University of Illinois System

Direct Deposit

A refund to a student occurs when the University owes the student money. The majority of student account refunds are generated by financial aid credits. However, credit balances may also result from other over-payment transactions such as tuition, fee, library and parking credits, security deposit refunds, and duplicate payments. Students are notified by email to their official University email account when a student refund has been processed.

To be able to receive a refund electronically (eRefund), the student needs to be enrolled in direct deposit. Direct deposit is the electronic transfer of funds into a checking or a savings account. It is the quickest, safest, and most efficient way of transferring funds. Students may use their checking or savings account or may use their parent's checking or savings account to receive their refund. The checking or savings account must be a U.S. bank account. If you do not have a U.S. bank account, you will need to establish one before you can enroll in direct deposit. 

Please Note:

  • The University maintains strict confidentiality with all bank account information.
  • Funds will not be withdrawn to make a payment from the bank account set up for Direct Deposit purposes.
  • If you are already signed up for direct deposit to receive your Graduate Assistant or Student Employment payroll checks via ACH, your UI-Pay account refunds will be automatically processed into the same bank account.

Enrolling in Direct Deposit

Enrolling in direct deposit requires Two Factor Authentication (2FA), using your NetID password plus a generated code from a personal device that you have set up as your second factor.  2FA provides security beyond your password. Visit the Net ID Center to get more information about 2FA or register for the first time. Once completed, follow the steps below to set-up your direct deposit account. 


1 Select your campus from Self-Service.

2 Enter NetID and Password and click "Log In".

3 Verify your identity.

4 In the "University Bursar" card, choose Direct Deposit and follow the prompts to enroll.


These websites are updated regularly so the steps may be slightly different from what is listed above.



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Henry Administration Bldg.
506 South Wright Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Phone (217) 333-2180


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Student Services Bldg.
1200 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Phone (312) 996-8574


Room 1001
University Hall Building
One University Plaza
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Phone (217) 206-6727

Payment Address

University of Illinois Payment Center
Student A/R
28393 Network Place
Chicago, IL 60673-1283

Do NOT send scholarship checks to this address. See Scholarship Payments section of our website for more information.