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Refunds

If a student or parent overpays, related credit balances will be refunded to the student, regardless of the source of the payment. Refunds for dropped classes are issued within 4-6 weeks after the final drop of 25% refund period.

If a student applies FSA (Federal Student Aid), he/she should receive the FSA refund within 14 days after the credit balance occurred.

Refunds are issued to:

  • Students who drop a portion or all of their classes online through CUNYfirst prior to the first official day of classes receive a 100% refund of all tuition and fees, excluding non-refundable application fees.
  • Students who drop a class online through CUNYfirst during the first three (3) weeks of classes may be eligible for a partial refund. If the student is paying a full-time rate and they are still enrolled full-time after the drop, no refund is due.

Once the term begins, refunds are issued when:

  • Hunter College eliminates a class. (However, if the student is paying a full-time rate and they are still enrolled full-time after the drop, no refund is due.)
  • Other funds are paid to a student's account after liability is set at the end of the third week of classes and all tuition and fee charges are paid in full.

Refunds are not issued for official withdrawals (W grades), unofficial withdrawals (WU, WN grades), no-credits (NC grades) and failing grades (F grades). Refunds are automatically applied towards any outstanding tuition balance except for Financial Aid exceptions described later.

Methods of Processing Refunds:

  • Students who pay with cash, check, or money order are issued a Hunter College refund check that is mailed to the student's address on file. If you need to update your address, please complete the change of address form.
  • Students who pay online using an Electronic Funds Transfer will receive a refund to the bank account used to make the payment.
  • Within the Financial Aid year, students who are due a refund for Federal Financial Aid in excess of their tuition and fee balance may choose to receive their funds as follows:
    • Via Direct Deposit deposited to a bank account spcified by the student. For examples of the type of aid that can be refunded by Direct Deposit, please follow the link - Direct Deposit Information
    • Students can also choose to receive their Financial Aid by check.
  • Students who are due a refund for funds (awards/scholarships/etc.) paid to a student's account in excess of their tuition and fee balance will receive a Hunter College refund check that is mailed to the student's address on file. If you need to update your address, please complete the change of address form.
  • Please note, as of December 31, 2018, the CUNY Scholar Card will no longer be an option. We strongly recommend that students apply for Direct Deposit as mentioned above.

In general, Federal Student Aid (FSA) funds may only be used to pay for the student's cost for the period for which the funds are provided. However, a school may use current-year funds to satisfy prior award year charges for tuition and fees, room, or board (and with permission, educationally related charges) for a total of not more than $200.00.

If you do not receive your refund check:

  • Contact the office so we can research the disbursement. You may email us at bursar@hunter.cuny.edu.
  • Come into the office or mail us a stop payment request form (processed 3 or more weeks after the check is issued).
  • Once the stop payment request is submitted, checks are generally re-issued within 2-3 weeks.
  • Verify your address at the One Stop for Students, Room 217, North Building.

 

 

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