Research and Statistics 2014 Credit Card Tuition Payment Survey data


Find out whether the four-year college or university you’re considering will allow you to make tuition payments by credit cards — and at what cost

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014 Credit card tuition payment survey data

Students and parents looking to pay college tuition via credit card will likely face additional fees or even restrictions for doing so, according to the 2014 Credit Card Tuition Payment Survey.

(See article, “Credit card tuition payment survey 2014: Convenience fees, card restrictions prevalent.”)

The chart below provides credit card payment details for the 200 private and public U.S. colleges and universities surveyed by The 100 community colleges surveyed are excluded as all accept credit cards for tuition payments with minimal payment policy variations. States colored white on the map do not include any schools in the survey (see survey methodology.) To view surveyed school credit card policies, click on the highlighted states.

Survey methodology:
The Credit Card Tuition Payment Survey of 300 higher education institutions from the continental U.S. was conducted in August 2014 by For the survey, the top 100 private and top 100 public institutions were extracted from Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System records according to 2013-2014 full-time, first-year undergraduate enrollment statistics. An additional list of 100 community colleges was also pulled for comparison based on 2012-2013 full-time, unduplicated undergraduate enrollment (the data set for 2013-2014 is not yet available). Online-only schools were omitted from this study in all three categories.

Additional survey data reporting by Kristen Cabrera.

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