Payment & Refunds

You are responsible to make a payment of the “Total Due” (both Due Now and Future Due) semester amount on your CUNYfirst account by the due date indicated.

The due dates for the 2020-2021 Academic Year are as follows:

Fall 2020 Tuition Due Dates:

  • August 1, 2020 for students who register from May 5, 2020 to July 19, 2020.
  • August 22, 2020 for students who register from July 20, 2020 to August 13, 2020
  • September 5, 2020 for students who register from August 14, 2020 to September 5, 2020.
  • Tuition is due immediately for students who register after September 5, 2020

Spring 2021 Tuition Due Dates:

  • February 6, 2021 for students who register from October 19, 2020 to January 23, 2021.
  • February 20, 2021 for students who register from January 24, 2021 to February 4, 2021.
  • February 27, 2021 for students who register from February 5, 2021 to February 27, 2021
  • Tuition is due immediately for students who register after February 27, 2021.

One time on line payment via CUNYfirst: You can make a payment directly to your CUNYfirst account via eCheck by entering your bank’s routing number and your bank account number.  There is no additional charge for eChecks.

You can make a payment directly to your CUNYfirst account via credit card by entering your account number, expiration date and security code. There is a 2.65% charge for using a debit or credit card.

Please be advised that if you want to make a one-time online payment, CUNY recently changed their process.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • To make an online one-time payment, select the make a payment link in your Student Center.  Make sure your pop-up blocker is disabled.
  • Then select Make Payment from the left-hand menu.
  • You will see a screen that displays all of the CUNY schools (past and present) associated with your EmplID. Next to each school will be a payment amount box.
  • Since each school is listed, each payment amount box either will 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 choose to override the pre-populated amount and enter the amount you wish to pay in the payment amount box next to the school you want to pay.
  • 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.
  • Select the Payment Method in the drop down menu (eCheck or Credit Card) and follow the remaining payment information prompts
    • There is no fee for using the eCheck option
    • There is a 2.65% convenience fee (of the full payment submission) charged for a credit card payment.
  • After you enter your bank information you will see a screen asking, Is this  information correct? Before you finalize your payment, review your payment information to:
    • make sure you are only sending money to a school where you have outstanding charges; and,
    • confirm the amount.  If the information is wrong, cancel and start over.
  • If you finalized an incorrect payment, immediately contact the respective school’s Bursar’s Office

View a video on how to make an on line payment to your tuition account.

Payment Plan: CUNY makes college more affordable by allowing you to better manage your payments over time using a convenient and secure plan with Nelnet Business Solutions. The Enrollment Fee for the payment plan will be $25 per term.  A 2.65% service fee will be charged to debit and credit card payments.

Go directly to to check out and/or enroll in this payment option. In order to settle your account, this must be done by the due date of your tuition. Please contact Nelnet at 888-470-6014 for further information.

View a video on how to enroll in the payment plan. In order to settle your account, this must be done by the due date of your tuition.


Refunds Based Upon Withdrawal or Change In Registration: You may be entitled to a full or partial refund of tuition paid for a class. Refunds are based on the date on which you drop officially.  See the academic calendar for the deadline dates for dropping classes with a percentage refund.

If you do not notify the College of your intent to drop, your classes will appear on your transcript with whatever grades your instructors assign.  Additionally, you will owe the full amount of your bill and you may have to repay some or all of the financial aid you have received.

Review the College’s Refunding Schedule

Refunds Due To Financial Aid Entitlements: If the amount of financial aid you are receiving is greater than your tuition and fee charges, you may be eligible for a refund. You can verify this through your CUNYfirst account. Refunds will usually be made in two payments.  The first payment may be issued right before the first week of classes to be used to pay for books and supplies.  The second payment will be issued later during the semester.

Students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit of their refunds using their own bank accounts. The direct deposit link will be available on your CUNYfirst page.  Refunds that are directly deposited are available to you immediately.  If you do not sign up for direct deposit, a check will be mailed to your home.

Visit the Financial Aid page for more information about payment, refunds and financial aid.