How TOPP Works
Ohio State’s Tuition Option Payment Plan (TOPP) allows students and their families to divide the cost of tuition, housing, and fees into installment payments - four installments for autumn/spring semesters and three installments for summer term. To participate, students must sign up for TOPP each semester and pay a non-refundable $30 enrollment fee.
Only current term charges not covered by financial aid may be included in TOPP . In order to be eligible, students must have an outstanding balance after aid disburses of at least $150.
The first TOPP installment is due on the initial payment due date, usually 7 days prior to the first day of classes. Remaining payments are due approximately every 30 days thereafter (exact dates are shared at time of enrollment).
TOPP is a financial contract between the Ohio State and the student; as such, no other party (e.g., family member, university staff member) may enroll in TOPP on a student’s behalf.
How to Enroll
1. Log into My Buckeye Link via https://buckeyelink.osu.edu.
2.In the Other Financial… drop-down menu in the Finances section, select Enroll in Payment Plan.
3. Select the payment plan option and review the details; then click .
4. Review the installment schedule, then click .
5. Review the terms and conditions and total plan amount plus the administrative fee; then click .
6. Review the confirmation page.
TOPP Terms and Conditions
- All TOPP installments must be paid on or before the due date.
- Payments must be manually initiated prior to each due date; they will not auto-deduct from any saved bank account previously used to pay tuition and fees.
- Failure to pay the first installment by the assigned due date will result in late fees ($200, increasing to $300 for failure to pay by the 2nd Friday of classes) and hold.
- Failure to pay a subsequent installment by the listed due date will result in late fees and a hold.
Charges Ineligible to Enroll in TOPP
- Late fees (including fees assessed on behalf of University Housing and Dining Services)
- BUCKID charges
- John Glenn WISH housing (part of the Washington Academic Internship Program)
- Returned and rejected payments
- Collection charges
Charges Added After a TOPP Due Date
Housing, meal plan, and financial aid changes posted to a student’s account after a TOPP due date will apply evenly to any remaining future TOPP installments.