Student Tuition Easy Payment Plan (STEPP)





The Student Tuition Easy Payment Plan (STEPP) is a new and optional payment program offered at Clark College. STEPP makes budgeting for college expenses more flexible each quarter because it lets you pay in installments interest free in the quarter. You can make payments by personal check, cash or credit card. There is a $15 non refundable charge for each quarter that you enroll in STEPP to set up your account.

What does STEPP cover?

STEPP covers tuition and class fees for the specified quarter that you are enrolled in the plan. Expenses for books, fines, parking fees or administrative costs and fees charged by the college are not covered in the plan.

How does STEPP work?

The advantage of STEPP is that you gain more flexibility to fit tuition and fee payments into your budget. Instead of making one single payment for the entire amount, you can enroll in STEPP and make up to three separate installments in the quarter interest free.

The chart below shows the payment schedule for Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters. Enrollment in Stepp for fall begins August 9th.

STEPP Payment Schedule
Quarter Enrolled 1st Installment 2nd Installment 3rd Installment (2)
Fall 1/3 of tuition due at enrollment (1) + 15.00 fee 1/3 of tuition due October 15 1/3 of tuition due November 15
Winter 1/3 of tuition due at enrollment (1) + 15.00 fee 1/3 of tuition due January 15 1/3 of tuition due February 15
Spring 1/3 of tuition due at enrollment (1) + 15.00 fee 1/3 of tuition due April 15 1/3 of tuition due May 15
Summer 1/2 of tuition due at enrollment (1) + 15.00 fee 1/2 of tuition due July 15 No Third Payment

  1. The first installment is due the day you enroll in STEPP.
  2. If a payment date falls on a holiday or weekend, the payment is due the first business day afterward.

For example, if your quarterly tuition and fees for Spring Quarter total $630, your payments would be as follows:

How do I enroll in the plan?

To be eligible for STEPP, you must enroll in the plan each quarter in which you enroll for classes. Enrollment in STEPP is an easy two-step process:
  1. Complete a STEPP Enrollment Form, which can be obtained at the Cashier’s Office located in Gaiser Hall.
  2. Pay a $15 non refundable enrollment fee and the first installment of your quarterly tuition and fees by personal check, cash or credit card (Visa® or MasterCard®).
  3. The last day for enrollment are as follows:

    Spring 2014   -   April 28
    Summer 2014   -   July 14
    Fall 2014   -   October 13
    Winter 2014   -   January 28

What if my payment is late?

Payments received after the due date will be assessed a late payment fee of $20. If the payment is not received by the due date, you may be dropped from current courses.

How do I make payments?

You can make payments by personal check, cash or credit card (Visa® or MasterCard®) in the following ways:
  • In person:
    Cashier’s Office located in Gaiser Hall.
  • By mail (include your student ID number):
    Clark College
    1933 Fort Vancouver Way
    Vancouver, WA 98663-3598
  • By phone (credit card payments only):
    Call 360-992-2177
**STEPP students cannot view their STEPP balance online. The 3rd payment can be made online starting one week before payment is due.

What if I add or drop classes?

Changes in your schedule can have an impact on the amount of tuition and fees that you owe. You must notify the Cashier’s Office of any changes in your class schedule.

  • In person: Cashier’s Office located in Gaiser Hall.
  • Phone: 360-992-2177
  • Email: sjensen@clark.edu
Refunds will be made according to Clark College’s refund policy. All refunds will be issued by check.

What if I have more questions?

If you have additional questions or require more information, please contact the Cashier’s Office as follows:
  • In person: Cashier’s Office located in Gaiser Hall.
  • Phone: 360-992-2177
  • Email: ccampbell@clark.edu