C. Tuition Policies
Change of Tuition All tuition and fees listed in this manual, colleges’ catalogs or bulletins or in any registration material, or any other official College or University correspondence or publications are subject to change by action of the Board of Trustees at any time.
Tuition Payment Requirement Tuition must be paid or “satisfied” prior to the first day of classes in order for a student to be considered enrolled. Tuition can be “satisfied” with proof of pending receipt of funds from a legitimate third party or other specifically authorized source approved by the University.
Graduate vs. Undergraduate Tuition Tuition assessment is based upon the level of credit received for the courses taken. If a student, whether enrolled as an UG or GR student, receives GR credit, the student pays at their residency GR rate (See the Residency Section of the Manual for more information). Conversely, if the student (regardless of enrollment status) receives UG credit, the student pays their residency UG rate. Residency is always considered in tuition assessment, with the exception of tuition assessed in most instances by the School of Professional Studies. Following are some specific examples of how to determine what tuition rate is to be assessed:
Undergraduate (UG) Students Taking Graduate (GR) Courses
- UG nonresident students taking GR courses and receiving GR credit will be charged the applicable GR tuition for these courses based upon the number of credits taken.
Graduate (GR) Students Taking Undergraduate (UG) Courses
- GR students taking UG courses to satisfy prerequisites or other requirements and receive UG credit are to be charged the applicable UG rate, depending upon residency status.
- If a student is a non-degree GR student taking UG courses, the student will be billed as a non-degree UG student. The tuition rate to be charged depends on whether the student is receiving GR or UG credit for courses.
- No GR student is required to pay more than their maximum residency GR tuition per semester regardless of the mix of UG (degree or non-degree) or GR courses taken. Thus, a GR student shall pay the appropriate tuition for either GR courses and/or UG courses up to their maximum residency GR tuition per semester.
Dual Program – Combined BA/MA Program
- Students in combined programs will pay undergraduate (UG) tuition rates up to the number of credits required to earn a baccalaureate degree in that particular program (normally 120 to 128 credits). Any credits taken after that number toward the combined degree are to be paid at the graduate level.
- Students whose total credit accumulation at registration would exceed the number of credits needed to earn a BA degree should be charged the UG per credit rate up to and including the required credits. The remaining credits should be charged at the graduate (GR) per credit rate.
Students Satisfying Degree Requirements
- Students who have satisfied their degree requirements, but take additional credits beyond the degree, are charged the non-degree rate per credit unless they have filed for a second degree.
- Students who have filed for a second degree will be charged tuition based on the UG tuition rate for a degree student.
- If a student is satisfying degree requirements in a particular semester, he/she will be charged the UG degree rate for all courses taken in that semester.
A change from non-degree to degree status on or after the first day of classes will not take effect until the next semester for tuition assessment purposes, therefore a student is not entitled to a refund for the reclassification on or after the first day of classes.
Doctoral Levels Defined:
- Doctoral Level I will apply to the first 45 credits fully earned and evaluated through successful completion of the first examination. The first 45 credits may include approved advanced standing transfer credits.
- Tuition rate 1 = full-time students who are taking 7 or more credits or full-time students
- Tuition rate 2 = part-time students taking fewer than 7 credits
- Doctoral Level II will apply beginning the semester after successful completion of Doctoral Level I through the completion of required coursework.
- Doctoral Level III will apply beginning the semester after the completion of all required course work and advancement to candidacy.
- All non-degree GR Center students will pay the Level I part-time or full-time tuition rate. Nonresident GR students’ tuition will be on a per credit basis with no full-time tuition rate, with the exception of Law School students who will have a full-time nonresident tuition rate.
CUNY School of Law Law School students are considered full-time if registered for 12 or more credit hours. Other Law School fees are itemized on the Fee Table following this section. GR students who wish to take courses at the Law School on a permit basis will be governed by the billing and collection procedures outlined for GR students in the Permitting Section of the Manual.
School of Professional Studies (SPS) The School of Professional Studies will assess the same tuition rates in effect for undergraduate and graduate programs at CUNY. For degree, certificate programs and courses offered online, SPS will assess the in-state tuition rates in effect for undergraduate and graduate programs at CUNY to all students enrolled in these programs regardless of residency.
All students enrolling in a degree, certificate program or course offered online at SPS will be charged a $75.00 infrastructure fee each term.
(Please see “Permitting Procedures” section for additional information.)
CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA) is CUNY’s individualized, university-wide degree which allows self-directed, academically strong, highly motivated students to design their own academic courses of study under the guidance of faculty mentors. Each enrolled CUNY BA student is simultaneously matriculated in one of the CUNY colleges (known as the Home College). The program is offered under the auspices of the CUNY Graduate School and University Center; the program administration is housed at The Graduate Center and maintains a coordinator at each CUNY campus. CUNY BA is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Board of Regents of The University of The State of New York.
Tuition and activity fees for all students in CUNY Baccalaureate will be billed by their Home College in accordance with the fee schedule in effect. Students in CUNY Baccalaureate who meet college requirements are eligible to receive (campus-based) financial aid from their Home College.
CUNY BA allows mature and highly motivated students to earn up to 15 college credits for valid learning experiences, which occurred outside of the formal college setting prior to the student’s admission to college, or during at least a one-year hiatus from college matriculation. The process by which the CUNY BA staff counsels students on the preparation of life experience portfolios, reviews and evaluates students’ work, and validates students’ credits is significant and time-consuming. Therefore, all students in CUNY Baccalaureate who apply for life experience credits will be charged an assessment fee in the amount of $50.00 by the Graduate Center upon submission of their portfolio for credit review.
Students may audit (attend without credit) courses for which they have an interest to increase their knowledge and proficiency. Students must receive official approval to audit courses from their Home College in accordance with the requirements established by that college. Once permission has been granted, students must register for the audit courses in the same manner as any other courses, and pay the applicable tuition and fees outlined in the Manual.
The tuition refund policy for audited courses is the same as for credit courses and will be applied based upon the applicable regulations contained in the “Refunds & Liability” section of the Manual. Official transcripts will record the grades of “AUD” for courses enrolled on an audit basis.
“Unofficial” auditing is not permitted. Audit status cannot be changed to credit status after the change of program period or late registration whichever is later. Likewise, credit status cannot be changed to audit status after the same period. The grade of “AUD”, which carries no credit, cannot be changed to any other grade.
Audited courses cannot be used to qualify for full-time or part-time status, financial aid or veteran’s benefits. An exception to the payment of tuition and some fees for auditing courses is made for senior citizens. (Refer to “Senior Citizen Fee in Lieu of Tuition ” in the “Special Programs section of the TFM” section of the Manual for complete information.)
Accelerated Study Fee This fee, previously included in the Manual, has been discontinued. Accelerated Study is an Academic Policy and therefore beyond the scope of the Manual.
Additional Notes on Tuition Tables Following: Please refer to the following sections for more information regarding the assessment of tuition and tuition categories: Residency; Waivers; Liability & Refunding; Study Abroad; Permitting.
Also note that the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York reserves the right to change tuition and fees as set forth in this publication, without advance notice.
In some instances, additional fees may be required (over and above tuition) for certain academic areas of study.