Tuition and Fee Payments

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Office of the Bursar
524 West 59th Street 
Room L.70.00

Monday - Thursday
9:00 AM -- 5:45 PM  
9:00 AM -- 2:45 PM

To insure proper payment of your tuition and fees, you will need to familiarize yourself with the College’s procedures and terminology. To learn more, check out the following 

Pay Tuition Online with a Credit Card 
Pay Tuition in Person or by Mail 
Return Check Policy 
Pay Tuition by Third Party 
Pay Tuition by Monthly Payment Plan 
Outstanding Balance

Pay Tuition Online with a Credit Card/Electronic Check

Students may pay their tuition online through their CUNY First account by either electronic check and or a credit card.

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The college accepts any one of the following credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover. Student's paying with a credit card will incur a non-refundable additional expense of 2.65%, which is a convenience fee charge by the Third Party payment processor.

When paying by an electronic check, be sure to enter the correct bank routing and checking/savings account number before finalizing the transaction. There are no additional fees when making a payment by an electronic check.

For additional information on making an online payment through CUNY First, please download this How-To.

Pay Tuition by Mail

To pay your tuition by mail, simply send a check made payable to John Jay College (never send cash through the mail). The check should be mailed to:

John Jay College
Office of the Bursar, Room L.70.00
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019

Pay Tuition in Person

Students can pay their tuition in person by check, money order and or cash (credit & debit accepted online only). To do so, simply visit the Office of the Bursar during normal business hours located at 524 West 59th Street, Room L.70.00.

During non-business hours, students may deposit their payment in the Secure Lock Box located in front of the Bursar's Office. To utilize the Secure Box, simply place your check in the envelope provided for this purpose, seal it and deposit it into the secure box. The secure box is under 24-hour camera surveillance. On the next business day, your payment will be processed. You may confirm your payment on line by going to your CUNY First account.

Returned Check Policy

Checks (physical or electronic) returned unpaid to the College by a financial institution, no matter the amount or reason for the return, will automatically incur a $20 reprocessing fee in addition to the original obligation. The Bursar’s Office will attempt to notify the student or former student who submitted the returned check to provide information on making payment. Full payment must be made within two weeks of the date of the check being returned to the College. Failure to meet this deadline will result in an additional $15 Late Payment Service Fee. In some cases, that account may be turned over to the College’s collection attorneys for appropriate action. Once the check is returned, the Bursar will not accept checks in payment of tuition or fees, even if the student wishes to use someone else’s check.

If the financial institution supplies a letter to the College admitting error on its part, the student will have his/her check writing privileges restored. A student who fails to pay tuition or other obligations will be denied access to his/her records and will be prevented from registering in the future.

Pay Tuition by Third Party

If your tuition is being paid through an employer-sponsored program or another organization is promising to pay for your tuition, John Jay will defer your tuition and fees balance up to the amount stated on the voucher or letter of the sponsoring organization.

When making payments, you must present a voucher or letter on the organization’s letterhead, stating your name and social security number, the semester and amount that the organization is willing to pay. You must present the voucher/letter each semester, even if the document states that the organization will pay for multiple semesters. The documents must be dated during the same time period as the semester it will be used.

Under no circumstances will a voucher/letter be accepted or tuition deferred by John Jay if payment is conditional. For example, a student must attain a specific grade; payment will not be made if a student drops a course after the drop/add period; a student must maintain a certain GPA etc.

Please contact our Bursar at 212-237-8555 or by email at

Higher-One Tuition Payment Plan

The City University of New York and John Jay College have developed a monthly payment plan to help students finance their education. This is the Tuition Pay Monthly Payment Plan. Under this plan, you pay your tuition in equal monthly installments during the fall and spring semesters. This monthly payment plan is not available during the summer or winter session. There are no interest or finance charges assessed to this plan. Rather, a one-time enrollment fee of $45.00 is applied to the first payment. 

If you are enrolled in a Tuition Pay plan and your outstanding balance either increased or decreased, due to changes in your classes or increased/decreased financial aid, call Tuition Pay and ask to have your payment plan adjusted. Tuition Pay will incorporate any modification in your remaining payments. On a monthly basis, Tuition Pay will monitor and terminate plans for non-payment leaving the balance remaining payable to the school. Unpaid balances will be subject to account review and Bursar's Hold will be placed on the students record.

To learn more about Higher-One Tuition Pay, visit the Bursar's Office, room L.70.00 or contact Tuition Pay online at or
 call them directly at 1.866.267.CUNY 

Outstanding Balances

In order to immediately release a Bursar’s hold, outstanding semester balances should be paid by cash, money order or credit/debit card (online). The use of a personal check will delay the clearance of the student records for up to 10 business days.

Past due balances are held at John Jay for up to one year before being sent to the college’s primary collection agency. Balances held in collections must be paid directly to the primary/secondary collection agency along with applicable fees. Holds cannot be removed until the balances are confirmed as paid in full.