Payment Assistance

We understand that many of our customers may be experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. If you anticipate problems paying your electric bill, please contact us so we can work together on a plan or consider the options on this page.

Payment Extensions & Arrangements

Get an extension

One Time Payment Extension


One-time Payment Extension gives you a little more time to make your bill payment.

Request an arrangement

Extended Payment Arrangement


An Extended Payment Arrangement lets you request a monthly payment plan to pay off your balance in full.

What's right for you?

  • If you just need a few days and can pay in full, a payment extension may be the right choice.
  • Need to spread out payments over a few months? An extended payment arrangement helps you do just that.
  • Click here for a PDF printable version of these Payment Assistance Program options.

Payment Assistance Programs

State of Ohio’s Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP):

  • Eligible households have a gross annual income of at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines ($39,300 for a family of 4)
  • All electric homes: The monthly payment is 10% of all household income
  • Non-electric heated homes: There is a monthly payment of 6% of the household income for the natural gas bill and 6% of the household income for the electric bill
  • Minimum monthly payment of $10
  • Paying on-time and in-full each month reduces the outstanding balance
  • 24 on-time and in-full payments each month eliminates the outstanding balance
  • Visit the Ohio Department of Development for more information and to enroll

AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Bill Pay Assistance:

  • Household income must be at or below 250% of the federal poverty guidelines ($65,500 for a family of 4)
  • Grant applies directly to an AEP Ohio account that prevents the disconnection of, or restores, electric service
  • Applicants must have made payments to AEP Ohio totaling at least $75 in the three months prior to applying for a grant
  • Applicants must owe a minimum of $50 on their AEP Ohio bill
  • Applicants may apply for a hardship grant once per program year (October 1 through September 30, during either the Heating or Cooling Season
  • Applications are accepted beginning Monday, October 19, 2020 through April 30, 2021 for Heating assistance or July 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021 for Cooling assistance through a partnering agency
  • Applications need to be submitted through a community agency, and you can find your partnering agency here.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Learn more about the AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor and temporary COVID-19 Expanded AEP Ohio Bill Pay Assistance Programs by clicking here.

To help your neighbor and make a donation, choose one of the following:

COVID-19 Expanded AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Bill Pay Assistance:

  • Household income must be more than 250% but less than 300% of the federal poverty guidelines ($78,600 for a family of 4) and
  • Applicants must show proof of coronavirus hardship or be a medical professional who meets the income threshold and
  • Applicants must have made payments to AEP Ohio totaling at least $75 in the three months prior to applying for a grant and still owe a minimum of $50 on their AEP Ohio bill
  • Grant of up to $120 that prevents the disconnection of, or restores electric service
  • Qualifying AEP Ohio customers may apply through December 31, 2020, while funds are available
  • ONLY online applications are accepted for this COVID-19 Expanded Grant. Apply here

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LiHEAP)/Winter Crisis Program:

  • Households at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible
  • Grant of up to $175, can be used to fund Winter Reconnect Order
  • Visit the Ohio Department of Development or call 1-800-282-0880, Option 2

Winter Reconnect Order (WRO):

  • Any residential customer is eligible, regardless of income
  • Allows customers who are disconnected or are facing disconnection to pay a maximum amount of $175 to have their service restored or maintained for a minimum of 30 days
  • Applicants must enroll in an extended payment plan, which can include PIPP Plus
  • Available now through April 15, 2021
  • To discuss the Winter Reconnect Order, contact us
  • Visit the PUCO for more information

Help A Relative Or Friend Avoid Disconnection Of Service

You can help someone avoid electric service disconnection with our Third-Party Notification program. This free service is often used on accounts of those who are elderly or ill, but it can be used for any customer.

How does Third-Party Notification work?
  • As an authorized third party (designated by the account holder), you will receive copies of the billings if electric service is at risk of being disconnected due to nonpayment.
  • You will not be responsible for paying the bill.

To enroll, print a registration form and mail it to us. Please note that the form must be completed and signed by the account holder.

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