Financial Aid

Tuition Management Systems (TMS) Monthly Payment Plan

DTS uses Tuition Management Systems (TMS) in providing a payment plan of equal, interest-free monthly installments. The payment plan allows students at all campuses to spread educational expenses over 3 months, 5 months, or 10 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

You, as the student, can 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. Adjustments can be done 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, 10/1
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.

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.

Questions

TMS at dts.afford.com or 1-800-722-4867

DTS Student Accounts/Bursar at 214-887-5086 (800-387-9673, ext 5086), stuacct@dts.edu.

Updated 7-2013