Explanation of Program Payments – API Study Abroad Programs
Financing your API program is one of the most important parts of study abroad, and it can also be one of the most stressful. API encourages students to start planning EARLY.
API advises students to carefully review the following payment policies. In certain instances, a student’s home university may assume some or all of the program fees, including the application deposit and/or the confirmation payment. API urges all students to discuss the following payment policies with their home university before applying to study abroad.
Note: API reserves the right to accelerate the payment schedule below or require full payment with the application depending upon the date of application and the program start date.
Where do I Submit Payments?
Payments are accepted online via the participant’s @api account. Once logged into the participant’s account, payment can be submitted on the Payments Tab. Click the “Make a Payment” option to choose the type and amount of payment you would like to submit.
API also accepts payment forms that can be found attached to every billing statement.
A direct link where payment can be submitted without logging in to the student account is also available. Please contact an API Financial Services Advisor for more information about this link.
API cannot take any payment over the phone.
What Payment Methods Are Accepted?
API accepts the following payment methods:
(ACH) bank draft/transfer (bank account and routing number needed):
Log in to student’s @api account and click “Make a Payment” (located on the Payments tab) and submit a bank draft/ACH payment electronically. There is no fee to pay by bank draft. Payments are processed through a secure online account and bank information is destroyed after the payment has been entered.
Credit Card & Debit Card:
- Paying by this method involves a 2.9% convenience fee for US cards or a 4.5 % convenience fee for International & International address cards.
- Visa, Mastercard, Discover are accepted.
- To pay by credit card, log in to your @api account and click “Make a Payment” (located on the Payments tab) and submit a credit card payment electronically. Payments are processed through a secure online account and card information is destroyed after the payment has been entered.
Make checks payable to Academic Programs International and send to API’s Austin address. Each check should include student’s full name and API account number.
Direct Billpay Check
Make money orders payable to Academic Programs International and send to API’s Austin address. Money orders MUST include student’s full name.
API does allow wire payments from international students who do not have a US bank account. Please contact API financial services for more information.
Please note that a $30 fee can be charged for all returned checks, returned ACH payments, or disputed credit card payments.