New Essex County College Student Account Center For On-Line Tuition Payments will launch on December 1, 2023!


The online Student Account Center is a one-stop, comprehensive tuition payment portal that allows you to view your financial information in a single screen, see charges related to your tuition account, and make online payments in a 24/7 online format. The online Student Account Center is accessible through the Essex County College student portal.  You and your authorized users can make full payments or enroll in an available plan and make payments via direct debit from your bank account or by using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.  You may also set up recurring tuition payments and have them automatically deducted from a bank account or credit card on their due date.

Actively using the online Student Account Center throughout the semester is crucial to your success. Be sure to sign in regularly to keep up to date with your student account status as well as important financial information.

Your Payment Plan Options:
Payments can be made from your bank account (electronic transfer/ACH) without incurring an extra fee or using a credit card with an additional 2.95% fee added to your total payment with a minimum credit card processing fee of $3.  All payment plans have a $50 enrollment fee.

Essex County College Payment Plan Details:

Winter Intersession 2023

  • Register for only Winter Intersession Nov. 13 – December 15 – full payment is due by December 15, 2023
  • Register for only Winter Intersession after December 15, payment is due at the time of registration
  • Register for Winter Intersession and Spring I classes and combine both terms in the Spring I 2024 payment plan.

Spring I 2024 & FOCUS/Ironbound Semesters (Three Payment Plan):

  • Register November 13 – December 15, payment is due by December 15, 2023
  • Register December 15 – January 2, payment is due by January 3, 2024
  • Register after January 2, payment is due within 24 hours of registration
  • Second payment is due February 6, 2024
  • Third payment is due March 6, 2024

Spring II 2024– Second Session (Two Payment Plan):

  • Payment is due within 24 hours of registration
  • Second payment is due March 6, 2024

How to sign up for Payment Plans or Make Full Payment:

  1. Login to
  2. Enter your Username then you will be asked to authenticate your student profile and set up security questions.  This will add layers of security to the College’s application system that you currently access.
  3. Then click on the Pay MY Tuition tab.
  4. You will see your tuition charges, financial aid awards and payments,

You can make full payment by electronic transfer/ACH or credit/debit card, and you will be able to enroll in any available Payment Plan for which you are eligible for that semester.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

The service fee of 2.95% and/or $3 minimum is the amount established by the credit card processor, TouchNet PayPath Service. This fee covers the credit card transaction fees charged by the credit card companies.

Yes, an increasing number of schools are collecting service or convenience fees for credit card transactions. These fees offset the merchant fees imposed by the credit card companies. This allows us to continue to offer the service of credit card payments.

You may make payment via electronic check (ACH) or paper check and not incur the service fee or mail paper checks to Essex County College at 303 University Ave. Newark, NJ 07102 Attn: Bursars Office.

The service fee is non-refundable, even if the payment to which it relates is canceled, refunded, credited, or charged back.

ECC offers a three-payment plan for the Spring 2024 semester. Students you register for the Winter 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters, can combine the two semesters into one payment plan. Also, you can only enroll in a single plan per term.

You can sign up for a payment plan and pay via ACH (direct debit from your bank account), credit or debit card. You can also make a one-time payment using the same payment methods.

If an installment payment is late, a $30 late fee will be assessed to your student account and if the account is not paid in full by the end of the semester, you student account will be assessed a $100 contract default fee.

The Payment Plan adjusts your installment amounts as new charges or credits are applied to your student account.

If a student is awarded financial aid for a semester, installment payments will be reduced to reflect the amount of the award. If a student’s award is reduced during the semester and a balance is owed, installment payments will be processed against the card/account on file for any installment due dates that have not passed.

Other Questions? Contact the Bursars Office at 973-877-3381 for additional information.