Parent FAQs

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Payment Plans

FACTS works with schools across the country to provide tuition management services that make education more affordable. Through our programs, parents can pay tuition and fees over time, using a variety of payment methods, making it easier to afford a quality education for their children.
  • No. No one other than you and your financial institution has access to your account. When you set up automatic payments, you are solely authorizing an automatic payment.

  • Yes. You have more privacy with automatic payments than by writing a check. Bank research has shown that as many as 10 people handle a check from the time it is written until the funds are finally deducted from your account. Most checks include your name, address, phone number, and other financial information which can be easily copied. With electronic payments, the transaction passes electronically from bank to bank. Any information you share with us is completely confidential. We do not share any information with unauthorized third parties.

  • When we receive your agreement, we send you a letter or email confirming the original terms of your agreement. This includes your payment amount, balance due, and date your authorized payments begin. Payments will continue until the total balance is paid in full.

  • If you miss a payment, you will receive a notice from us with instructions on how the missed or returned payment will be handled. You may also be assessed a $30 returned-payment fee for each attempt that is returned, but only if the return is because of non-sufficient funds. This fee is assessed in part to offset the fees FACTS is assessed by our financial institution when your payment is missed or returned. In addition to our fee, your institution may assess a fee as well.

  • Any changes to payment dates or amounts may need to be approved by the school and the school will then need to notify FACTS. All changes must be received by FACTS at least two (2) business days prior to the automatic payment date in order to affect the upcoming payment.

    If your school allows online changes to the payment date, the option will be available after you log in. Click View Details next to your payment plan, and under the Upcoming Payments list each payment that is eligible for a payment date change will have the option to click Change Payment Date.

  • You may check balances, tuition and fees paid, print reports, and view scheduled payments by logging in to your account at, or you may call us toll-free at 866.441.4637 for assistance.

  • Bank account or credit card changes can be made online at if you are the plan owner. After logging in, choose the Financial Accounts option at the top and choose Change Account under the payment plan or incidentals account you want to update.

    You may also call us toll-free at 866.441.4637 or contact your school office to update financial information. The person listed on the agreement must be an authorized signer on the new account. For your protection, only the plan owner and additional authorized party can change banking information.

    All financial account changes must be made at least two (2) business days before any automatically drafted payment.

  • If you are looking for more information or for instructions on how to access a college or university payment plan, please visit

  • To retrieve your username or password, visit this link. If you’ve forgotten your username, it will be sent to the email address associated with your account. If you’ve forgotten your password, a link will be emailed to the email address associated with your account that allows you to reset your password.

  • If credit cards or debit cards are an acceptable form of payment at your school, you will see an option to pay by card when enrolling in a payment plan, making a payment, or editing your banking information online. If a fee is charged for paying by credit or debit card, it will be disclosed on your screen at these times.

  • If an enrollment fee is due, the amount of the fee is indicated when setting up your agreement. If applicable, the nonrefundable FACTS enrollment fee will be automatically processed within 14 days of the agreement being posted to the FACTS system.

  • Changes to your address, phone number or email address can be made at or by contacting your school or FACTS.

    If your school uses FACTS Family Portal and you are not able to update demographic information on, then FACTS Family Portal may be the system of record for your school; in that case you would need to log in there to update the information.

  • You may request to terminate your agreement by contacting your institution directly. Please be aware, terminating your payment plan may not necessarily cancel charges or fees due to the institution.

  • No. Payment plans are specific to the school they are created for. If you are withdrawing a student and enrolling them in a different participating FACTS school, you will need to contact the first school to request the payment plan be terminated, and create a new payment plan with the new school.

  • If you are using an invoice payment plan, the FACTS address will be shown on the invoice. The address can also be found by viewing the online version of the latest invoice. To do this, first log in, click the Actions dropdown, and choose Mail In Payment. From there you can print the invoice, with the address, and detach the bill top to send with your payment.

    Do not send in checks if your payments are automatically drafted.

  • No, FACTS does not do any credit reporting.

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Financial Aid

FACTS works with schools across the country to help evaluate family financial need, allowing schools to award aid with confidence.
  • FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment is an independent, third party company that conducts financial analysis to determine your family’s financial need. Your educational institution receives a confidential report outlining your financial situation based on the information obtained in your application and supporting tax documents.

  • The educational institution granting aid is solely responsible for determining the final grant or aid award. The analysis completed by FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment serves as a recommendation only.

  • FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment does not set any income guidelines or have restrictions on who may apply for financial aid. If you feel your family should receive financial aid, it is to your benefit to apply.

  • Since all deadlines for submitting applications are set by the individual educational institutions, you will need to contact your educational institution to see if they are still accepting and reviewing financial aid applications.

  • You will need to submit your federal income tax return, W-2 forms, and supporting documentation for non-taxable income.

  • In order to provide your educational institution with an accurate assessment, FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment must verify your expenses and household income. By providing us with all of your information, we can assist your institution in making an informed decision about the amount of financial aid needed for each family.

  • No. FACTS does not require a credit check and applying for aid will not affect your credit rating.

  • Yes. All documentation received is imaged upon receipt and then destroyed. Then, the application data becomes property of the applicable institution.

  • You may login to your FACTS user account at to review the status of your application. Please allow 2 weeks processing time from the date you provided the supporting documents before inquiring further about receipt and/or status of the uploaded documents.

  • Yes. You can add additional schools and make corrections to the application form by logging into and clicking on View Form.

    If you make substantive changes to your application after you submit it, we recommend contacting the school or institution making award decisions to notify them of the changes.

  • No. The assessment of your application will be sent only to the educational institution or organization providing the award. Information sent to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment to complete your assessment, such as your 1040 tax form or W-2, will not be returned to you.

  • To retrieve your username or password, visit this link. If you’ve forgotten your username, it will be sent to the email address associated with your account. If you’ve forgotten your password, a link will be emailed to the email address associated with your account that allows you to reset your password.

  • If an application fee is due, the amount of the fee is indicated when applying for aid. If applicable, the nonrefundable application fee may be required before your application will be submitted.

  • After completing the online application, you will need to upload all required supporting documentation. Documents can be uploaded online by logging in to your account at

  • Award decisions are made by the institution, not FACTS. Once an award decision is made, the institution will notify you.

    Additional suggestions to ensure timely processing of your assessment:

    First, complete your assessment as accurately as possible. The responses submitted on your application let FACTS know what supporting documents to expect and if errors are discovered later, the process can be unnecessarily extended.

    Also, if you own a business or have income from any activity other than a W-2, carefully review the documentation requirements listed here and submit all documentation as soon as possible after you complete your application form. Document batches have an estimated processing time of 2 weeks, and submitting multiple batches of documents on different dates can extend the time needed to process your documents.

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FACTS SIS/FACTS Family Portal (formerly RenWeb)

FACTS works with schools across the country providing the leading Student Information System. FACTS SIS was formerly known as RenWeb Student Information System.