Third-party billing is the process by which the College obtains payment from a sponsor that has agreed to pay for all or part of your tuition costs. Students or their sponsor must submit a valid billing authorization (a.k.a letter of credit, voucher) each semester.
For students, see: Third-Party Deferral; For third-parties, see: Instructions for Sponsors

The School of Labor and Urban Studies partners with several organizations that offer extraordinary opportunities and provide students with financial support. If you are enrolled with one of the following sponsors, exit this section and check out the additional resources in the tabs below.

Credible Messenger
CWA-1180
DC37 Labor Relations Certificate
NYCHA Resident Leadership Academy
TWU Local 100.

A third-party deferral is the process of transferring all or part of the student’s payment obligation to a sponsor.

1. Check with your sponsor

Before you register for classes, check with your sponsor to make sure you are covered. A student account is not eligible for a third-party deferral if:

  • The sponsor’s payments will be sent directly to you
  • The sponsorship is for living, travel or miscellaneous academic expenses (i.e., books, supplies)

2. Provide a billing authorization

Have your sponsor provide a billing authorization, such as a letter of credit or voucher, to you or to the College. ‘Instructions for Sponsors’ are available in the next section.

📌Students or sponsors are required to submit a valid billing authorization each semester. There is no assumption that a billing authorization is valid beyond the issued term. Erroneous or incomplete billing authorizations will be returned; a deferral will not be approved until a complete document is received.

3. Meet the due dates

We must receive your billing authorization before the first official day of the semester. It’s up to you to make sure the billing authorization is received on time. E-mail authorizations to studentaccounts@slu.cuny.edu or mail to:

Student Accounts and Payment Services
CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
25 West 43 Street | New York, NY 10036

4. Check your student account

Check your student account balance regularly on CUNYfirst. 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 your bill has been deferred to a third-party. However, you will be responsible for paying any remaining balance by the due date if less than 100% of your bill has 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. The Bursar’s Office will notify the student of the cancellation and that any tuition and fees liability has been transferred back to them.

This section offers additional information to sponsor payers (i.e., employers, unions, and other agencies).

1. Prepare billing authorizations

Authorizations must be submitted on official letterhead and include the student’s name, student identification number, and an itemization of all charges to be billed. Sponsors must provide a valid US mailing address. Please be as specific as possible when submitting the authorization letter as they will be interpreted with the literal references written on them.

Authorization letters must be on the organization’s letterhead and include the following information to be processed:

  1. Student’s full first and last name
  2. 8-digit student ID number
  3. Dollar amount of sponsorship per semester OR
  4. Eligible charges (click here to access the tuition and fee schedule)
  5. Duration: which academic years or semesters will the sponsor pay?
  6. Restrictions: define any contingencies, such as grades or successful completion of class, enrollment, attendance, or financial aid status.
  7. Organization’s name, billing address, and email address for invoice submission
  8. Contact information for an authorized sponsor representative (name, phone number, email, and fax)
  9. Signature of authorized sponsor representative

If there are multiple students receiving sponsorship, a list may be submitted on a single authorization letter provided the terms of the agreement are the same for all students. If the terms are different for any student, then a separate authorization letter must be provided for that individual.

2. Submit authorizations

We must receive your billing authorization before the first official day of the semester (see: Academic Calendar). E-mail authorizations to studentaccounts@slu.cuny.edu or mail to:

Student Accounts and Payment Services
CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
25 West 43 Street | New York, NY 10036

Late authorizations may result in late fees or course cancellation.

3. Make payment

Payment is due upon receipt of invoice.

Important! To ensure proper credit, reference the invoice number on your remittance.

The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) partners with the Department of Probation’s Credible Messenger Justice Center to enroll eligible Credible Messengers in the Community Leadership Certificate Program, either undergrad or grad level. Credible Messenger Mentoring is a program where youths in the juvenile justice system are mentored by individuals from similar backgrounds, especially those who were themselves system-involved, to help the youths transform their lives. For participants in this program, the application fee is waived and tuition is paid by the Credible Messenger Justice Center.

The Certificate in Community Leadership is tuition-free for eligible Credible Messengers. Your tuition bill is deferred to the Credible Messenger Justice Center. No further action is required. For more information, please contact:

Julman A. Tolentino
Academic Program Specialist
646-313-8332
Julman.Tolentino@slu.cuny.edu

Communication Workers of America (CWA) is one of the three founding unions of CUNY’s School of Labor and Urban Studies and its predecessor, The Murphy Institute. CWA Local 1180 represents more than 8,000 administrative workers within the City of New York. Since 1984, Local 1180 has offered higher education opportunities that serve several hundred members each year.

For more information, contact:

CWA-1180 Education Fund
6 Harrison Street | New York, NY 10013
Phone (212) 226-6565
E-mail Murphystudent@cwa1180.org

About the Benefits

  1. Eligible members are sponsored for 24 undergraduate credits and 24 graduate credits. Eligibility is determined by the CWA-1180 Education Fund and contingent on 1. Active employment as of the first official day of the new semester and 2. Community service projects as required or assigned.
  2. The Education Fund pays tuition and fees for no more than two courses per each semester (spring, summer, or fall). The member is financially responsible for any costs resulting from additional classes. General education, electives, or otherwise non-major courses are not eligible for this benefit.
  3. Undergraduate members must earn a grade of ‘D’ or better (includes D – ). Members are financially responsible for courses in which they earn a grade of F.
  4. Graduate members must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better (includes C – ). Members are financially responsible for courses in which they earn a grade of D or F.
  5. Courses marked incomplete (INC) or withdrawn (W, WD, WU) do not qualify for this benefit. Members are financially responsible for courses in which they earn an INC, W, WD, WU. Members may submit an appeal for payment if the course is rescored with a billable grade. Payments will be denied if the member has already exhausted their waiver credit limit.

Certification process

1. Obtain the Tuition Voucher
2. Read and sign the acknowledgment on page 1
2. Fill out Part A of the Tuition Voucher. Save and submit to the Registrar’s Office e-mail: Registrar@slu.cuny.edu
3. The Registrar will complete Part B and e-mail the form back to you. Please note, Part B cannot be authenticated without your classes (course code, course title, # credits) clearly listed in Part A. You must also be enrolled in the courses you list in Part A. Incomplete or ineligible submissions will be returned to you for correction.
4. Finally, submit the voucher packet (pg. 1 and 2) to the CWA-1180 Education Fund by e-mail: Murphystudent@cwa1180.org

If approved, the Education Fund will transmit the completed voucher to Student Accounts and Payment Services. The Education Fund may not honor voucher requests after the last enrollment day of the new semester https://slu.cuny.edu/current-students/academic-calendar

District Council 37’s Education Fund partnered with the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies is offering a Certificate in Labor Relations. This four-course (16-credits) undergraduate program offers a comprehensive overview of union-side labor relations in the public sector. Classes are open to eligible members of DC 37 interested in learning more about the labor movement, labor relations, and unionism. Tuition is covered by the DC 37 Education Fund for this program (excluding books and a one-time $70 application fee).

The Certificate in Labor Relations is tuition-free (4-credits per semester) for eligible DC37 members. Your tuition bill is deferred to the DC37 Education Fund.  No further action is required. For more information, please contact:

David Unger
Coordinator, Labor Relations Certificate
646-313-8329
david.unger@slu.cuny.edu

The Resident Leadership Academy is designed to provide training and build leadership skills for residents interested in taking a more active role in civic life within their development and/or community. The program a partnership between the Fund for Public Housing, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. The program’s objective is to develop current and emerging NYCHA resident leaders’ knowledge and skills to assume leadership positions as stewards of public housing; foster transferable leadership skills that residents can use across their communities, and provide a pathway to higher education.

The Certificate in Community Leadership is tuition-free (4-credits per semester) for eligible NYCHA students. Your tuition bill is deferred to the NYCHA Resident Leadership Academy. No further action is required. For more information, please contact:

Rochel Pinder-Cuffie
Director of Student and Community Affairs
646-313-8320
Rochel.Pinder-Cuffie@slu.cuny.edu

In partnership with the Transport Workers Union Local 100/New York City Transit Authority Training and Upgrading Fund, the School of Labor and Urban Studies offers two courses tuition free: Development of Mass Transit in New York City and Worker Health and Safety.

Your tuition bill is deferred to the Transport Workers Union Local 100. No further action is required. For more information, please contact:

Kevin Simmons
Academic Program Specialist
646-313-8331
kevin.simmons@slu.cuny.edu