Returned or Failed Payments and Stop Payment Checks

Both paper check payments and e-check payments can fail for a number of reasons. 

These may include insufficient funds, mistyped account information, or your bank's individual policy regarding check payments. Before making payments on your student account, please make sure that the account you are using has sufficient funds to cover your payment and double-check that the information that you have provided for e-check payments is correct. 


Consequences of a returned check:

  • $25 Returned Check Fee (regardless of reasoning)
  • Amount of check charged back to your student account
  • Returned Check Hold (prevents further registration activity)
    • Every student is allowed two (2) returned checks before they can no longer pay with a check. This can be appealed if they petition the restriction. This includes both paper checks and e-checks. 
    • If a student has two (2) returned checks, they must pay with cashier's checks, money orders, or certified checks. Online payments can also be made with a VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover card (additional 2.75% charged per transaction).
  • PSU is not responsible for bank charges on returned checks

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOUR CHECK IS RETURNED TO PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY BECAUSE OF INSUFFICIENT FUNDS, YOU MAY BE DROPPED FROM YOUR CURRENT AND/OR FUTURE CLASS REGISTRATIONS.