Student Financial Services

North Foundation Hall, Room 120
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-2550
Have your Grizzly ID ready
M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
OU school code: 002307

Direct Deposit

Students can enroll in direct deposit or make changes to direct deposit through the portal at
Each type of direct deposit enrollment, change or cancellation must be completed separately. For example, if you already have direct deposit for on-campus employment, you still need to enroll in direct deposit for non-payroll (refunds of financial aid, payments for dropped classes that were made by cash or check, reimbursements for student organization-related expenses, etc.). 

Generally it can take 3-5 days for your funds to appear in your bank account after a direct deposit payment is processed by the university.

You may choose any U.S. bank account for your direct deposit payment. If you choose to have your funds deposited into a checking account, you must know the routing and account number when you enroll and select “Checking.” If you choose to have your funds deposited in a savings account, you must know the routing and account number when you enroll and select “Savings.” 

You can elect to have the funds deposited to the  GrizzGoldCard OU Credit Union account.  Simply obtain your routing number and account number verification form from the OU Credit Union to use when you enroll in direct deposit. Make sure you select “Checking” at the time of enrollment. Unfortunately, we are unable to direct deposit funds to your GrizzCa$h account. Direct deposit in not an option for Parent PLUS refunds at the present time.

Oakland University currently participates with over 9,500 banks across the United States. If a direct deposit is not accepted by your bank, Oakland University will be notified and the reason for rejection will be reviewed. If the reason for rejection cannot be resolved, you will be issued a check.

Direct Deposit
To access non-payroll direct deposit in SAIL, go to  Student Services and Financial AidDirect Deposit – Non-Payroll. 

Non-payroll direct deposit is for: 
  • refunds of financial aid
  • payments for dropped classes that were made by cash or check
  • reimbursements for student organization-related expenses
Non-payroll direct deposit can only be deposited to one account.

You will be notified by OU email when a direct deposit is made into your account. 

If you have questions about non-payroll direct deposit, please contact us at (248) 370-2550 or

Direct Deposit
To access payroll direct deposit in SAIL, go to  Employee ServicesDirect Deposit - Payroll.

Payroll direct deposit is for: 
  • student employment paychecks
  • Work-Study paychecks
Payroll direct deposit can be split between three accounts. 

You will be able to retrieve a copy of your pay stub through the portal at After logging in, click SAIL, then go to  Employee ServicesPay InformationPay Stub.

You can verify your deposit by calling your bank or by checking your balance through an ATM cash station or online service. 

If you have questions about payroll direct deposit, please contact the Payroll Department at (248) 370-3472 or

Enroll in
Direct Deposit
  1. Log into MySAIL 
  2. Select SAIL from the Important Oakland Services menu 
  3. Select Personal Information
  4. Select: 
    • View/Update Direct Deposit Non-Payroll: to enroll in and manage direct deposit for payments for refunds of excess financial aid, dropped classes that were made by cash AND/OR reimbursements for student organization-related expenses. Note: on the pin confirmation page, you will need to enter your NetID (OU email) password to validate your enrollment.
    • View/Update Direct Deposit – Payroll: to enroll in and manage direct deposit information for paychecks.