The Office of Student Accounts will defer any portion of a student’s tuition and fees to a third-party after an authorization is provided from the sponsoring agent (i.e., state and federal agencies, international embassies, military agencies, prepaid college programs, employers, etc.). Sponsors that will not remit payment directly to the College do not qualify. A valid billing authorization, letter of credit, or voucher must be submitted before the term posted due date. During the deferment period, the student will only be responsible for any amount the sponsor does not cover. If, for any reason, the sponsor does not pay the total amount deferred, the liability will be transferred back to the student.

1. Obtain Authorization

Student’s must obtain an official, signed authorization (i.e., voucher, letter of credit etc.,) from a sponsor that agrees to pay all or part of their tuition bill. The authorization must state that the third-party will remit payment directly to the College. Additionally, the authorization must be on official letterhead, dated, and include the following:

  • Student’s name and EMPLID number
  • Amount of tuition (and fees, if applicable) to be covered
  • Semester for which tuition will be covered
  • Specific terms for payment (upon receipt of grades or upon registration)
  • Employer’s or sponsor’s address and phone number

The College will not defer payment to a third-party if  the sponsor’s payments will be sent directly to the student OR if the payments are not for tuition and fees but for travel or miscellaneous academic expenses (i.e., books, supplies).

2. Submit Authorization

Authorization in the form of a voucher or letter of credit is required for each semester in which all or part of a tuition bill is deferred to a third-party. Erroneous or incomplete authorizations will be returned; a deferral will not be approved until a complete document is received. The Office of Student Accounts (Bursar@slu.cuny.edu) must receive the sponsor’s authorizations before the first official day of the semester. Any remaining tuition and fees not covered by the third-party authorization must be paid by that date as well. The portion of tuition and fees the sponsor has agreed to pay will be re-classed in the system as ‘PAID BY THIRD-PARTY.’ Bills may be credited up to the eligible amount, however, such credits are provisional and subject to change. If a bill credit cannot be issued, the account will be notated.

All of part of a tuition bill that was classed as ‘Paid by Third-Party’ may remain deferred until the last day of the semester. The College may extend the deferment up to 30-days for sponsors that require grades. The deferment is canceled if the sponsor does not remit payment within the approved period OR refuses to pay for any reason. Once a ‘Paid by Third-Party’ deferment is canceled, a hold will be placed on the account and the student will be required to settle their bill immediately.

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

1. Prepare an Authorization

Please be as specific as possible when submitting the authorization letter as they will be interpreted with the literal references written on them. The authorization must explicitly state that the employer or sponsor will remit payment directly to the College. Additionally, the authorization must be on company letterhead, dated, and include the following:

  • Student’s full name and EMPLID number
  • Amount of tuition (and fees, if applicable) to be covered
  • Semester for which tuition will be covered
  • Specific terms for payment (define any contingencies, such as grades or successful completion of class, enrollment, attendance, or financial aid status.)
  • Employer’s or sponsor’s billing address and email address for invoice submission
  • Contact information for an authorized sponsor representative (name, phone number, email, and fax)

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 and Make a Payment

Employers and sponsors may issue the authorization to the student or to the College directly. Please be advised, Late authorizations may result additional fees billed to the student or course cancellation. E-mail authorizations to billing@slu.cuny.edu or mail to:

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

The Office of Student Accounts will release an invoice once enrollment is verified and final; payment must be submitted by the due date indicated. Check and ACH is accepted. To ensure proper credit, reference the invoice number on your remittance.