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Tuition Management Systems (TMS) Monthly Payment Plan

DTS partners with Tuition Management Systems (TMS) in providing a payment plan of equal, interest-free monthly installments. The payment plan allows Masters and PhD students at all campuses to spread educational expenses over 3 months, 5 months, or 10 months.  The payment plan allows DMin and DEdMin students at all campuses to spread educational expenses over 6 months or 12 months.  The payment plan can be used for tuition, fees, and DTS Book Center purchases.

For DTS Book Center use, you must email stuacct@dts.edu to have a portion of your TMS plan transferred from your student account to a DTS bookstore account.

If your DTS charges (tuition, fees, and books) exceed your TMS payment plan amount, any remaining balance must be paid directly to DTS. Note: A financial hold may apply to your account if an outstanding balance exists.

Your payment plan amount for the semester will be applied to your DTS student account prior to the payment deadline of the semester and considered as payment to your DTS student account.  The amount of your payment plan will be applied to your DTS student account with the description of “TMS Budget Received” or “Payment Plan.” 

Adjustments to your TMS Payment Plan Amount

Adjustments to your TMS Payment Plan Amount: ADJUSTMENTS ARE NOT DONE AUTOMATICALLY. YOU MUST SUBMIT AN ADJUSTMENT REQUEST.You may adjust your amount directly with TMS by logging on to your TMS account online at dts.afford.com or by contacting TMS directly at 1-800-722-4867.  You may also email your adjustment request to the Bursar/Student Account Office at stuacct@dts.edu. Adjustments can be made throughout the semester and there is no limit on how many adjustments you may do.  Adjustments must be completed by the 15th of each month to be in effect for the following month's payment.

  • Adjustment Example #1: You increase your TMS plan on 8/10, your increased payments will start 9/01.
  • Adjustment Example #2: You decrease your TMS plan on 8/25, your decreased payments will start 10/01.

Master and Doctor of Philosophy Degree Programs

(Fall & Winter – Term 1, Spring – Term 2, Fall & Summer – Term 1 & 2, Summer – Term 3)

Plan Options Term Covered Enrollment Period Enrollment Fee* Maximum Budget Amount Semester Payment Due Dates
5-Month 1 Mar-Sept $42.00 $8,000 Fall & Winter 8/1, 9/1, 10/1, 11/1, 12/1
5-Month 2 Oct-Feb $42.00 $8,000 Spring & Summer 1/1, 2/1, 3/1, 4/1, 5/1
10-Month 1, 2, 3 Mar-Sept $60.00 $16,000 Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer 8/1, 9/1, 10/1, 11/1, 12/1, 1/1, 2/1, 3/1, 4/1, 5/1
3-Month 3 Mar-May $42.00 $8,000 Summer 5/15, 6/15, 7/15

Doctor of Ministry Degree Program

(Winter – Term 1, Summer – Term 2, Winter & Summer – Term 1 & 2)

Plan Options Term Covered Enrollment Period Enrollment Fee* Maximum Budget Amount Semester Payment Due Dates
6-Month 1 July-Sept $42.00 $8,000 Winter 10/1, 11/1, 12/1, 1/1, 2/1, 3/1
6-Month 2 Jan-Mar $42.00 $8,000 Summer 4/1, 5/1, 6/1, 7/1, 8/1, 9/1
10-Month 1, 2 July-Sept $60.00 $16,000 Winter, Summer 10/1, 11/1, 12/1, 1/1, 2/1, 3/1, 4/1, 5/1, 6/1, 7/1, 8/1, 9/1,

Payment Plan Examples

  • 3 month Example: Your Summer bill is $3000, you enroll in a TMS payment plan for $3000. Your monthly payments would be $1,000 ($3000/3).
  • 5 month Example: Your Fall bill is $5,000, you receive a DTS scholarship for $1,000, and you enroll in a TMS payment plan for $4,000. Your monthly payments would be $800 ($4000/5).
  • 10 month Example: Your Fall bill is $4,800, Winter estimate is $1,200, Spring estimate is $4,800 and Summer estimate is $1,200. You enroll in a 10 month plan for $12,000 with $6000 for your Fall/Winter (Term1) and $6000 for your Spring/Summer (Term2). Your monthly payments would be $1200 ($12000/10).

Enrollment

Enrollment is online at dts.afford.com. You may also call TMS at 1-800-722-4867 to enroll over the phone.

THE TMS ENROLLMENT FEE MUST BE PAID AT THE TIME OF ENROLLMENT.

TMS ENROLLMENT IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL THE ENROLLMENT FEE HAS BEEN PAID.

Payment Options

Your payment is due each month directly to TMS. Your payment options are as follows:

Online/Phone

  • If you pay by debit/credit card, you will be charged a percentage convenience fee.*
  • If you pay over the phone with a TMS customer service rep, you will be charged a $10.00 convenience fee.*
  • If you pay over the phone through the automated system by electronic check from a checking account or statement savings account, you will not be charged a convenience fee.*

Automatic Draft (ACH)

  • No additional fees are assessed.* Must contact TMS to enroll.*
  • If your enrollment in a plan is after the first month’s payment is due, you must pay the first month manually and start ACH payments with the second month’s payment.

Mail

TMS, PO Box 645113, Cincinnati, OH 45264-5113

Delinquent Monthly Payments

  • You will be charged a late fee of $25.00* by TMS each month you are late.
  • A hold will be placed on your DTS student account until payments are made current.
  • If you become 3 months delinquent in payments, you will be terminated from the TMS payment plan and the remaining balance will be due immediately to DTS.
  • Returned payments – TMS charges a $30.00 return check fee.*

*Fees subject to change. Fees are in addition to your monthly payment.

FAQs

I added a class and have a balance due on my DTS student account.  When will my TMS payment plan be increased to cover the additional charges?
It will be adjusted once you have requested the adjustment either with TMS or with the DTS Bursar/Student Account Office.  Adjustments are not done automatically.  If no adjustment is made, a financial hold may be applied to your DTS student account for the balance due.

I dropped a class and have a credit balance on my DTS student account.  When will my TMS payment plan be decreased by the credit balance?
It will be adjusted once you have requested the adjustment either with TMS or with the DTS Bursar/Student Account Office.  Adjustments are not done automatically.  If no adjustment is made, you will continue to make your monthly payments as they are and the credit balance will carry forward to your next semester charges.
I received a DTS scholarship and a small outside third party scholarship and have a credit balance on my DTS student account.  When will my TMS payment plan be decreased by the amounts of the scholarships?
It will be adjusted once you have requested the adjustment either with TMS or with the DTS Bursar/Student Account Office.  Adjustments are not done automatically.  If no adjustment is made, you will continue to make your monthly payments as they are and the credit balance will carry forward to your next semester charges.
Is the enrollment fee of $42 or $60 a one-time fee?
No.  Each payment plan you set up requires an enrollment fee to be paid to activate the account.
I enrolled in a TMS payment plan prior to the payment deadline.  Why was I dropped from my classes after payment deadline? 
You may have been dropped due to either 1) not paying the enrollment fee and therefore not activating your TMS payment plan by the payment deadline or 2) your TMS payment plan budget amount did not cover the full amount that was due on payment deadline.
Can the due date of the monthly payment be changed from the first of the month?
No.  The monthly payments are due on the first of each month.  Please plan accordingly.
Will I be charged a convenience fee if I pay my monthly payment to TMS by credit card?
Yes.  TMS will charge a nonrefundable convenience fee if you choose to pay by credit card. 
If I am late with paying my monthly payment to TMS, will I incur a late fee?
Yes. TMS will charge a late fee if payment is not received on time.
Will TMS charge a return payment fee if my payment doesn’t go through due to insufficient funds?
Yes.  TMS will charge a return fee if your payment is returned to TMS.
Who can contact if I have questions about my TMS account?
You may contact TMS at dts.afford.comor 1-800-722-4867.  You may also contact the DTS Bursar/Student Account Office at 214-887-5086 (800-387-9673 x 5086) or email stuacct@dts.edu.

Updated 10.29.15.