Frequently Asked Questions
What forms of payment do you accept?
Note: Some payment options are unavailable while the campus is closed and Bursar staff are working remotely. See below for current payment options.
Online via CUNYfirst: e-check (free of charge), debit card or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). When your debit or credit card payment is processed, a nonrefundable service fee of 2.65% will be charged to your account in addition to your payment.
Payment Plan: e-check or credit card
- International wire
transfers are accepted. See below for
Do you accept international wire transfers?
Yes. For information on how to initiate an international wire transfer, please
How do I make a credit card or e-check
To make a one-time
credit card or e-check payment online:
1) Select the Make a Payment
link in your Self-Service Center in CUNYfirst (make sure your pop-up blocker is
2) Select View & Pay Accounts from
the left-hand menu. Click Make Payment. You will see a screen that displays all of the CUNY schools
(past and present) associated with your student ID number. Next to each school
will be a payment amount box.
3) Since each school is
listed, each payment amount box will either be populated with a dollar amount,
if you owe money to that school, or will be blank, if nothing is owed. You can
choose to pay the entire amount in the payment amount box or you can override the prepopulated figure and enter the amount you wish to pay in the
payment amount box next to the corresponding school.
4) DO NOT enter amounts into payment
amount boxes of schools with no amounts due. If you do, a payment
will be made to that school.
5) Click the Pay Using drop down to select your payment method (credit card or e-check). Before you finalize your payment, review your payment
information to make sure you are sending money only to a school where you have
outstanding charges, and to confirm the payment amount. If
the information is wrong, cancel and start over.
- If you finalized an incorrect
payment, immediately contact the respective school’s Bursar Office.
- If you pay by credit card, a nonrefundable service fee of 2.65% will be charged to your account in addition to your payment.
- For detailed instructions on how to
make an e-check payment, you can view the Payment Video created
How do I enroll in a payment plan?
in the Nelnet Payment Plan through your CUNYfirst Self-Service Center by clicking on the enroll/manage payment plan link. Payment plans are available for Spring, Summer, and Fall. The enrollment fee is $25 per term/session. If you pay by credit/debit card, a nonrefundable service fee of 2.65% will be charged to your account in addition to your payment. There is more information about the payment plan here.
- When completing the Payment Plan Budget Worksheet, please
include any prior balances so they can be incorporated into your initial
payment plan total.
- If you do not include your prior balance in the initial
payment plan total, your payment plan balance will be recalculated (on the
eighth day of the semester) to include any prior balances. Prior balances will
be divided among your remaining installments.
- If your financial aid award has been
removed for a prior semester, please note that this balance will be included in your payment
- Any payment plan payments will be applied to the earliest
balance first. For example, if you are enrolled in a Spring 2021 payment plan and
also have an outstanding Fall 2020 balance, any payment plan payments
will first be applied to your Fall 2020 balance until it is fully covered;
subsequent payments will then be applied to your Spring 2021 balance.
For detailed instructions
on how to enroll in a payment plan, you can view the Nelnet Payment Plan video created by CUNY.
What are the tuition and fee rates?
Tuition and fee rates can be viewed on the Tuition & Fee Costs page.
What is the due date of my bill?
The due date of your bill can be found in each term's Bursar Information
Where can I see my
Your account details are available in your CUNYfirst Self-Service Center by clicking on Account Inquiry under the Finances
pay my bill in full by my due date. What can I do?
You can pay your bill in monthly installments by enrolling in a Nelnet Payment
Plan (by your due date). To enroll, log into CUNYfirst Self-Service Center, go
to Finances, and select Enroll/Manage Payment Plan.
I have a Bursar Hold/Stop. Can I still register?
No. If you have a balance, it must be paid in full before your Bursar Hold can
How do I resolve a Bursar hold?
- Log into your CUNYfirst account to review your bill and pay your balance (see Payment Options)
- Check your to-do list on your CUNYfirst account and confirm you have completed all items
- Contact respective offices (Admissions, QC Hub, Registrar & Financial Aid, or your Academic Department) to resolve residency, financial aid, scholarships and academic discrepancies or concerns
- If you expected your balance to be covered by another party, contact that party to confirm and/or resolve that their payment is correctly reflected on your bill
- Contact the Bursar's Office for assistance and guidance on satisfying the balance due
Why am I being billed as an out-of-state student when I live in
If you feel that your residency tuition rate is incorrect, visit the Admissions Residency page for detailed information
regarding residency requirements.
What is an Academic Excellence Fee?
The City University of New York Board of Trustees approved the implementation
of an Academic Excellence Fee effective Spring 2016. This fee supports the
costs of enhancing the instruction and program offered to our graduate students
enrolled in certain graduate-level program plans. For a listing of those plans
and their fees, click here.
I registered for Winter session. Will I be billed activity fees?
students registered in the Winter session will be responsible for student fees
(including Activity, Consolidated, Senate, and Technology fees); however,
students registered in both the Spring semester and Winter session will be
charged only one set of fees based on the combined number of
credits in which the individual is enrolled.
I dropped my classes. Why am I still being charged?
Most likely, you dropped your classes after the official first day of the
semester. Review the liability period dates and associated charges in the
term's Bursar Information Letter.
How can I obtain a copy of my bill?
You can print your own ebill for two semesters with these Instructions.
If financial aid is covering my entire bill, do I have to pay
As long as your financial aid award is reflected on your CUNYfirst account, and
covers your entire bill, you are not required to make a payment.
What is swapping and are there fees associated with swapping?
– Add/Drop and Swapping of Classes and Tuition Charges
Swapping is the dropping of one course and the adding of another course of the
same number of credits and cost, within a seven-day period during the
percentage liability period. This function allows for the student to add/drop
during the liability period without incurring a percentage liability. Only an
$18 change of program fee will be incurred.
Summer session – There are four sub sessions in Summer Session (4W1, 6W1, 4W2,
6W2). Swapping courses between classes in different sub sessions will result in
tuition percentage liability charges.
Students who drop/swap or withdraw from a previously swapped class are liable
for a percentage charge based on the liability schedule. For example:
registered for ART 100
swapped ART100 for ART 201 (on/after the first day of the term) during the
percentage liability period
dropped or withdrew from ART 201 or swapped ART 201 for ART 202 (on/after
the first day of the term) during the percentage liability period
Result: You are now responsible for a
percentage charge for ART 100 and ART 201.
Multiple class changes may result in several tuition liability charges.
What methods are available for students to receive refunds?
CUNY offers one electronic payment method, direct deposit, for students to receive refunds. Electronic payment eliminates the risk of losing a check and eliminates the need to
physically visit a bank to make a deposit. All
refunds of financial aid and/or tuition and fees (except those paid with a
credit card) can be issued by direct deposit.
- Students who do not opt
to enroll in direct deposit will receive a check at their mailing
Students who paid using a credit card will have
the credit refunded to their credit card.
How do I enroll in direct deposit?
1. Log in to CUNYfirst and navigate to Self-Service > Campus Finances >
Manage My Account
2. 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.
3. Make sure you then click Enroll in Direct Deposit.
4. Select your account nickname and click Next.
5. Read the Enroll in Direct Deposit Agreement, click Yes to agree and SUBMIT
You can also view a video about direct deposit here.
Note: CUNY will never ask
you to confirm any personal information via email. Always sign on to CUNYfirst
to process your transactions and review account details.
How long will it take for my refund to be processed?
It can take two to three weeks.
Financial aid is covering my bill and I see a refund is due to
me. When will I receive it?
Your refund will be processed once Queens College receives your financial aid
payments (Direct Loan, Pell, SEOG, etc.).
Can I pick up my refund check?
No. All refund checks are mailed. Please verify that your mailing address is
correct in your CUNYfirst Self-Service Center.
Why didn’t I receive a 1098-T?
Students are not entitled to a 1098-T if their tuition was paid in full by
financial aid or by a third party.
Note: If you believe that you are entitled to a 1098-T, but did
not receive one, contact the 1098-T Hotline at (718) 997-4534 and leave a
detailed message including your name, student ID number, and
How can I obtain a copy of my 1098-T form?
A copy of your 1098-T form is available on your Self-Service Center in
CUNYfirst. To obtain a copy, log in to CUNYfirst and navigate to Campus Solutions -> Self Service -> Campus Finances -> View 1098-T.
Note: Before clicking on the link to view your 1098-T, be sure your browser's pop-up blocker is turned off.
I believe my 1098-T is incorrect. Whom should I
Contact the 1098-T Hotline at (718) 997-4534 and leave a detailed message
including your name, student ID number, and questions/concerns. Someone will
review your 1098-T and contact you.
How can I go paperless and receive my Form 1098-T via CUNYfirst Self-Service?
To promote our paperless incentives, CUNY offers all students an electronic
Form 1098-T. To opt out of receiving a paper 1098-T form in the mail, go to
Self-Service > Campus Finances > View 1098-T and click on Grant
The benefits of going paperless are:
- Online delivery provides access to the Form 1098-T earlier
than the traditional mailing process.
- Online delivery eliminates the chance that the 1098-T will get
lost, misdirected, or delayed during delivery, or misplaced once you receive
- Signing up for online delivery is easy and secure.
- You can receive your Form 1098-T even while traveling away
from your mailing address.