If a check or an electronic check payment that was written to the University is returned unpaid for any reason by the issuing bank, the original payment amount, plus a $20 returned check fee, will be charged back to the student account.

Notification will be sent by the Collections Office of the returned item to the student to the contact information found in the official University records. 


At the discretion of the University, consequences of not paying a returned check may include the withholding of registration, transcripts or immediate cancellation of the student's classes and any applicable late registration fees. Failure to pay will result in refusal by the University to accept future personal checks. Any returned check item that is not paid promptly may be referred to a collection agency for further action and reported to a nationwide credit reporting agency.

In accordance with 7-15-1, Utah Code Annotated, appropriate civil legal action may be filed for the full amount of returned checks due and owing together with service charges, collection costs not to exceed $20, interest, court costs, and attorney fees as provided by law. In addition, foregoing civil action does not preclude the rights of prosecution under the criminal code of the State of Utah.


The amount due plus the return check fee must be paid in full immediately by cash, check, money order, Cashier's check, debit card (PIN based at Cashier Window only), or credit card (online only).

Payment can also be made by mailing it to the Collections Office, bringing it to the Cashier Window in the Browning Administration Building, or online through Tuition Payment PLUS.

If you are enrolled in a payment plan for the term and your installment payment is late due to a return check, your account could be subject to a late fee of $25.00 as out lined in the payment plan agreement.


Exceptions to the return check fee are considered if the check was returned in error by the issuing bank or credit union. The bank or credit union error must be documented by the financial institution on official letterhead and signed by the branch manager. Students who wish to appeal the fee must complete the petition form and attach the supporting documents within 15 days from when UVU received the returned check. Submission of the petition form does not guarantee approval.


Students who have any questions regarding returned checks or have had a check returned to the University are encouraged to contact us as soon as possible at 801.863.8611 or [email protected]. 

Utah Valley University return check procedures are in compliance with Utah Code 7-15-1, and 76-6-505.

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