Need-to-Knows
Money Matters

Roommates and computers and dining plans! Oh my!

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We know you can’t wait to begin your new life at Virginia Tech. But where to start? There are a number of things you can cross off your to-do list even before you get to campus. Start with the You’re In… Now What checklist. It’s an easy way to keep track of what you’ve done, what you need to do, and what you need to consider before moving to campus.

Things to know about the Bursar’s Office:

  • They handle the money!
  • Payment deadlines and penalties apply to you, not your parents or guardians.
  • Tuition, comprehensive fees, course fees, dining plans, housing charges, and software charges all make their way through the Bursar’s Office.
  • Work with your designated family members to become authorized payers through Hokie SPA. Your parents or guardians will need this to view and pay bills.
  • All students are required to enroll in direct deposit, through Hokie SPA. It’s a critical timesaver in getting your refund from financial aid – money you can use for books, computers, supplies, and more.
  • Work with your designated family members to establish Guest Account Access. Your parents or guardians will need this to add money to your student dining plan (Flex Additions and Dining Dollars. They may want to consider making a deposit to your Hokie Passport account early to ensure that laundry doesn’t come home with you for break!
  • More information for parents and families is available through Hokie Passport Services.
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Late fees and registration holds are added for failing to pay your student account by the posted due date. These are things that happen to you -- not to your parents -- so make sure you stay on top of e-bills and payments.

Ever heard of FERPA?

It stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, and it protects your rights and privacy when it comes to your records. Virginia Tech complies with FERPA, so be sure to authorize release of information via the FERPA disclosure web form on Hokie SPA if you want anyone other than yourself to have access to your educational records and student account. Your designated family member must have your student ID number and their assigned FERPA passcode to contact our office with questions.

Want to spread your payments out a bit? Enroll in a Budget Tuition Plan.

We all love financial aid, right?

Well, the Bursar’s Office applies that aid to your student account. They also handle refunds, third party scholarships, and Virginia College Savings Plans.

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Contact the Bursar’s Office for a list of dates, deadlines, and must-knows for new students.