Enrollment at the School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) is a contract between the student and the College. SLU 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.

  • A bill is generated by the CUNYfirst system within 24-hours of registration
  • Tuition is due by the first official day of the new semester
  • CUNYfirst assigns a tuition due date that is calculated when the student enrolls, which may be earlier than the first official day. However, the account will only be flagged as “not in good standing” if the bill is unpaid by the first official day of the semester

Payment of tuition may include one or more of the following to cover 100% of the billed costs:

  • Credit, debit, or eCheck
  • Personal check or money order
  • Approved financial aid
  • University payment plan (not in arrears)
  • Veteran’s tuition benefit
  • Union or employer deferment
  • Special program

A student who complies with any of the above shall be considered in good financial standing, so long as all terms and conditions are met throughout the term. Pursuant to University policy, SLU may assign late fees, “past-due” holds, or cancel registration* if the student has not settled their account by the stated due date or official first day of the semester.

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). Personal check and eCheck payments will subsequently be blocked and the student will only be allowed to pay with certified check, money order, and credit/debit (online). The student may request a reinstatement of check and eCheck privileges by contacting Bursar@slu.cuny.edu.

* Courses will NOT be canceled for the 2022 fall term. College-wide de-registration policies are officiated by the Dean and will be communicated to students prior to the enrollment period. Students who register and decide not to attend SLU must drop their classes the day before the official semester start date *

“Estimated” financial aid does not represent actual or guaranteed payments, but is an estimate of the aid a student may receive if all of the requirements for that aid program are met.

  • Financial aid is not disbursed to the bill until all necessary requirements are met
  • Financial aid must be approved to qualify as a tuition payment
  • Any financial aid received will first be applied to tuition and fees, including all prizes, awards, scholarships, grants and loans awarded
  • Financial aid is contingent upon continued enrollment; dropping a class may decrease a student’s financial aid eligibility, and some or all of the financial aid awarded may be cancelled. The student is responsible to repay all cancelled aid that resulted in a credit balance that was refunded

According to federal Title IV financial aid regulations, a student’s financial aid, including prizes, awards, scholarships, grants and loans, cannot exceed their cost of attendance. If a student receives additional financial aid, their existing financial aid offer may need to be reduced, even if it had already been disbursed.

Any portion of the student’s tuition and fees may be deferred if authorization is provided from the sponsoring party (i.e., employer, union, prepaid college program, city/state/federal agency, international embassy etc.).

  • Authorization includes a letter of credit or voucher that states the employer or union will pay the college directly
  • Reimbursement programs do not qualify for tuition deferment
  • Guarantees from relatives, friends, or other illegitimate entities do not qualify for tuition deferment
  • Documentation must be submitted by the term posted due date
  • Approved “Union or Employer Deferments” are recorded in CUNYfirst using code “ATP” ; bill credits may also be applied (eligible sponsors only)
  • During the deferment period, the student is only responsible for any amount the sponsoring party does not pay
  • If, for any reason, the sponsor does not pay the total amount deferred, the liability is transferred back to the student

The tuition statement, or e-bill, includes all semester charges, payments and financial aid. Statements are generated for each semester of enrollment and include:

  • Tuition, fees and other charges
  • Student payments
  • Financial aid payments
  • Anticipated aid (authorized financial aid that is pending disbursement)
  • Class schedule

The School of Labor and Urban Studies uses electronic billing (e-bill) as its official billing method.

  • e-bill is available on CUNYfirst within 24-hours of registration; statements are not mailed
  • Students are responsible to pay their e-bill by the scheduled due date
  • Failure to review the account summary or e-bill does not constitute a valid reason for not paying on time
  • Administrative, clerical, or technical billing errors do not absolve students of their financial responsibility to pay the correct amount of tuition, fees and other associated costs
  • e-bill is not proof of payment for education tax credits/tax filings. The appropriate form for this purpose is the 1098-T. Furthermore, e-bill is not a substitute for a transcript or enrollment verification, if such a document is required for scholarships, medical coverage, loan deferments, jury duty, car insurance etc. Course grades and GPA are not contained on e-bill

Access e-bill by following these steps:

  1. Login to CUNYfirst 
  2. Click Student Center
  3. Click Financial Account
  4. Select View E-Bill

Payment of tuition may include one or more of the following to cover 100% of the billed costs:

  • Credit, debit, or eCheck
  • Personal check or money order
  • Approved financial aid
  • University payment plan (not in arrears)
  • Veteran’s tuition benefit
  • Union or employer deferment
  • Special program

A student who complies with any of the above shall be considered in good financial standing, so long as all terms and conditions are met throughout the term. Pursuant to University policy, SLU may assign late fees, “past-due” holds, or cancel registration* if the student has not settled their account by the stated due date or official first day of the semester.

Tuition bills are considered “past-due” on or any day after the first official day of the new semester and are subject to late payment fees, “past-due” holds, or enrollment cancellation.

Past-Due Balance Hold (BCH)
>Account has not been satisfied by the first official day of classes
>Student will not be permitted to register for an upcoming semester at any CUNY campus

In-House Collection Hold (BIH)
>Account is 30-days past-due. A late payment fee of $15.00 may be applied to the account
>Student will not be permitted to register for an upcoming semester

To clear an account hold, the student must pay the balance in full using any one of the accepted methods. Please note, financial aid must be paid to the bill – a pending application does not warrant a billing adjustment or hold release. SLU will not release holds for students that create a payment plan or submit a employer deferment after their account that is no longer in good standing.

Students who do not plan to attend must drop or withdraw on CUNYfirst before the start of term!

  • Absence from or failure to attend class(es) or non-receipt of a bill from the School of Labor and Urban Studies does not extend the due dates or relieve students of their financial responsibility
  • Students that drop or withdraw on or after the first official day of classes will be responsible for paying all or a portion of tuition and fees in accordance with the University’s published tuition adjustment schedule in effect at the time the withdrawal or drop is recorded (see: Academic Calendar)
  • Non-instructional fees are never prorated or waived

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 University policy
  • Registration Appeals are not accepted after one year from the first official day of the semester in dispute
  • A committee chaired by the the Registrar will review the appeal and supporting documents to render a final decision within 3-5 weeks
  • The student is notified of the decision by the College Registrar.

* Financial holds will not be removed from the student’s record until all liabilities are waived or full payment is submitted *

Eligible credit balances* are refunded in a weekly payment cycle run by the University and will reach the student within 1-2 weeks. 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.

  • By default, refunds are released standard mail to the student’s mailing address on file. Once the check is mailed, it should arrive within 5-7 business days
  • 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
  • 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
  • Students who enroll in direct deposit will no longer receive paper checks by mail

* Credit balances on your billing statement typically indicate you are due a refund, but that is not always the case.  Credit balances from certain financial aid, scholarships or third-party payments cannot be refunded to a student. Reductions in financial aid or other payments that occur after a refund was released will cause a due balance and must be paid back to the College immediately. It is best to inquire with the Bursar@slu.cuny.edu for more information.

The Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement, is issued to help determine if students or their parents are eligible to claim tax credits under the Tax Relief Act of 1997. Learn more about the American Opportunity Credit or Lifetime Learning Credit by accessing IRS Publication 970.

The 1098-T includes qualified educational charges include in-state or out-of-state tuition plus other eligible fees including the following:

  • Technology fees
  • Student activity fees
  • Consolidated fees
  • Change of program fees

Charges NOT included on the 1098-T:

  • Late payment fees
  • Late registration fees
  • Room and board or similar living expenses
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Books
  • Family expenses
  • Courses taken for no credit (unless taken to improve job skills)
  • Insurance
  • Medical expenses
  • Expenses paid at any time other than in the current year, January 1 to December 31

Students must provide their Social Security number (SSN) or taxpayer identification number (TIN) to the Registrar’s Office upon request as required for Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1098-T reporting purposes. SSN or TIN may be reported on an IRS Form W-9S (Request for Student’s or Borrower’s Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification) or on such other document requested by the College.

The University will produce Form 1098-T when the student has paid qualified charges within the tax year (from January 1 – December 31) OR for a semester occurring within the first 3-months of the new tax year. 

The University DOES NOT produce Form 1098-T if:

  • The student received scholarships or grants greater than or equal to the amount of qualified tuition and fees billed
  • The student pays in a new tax year for qualified charges occurring in a prior tax year. For example, [student] pays their past-due fall 2020 balance in February 2021. The student may receive Form 1098-T for 2021, but not 2020.

Without the form, students may file their taxes by simply omitting any educational expenses or credits. Receipts or tuition statements may not be used in tax filings. Erroneously using these documents to claim tuition benefits will cause the filer to be audited. The only approved form for such purposes is the 1098-T.

By default, forms  are mailed by the CUNY 1098-T server on January 31st of each year. The School of Labor and Urban Studies strongly recommends paperless delivery, as this is a faster, safer and more secure than traditional mail. Students can always access and print their 1098-T through CUNYfirst self-service:

  • Login to CUNYfirst 
  • Click Student Center
  • Click Financial Account
  • Select View 1098T

Overdue accounts will be sent to collections if they remain outstanding more than one year from the first official day of the billed semester.

  • Once an account is transferred to an external collector, the student may not pay the College directly or enroll in the University payment plan. Rather, all payments must be made directly to the assigned collection agency.
  • The student is responsible for the balance owed to the college as well as any additional fees or surcharges from the debt holding agency.
  • Balances are not negotiated. Payment arrangements with the collector do not permit clearance of account holds.

University “collector” holds restrict the students record at ALL CUNY campuses and are only removed when full payment is received by the collector, including agency fees and surcharges.

Final Notice and Assignment of Debt

Students will receive a final notice if their account is at risk of being sent to collections and will have 30-days to settle their bill. Unpaid tuition and fees after this point will be transferred to collections.

  • Accounts owing $100 or more are referred to Immediate Credit Recovery (ICR). To make a payment or start a payment arrangement, call 1-800-964-5689 or visit: https://payicrcollect.virtualcollector.net/Login.aspx
  • ICR charges a collector fee that may be up to 15% of the balance SLU refers. For example, if $100.00 is referred, ICR will charge $15.00 in collection costs. The total balance due to clear all holds is $115.00.
  • Debt is reassigned to Account Control Technology (ACT) if payment could not be collected by ICR for more than one year since the date of placement. To make a payment or start a payment arrangement with ACT, call 1-866-887-2800 or visit https://www.accountcontrol.com
  • ACT charges a collector fee that may be up to 22% of the balance SLU refers. For example, if $100 is referred, ACT will charge $22.00 in collection costs. The total balance due to clear all holds is $122.00

*Be advised, collector fees are subject to change per the collector’s policy, university compliance and/or state law.

Bursar Operations may issue payment reminders and other announcements via mail, e-mail, and phone.

  • Students are responsible for keeping their contact information current on CUNYfirst
  • Under no circumstances will a student be excused from missing announcements or deadlines
  • Students that require additional information about a notice they received should e-mail Bursar@slu.cuny.edu.

The City University of New York reserves 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. Students that require additional information about a notice they received should e-mail Bursar@slu.cuny.edu.

Updating Contact Information

Students are responsible for keeping their records up to date with a current physical addresses, email addresses and phone numbers in CUNYfirst. Students who wish to make a change to their permanent address, or for name and social security changes should contact Registrar@slu.cuny.edu.

College E-mail Policy

The campus-assigned student email account is the College’s official means of communication with all students. Students are responsible for all information sent to their campus email account. If a student chooses to assign an alternative e-mail as preferred in CUNYfirst, the student is still responsible for all information, including attachments, issued to the campus e-mail. Departments reserve the right to only communicate account sensitive information to the campus e-mail, regardless of whether an alternative e-mail is assigned as preferred.  Students should check their SLU email account regularly. Students can e-mail ITHelpDesk@slu.cuny.edu if they are unable to access CUNYfirst, the campus email, or require other technical assistance.

The School of Labor and Urban Studies is bound by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which prohibits the University from releasing any education records without written permission, except in instances specifically allowed under FERPA. Therefore, students who wish to have their education records shared with someone else must provide written permission to the Registrar.

Updated 4/2022

The novel coronavirus or anything that evolves from it (COVID-19) is a life-threatening disease declared by the World Health Organization to be a global pandemic. COVID-19’s contagious nature means that contact with others, or contact with surfaces that have been exposed to the virus, can lead to infection.

  • To prevent infection and subject to limited exceptions, the University recommends all employees, students and visitors to wear face coverings whenever inside a building or whenever outside a building when 6 feet from another person cannot be maintained
  • Social distancing in response to COVID-19 may require the School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) to reduce capacity in classrooms and deliver instruction remotely
  • SLU may be required to reduce or suspend academic and non-academic services and activities, relocate instruction to alternative space, deliver instruction remotely, and fully or partially close some or all facilities

* Tuition and fees charges will not be reduced, refunded or credited on a full or pro-rated basis if the School of Labor and Urban Studies is required to make any changes due to COVID-19 *