• Negative balances indicate a credit exists and will be refunded. Most refunds are processed in the upcoming weekly cycle that the University runs; however, checks and 529 Plan payments are subject to a 21-day waiting period before CUNYfirst is able to release refunds back to students.
  • Refunds are released approximately 1-2 weeks after a refund transaction is posted to the student account.
  • By default, payments in excess of tuition are issued by the University as a check. Refund checks are sent standard mail to the address listed in the student’s CUNYfirst account. Once the check is mailed, it should arrive within 5-7 business days.
  • All refund checks, except for those from a Parent-Plus Loan, are made payable to the student. This includes check payments made from an account owned by a parent, guardian or other relation.

 

Reductions of financial aid or third-party payments that occur after a refund was disbursed, therefore causing a due balance, should be paid back to the College immediately.

Paper checks are sent to the mailing address listed on the student’s CUNYfirst account. Checks expire five months or 150-days from the check date. Students should cash their refund check promptly by depositing it into their bank account or cashing it for free at any Citibank branch.

Students may report a paper check lost if it has not been received 10-business days from the date of issuance. To request a new refund, Student Refund Inquiry must be submitted in-person or via College email.

Refunds are issued via Direct Deposit for students who have opted into this service on CUNYfirst.  Students who do not have a checking account are strongly encouraged to open one. Several retail banks offer checking account options for college students. Inquire with your bank of choice on how to open up a college account.

Login to CUNYfirst > Self Service > Campus Finances > Enroll in Direct Deposit. Click here for more information.

Students may report a direct deposit lost if it was not received by their scheduled disbursement date. A Student Refund Inquiry must be submitted in-person or via College email. The student may be required to re-enroll in Direct Deposit with the correct information and a new refund will be issued within 3-5 weeks.

Students are entitled to a full refund for out-of-pocket payments made for courses dropped prior to the first official day of the semester or cancelled by the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.

Students are financially responsible for courses they cancel as of the first official day of the semester and any day after. Tuition is proportionately charged per the date a student cancels their class or classes. Prorated tuition charges are set by the Academic Calendar and programmed in CUNYfirst. Once the proration period is over, tuition is billed at 100%. Fees are never prorated.

 

This is a sample refund schedule. Students can obtain precise information from the Academic Calendar.

  • Drop before the official starting day of classes for the semester – 100% refund.
  • Drop within one week of the official starting day of classes for the semester – 75% refund, 25% liability.
  • Drop within two weeks of the official starting day of classes for the semester – 50% refund, 50% liability.
  • Drop within three weeks of the official starting day of classes for the semester – 25% refund, 75% liability.
  • Withdrawal subsequent to the third week of the official starting day of classes for the semester – 0% refund, 100% liability.