Payment Procedure


Fees for Graduate Program Tuition

Graduate program tuition is charged on a per Credit Hour (CH) basis according to a schedule of rates approved by the university (See Schedule of Graduate Program Tuition and Fees).

Fees for Course Registration

A graduate student must pay a registration fee prior to registering for courses each semester/term. The registration fee is credited towards the student’s tuition charges of that semester/term. The registration fee is not refundable, and it does not carry from one semester/term to another. Students claiming external sponsorship for the payment of tuition must provide a written confirmation from their sponsor before registering for courses every semester.

Fees for Course Registration Reinstatement

A non-refundable fee (see Schedule of Graduate Program Tuition and Fees) will be charged to reinstate a course registration within seven (7) calendar days of its cancellation upon request. No reinstatement of registration is allowed after the 7-day period.

Fees for Audited Courses

Audited courses are charged on a per CH basis as any regular course registration.

Course Fees for Sponsored Students

Sponsored students are exempted from paying the registration fee upon submitting the official sponsorship letter to the university. Sponsors pay tuition fees according to payment option 2 in Schedule of Graduate Tuition Payment Plans.

Fees for Special Courses

Special courses (e.g., project, thesis or dissertation) registered for zero-credit in a particular semester are charged an amount equivalent to the cost of one (1) CH of the program’s tuition. Payments must be made according to the plans approved by the university (see Schedule of Graduate Tuition Payment Plans).

Course Fees for Recipients of Graduate Assistantships

Graduate students who are recipients of Graduate Assistantships are eligible to select payment Option 3 of the Schedule of Graduate Tuition Payment Plans. Graduate Assistants on a tuition installment plan will be charged a 2% fee on the due balance if they do not pay on time and may have a financial hold placed on their record.  Once confirmed, the selected payment option may not be changed for a particular semester.

View and Pay Tuition Fees

Graduate students may view their fee balances and pay outstanding fees by logging into their Blackboard accounts at http://learn.zu.ac.ae. Click on “View and Pay Tuition Fees”. For assistance regarding tuition fees, please email ar@zu.ac.ae

It is the students’ responsibility to attain information and know of all financial charges associated with their accounts at the university and to ensure timely settlement of all charges.  A graduate student with outstanding financial obligations will be placed on financial hold by the Financial Resources Department, which may lead to the student’s inability to continue studies, cancellation of registration or dismissal from the program. The ultimate responsibility for payment of tuition and fees rests with the student.

Tuition Fee Payment Guidelines

Payment Option

Payment Timing

Payment Calculation
(According to Schedule of Graduate Program Tuition Fees)

Option 1: Full Tuition Payment

First day after the Add/Drop deadline

[ (Cost/CH) X Number_of_Registered_CH ] – Advance_Payment

Option 2: Full Tuition Payment for Sponsored Students

Within 30 days after the Add/Drop deadline

[ (Cost/CH) X Number_of_Registered_CH ] – Advance_Payment

Option 3: Full Tuition Payment in 3 Installments
[For Graduate Assistants Only]

First Payment

End of 1st quarter of semester/term

[ [ (Cost/CH) X Number_of_Registered_CH ] – Advance_Payment ] / 3

Second Payment

End of 2nd quarter of semester/term

(Remaining balance after 1st payment) / 2

Final Payment

End of 3rd quarter of semester/term

Remaining balance after 2nd payment

*“Advance Payment” may be the registration fee, deferred admission fee and/or any residual financial credits in the student’s account.

**Specific payment due dates will be published on the university’s website prior to each semester.

Settling Accounts

All payments must be accompanied by a copy of the relevant letter of admission and invoice. The University reserves the right to refuse or reject any financial transaction where the payment origin cannot be identified or confirmed. The University does not accept payments for an amount less than the applicable fee. An official receipt will be issued by the University and given to the payee as and when the payment has been made. The onus is upon graduate students to keep and produce evidence, when required, of all payments made since the start of their graduate degree program.

Graduate students claiming external sponsorship for the payment of tuition must provide a written confirmation from their sponsor before registering for courses every semester.

Accepted methods of payment are the following:

  • Cash, and/or debit or credit card payments, or Samsung Pay/Apple Pay through Smart Payment Kiosks.

    In addition, the following service payments can also be made at the Kiosks:

    o Reload Student/Employee ID Cards for Business Centre Use

    o Tuition and Fees

    o ID Card Replacement Fees

    o Academic Official Transcript/Diploma Fees

    o Student Dorms/Housing Fees

    o Library Fines

    o Miscellaneous Payments (If the payment purpose is not listed, you can pay the amount after selecting this option and contacting the Finance Department by email at ar@zu.ac.ae to provide the payment purpose)

    Location of Smart Payment Kiosks

    Dubai Campus: Business Centre and Dubai Atrium, besides the Happiness Center

    Abu Dhabi Campus: Business Centre - Male and Female sides

  • Cheque or banker's draft with the exact amount of money due paid in person to the Zayed University Cashier's Offices or through post.

    In case of a post-dated cheque, a receipt will be sent to the payee as soon as the bank has notified the University that the payment has been duly processed.

  • Online payments can be made via the secure online payment system by logging onto BlackBoard at http://learn.zu.ac.ae and clicking on View and Pay Tuition Fees.

  • Bank to bank transfer is accepted. A graduate student ID number is required for bank transfer payment. The following bank details should be used:

    First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

    First Abu Dhabi Bank, Head Office

    PO Box 6316, Abu Dhabi

    Zayed University

    Account Number: 4021003597649018

    IBAN: AE620354021003597649018

    Swift Code: NBADAEAAXXX

    All students are required to send a copy of the bank transfer confirmation by email to ar@zu.ac.ae, once made.

Guidelines on Tuition Fees, Payment Plans, and Settling Accounts (English)

Guidelines on Tuition Fees, Payment Plans, and Settling Accounts (Arabic)

For more information on the payment procedures of tuition fees and other charges, please contact the Financial Resources Department. 

Amina ElGharroubi

Tel: +971-4-402-1214

Email: Amina.Elgharroubi@zu.ac.ae

Afra AlRemeithi

Tel: +971-4-402-1819

Email: Afra.AlRemeithi@zu.ac.ae