2020-2021 College Catalog 
    Jun 04, 2023  
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Costs


Bursar: Thais Pilieri
  718 270 6095 office
  718 270 6286 fax
Office: S-308

General Information

The cost of education is an important consideration for students when choosing a college program. The following information should be of assistance to any student who is interested in calculating the costs related to attending The City University of New York.

Residency for Tuition Billing Purposes

Students are eligible for the tuition rate for residents of New York State if they meet the following requirements:

  1. 18 years of age or older;
  2. United States citizen or alien with permanent resident status;
  3. have maintained their principal place(s) of residence in New York State for a period of twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes.

The residence of a person under the age of 18 is that of his/her parents unless the person is an emancipated minor (i.e., one whose parents have intentionally and voluntarily renounced all the legal duties and surrendered all the legal rights of their position as parents). All students who wish to apply for in-state tuition must present proof of residence to the Office of Admissions prior to registration.


Undergraduate students who attend any institution within The City University of New York will be charged according to the following tuition fee guidelines:

  1. A full-time undergraduate degree student is one who is enrolled for 12 to 18 credits or equated credits. Full-time in state degree students are billed one total fixed amount for 12 to 18 credits or equated credits.
  2. A part-time undergraduate degree student is one who is enrolled for less than twelve (12) credits or equated credits. Part-time students are billed on a per credit basis up to but not including 12 credits or equated credits. The tuition should not exceed the full-time degree rate in a regular semester, which is up to eighteen (18) credits.
  3. There is no full-time tuition rate for summer session students. Therefore, both summer session students and non-degree students are billed on a per credit basis regardless of the number of credits for which they register. However, those students whose tuition is paid by TAP must register for no less than six (6) credits.
  4. Students meeting the residency requirements and having submitted documentation of residency will be charged the resident tuition rate. If not, they will pay the non-resident tuition rate. Non-degree students are charged per credit.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees listed in this Bulletin and in any registration material issued by the College is subject to change by CUNY Board of Trustees without prior notice. For the schedule of tuition and fees, please check the Bursar website at https://www.mec.cuny.edu/admissions/bursar/tuition-rates/.

In the event of an increase in tuition and fees, any payments already made to the College will be treated as a partial payment. Students will be notified of the additional amount due, the method of payment, and the payment due date.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

When planning to register for courses, students must be prepared to pay tuition, student activity, consolidated, technology, senate fee, and any other fees associated with registration by the tuition payment due date. The methods of payment accepted by the college are:

  1. Cash
  2. Money Orders
  3. Financial Aid Award (PELL or TAP)
  4. Student Loan
  5. Nelnet Pay Plan
  6. Tuition Waiver
  7. Voucher
  8. Special Registration Status (i.e. Veteran or other third party)

Method of Payment

Payment may be in cash, money order, certified check, or through the Nelnet tuition payment plan where payments have been made directly to Nelnet. Please note the following:

  1. Students can make payment in CUNYFirst with their checking account.
  2. Partial payment could be made in CUNYFirst.

If paying by check or money order:

  1. The student’s emplid ID# must be written on the face of the check or money order.
  2. When a check is returned for “Insufficient Funds” or marked “Stop Payment”, the student remains liable for Tuition and Fees in addition to the Processing Fee.
  3. A “Stop Payment” on a check or an “Unofficial Withdrawal” does not cancel a student’s registration or financial obligation.
  4. The student must “Withdraw Officially” within the required Refund Period for any refunds. (See Refund Section.)
  5. When using a check to pay for a past due balance, bursar stops will not be released for at least 72 business hours for the check to clear.
  6. All checks must be made payable to Medgar Evers College.

Nelnet Tuition Payment Plan

The CUNY Nelnet Payment Plan is a convenient, manageable payment solution that gives students the option to pay tuition in interest-free monthly installments, rather than one lump sum. The plan is simple to use and provides students with flexible plan terms with convenient payment options.

Tuition Waivers and Third-Party Contracts

Recipients of a tuition benefit from an employer, sponsor program, or other organization must present their award letter and/or voucher each semester, even if the document states that the organization will pay for multiple semesters. All waivers must be submitted by the tuition payment due date. The documents must be dated during the same time period as the semester of use. Upon submission, the student account will be notated accordingly.

Financial Aid Payments

Financial Aid awards are expected to be posted on student’s account by your tuition payment due date. Students must file for financial aid early, follow up with the Financial Aid Office and submit all documentation requested. Students who do not receive financial aid are responsible to pay all tuition and fees by the payment due date. Students must determine their eligibility and amount of financial aid available prior to the beginning of the semester. Changes made to registered courses, adding/dropping courses could affect financial aid eligibility.

Dropping and Withdrawing from Courses

Tuition charges are based on registration; students are responsible for tuition charges notwithstanding attendance, completion, and/or grades for registered courses. Courses drop by students on and after the first official day of the semester will incur tuition liability charges. Students who withdraw from courses are 100% liable for all tuition charges related to that course. In addition, withdrawing from courses could affect financial aid awards and eligibility. Students should consult with a financial aid counselor before withdrawing from classes to determine if a financial obligation will incur.

Course Cancellation

The Office of the Bursar reserves the right to cancel courses for students who do not satisfy their tuition payment by the tuition payment due date. All Students whose classes are canceled by Bursar due to non-payment have the opportunity to re-register within 24 business hours; however, it is not guarantee students will be able to re-register for the same courses canceled as registration is filled on a first-come basis.

Outstanding Balances and Stops

A Bursar stop is placed on a student record if payment is not satisfied by the payment due date. A Bursar stop prevents a student from being able to enroll for courses at any CUNY school, obtain or access a transcript, grade report and enrollment verification documents. Bursar stops will only be lifted once the outstanding balance is paid in full. Students in arrears six months or more will be forwarded to a third-party collection agency.

Tuition Liability Policy

The tuition liability policy goes into effect on the first official day of classes. Students registered for courses must aim to make all registration adjustments (add, drop, swap) prior to the first official day of the semester. Students who are unable to attend and/or secure payment for their registered courses should consider dropping their courses prior to the first official day of the semester. Failure to drop courses prior to the beginning of the semester will result in the following tuition liability charges and grades:

In addition to tuition liability charges, students who register but do not attend and/or stop attending will receive the following grades.

WN GRADE this grade is given to students who register for courses but do not attend. Although this grade does not carry an academic penalty, it does carry a financial liability. In other words, if you register for classes and receive WN grades, you are responsible for 100% of the tuition for those courses.

W GRADE this grade is given to students who elect to withdraw from their courses after the late add period. While W grades do not factor into the GPA, it does appear on a student’s transcript and carries a 100% financial liability.

WU GRADE this grade is given to students who stop attending courses but do not officially withdraw from courses. A WU grade is calculated as an F grade into the GPA and carries a 100% financial liability.


In order to receive a one hundred percent (100%) tuition refund, including accelerated fees:

  1. a student must withdraw from course(s) prior to the first day of classes, or
  2. withdraw from the College Students should consult the “Schedule of Classes” for additional information on the refund schedule. Tuition refunds are also made in accordance with Board of Trustees’ regulations when certain circumstances such as military or Peace Corps service apply.

When a student initiates a “withdrawal”, the date on which the student drops his or her classes, not the last date of attendance, is considered the official date of withdrawal for the purpose of computing tuition refunds.

Non-attendance, informing the instructor of withdrawal, altering the bill to indicate intention to drop a course(s), or stopping payment on a check does not constitute an “Official Withdrawal.” If a portion of tuition has been paid with Federal Financial Aid funds that portion of any tuition refund is returned to the appropriate Financial Aid Program. Students should be aware that “Withdrawal” from courses after the first day of class will incur a tuition liability. Withdrawal after the third week of classes or failure to complete a course will affect their Financial Aid.

For any questions regarding Financial Aid, visit the Financial Aid Office.

Miscellaneous Fees and Charges

All Are Non-refundable

Application Admission Fee $65 Freshman and non-degree students with the exceptions of Senior Citizens
  $70 Undergraduate Transfer students with the exception of Senior Citizens
  $80 Senior Citizens
Re-admission $20 Students who were absent from College for one (1) or more semesters, with the exception of Senior Citizens
Late Registration $25 Charged after the specified registration period
Program Change $18  
Bounced Check $20 Charge for Non-Negotiable (NG) Checks
Transcript Request $7 Each Transcript (if transcript is sent to another CUNY campus, there is no charge)
Special Exam Fee $25.00  
Duplicate ID Card $10 Effective date July 1, 1997
Duplicate Diploma $30  
Student Activity $70.00 Full-Time Students
  $45.00 Part-Time Students
Consolidated Service $15 All students, including non-degree students and senior citizens, are required to pay this fee
Technology Fee $125 Per semester for full-time students
  $62.50 Per semester for part-time students
Senate Fee $1.45 Per semester