Credit Card Glossary: Terms and Definitions
Late payment fee
A late payment fee (a late charge) is charged to a borrower who misses paying at least their minimum payment by the payment deadline. In order to avoid late fees, ensure that you pay at least the minimum amount by the due date. Late payments may affect your credit history negatively, even if your entire outstanding balance is later paid in full. Occasional late fees are capped at $25 under federal regulations.