Student Financial Services

PACE Payment Plan

Section 1

PACE is a payment plan that allows you to spread the costs of your registration fees over the quarter in three monthly installments. You must apply for a new PACE Plan Agreement each quarter and activate it by paying your entire first installment, which must be received no later than the registration fee deadline. The payment plan is open to all students enrolled in a degree-granting program at UCI, who are in good financial standing.

The PACE Payment Plan includes a non-refundable participation fee. Aid or waivers credited to your ZOT Account after PACE activation will first be applied to your outstanding PACE balance, before disbursing the remainder to you.

Applying for PACE

You must apply for PACE through your ZOT Account and must agree to abide by the PACE Terms and Conditions in order to participate in the program. After you log into your ZOT Account, look for the PACE Payment Plan link in the navigation. You will be taken to a screen that shows the amount that is eligible for PACE, your participation fee amount, and the amount of your first payment and other installments before you agree to the Terms and Conditions and select the “Apply” button.

sample pace payment plan agreement

Your PACE Agreement

Applying for PACE means you have read the Terms and Conditions for the plan, and understand your responsibilities as a participant.

You are agreeing to pay the PACE Plan amount, which is cost of your quarterly registration fees less any applicable credits (waivers, financial aid, and/or graduate support). Since the amounts of credits may fluctuate without warning (due to changes in eligibility), you must verify the current PACE Plan amount in order to activate your Agreement.

The PACE Plan amount is divided into three installments, with a non-refundable participation fee added to the first installment at the time you make your first payment. You are responsible for paying all installments and the participation fee on time and in full; however, making a PACE payment does not guarantee your registration.

If you decide not to participate, you must cancel your PACE Plan Agreement online before you apply the first payment. If your PACE Plan Agreement is activated accidentally, the participation fee is non-refundable and you must pay any remaining installments.

Your First Payment

Your first PACE payment must be processed by the Central Cashier by the registration fee payment deadline. You may make an electronic payment from ZOT Account Online, pay in person with cash or a check, or mail a check (with the appropriate signed PACE stub included).

Your PACE Plan Agreement is not active until the correct first payment has been processed. The first payment must be greater than or equal to the current first installment plus the applicable participation fee. Always check ZOT Account Online for the current PACE Plan amount before submitting your first payment.

Your registration fees are not paid if your account does not have sufficient payments and credits, even if you have made the first PACE payment. You must also meet the Minimum Required Units (MRU) necessary to activate any financial aid or graduate support, and include additional payment sufficient to clear any past-due items.

To avoid late registration penalties and dropped classes, it is important to verify your registration fees have been paid by visiting ZOT Account Online before the registration fee payment deadline.

Your Second and Third Payments

The remaining PACE installments are billed on ZOT Account Online. You may make an electronic payment from ZOT Account Online, pay in person with cash or a check, or mail a check. To avoid late charges, penalties, and/or collection actions, be sure to pay the amount owed for each installment on time and in full.

If financial aid, graduate support and/or waivers are credited to your account after your PACE Plan Agreement has been activated, these amounts will “reshuffle” your PACE payment to apply to any outstanding PACE installments. All PACE balances must be paid in full before any remaining credits are disbursed to you by check or electronic bank transfer.

Special Conditions

If your ZOT Account contains waivers, financial aid, and/or graduate support sufficient to pay your registration fees plus any past-due items, and you have met the Minimum Required Units (MRU), your registration fees may be paid automatically with those credits before you activate your PACE Plan Agreement. In this case you will not be charged for the non-refundable PACE participation fee.

If you are officially withdrawn, cancelled, or academically disqualified after activating your PACE Plan Agreement for that quarter, any available credit must be applied to outstanding PACE balances before the remainder may be refunded to you. If you withdraw too late to be eligible for any credit, or if the credit is less than your outstanding PACE balances, you are responsible for paying the remaining amounts due. In any case, the PACE participation fee is non-refundable.

Cancelling PACE

Remember that PACE is an optional method of paying registration fees. If you decide not to participate, simply cancel through ZOT Account Online before activating your PACE Plan Agreement. There is no penalty for canceling before a PACE payment is applied, and you will not be charged for the participation fee.

If you cancel your PACE Plan Agreement, you are responsible still for paying your registration fees in full and on time.

Next Quarter

Using PACE does not obligate you to use the plan again for a subsequent quarter. You apply only for those quarters when you decide to participate. As long as you are enrolled in a regular, degree-granting program at UCI, and you are in good financial standing (no past-due charges, returned checks, or other debts, including PACE balances), PACE is open to you.


If you have questions about PACE, visit Campus Billing Services or e-mail for information. Please keep in mind that State and Federal Privacy laws prohibit us from disclosing student account information to anyone else – even your parents – unless you give us written permission to do so.