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For students who are unable to pay their charges in full at the beginning of the semester, DTS partners with Tuition Management Systems (TMS) in providing a payment plan of equal, interest-free monthly installments. The payment plan can be used for tuition, fees, and DTS Bookstore purchases. The payment plan allows all students (degree and nondegree) at all campuses to spread educational expenses over 3 months, 4 months, 5 months, 10 months, or 12 months.

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 will be applied to your DTS student account prior to the payment deadline of the semester and be considered as a payment. The amount of your payment plan will be applied with the description of “Pay Monthly Pmt to TMS.”

TMS Payment Plan Options

wdt_IDDegree or CoursesPlan OptionsSemester/Term CoveredEnrollment PeriodMaximum Enrollment FeeMaximum Budget AmountPayment Due Dates
1Masters or PhD3-MonthSummerMar-May$45.00$8,0005/15, 6/15, 7/15
2Masters or PhD4-MonthFallMar-Sept$45.00$8,0009/1, 10/1, 11/1, 12/1
3Masters or PhD4-MonthSpringOct-Feb$45.00$8,0002/1, 3/1, 4/1, 5/1
4Masters or PhD5-MonthFallMarch-Sept$45.00$8,0008/1, 9/1, 10/1, 11/1, 12/1
5Masters or PhD5-MonthSpringOct-Feb$45.00$8,0001/1, 2/1, 3/1, 4/1, 5/1
6Masters or PhD10-MonthFall-SummerMar-Sept$65.00$16,0008/1, 9/1, 10/1, 11/1, 12/1, 1/1, 2/1, 3/1, 4/1, 5/1
7DMin or DEdMin6-MonthWinterJuly-Sept$45.00$8,00010/1, 11/1, 12/1, 1/1, 2/1, 3/1
8DMin or DEdMin6-MonthSummerJan-Mar$45.00$8,0004/1, 5/1, 6/1, 7/1, 8/1, 9/1
9DMin or DEdMin12-MonthWinter - SummerJuly-Sept$65.00$16,00010/1, 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).


  • Online:
    • If you are a first time payment plan user, select Academic year and whether you are in the Masters/Phd or DMin/DEdMin program
    • If a continuing DTS student, log into your account and start the re-enrollment process
    • Follow the remaining steps to enroll
    • At the end, complete your enrollment and activate your payment plan by paying the enrollment fee.
  • Telephone: You may call TMS at 1-800-722-4867 to enroll over the phone



Forms of Payment Accepted by TMS

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


  • If you pay by debit/credit card, you will be charged a percentage service 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.

Automatic Charge to Debit/Credit Card

  • Must contact TMS to enroll
  • Service fee 2.99% will apply in addition to the monthly payment


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

Delinquent Monthly Payments

  • You will be charged by TMS a late fee of $35.00* each month you are late.
  • A hold will be placed on your DTS student account until payments are made current.
  • Note: TMS holds are through DTS and are not released on your account automatically. If you bring your TMS account current, please email and request the hold be released. DTS will verify the necessary information and release the hold if applicable.
  • If you become three months delinquent in payments, you will be terminated from the TMS payment plan and the remaining balance will be returned to your DTS Student Account and be due immediately at DTS.
  • Returned Payments – TMS charges a $30.00 return check fee.* Return payments include, but not limited to, payments returned due to insufficient funds or wrong bank account information is entered.

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

Adjustments to your TMS Payment Plan Amount


  • TMS Student Support – Login to your TMS account online at or call TMS at 1-800-722-4867
  • DTS Student Account Office – Please email requesting the adjustment
  • Adjustments Limit – There is no limit on how many adjustments you may do and they can be made throughout the semester.
  • There is no fee charged for making an adjustment to your payment plan
  • For those payment plans on ACH or automatic monthly payments with TMS, 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.
  • Direct Loan Recipients – If you received a direct loan disbursement after enrolling in TMS, your TMS payment plan will be adjusted accordingly or your plan will be paid in full with your direct loan funds prior to any direct loan excess refund being issued to you.