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Get information about money management resources through Student Financial Services, paying your tuition bill, banking on- and off-campus and how you will use Bear Bucks.

Student Financial Services

Student Financial Services (SFS) is a student resource for financial assistance information and general money management issues. Located in the lower level of North Brookings Hall, SFS provides services to help students manage their money wisely. These services and resources include:

  • Meet with the Counselor on Duty. If you have questions about financial assistance or would like help planning your budget, just walk in, call, or email to speak with a counselor.
  • Pay your Student Accounting Invoice. It may be more convenient to pay your bill to Student Accounting electronically. However, SFS is available to answer questions and accept payments, if needed.
  • Obtain an Interest-free Emergency Loan. An emergency loan may be helpful in some situations. Stop by the SFS office to discuss your situation with a counselor.
  • Visit the Scholarship Resource Center (SRC). As a current student, there are many opportunities to apply for outside scholarships to help with future year costs. For more information, visit the SRC located outside the SFS office, or search the SRC database at
  • Research Student Employment Opportunities. If you are looking for a part-time job, use the SFS job board or visit to search for open jobs.
  • Establish a Budget. Use the Student Budget Planning Worksheet at to help plan some of your variable costs and get a clearer picture of the money you will need throughout the academic year.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30AM – 5:00PM
888.547.6670 or 314.935.5900

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Paying Your Bill
Student Accounting
Student Accounting is responsible for the distribution of accurate information relating to a student’s financial account at Washington University. The primary function of the Student Accounting office is to issue e-statements, receive payments, disburse refunds, produce 1098-T forms, as well as provide the means to help you understand various aspects of a student account.

Students may access their billing information on the WebSTAC site at, under Billing Records, Pay/View My Bill. Invoices are generated on the last business day of the month for accounts with a balance. Students can view current transaction activity on WebSTAC under Billing Records, Account Inquiry.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00AM – 5:00PM
800.758.0050 or 314.935.5274

eBilling Statements
Once you have access to WebSTAC, please invite your parent or family members to view your e-statements. You will need to invite them under Billing Records, Pay/View My Bill, My Profile, then select Invite Other Payer. Your family member will promptly receive an email with an activation code and a link to the parent billing portal. Your family member will also need your student ID number to complete this process. Please note, the parent-billing portal is separate from WebSTAC and only allows them access to your billing information; all other student record information will remain private.

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Banking Options
While it may be easier to maintain a relationship with the bank you use at home, many students find that it works in their favor to have an account with a local bank.

Bank of America has a full-service branch located right on campus, in the upper level of Mallinckrodt Center. In addition, Bank of America ATMs are located on campus.

In addition to Bank of America, which is on campus, several other banks are conveniently located:

Citizens National Bank of Greater St. Louis
7305 Manchester Road

Commerce Bank
6630 Delmar Blvd., 8000 Forsyth Blvd., 7910 Clayton Road, and 6383 Clayton Road

U.S. Bank
10 N. Hanley Road

We encourage you to shop for the bank that most closely meets your needs.
Bear Bucks Accounts
The Bear Bucks account is an optional cashless system for purchasing select on-campus and off-campus services. These include undergraduate residential laundry services, select vending machines, various printing services, and all dining locations. Bear Bucks may be used at several campus businesses including the Campus Store, Edison Theatre, Bear Necessities, Wash-U-Wash, and a variety of student group events and activities. Select businesses off campus also accept Bear Bucks. Bear Bucks is accessed through your Washington University ID card, the same card that you will use for identification, building access, and your meal plan! 98% of all undergraduate students have a Bear Bucks account. Students can initially purchase Bear Bucks on the housing application and manage their Bear Bucks account through WebSTAC. Funds remain available until you leave the university. Up to $1,000 may be billed to a student account through WebSTAC each semester. Additional funds may also be added to the account with a credit or debit card via Guest Deposit at

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