Change of New York State Residency Status
Find out what you need and collect your documentation before you are eligible to file. If your official residency has changed, or you feel that your residency status has been evaluated incorrectly, contact the following for forms and information. The initial deadline for filing your request for review, with all required documentation, is the day before the first day of classes for the semester; we strongly recommend that you meet this early deadline. The final deadline is the last day of classes for the semester.
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Change of Registration / Program Adjustment
If your bill is due but you changed your program and want to pay only the adjusted bill before the due date, you may do so via your account on CUNYfirst.
File early. If aid you expected is not on the bill, resolve any problems before the bill due date. Some aid programs require that you declare your major by a certain point in your academic career in order to continue to receive aid. Be sure to complete the Declaration of Major form, get departmental signature(s), and submit it to the Registrar's Office as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the first three weeks of the semester for which you need it to be effective.
For the purpose of cancellation only, anticipated aid, when visible on your account, constitutes a payment and will hold your registration.
If you become ineligible early for all aid originally posted to your bill and made no payment yourself, your registration may be canceled for nonpayment. If you become ineligible after nonpayment cancellations, you may still be registered and responsible for any balance due. If you are not going to attend class, you must drop the courses in accordance with the deadlines for that semester.
Sign up for Direct Deposit for a more convenient way to receive your Financial Aid/Tuition and Fee Refunds
Direct Deposit is the fastest, safest, and most convenient method to receive your refunds, including financial aid and Work-Study funds. Direct Deposit eliminates the chance that your check will get lost, misdirected, or delayed during delivery, or misplaced once you receive it.
Enroll today and your next financial aid and/or tuition and fee refund can be deposited right into your bank account. You only need your bank account and bank routing numbers.
Note: Refunds of credit card payments will be issued to the credit card used.
To enroll in Direct Deposit, log in to your CUNYfirst Self-Service account and follow these easy steps:
- Navigate to Self-Service> Campus Finances> Manage My Account
- Click Add Account on the My Accounts page and enter the required account information then click Next *TIP: Refer to your check or bank to verify your Bank Code (routing number) and account information.
- Make sure you then click Enroll in Direct Deposit
- Select your account nickname and click Next
- Read the Enroll in Direct Deposit Agreement, click Yes to agree and SUBMIT to finish.
- You will receive an email from CUNYfirst confirming changes to your direct deposit information.
It is important that you keep your bank information current to avoid delays in receiving refunds issued to you.
Please verify that your address on file is correct in CUNYfirst if you receive check refunds.