A. Fee Policies
Earlier versions of the Manual define three categories of other-than-tuition charges: Non-instructional and other fees; Other Charges; and Student Activities, student union and student athletic fees. For purposes of the Manual, these fees have been categorized as follows:
Fees Based Upon Enrollment – fees based upon being enrolled, which must be paid by enrolled students. Exceptions may exist. See the Specific Programs and Special Situations section for complete information.
Administrative Fees – fees based upon administrative costs incurred by CUNY on the student’s behalf.
Compensatory Fees – fees incurred by students and faculty including fines for replacement of College or University property.
All colleges that assess fees must have a written policy that is widely circulated to students. The written policy must include all fees that can be assessed, circumstances under which these fees are assessed (e.g. hold on diploma, etc.) Students should be given receipts for payment of such fees, or be provided with a mechanism to generate a receipt. Payments are required to be stored in a secure location and deposited in a timely manner with the Office of the Bursar. For specific information see college website or catalog.
Mandatory Nature of Fees
All students must pay the following fees: Consolidated Services Fee, Technology Fee, and Student Activities Fee. These fees are addressed in detail in the tables that follow. Certain limited exceptions are described in the Manual.
Individual College Fees
Some colleges may assess additional specific fees that are not contained in this manual. To ascertain those fees, please see the individual college catalog or website.
Adding Additional Fees
Any fees not listed in the CUNY Tuition and Fee Manual (TFM), “which a college wishes to charge must first be submitted to the Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance for Board of Trustees’ approval.” Only those charges submitted in the appropriate section of the Chancellor’s and University Report will be eligible for consideration. Complete documentation for these requests must be included, such as: 1) an explanation of the nature of the fees proposed; 2) the anticipated number of students affected; 3) the estimated amount of fees to be generated; 4) the purpose of the fees; and 5) the instances in which the fees may be waived.
All students admitted to associate and baccalaureate programs are required to pay a commitment deposit of $100.00. All students admitted to masters and professional programs are required to pay a commitment deposit of $250.00. All funds collected will be deposited in the college’s tuition and fee account.
While the deposit will be non-refundable for associate and baccalaureate programs, students who enroll will be credited the amount of the commitment deposit toward tuition. A student admitted to a graduate or professional program may request return of their commitment deposit by the April 1 immediately prior to the beginning of the fall semester to which they committed to attend the graduate or professional program. The graduate or professional program shall return the commitment deposit to the student within 30 days of receipt of such return request.
Incoming undergraduate freshmen can defer their admission and reserve their spot at a CUNY College (only for Fall semester admission) for up to one year for any of the following reasons:
- Military service
- Religious study
- To pursue a special opportunity
Students cannot defer admission in order to complete post-secondary education at any college or university other than CUNY. Students who attend a post-secondary institution other than CUNY must re-apply as a transfer applicant and adhere to all Admission Application deadlines.
To defer admission and reserve a spot for up to one year, students must pay the $100 Commitment Tuition Deposit by May 1st at the college to which they have been admitted (for late admits, the college can establish a different deadline). The student will not need to re-apply or pay an additional application-processing fee. The student’s seat is not transferable to any other college. Please note: colleges may exclude selected programs/majors from the deferral option.