Messages from the University

Fall Billing Update

July 1, 2020

Dear undergraduate students, parents, and families,

As Chancellor Andrew D. Martin shared in his May 27 letter to the community, Washington University has made changes to our 2020-2021 academic calendar to allow for a phased approach to bringing students and faculty back to campus.  The first day of classes for undergraduate students and for several graduate programs will be September 14.  We will announce our detailed and updated plans by the end of July, including more specific information about housing assignments, move-in, and fall welcome.  In the meantime, we have heard from many of you asking about fall billing, setting up payment plans, and due dates.  I am writing today to give you a brief update on the status of those items.

In light of COVID-19, housing assignments for all new and unassigned students have not yet been processed.   We are still developing appropriate housing plans in light of relevant CDC and public health guidelines. Until housing assignments are finalized, billing statements will not be produced.  In consideration of this and in line with the delayed start of the fall semester, the fall billing cycle will also be delayed.  We anticipate issuing bills in August.  Due dates will also be adjusted to give students and families time to explore payment options consistent with past years’ billing cycles, with an initial estimated due date in mid-September. 

Note that new students will also receive an additional communication in mid-late July from Student Accounting providing some helpful information and instructions regarding the university’s billing process.

Additional information regarding the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fall 2020 academic calendar, and campus resources, please visit: We are thinking of all of you during this challenging time and looking forward to seeing you again in the fall.


Robert M. Wild, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs