102314_0901 MECC students can pay for tuition online, apply for a tuition payment plan through Nelnet, or pay in person at the MECC Business Office, Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., located on the first floor of Godwin Hall. Instructions to Pay Online and Tuition Payment options are listed below.

Pay Online

To pay online using your Visa, Mastercard, or eCheck:

  • Login to SIS
  • Click on Self Service
  • Click on Student Center
  • Under the Finances heading, click on Go To QuikPAY. Be sure to turn your pop-up blocker off. You will be redirected to the QuikPAY website
  • Click on Make Payment
  • Enter the Payment Amount. *Note: Amount Due calculations may include any past due balances, current charge and anticipated financial aid. Payer may make full or partial payments and can store bank/credit card information for one time payments.
  • Select Payment Method (eCheck or Credit Card)
  • Click on Continue
  • If you have not saved a payment profile, enter the requested information, confirm the information is correct and click on Confirm

QuikPay payments are posted in SIS in real time. To learn more about other Quickpay features, click here to view the QuikPAY Brochure. *Note:  Please ensure that your user preferences are set to the institution and term for which you wish to enroll and/or pay tuition.

Tuition Payment Plan 

Nelnet Campus Commerce is MECC’s payment plan administrator. The Nelnet monthly payment plan allows you to spread your education expenses over smaller monthly installments, which are paid over the course of the semester.  The cost to participate is a $30.00 non-refundable enrollment fee per semester

When to Enroll in the Plan

You must register for classes before you enroll in the plan.

How to Enroll in the Plan

  • Log in to MyMECC  and go to the Student Information Systems (SIS).
  • Click on Self Service >> Student Center and then click the “Apply Nelnet Payment Plan” link.  Once enrolled, you can manage your payment plan at http://mycollegepaymentplan.com/mecc. You will leave the MECC website and transact directly on the Nelnet website.

Nelnet Payment Schedule Summer 2024

Payment plans are available starting April 1, 2024

Enrollment Period Required Down Payment Number of Payments Months of Payments

April 1-May 7

50% 2 May & June
May 6-June 6 60% 1 June only

Nelnet Payment Schedule Fall 2024

Payment plans are available starting May 20, 2024

Enrollment Period Required Down Payment Number of Payments Months of Payments

May 20-June 13

none 5 June-Oct
June 14-July 5 20% 4 July-Oct
July 6-Aug 7 40% 3 Aug-Oct
Aug 8-Sept 5 50% 2 Sept & Oct

Nelnet Payment Schedule Spring 2025

Payment plans are available starting October 21, 2024

Enrollment Period Required Down Payment Number of Payments Months of Payments

Oct 23-Dec 5

40% 3 Dec-Feb
Dec 6-Jan 7 50% 2 Jan & Feb
Jan 8-Feb 6 60% 1 February only

Business Office/ Cashier

Mountain Empire Community College’s Business Office accepts payments for tuition and fees by cash, check, money order, MasterCard or Visa.

Checks or money orders can be mailed to Mountain Empire Community College, Business Office, 3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap VA 24219.  Please make both payable to Mountain Empire Community College or MECC.

Pay your tuition and fees online with your MasterCard or Visa using the Student Information System in the MyMECC portal.

Mountain Empire Community College does not generate invoices for tuition and fees. It is your responsibility to make sure you pay your tuition and fees by the payment deadlines.  If you do not pay all tuition and fees by the appropriate date, you may be dropped from your classes for non-payment.

Note: It is the student’s responsibility to drop any classes by the last day to drop with a refund for each session to ensure no debt is incurred.


Mountain Empire Community College has contracted with Nelnet to process certain tuition refunds to students electronically.  All students will receive an email communication in their MECC student email account with instructions to register for Nelnet on how they want to receive their refund. If students do not select a refund method, they will receive a check in the mail at the address we have on file. Students can select to have their refund check direct deposited simply by submitting their banking information when prompted. A confirmation will be sent when finished.

Students who experience any difficulty registering with Nelnet for the new refund process, should contact Customer Service at:  800-609-8056.

Anticipated Refund Dates
August – first week
September – second week

October – first week
November – first week
December – first week
December – fourth week

March – first week
April – second week
May – second week
June – fourth week

Frequently Asked Questions

Down payments are withdrawn from the account you specified within 24 hours of submitting your agreement.

Payments are deducted on the 20th of the specified month(s) in the payment schedule.

You will receive an email confirmation from Nelnet when payments are withdrawn.

Nelnet accepts payment from your checking and savings accounts.  Credit card payments may be made with Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.  There is a 2.5% service fee for each credit card transaction.

It will be the student’s responsibility to manage their Nelnet account online when enrollment levels increase/decrease in order to prevent enrollment cancellation.

Refunds will be processed, when necessary, according to the normal refund processing schedule, listed below: 

August – first week
September – second week

October – first week
November – first week
December – first week
December – fourth week

March – first week
April – second week
May – second week
June – fourth week

Students may terminate their contract online through their Nelnet account or by contacting Nelnet Customer Service at 1-888-486-4722.

Students must accept the following terms and conditions to quality for the Tuition Payment Plan:

  • I understand that I must enroll in the Nelnet Tuition Payment Plan prior to payment deadlines established by Mountain Empire Community College each semester.
  • I understand that changes to my enrollment will not automatically change my payment plan contract amount, but that I will be responsible to make changes to my Nelnet payment plan via the payment plan portal.
  • I understand that after the last day to increase payment plan contract amounts, I am responsible for paying the college directly for any additional classes or those classes will be dropped.
  • I understand that notification of any changes to my agreement made by Nelnet or the college will be sent to the responsible party email address only.
  • I understand that my down payment or enrollment fee fail to process for any reason, my agreement will automatically be terminated by Nelnet and they will notify me by email using the responsible party email address.
  • I understand Nelnet will also notify the college and any unpaid classes will be dropped.
  • I understand that my agreement is with Nelnet, and that my payment plan contract may be cancelled by Nelnet at any time if I am not current on all payments due.
  • I understand that if my contract with Nelnet is terminated for any reason, I must pay my tuition and fees to Mountain Empire Community College by the established payment deadline or my enrollment will be cancelled.
  • I understand that my failure to pay fees owed to Nelnet, or otherwise defaulting on my agreement with Nelnet, will result in a hold being placed on my student account which will deny future services.
  • I understand that refunds for dropped classes or terminated contracts will be sent to the students by Mountain Empire Community College approximately 75 days after the last day to drop with a refund.


1098-T Forms

Mountain Empire Community College’s 1098-T forms are mailed at the beginning of the new calendar year to the student’s address on file.  If you have not received your form, you can download a copy from http://tra.maximus.com

If you have questions regarding tax filings, please see the IRS instructions at http://www.irs.gov/instructions/i1098et

Please note that 1098T forms are only generated for tuition that was paid out of pocket.

If you received full financial aid, you will not receive a 1098-T form.