Full tuition, activity, and
material/transportation fees are refundable only if the student drops all
registered courses in CUNYfirst before the
first official day of the semester (not the first day of the student’s
Students who drop classes
after the semester has started are billed in accordance with the
published liability schedule for that semester. All fees are
non-refundable after the semester has begun.
- The complete
refund/liability schedule for each semester is posted in that semester's Bursar
Information Letter (available on the Bursar’s website).
- Senior Citizens who drop classes after the semester has started are not eligible for refunds of the senior citizen and consolidated fees charges.
Issuing of Refunds
CUNY offers two
electronic payment methods for students to receive refunds. Electronic payment
methods eliminate the risk of losing a check and eliminate 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 using electronic methods.
Students may choose the
payment method most convenient to them:
- Direct Deposit to student's personal bank account. Learn more.
- CUNY Scholar Card, a money network prepaid card. Learn more.
- Students who do no opt
to enroll in an electronic method will receive a check to their mailing
address. Students should review their mailing address in the CUNYfirst Self-Service
Center. Students may also update their address at the One Stop Service Center.
Students who paid through the Nelnet Payment Plan using a credit card will have
the credit refunded to their credit card.
may automatically apply towards any outstanding tuition balance.
Direct Deposit Enrollment
All refunds of financial
aid and/or tuition and fees (except those paid with a credit card) can be
direct-deposited into the student’s bank account. Students may enroll in direct
deposit via CUNYfirst by following these easy steps:
1. 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
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.
CUNY Scholar Card Enrollment
Students can receive
their financial aid balance, work-study or student payroll directly on the NEW
CUNY Scholar Card. Your Money Network® Enabled CUNY Scholar Card gives students
the purchasing power, functionality and security of a bank-issued prepaid card.
Funds can be electronically delivered to the student’s Money Network® Account
in less time than it takes for a check or an ACH to clear in a traditional bank
account. It's fast, safe and convenient! For more information, and to enroll, visit the CUNY Scholar Card website.