Tuition Installment Plan (TIPS)

2014 - 2015 Informational Brochure


  • is an installment plan option to pay for tuition.
  • is available at all campuses and to all students at Hillsborough Community College.
  • allows you to pay your tuition in monthly installments.  The earlier you enroll in TIPS, the more payment options you have.
  • is administered by a third party vendor, Nelnet Business Solutions.  Your payment contract is with them to pay your tuition. 

The first step is to determine the amount you would like to budget through TIPS. You may budget payments in one of two ways:

A. Automatic Bank Payment(ACH) - ACH payments are those payment you have authorized TIPS to process directly with your financial institution. It is a bank-to-bank transfer of funds you have preapproved for your expenses at HCC. Payments can be made from either your checking or savings account. Payments are processed on the date indicated online and will continue until the balance due is paid in full.

B. Credit Card Option - Many students and families have requested the option of charging their monthly tuition payment to VISA, MasterCard or Discover Card. This enables you to take advantage of various bonus programs offered by your credit card company. If you elect to budget your expenses by using your credit card, it will be automatically charged on the date indicated online. The payment amount is specified on the TIPS agreement and will continue until the balance due is paid in full.

Enrolling in TIPS:  

  • Enrolling in TIPS is simple. Your user log in is your seven digit student ID number (without the initials) and your password is your six digit birth date with the forward slashes. NOTE: The HCC Business Office is normally closed every Saturday and Sunday. If you enroll in TIPS after 2:00pm on Friday, your enrollment may not be received in the Business Office until the following Monday. This may result in cancellation of your classes due to non-payment of fees.
  • If TIPS attempts to collect the monthly amount and the transaction cannot be processed (ex. due to insufficient funds in your bank account or a change in your credit card expiration date), your contract will be terminated and you will immediately owe the full amount due to HCC. 
  • It is your responsibility to verify in a timely manner that the monthly amount has successfully been paid from your bank account.  If the amount is not taken from your bank account or credit card, contact TIPS immediately.
  • You can use your Higher One Card to pay TIPS.
  • If you receive financial aid after signing up for TIPS, please contact TIPS before canceling your contract.  Even though financial aid may be awarded, financial aid is not automatically applied to your HCC account.  You will need to continue to pay TIPS according to your contract.
  •  Please be aware that making a TIPS agreement on Sundays or after 11pm each evening is not advised. HCC’s scheduled systems maintenance during those times may interfere with the proper posting of your agreement, resulting in the de-registration of your classes.
  • Contact TIPS if you add or drop a class after you enter into a contract. Nelnet Business Solutions (800) 609-8056