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Nelnet Tuition Payment Plans

The City University of New York makes college more affordable by allowing you to better manage your payments over time.  Nelnet Tuition Payment Plans are now available for enrollment.  Beginning Fall 2015, Nelnet Tuition Payment Plans have replaced Higher One Payment Plans.  The cost to participate is a $40 enrollment fee per semester.  If the enrollment fee is returned for any reason, the agreement will be terminated.  Any changes in your obligation due to CUNY will change the total payment plan balance and remaining monthly payment amounts.  To enroll, log into CUNYfirst Self-Service and go to your Student Center.  Go to Finances and select Enroll/Manage Payment Plan.

Please visit the Bursar’s website, or click here, for further details on the Nelnet Payment Plan.

If you have not claimed your Qmail email address, please do so before enrolling in the Nelnet Payment Plan.  It is required in order to access the Payment Plan.

For information regarding Financial Aid within CUNYfirst, please click here.

Did you know that there are online resources to help you maneuver through CUNYfirst? For more information, check out the links on the right.
All students will need to view the registration schedule and review the schedule of classes. Need additional help? To your right, you'll find links to offices and other services.

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CUNYfirst workshops, offered through the Office of Information Technology, are also available. You may register for any of these by visiting this link. Workshops are FREE. All you need to register is your QC email account.

We hope you enjoy your experience with CUNYfirst. If you encounter difficulties accessing CUNYfirst, or any of its resources, kindly contact us. We invite you to stop by the Help Desk in the Dining Hall 151, call us at 718-997-4444, or visit us on the web at



  • Catalogs & Schedules
    • Remember to select the Institution first when browsing catalogs. To view ALL sections of a course, uncheck Open Classes Only. Click the Section link to display the description,instructor mode such as online or in-person, pre-reqs, co-reqs, etc. and remaining available seats.

  • Enrollment
    • Enrollment dates are student specific and may vary from other students. Note the start and end dates and TIME. For example, February 8, 2012 at 3pm. There are four ways to commence enrollment from your shopping cart:
      1. A section already in your shopping cart.
      2. Enter the unique four or five digit number Class Nbr that identifies that section.
      3. Do a Class Search.
      4. Go to your planner and follow the prompts from course to section.
      An enrollment request begins with the Submit button. Read the results of each request on the View Results page that either confirms a successful result or displays the reason that you have not been enrolled in a class.

  • Log-Ins
    • Record and safely store:
      1.User ID and Password.
      To reset your password, visit Forgot your password? 2.CUNYID. This unique number identifies you. Memorize it!

  • Shopping Cart
    • Once the schedule is posted, you may shortlist sections in which you hope to enroll. Placing a section in the shopping cart, does not reserve a seat in a class.

  • Student Financials
    • When reviewing your account, first ask questions about your financial aid and then, if still needed, see the bursar's office.

  • Transcripts
    • Unofficial transcripts are available in CUNYfirst to view, print or save in a .pdf format. Official transcripts are available through the Transcript Ordering link on the Student Center page.

  • Wait List
    • If a class is full, you may be able to place yourself on a waitlist. Some departments require their permission for a student to be placed on a waitlist. Being on a wait list, does not guarantee you a place in the class. A process is run each night and if your waitlisted place becomes available you will automatically be enrolled. Your waitlisted section will automatically be swapped for a section of the same class. When you no longer want to be on a waitlist, quickly drop the waitlisted section to avoid auto-enrollments.

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