PACE Payment Plan

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. A PACE activation payment must be received at the Central Cashier no later than the registration fee deadline.

The PACE payment plan is open to all students enrolled in a degree-granting program at UCI, who are in good financial standing (without past-due debts or other financial holds and no history of returned checks). PACE applies to full or part-time study, and to California residents or non-residents.

The PACE Plan Agreement is calculated on the amount of registration fees after deducting waivers, financial aid or graduate aid credits available at the time of activation, and includes a non-refundable participation fee. Financial aid or waivers credited to your ZOT Account after PACE activation will be applied first to your outstanding PACE balance, before disbursing the remainder to you.

Important information about the PACE Plan:

  • 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.
  • You will be provided with 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.
  • Your PACE Payment Plan is not activated until you have made your payment for your first installment. You may cancel your PACE Payment Plan any time BEFORE making your first payment.

Special Note: Online Payments
If you are paying electronically and have a past due balance outside your ZOT Bill (for example, a library fine that has been written off for collections) you must first pay the past due amount, before you can activate PACE in a separate electronic payment.

All installments must be paid by their due date to avoid late charges and possible disqualification from future PACE participation. Past due installments will prevent payment of registration fees for subsequent quarters, will place a hold on your student records, and may result in collection actions that include write-off and referral to a collection agency and possible litigation.


Start by completing the PACE application available through ZOT Account. Since participation involves your student records, we’d like you to login and apply, even if friends or family will be helping you with the payments. You must apply once each quarter to participate. There is no charge to apply for PACE but there is a fee to participate. You may cancel your participation for the quarter at any time before making the first payment.

Your PACE Agreement

Applying for PACE confirms 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). The amounts of credits may fluctuate without warning (due to changes in fees and/or 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 make 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

You may make an electronic payment from within ZOT Account, or pay in person at the Central Cashier with cash or check. Your first PACE payment must be received by the registration fee payment deadline.

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 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 before the registration fee payment deadline.

Your Second and Third Payments

The remaining PACE installments are billed on ZOT Account. You may make an electronic payment from ZOT Account, 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 or before the due date 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 before activating your PACE Plan Agreement. There is no penalty for canceling before a PACE payment is made, and you will not be charged for the participation fee.

If you cancel your PACE Plan Agreement, you are still responsible 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 the PACE plan for the current quarter 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 and Collections or email 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.

Since financial aid and graduate support awards may fluctuate depending on changes in student eligibility, PACE installment and participation fee amounts may also change until the point of PACE Plan activation. Cash payments made to the account before the PACE Plan is requested, will not reduce the amount of the monthly payments.

The participation fee is set on a sliding scale based upon the PACE Plan amount, as shown in the PACE Sample Fee and Installment Table. The amounts listed in the table are estimates only. Please refer to the PACE link in ZOT Account for actual amounts.