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If you’re looking for other ways to pay your Stanford tuition and fees beyond our preferred methods of payment, we also accept these additional payment methods.

These payment methods are made outside of Stanford’s student payment system, which may result in processing and crediting delays to your student account. To help avoid delays, be sure to include your (or your student’s) Full Name and Student ID with the payment.

Processed payments will be visible on the student’s Account Activity page of Stanford’s student payment system which you can access through Axess.

Financial Aid Payments and Student Permissions

Financial aid is automatically applied to specific charges on the university bill. To prevent a refund of aid when a student has a remaining balance due for the quarter, students can authorize Student Financial Services to apply aid funds to all charges within the quarter via "Student Permissions" in Axess. "Student Permissions" may be applied to all types of federal, state, institutional and outside financial aid with one exception: Federal Parent PLUS Loans. To grant Student Permissions,

  1. Log in to Axess
  2. My Finances > Bill & Payment System > Update Billing Permissions > Grant Permissions
  3. Read the Student Permission Agreement and click Next (or Cancel).
  4. Check the box "Yes, I have read the agreement" and click Submit.

Once permission is granted, the authorization remains in place indefinitely unless the student withdraws it. To withdraw permission, students should contact the Student Services Center. Permission cannot be withdrawn directly via Axess.

International Payment through Western Union 

As an alternative to using Flywire for international funds transfer payments inside Stanford’s student payment system, you can also use Western Union.

Make Stanford payments using this Western Union website

Once on the Western Union website, follow the instruction screens to process your payment. To prevent delays with your payment, please ensure that you have entered your Stanford ID number correctly so the payment is credited to your student account.

To learn more about using Western Union for global payments, browse this flier.

Please allow 5-7 business days for processing. 

529 Prepaid Tuition Account Payment

If online payment is impossible, checks may be mailed or delivered to the Stanford address below. Checks must be drawn in U.S. funds on a U.S. bank and must not be post-dated. Your Student ID and name must be noted on the check.

Allow up to 15 days for payments to be received and processed.

Stanford University
ATTN: Student & Academic Services - Bursar
408 Panama Mall, 2nd floor Suite 217
Stanford, CA 94305

Payroll Deduction Plan

The Payroll Deduction Plan provides an option for graduate student Research Assistants (RA) and Teaching Assistants (TA) to deduct a portion of their bi-monthly salaries for the purpose of paying tuition and fees. This allows graduate students to pay their university bill over several payments rather than in one lump sum.

Visit this webpage to learn more about the Payroll Deduction Plan.

Third Party Contract Invoicing

Some students may be sponsored by a third-party who commits to paying the student's tuition and/or other fees. 

Stanford will invoice outside organizations (sponsors), which require a separate invoice for certain fees the sponsor agrees to pay on the student bill. This process is called Third Party Contract (TPC) invoicing and is managed by our Student Financial Services (SFS) team.

You can learn more on this webpage about TPC eligibility, enrollment, if TPC invoicing is right for your external funding. 

Online Bank Payment

You may use your personal online banking portal with any U.S. bank to pay their Stanford bill. 

In your online banking portal, you may see a drop down menu from which Stanford University can be selected, or you may need to set up Stanford University as a Payee (in this case the Payee should be Stanford University, 459 Lagunita Drive, Suite 7, Stanford, CA 94305).

Be sure to enter the student ID as the account number when making a payment via online banking to ensure fast and accurate recording of the payment to your student account.

Wire Payment

Wire transfer payments in foreign currencies should be made through International funds transfer via Flywire. If a wire transfer is your only option, Stanford will accept payment this way. Be sure to include your student name and student ID number in the wire instructions and direct wired funds to the following location.

Beneficiary
Stanford University Wells Fargo Bank
420 Montgomery Street San Francisco, CA 94104
Bank account number: 4944863596
Bank ABA number: 121000248
BIC or SWIFT code: WFBIUS6S

Note: Use the BIC or Swift code when an IBAN is requested. (IBAN is a European bank account numbering convention that is not used for U.S. bank accounts.)

The payer’s bank will typically charge a service fee to initiate the wire transfer, as will any intermediary banks that assist with the wire transfer. Use IFT for reduced fees and favorable exchange rates.

If the wire transfer is not posted to your student financial account in 5-7 business days, submit a help request to the Student Services Center with details of the wire instructions.

Check Payment

If desired, you can mail hard copy checks to Stanford at the address below. Be sure to include the student’s Full Name and Student ID on the check to ensure accurate recording of the payment to your student account.

Processing can take up to 10 business days.

Stanford University
ATTN: Student & Academic Services - Bursar
408 Panama Mall, 2nd floor Suite 217
Stanford, CA 94305