Enrollment Deposit

Congratulations on your admission to Western Michigan University! Your hard work has paid off, and we welcome you to the Bronco family! Your first step is to let us know that you plan to attend.

Confirming your admission, including the payment of your enrollment deposit, lets us know that you plan to enroll at Western Michigan University. This deposit is required of all first-time first-year and transfer students when you confirm your admission in the Gold Gateway. The $100 deposit is credited toward your first semester’s tuition and is payable online with a credit card or via electronic check. The enrollment deposit is waived for Pell Grant-eligible students, which is determined by your FAFSA.

Watch step-by-step instructions on the admissions confirmation process

  • Video of WMU Admission Confirmation Process

Yes, I will be attending

Enrollment deposits are accepted through the Gold Gateway. See the video above for further instructions on the admissions confirmation process.

How to pay a deposit

We know you're excited to get your Bronco journey started! Please choose one of the following options below to pay your deposit. You'll need to pay your deposit in order to register for New Student Orientation.


  1. Log in to your Gold Gateway account.
  2. Navigate to the My Dashboard tab and click “View Your Decision" found under your application. 
  3. Your admissions decision letter will appear. Click the “Reply to Offer" box in the lower right corner of the screen.
  4. A pop-up box will appear. Click “Accept Offer.”
  5. Select if you would like to pay the $100 enrollment deposit online or via mail and then click "Confirm." Online payments may be made via credit or debit card. Visa, Mastercard and Discover are accepted. Payments submitted online will update your confirmation status and Gold Gateway checklist as soon as the transaction is processed. Mailed deposits will be processed by WMU within two business days of receipt. Please allow two to three weeks to process depending on mail transit times. Pell-eligible students will not have to complete this step and will see a deposit amount of $0.00.
  • Next steps for online deposit

    6. Once you indicate you wish to pay the enrollment deposit online, click "Pay Now.” Note: If you need to get a method of payment from your parent or guardian, click "Pay Later" and you will return to your Gold Gateway checklist screen. The system will now connect with our secure payment processing system. Once the screen below appears, enter the required information. Once the information is entered and submitted, you will be directed to confirm the payment.

    7. The system will now connect with our secure payment processing system. Once the screen below appears, enter the required information.

    8. Once the information is entered and submitted, you will be directed to confirm the payment.

    9. Once confirmed, the system will process and you will need to click continue. That will bring you back to your Gold Gateway checklist screen. You will notice that “Offer Accepted" and “Deposit Received" will be listed below "Welcome to Western Michigan University." The “Intent to Enroll" checklist item will also be fulfilled.

    10. A Notification of Payment will be sent via email.

If you elected to pay later

  1. Log in to your Gold Gateway account and navigate to the My Dashboard tab. “Offer Accepted" will appear on the left and the Intent to Enroll form will be fulfilled.
  2. Click “Deposit Now" and follow the steps listed above.


By check or money order

Check or money order payable to Western Michigan University should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008 5211 USA

Please write the student’s name, Western Identification Number and “Admission Deposit" on the memo line.


Request an enrollment deposit waiver

If you wish to request a waiver of the deposit, we ask that you submit a deposit waiver request form. You will receive an email confirmation when the waiver has been approved. Note that the enrollment deposit is automatically waived for Pell Grant-eligible students.

No, I will not be attending

If you wish to cancel your admission, we ask that you submit a cancellation form. The Enrollment Deposit is refundable for cancellations received by the following dates:

  • Fall first year - Extended to June 1 for fall 2024
  • Fall transfer students - Aug. 1
  • Spring (First-year and transfer students) - Dec. 1
  • Summer I (First-year and transfer students) - April 1
  • Summer II (First-year and transfer students) - June 1

Learn more about canceling admission