Logging In
Viewing Your Current Bill
Viewing Past Bills
Setting Up Authorized Payers
Special Billing Groups that should not be set up as Authorized Payers
Making Payments
Direct Deposit of Refunds
Pay Law Enrollment Deposit

Logging In

Log in to Cardinal Students. If you no longer recall your log-in information, contact the Catholic University computer help desk at 202-319-4357.

Select the Student Account tile and select the Make A Payment option in the left menu. Select the Cardinal Pay button to open Cardinal Pay in a new browser window. Popup blocker must be disabled.

Once in Cardinal Pay, check the Message Board for important announcements, information, and reminders.

Viewing Your Current Bill

You and your Authorized Payer(s) will receive e-mail notification whenever a new statement is available in Cardinal Pay. To view your statement, select View & Pay Accounts from the left-hand menu in Cardinal Pay, then select the hyperlink for View Latest Statement which is nested in the Statement Information box on the right-hand side of the page. Instructions on how to read statements are available at http://enrollmentservices.cua.edu/billingstatements.cfm.

The statement is available in web and PDF versions. The web version automatically displays when you select Current Statement. To view the PDF version, select the PDF icon on the right-hand side of the web statement. The PDF statement includes a remittance coupon at the bottom that should be used if you are mailing your payment. For more information read the Payment Options page.

Viewing Past Bills

Select View & Pay Accounts from the left-hand menu in Cardinal Pay, then select View Tuition and Fees Details toward the bottom of the page. From there, select the Statement History tab near the bottom of the page and then select the hyperlinked date for the statement you wish to view. lick the Detail magnifying glass icon next to the statement you wish to view.

Setting Up Authorized Payers

Select Authorize Payers from the left-hand menu in Cardinal Pay.

Select the Add New button and enter the name and e-mail address of the Authorized Payer(s).

Create a login name and a temporary password for each Authorized Payer. Note: login names and passwords are case-sensitive.

Save the screen by selecting the Add button.

Authorized Payers will receive an automated e-mail notifying them that they have been set up as Authorized Payers. This email will provide their login name and a hyperlink to the Cardinal Pay website. Students must tell Authorized Payers their temporary passwords; CUA does not have access to Cardinal Pay password information. In their initial visit to the Cardinal Pay site, Authorized Payers will be required to reset their password.

There is no limit to the number of Authorized Payers allowed.


Special Billing Groups that should not be set up as Authorized Payers

Students sponsored in whole or in part by other third parties, such as an employer, religious community, embassy, etc., whose sponsor receives a custom paper billing statement from CUA should not set their sponsors as Authorized Payers in Cardinal Pay unless they want them to receive notifications of the monthly STUDENT invoices.

Information on third party billing is available on the Students Sponsored by a Third Party page


Making Payments

View & Pay Accounts from the left-hand menu in Cardinal Pay.

Select the Make Payment button just under the Tuition and Fees header to make a payment towards tuition and fees. To make a deposit payment, select the bar for Graduate and Law Enrollment Deposits or Housing Deposit and then select the Make Payment button.

On the Payment Amount page, complete the three fields:
Term: Select from the drop-down list the term to which the payment is be applied.
Payment Amount: Enter in the dollar amount of the payment you wish to make.
Payment Method: Select either Credit Card (which includes debit cards) or e-Check.

e-Check: This is a payment directly from your checking or savings account. In order to make an e-Check payment, you will need:

  • the name of the bank account holder
  • the account type (checking or savings)
  • the bank routing number (9 digits)
  • the checking or savings account number (the second set of digits on your check, excluding the check number)

Note: Some bank accounts, such as investment accounts, money market accounts, home equity loans, and HELOCs (home equity line of credit) do not allow on-line (ACH) payments and may not be used for the e-Check option. Please check with the financial institution which holds the account to find out if it allows an on-line (ACH) payment before you enter the payment transaction.

Credit or Debit Card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa): In order to make a credit or debit card payment, you will need:

  • the cardholder's name
  • the card type (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa)
  • the credit card number
  • the credit card expiration date
  • your e-mail address for contact information

Debit cards usually have a daily limit; verify this limit with the issuing bank before processing your payment.

A nonrefundable 2.75% service fee is assessed to the cardholder for credit and debit card payments. There is no charge for e-check payments.

Once the payment has been processed, you will receive a confirmation number by e-mail to the address you provided when making the payment.

In most cases, the payment will be applied immediately to the student account; receipt of payment can be confirmed by the student in Cardinal Students after completion of the payment transaction.

Credit card and check information can be stored in Payment Profiles for future payments.

For information about other payment options, see our Payment Options page.

Direct Deposit of Refunds

Students can have refunds of their student account deposited directly into their checking or savings accounts. Students are responsible for updating bank information as needed.

To enroll in Direct Deposit:

  • Select Direct Deposit from the left-hand menu in Cardinal Pay.
  • Select New Banking Info or chose an ACH account from any you have stored in your payment profiles.
  • Enter name, address, telephone, and bank routing information in the provided fields and select the Continue button.
  • Verify the accuracy of the information displayed on the confirmation page. If correct, select Confirm to save and enroll in Direct Deposit; if incorrect, select Edit Banking Info to make changes to the information or Cancel to cancel the transaction.
  • A Direct Deposit Enrollment Receipt will be displayed.

To Deactivate Direct Deposit Enrollment:

  • Select Direct Deposit from the left-hand menu in Cardinal Pay.
  • Your direct deposit enrollment information will appear.
  • Select Deactivate Direct Deposit.
  • A confirmation message will appear. Select OK to deactivate or Cancel to cancel the deactivation.

Pay Law Enrollment Deposit

Select View & Pay Accounts from the left-hand menu in Cardinal Pay.

Select the Law Enrollment Deposits option from the center of the page.

Select the Make Payment button.

Select the Term to which the deposit is to be applied, enter the amount of your deposit, select the payment method (eCheck or credit card), and then select the Continue button.

Enter the payment information on the following page and select the Continue button. Review the information on the confirmation page before selecting the Confirm button.