Enrollment at the School of Labor and Urban Studies constitutes an implied contract between the student and the College: The School of Labor and Urban Studies provides educational services, and the student promises to pay all assessed tuition, fees, and associated costs by the published or assigned due date. These costs include but are not limited to tuition, mandatory student fees, fines, late fees, and other special fees or billable services assessed to a student’s account.

Satisfactory payment arrangements include:

  • The semester balance is paid in full with credit/debit, electronic check, personal check, or money order.
  • The student has enrolled in the University payment plan on CUNYfirst and makes the required installments.
  • The student has enrolled in an approved Bursar Payment Arrangement (BPA).
  • 100% of tuition and fees are sponsored by a third-party or scholarship, and the student has submitted the necessary authorizations.
  • Less than 100% of tuition and fees are sponsored by a third-party or scholarship. The student has submitted the necessary authorizations and paid the residual balance using another method.
  • Financial aid subsidizes 100% of tuition and fees and is reflected on the student bill in an anticipated status
  • Financial aid subsidizes less than 100% of tuition and fees, and the student has paid the residual balance using another method.

Students are responsible for all dishonored payments that have been presented on their behalf. If a payment is returned by a bank, for any reason, a $20 returned check fee will be charged to the account (per occurrence). In addition, personal check and eCheck payments will be blocked. Payments will only be accepted via money order, certified check, or credit/debit (online). The student may submit a Request to Reinstate Check Privileges for future considerations.

Students are transferred to a collection agency if a balance remains past due one-year after the official first day of the semester. Prior to sending accounts to collections, students will be sent a written letter to the primary mailing address indicated in CUNYfirst. Once an account is transferred to an external collector, the College is no longer able to accept payments. Rather, all payments must be made directly to the assigned collection agency*  Students are responsible for the balance owed to the college as well as any additional fees/surcharges from the debt holding agency. Balances are not negotiated.

*Students who enter into a payment plan with the collection agency are not permitted to enroll or receive registration related documents (certificate, diploma, official/unofficial transcript, and enrollment verification) from the School of Labor and Urban Studies and/or at any of 24 constituent CUNY campuses. The past-due balance, along with any agency fees or surcharges, must be immediately paid in full to the collector for clearance of Bursar holds.

All financial aid processing, including origination, verification and disbursement, is managed by the Office of Fellowships and Financial Aid of the CUNY Graduate Center. Students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine eligibility for federal, state, or institutional awards. In the event that financial aid is reduced or cancelled, the student assumes responsibility for paying all student obligations. Questions about completing the FAFSA form can be directed to the Office of Fellowships and Financial Aid. For additional support, contact financialaid@gc.cuny.edu or (212) 817-7460.

📢Courses will not be canceled for non-payment in fall 2020 and spring 2021. College-wide de-registration policies will be published when officiated by the Dean. Students who register and decide not to attend must drop their classes the day before the official semester start date. Failure to drop a course or courses before the official semester start date will result in a financial obligation to the college, which is proportionately charged per the Academic Calendar. Non-attendance is not a cancellation!

Pursuant to CUNY policy, the School of Labor and Urban Studies reserves the right to de-register any student that has not made satisfactory payment arrangements* by the stated due date or the official first day of the semester.

Satisfactory payment arrangements include:

  • The semester balance is paid in full with credit/debit, electronic check, personal check, or money order.
  • The student has enrolled in the University payment plan on CUNYfirst and makes the required installments.
  • The student has enrolled in an approved Bursar Payment Arrangement (BPA).
  • 100% of tuition and fees are sponsored by a third-party or scholarship, and the student has submitted the necessary authorizations.
  • Less than 100% of tuition and fees are sponsored by a third-party or scholarship. The student has submitted the necessary authorizations and paid the residual balance using another method.
  • Financial aid subsidizes 100% of tuition and fees and is reflected on the student bill in an anticipated status
  • Financial aid subsidizes less than 100% of tuition and fees, and the student has paid the residual balance using another method.

Scholarships awarded by the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies are based on need or academic merit. Students must meet the defined eligibility criteria to receive or continue to receive a scholarship.

Awards Committees transmit scholarship decisions to Student Accounts and the applicant is notified via e-mail and/or letter. There is no additional action required by the recipient. To decline a scholarship, contact studentaccounts@slu.cuny.edu.

Institutional scholarships awarded to students in a degree program may be packaged with financial aid. However, institutional scholarships awarded to students in certificate programs cannot be packaged. In this case, the award is notated to the account. All institutional scholarships will not be disbursed until after the last enrollment day of the semester.

Accounts are considered past-due and subject to enrollment cancellation, late fees ($15), and financial holds if a satisfactory payment arrangement* has not been made as of the first official day of the semester and any day after. Bursar holds prohibit adding or swapping courses, future term enrollment, and the release of registration related documents (certificate, diploma, official/unofficial transcript, and enrollment verification) at the home campus and/or at any of 24 constituent CUNY campuses. The past-due balance must be immediately settled in full to clear the record of Bursar holds. Accounts that remain past-due one year from the first official day of the semester will be referred to a collection agency for debt recovery.

Once an account is transferred to an external collector, the Bursar’s Office is no longer able to accept payments. Rather, all payments must be made directly to the assigned collection agency. Students are responsible for the balance owed to the college as well as any additional fees/surcharges from the debt holding agency. Balances are not negotiated.

Satisfactory payment arrangements include:

  • The semester balance is paid in full with credit/debit, electronic check, personal check, or money order.
  • The student has enrolled in the University payment plan on CUNYfirst and makes the required installments.
  • The student has enrolled in an approved Bursar Payment Arrangement (BPA).
  • 100% of tuition and fees are sponsored by a third-party or scholarship, and the student has submitted the necessary authorizations.
  • Less than 100% of tuition and fees are sponsored by a third-party or scholarship. The student has submitted the necessary authorizations and paid the residual balance using another method.
  • Financial aid subsidizes 100% of tuition and fees and is reflected on the student bill in an anticipated status
  • Financial aid subsidizes less than 100% of tuition and fees, and the student has paid the residual balance using another method.

The Bursar’s Office at the School of Labor and Urban Studies may issue payment reminders and other notifications via e-mail, mail, and phone. E-mailed messages are transmitted by Bursar@slu.cuny.edu. Letters are sent to the mailing address on file. The student is responsible for keeping their contact information current on CUNYfirst. Under no circumstances will a student be excused from missing announcements or deadlines.

The City University of New York has reserved the right to send electronic payment reminders and other notifications to students attending any of the 25 constituent institutions. Messages are delivered from CUNYfirstDoNotReply@cuny.edu. It is important to note that auto-notices are particularly generic, contain broad policy information, and may not consider anticipated financial aid, scholarships, or third-party payments. Students that require clarification on the information contained within should e-mail Bursar@slu.cuny.edu.

Students can e-mail ITHelpDesk@slu.cuny.edu if they  are unable to access CUNYfirst, the campus email, or require other technical assistance.

Semester bills are posted electronically on CUNYfirst. Bills are not mailed. Students may access their eBill using the following CUNYfirst navigation: Student Center > Finances > [menu] Other Financial > eBill

Third-party billing is the process by which the College obtains payment from a sponsor that has agreed to pay all or part of a student’s bill. A valid billing authorization (a.k.a letter of credit, voucher) must be presented before the official start of each semester.

When a billing authorization is accepted, the student’s account is classed as deferred to a third-party. Balances may be credited up to the eligible amount, however, such credits are provisional and subject to change. If a bill credit cannot be issued for the sponsor, the account will be notated.

No additional payments are required if 100% of tuition and fees have been deferred to a third-party. The student is responsible for paying the remaining balance by the term posted due date if less than 100% of tuition and fees have been deferred to a third-party.

A third-party deferral is valid for 150-days from the official first day of the semester. However, this may be extended by up to 70-days for sponsors with an academic contingency, such as semester grades. Third-party deferrals are terminated if (1) payment is not received within the approved period or (2) the student fails to meet the sponsor’s eligibility requirements. Student Accounts will notify the student of the cancellation and that any tuition and fees liability has been transferred back to them.

Students are not held financially responsible for tuition or fees for courses dropped prior to the first official day of the semester or those that were 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.

  • Drop courses before the official first day of the semester – 100% refund, 0% liability
  • Drop courses on the first official day of the semester through the end of the proration period  – billed at 25%, 50%, or 75% of the tuition cost.
  • Withdraw from courses after the proration period – 0% refund, 100% liability.

Negative Balances
This typically indicate that a credit exists and will be refunded. Most refunds are processed in the upcoming weekly cycle that the University runs; however, checks/eChecks and 529 Plan payments are subject to a 21-day waiting period before CUNYfirst is able to release refunds back to students.

Payee
All refunds, 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.

Release
Refunds are released approximately 1-2 weeks after a refund transaction is posted to the student account.

Paper Checks or Direct Deposit
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. Students who enroll in direct deposit will no longer receive paper checks by mail.

*Reductions in financial aid or other credits that occur after a refund was disbursed will cause a due balance and must be paid back to the College immediately*

Students who wish to dispute charges related to added, dropped, or cancelled enrollment may submit a Registration Appeal. Appeals are considered for extreme circumstances and when there are documented and compelling reasons to grant an exception to College deadlines (Academic Calendar) or CUNY policy/procedure. A Registration Appeal may only be submitted within one year of the first official day of the semester indicated. The Registration Appeals Committee (RAC) is the only college-wide body authorized to review appeals regarding registration. Processing time is 3-5 weeks. The Appeals Committee will deliberate and notify the student on whether a waiver will be granted. Bursar holds will not be removed from the student record until full payment is received or the Registration Appeal is approved by Registrar.