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Business Office

Student Accounts

Special Announcement


The Student Accounts Office would like to thank our Forester Families for your patience during these unprecedented times. We have now updated billing statements and they are available online. Please see the Vice President of Finance and Planning & Treasurer, Lori Sundberg’s letter here for additional information.

The Office of Student Accounts generates online billing statements and works with students and families regarding payment concerns.

Financial Aid questions (grants, scholarships and loans) should be directed here.

Pay online

The Student Accounts Office Has Gone Green!

Semester billing statements will only be available online via the my.lakeforest.edu portal. 

To review your tuition and fees account through my.lakeforest, a username and password are required. Real-time account information can be received by selecting the ‘Students’ tab then ‘My Account’ and ‘Click to Generate Statement’.

Students have the ability to grant permissions to parents, guardians, grandparents, etc. to access the student’s account, financial aid or academic records. Permission can be granted to one or all areas and can be changed or cancelled at any time.

In order to establish permissions, a student should log into their my.lakeforest portal and select the ‘Student’ tab, then “Privacy Permissions’ from the left-hand column and then ‘Define New Permissions.’

All tuition and fees are due 14 days before the first day of classes. A late fee of $100 will be applied to a student account with an outstanding balance who has not enrolled in an approved payment plan, nor is current with a payment plan. 

Returning students must have their account in good standing in order to be eligible to register for future semesters. Any accounts that are not current and in good standing will be placed on ‘hold’ and must be cleared by the Business Office. 

Students with registration holds must come into the Business Office and make payment arrangements. Students with holds on their registration who do not clear the hold by the first day of classes with payment or a payment arrangement will be assessed further late fees and may have their classes canceled. This includes students with permission to return late.  

Students who are not returning in the Fall need to notify the Dean of Students’ office, in order to avoid penalties on their student account. 

Please remember – while returning students pre-register in the spring, your registration is not confirmed until you complete your financial obligations. This includes payment of all previous term balances.

Financial Aid  

Until registration, all financial aid is applied in preliminary status only. You will see your anticipated loan proceeds on your statement during this preliminary time, net of any fees the banks charge. After registration is final each semester, the institutional and federal grants are disbursed. At that time, the preliminary status loans and outside scholarships “disappear” and are applied to the account when the proceeds are actually received.

Remember that your family contribution as shown on your award letter from Financial Aid does not include the extra cost of a single room! 

Also, work-study funds will not appear on your statement as a credit. You may use paychecks from a work-study job for books and expenses or may turn over the check, in whole or in part, to pay tuition and fees. If you need to arrange student payroll deductions to make payments toward your bill, please call our office.