Authorizing a Payer


Play the video to learn how to authorize someone else to pay your bill.


Authorizing Access

Students: If a parent or other family member is responsible for your bill, you will need to set them up as an Authorized Payer. Federal privacy regulations limit the access of other people, including family members, to the student account. For parents or other members of a student's family to see and pay the monthly E-Bill, the student needs to set them up as an Authorized Payer.

To create an authorized payer account, students should follow the steps below.


  1. Log in to Student Services Online (SSOL)
  2. Select “Account Detail and E-Billing"
  3. Select “View E-Bill and Pay by E-Check, Payment Plan or Wire"
  4. From the left navigation, select “Authorize Payer” and follow the instructions to create a user name for each Authorized Payer.
  5. Next, be sure to tell your Authorized Payer(s) what their temporary login is, and give them the link to the secure E-Billing site for parents and families:

  6. The first time your Authorized Payer(s) log in, they will be prompted to change their password and verify their email address.

Related Information

For more information about Authorized Payers, visit our Ask Us FAQ.

For information about sponsored payments, for example payments by a non-Columbia employer, see Sponsored Billing.