Payment Policies

Students are responsible for taking care of all financial obligations with the Bursar’s Office by the end of each semester.  This may include, but is not limited to: tuition and fees, late payment fees, parking fines, library fines and bookstore charges.

Past due accounts
If there is a balance due, a hold will be placed on the student’s account and the student will be unable to do the following:

  • Enroll in classes.
  • Receive transcripts.
  • Review grade reports.
  • Receive diploma or certificate.

Accounts with past due balances may be subject to referral to either of the following external collection agencies, TSI, Inc. or L&M Accounts, Inc. If sent to collection, students are responsible for payment of any and all collection and attorney fees incurred.

Late fees
Black Hawk College will assess a late fee of $25 to all past due accounts. Students participating in the deferred payment plan will also be assessed a late fee after each late scheduled payment.

Class withdrawal and possible effects for financial aid recipients
Students are encouraged to speak with the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from any classes.  The student’s hours will be recalculated and some students may be required to return a portion of the federal financial aid they’ve been awarded for that semester. If the recalculation results in the student owing funds back to Black Hawk College, the student will receive a bill and payment in full is expected within 30 days.  A payment plan may be available by contacting the Bursar’s Office.

Parking permits and parking fines
Parking tags and fines can be paid in the Bursar’s Office. Important information regarding payments for parking permits and/or fines is available through the Black Hawk College Police Department. Parking Information »

Hawk’s Hub bookstore charges

Most bookstore charges are paid directly to the bookstore upon purchase of the required materials for a given semester. The bookstore accepts cash, check, major credit/debit cards, Financial Aid, and third-party vouchers.

There are a few instances when bookstore charges will be billed to a student’s account at a later date. The most common of these are Direct Digital Access and Unreturned Textbook Rental charges.

Direct Digital Access (DDA) – Many instructors are using DDA in lieu of a traditional textbook.  For more information on DDA, read the Direct Digital Access FAQ’s here:

After the DDA access charges are posted to the student account, a bill reflecting these new charges will be sent to the student’s myBlackHawk email account if a balance is due. DDA access charges are expected to be paid in full by the published due date each semester. If DDA access charges are not paid in full by the published due date, a hold will be placed on the account restricting future enrollment in courses, receiving transcripts, and receiving a diploma or certificate. Once the charges are paid in full, the associated holds and restrictions will be lifted.

Unreturned Textbook Rentals– Some books are available for semester rental. If a student rents a textbook, they must sign a Textbook Rental Agreement and pay the associated rental price. The agreement will list the date that the book must be returned to the bookstore. Late returns are not accepted.

If a student fails to return the book by the published rental return due date, a charge for the current shelf price of the book will be billed to the student’s account. An invoice will be sent to the student’s myBlackHawk email account and payment is due within 30 days upon receipt. Unpaid Unreturned Textbook Rental charges are subject to a $25.00 late fee and hold will be place on the account that will restrict enrolling in future courses, receiving transcripts, and receiving a diploma or certificate.   Once the charges are paid, the associated holds and restrictions will be lifted.