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When your student account reflects more financial aid or payments than necessary to cover tuition and fees, you may be eligible for a student refund. You can also receive your federal work study payments electronically. Choose from two electronic payment methods!

Benefits of Electronic Payments

  • Safe: You don’t have to worry about lost/stolen checks
  • Convenient: No need to wait in line to cash your check
  • Fast: Your money deposited to your bank account as soon as it’s ready

Your Electronic Refund Payment Options

Direct Deposit

Direct Deposit to your bank account eliminates the chance that your check will get lost, misdirected, or delayed during delivery, or misplaced once you receive it. Learn more.

CUNY Scholar Card

CUNY Scholar Card, a money network prepaid card. Learn more.

View CUNY’s contract with this third party servicer.

What is the process for student financial aid or tuition refunds?

When a student’s account reflects more financial aid (e.g. federal loans, scholarships, Pell, etc.) or payments than necessary to cover tuition and fees, the student may be eligible for a student refund. Refunds are generally processed by CUNY on a weekly basis. Students who do not opt to enroll in an electronic method will receive a check to their mailing address.

Don’t think you are eligible for a refund? Student refunds are not only triggered by financial aid activity. Students who pay their tuition and fees from non-financial aid sources such as checks, 529 plans, cash, etc. may be subject to a refund due to a change in classes or change in academic programs.

If you incur additional charges to your account, you are responsible for paying them. You can always view your student account by logging into your CUNYfirst account via Self-Service.

What is the process for federal work study payments?

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study. You can receive these payments through Direct Deposit or the CUNY Scholar Card.

Do you have questions?

For questions regarding the Financial Aid and Tuition Refunds, review the Frequently Asked Questions or contact your Bursar’s Office for questions regarding your student account.

For questions regarding the Federal Work Study program, review the FWS – Frequently Asked Questions or contact your Federal Work Study Coordinator.

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