 with no down payment and 4 payments from January- April
  • Enroll December 31 - January 25 with 25% down payment and 3 payments from February - April

Summer 2023 Tuition is Due May 9, 2023

Payments are available beginning March 1, 2023

  • Enroll March 1 - April 3 with no down payment, and 4 payments from April - July
  • Enroll April 4 - April 26 with 25% down payment and 3 payments from May - July
  • Enroll April 27 - May 24 with 50% down payment and 2 payments from June - July


Set Up Authorized User (Proxy) for Financial Aid and Billing

Set Up Authorized User (Proxy) for Financial Aid and Billing

Sandburg offers students the opportunity to add one or more authorized users (called a Proxy) which allows the authorized user to make online payments on the student's behalf and access financial aid documents and awarding information. The authorized user will receive a separate login and password to access the account.

Authorized users do not have access to the student's stored payment methods, academic records, grades, personal emails, or other personal information. Making parents (or other individuals) an authorized user does not give Sandburg staff permission to discuss the student's academic records with the authorized user.

The student controls what the user can access. To set up an authorized user to act on your behalf, follow these instructions. If you have any questions, please contact us at 309.341.5260.

WIOA, DORS, Outside Funding and Third Party Payments

Third-party payments are when an outside entity is paying for your tuition and possibly books. Examples of third-party payments are Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act-WIOA, Department of Rehabilitation Services-DORS, College Illinois, and your place of employment. An authorization on company letterhead must be submitted to the Business Office by the tuition deadline. If you are in the National Guard or have Illinois Veterans Grant-IVG, please contact or set up an appointment with the Coordinator of Veterans and Military Services, in the Financial Aid Office at 309.341.5283 or contact the Financial Aid Office in order to have the grant applied to your tuition.

Tuition Waivers for Seniors 65 Years or Over

District 518 residents 65 years of age or older are permitted to participate in credit-bearing courses at no charge for tuition (no credit awarded-enrolled as an auditing course), provided there are spaces in the classes and that tuition-paying students constitute the minimum number required for enrollment in those classes. Verification of age is required by presenting an Illinois driver's license or other appropriate documentation at the time of enrollment. Payment is required for all fees, books, and supplies.

To process:

  1. The student submits a copy of their driver's license to the Business Office.
  2. Business Office checks for eligible enrollment eligibility and waives the tuition charge only.
  3. Business Office maintains documentation of eligibility. 
Returned Checks

A $30 fee will be charged for NSF checks.  The college will not accept a check in the future from a student who previously had an NSF check.  The student will be required to pay with cash, money order, or debit/credit card.

Drop for Non-Attendance

Carl Sandburg College has a mandatory attendance policy for all classes. If a student does not show in class at least once during the first four days of the semester, the student will be dropped from the course. Courses less than 16 weeks require attendance during the 100 percent refund of the course (see refunds above). You may re-register for these classes if they are still available and with the instructor's permission. For more information see No Show You Go.

When You Fail to Pay

Failure to Pay

Students who fail to pay for their classes by the tuition payment deadline through the 100 percent refund period will be dropped from the class (refer to the refund tab above for more information). You may reregister for the classes (if they are still available), but payment in full is due at the time of re-registration.

Students with unpaid charges or who fail to return all materials owned by the College will not be allowed to reregister and to receive grade reports, diplomas, certificates, and transcripts. If you should have any uncollected past due balances, we may use any and all means necessary to collect this debt in accordance with the state and federal laws.

Resources to Help Manage Your Money

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Business Office

Location: Main Campus E100

Phone: 309.341.5210