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Changes Related to Credit/Debit Card Payment Options for Tuition and Fees Effective March 13, 2016.

Dear Student:


Please be advised that effective March 13, 2016, The City University of New York (CUNY) will be making revisions to the procedures for utilizing a credit or debit card for payment of tuition and fees.

  • Effective March 13, 2016 you will no longer be able to use credit or debit cards to make payments on CUNYfirst for Spring 2016 tuition and fee charges and/or past due balances.  Only cash, certified checks, money orders, and personal checks (as long as your check writing privileges have not been revoked), will be accepted for tuition and fee payments at the Bursar’s Office service window.  If you intend to pay any outstanding balances by credit or debit card for the current Spring 2016 or prior semesters, please be sure to do so by March 12, 2016.
  • For all future semesters/sessions, all credit and debit card transactions will be processed via Nelnet, the CUNY Payment Plan, which can be accessed through CUNYfirst Self Service.  The payment plan provides you and your family the option of paying tuition and fees over a period of up to six months. This flexibility enables you to reduce the burden of paying all tuition and fees prior to the start of the academic term. This payment plan is an interest-free benefit to you and your family. If you choose the credit card payment option, the enrollment fee for the payment plan is $95 per term.  Please note, this fee replaces the 2.65% convenience fee previously charged for all credit card transactions.  Alternatively, if you opt for direct withdrawals from a bank account, a discount will be provided which will lower the enrollment fee to $40 per term.
  • The eCheck payment option through CUNYfirst Self Service continues to be an alternative payment option that is cost effective since it does not require an enrollment fee.

If you would like additional information, please see CUNY’s website below:




Office of the Bursar