Orientation Fee

There is a $175 Orientation Fee that is mandatory for all first-year freshmen and transfer freshmen students. The Orientation fee covers some of the KickStart and Semester Launch costs for the student. It is non-refundable.

Guest Fee.  There is a $15/person fee for guests. The fee covers some of the costs related to materials, orientation leader pay, etc. Guests can be registered through the student’s KickStart reservation and calculated as part of their total Orientation charges. The guest fee is non-refundable.  (Updated May 1, 2020. Students who paid $25/guest before May 1 will receive a refund of $10/guest for the lunch. Refunds will be processed in June).

How to pay the Orientation Fee

Students posing for picture at KickStart
Students posing for picture at KickStart

The Orientation Fee can by paid by credit card, personal check or money order.

To pay by credit card…go to your UIS Admissions Status page, click on the Payment Due item above your KickStart reservation and follow the directions. UIS accepts major credit cards.

To pay by personal/cashier’s check or money order…you can mail the payment to:

The Office of New Student Orientation & Parent Relations
One University Plaza, MS UHB 1080
Springfield, IL 62703-5407

Make check or money order payable to: The University of Illinois Springfield. Please print the student’s name and UIN in the memo line so we know what account to credit the payment.

Payments by credit card can be made online from the student’s UIS Admissions Status Page. Payments by personal check or money order can be mailed to the address above. We cannot accept cash, traveler’s checks, or checks or money orders drawn on international banks.

Deferring payment to student bill…Students can also elect to defer the Orientation Fee on the KickStart registration form . You will receive a billing statement with the balance due by email after your KickStart session. The deferred fee will be added to your semester tuition bill the first week of classes. It will be due with that first semester tuition bill (September 28 or February 28).  Please note that the Orientation Fee is not included in the calculation of the cost of attendance and that financial assistance may not cover the cost of the Orientation Fee.  If these deferred fees are not paid by the semester due date (September 28 for the students admitted for summer or fall semester and February 28 for the students admitted for spring semester) they will be subject to late fees and other penalties charged by the University Bursar office for late or unpaid bills.

Autumn Harris '21 and her dad listen to the PNC representative during the Campus Opportunity Fair
Autumn Harris ’21 and her dad listen to the PNC representative during the Campus Opportunity Fair

Unpaid Orientation Fees by August 1…Students who attended KickStart sessions in June or July and who have not made payment (online by credit card or by personal check or money order) by July 31 will be assessed the Orientation and any Guest Fees to their UIS account which is due September 28 for students enrolled in the fall semester. If these assessed fees are not paid by the semester due date (September 28 for the students admitted for summer or fall semester they will be subject to late fees and other penalties charged by the University Bursar office for late or unpaid bills.