Financial Aid

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Office Phone: 212 220-1430
Office Fax: 212-220-2368
Room: N365

Office Hours

Mon, Thurs & Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tues & Wed: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Evening hours only when classes are in session

School Codes

FAFSA Code: 002691
TAP Code: 1404

Financial Aid Disbursements

Disbursement Information

Disbursement Methods

CUNY offers three different ways you may receive your financial aid payments. Choose the payment method most convenient to you.

Option #1: CUNY Scholar Support Prepaid Card

Your financial aid grant, loan and work-study payments are automatically deposited to a prepaid MasterCard® card on the scheduled disbursement date. This card is accepted at any store or ATM where MasterCard debit cards are accepted. Learn more about this option and enroll to receive your card at the CUNY Scholar Support Prepaid Card page.

Option #2: Direct Deposit

Your funds are electronically deposited into your own personal checking or savings account on the scheduled disbursement date. Enroll in direct deposit by following the instructions on pp.13-15 of the CUNYfirst Student Financial Aid Guide. Contact the Bursar's Office for more information on this option. 

Note: dealings with your bank that result in changes to your personal account information, including opening or closing accounts, or changing banks, is not automatically reported to your CUNYfirst account by the bank.  You are responsble for updating your account information in CUNYfirst.  Failure on your part to do so can cause your refunds to be transferred to an inactive account and will delay your receipt of the funds.

Option #3: Check

If you do not choose option #1 or #2, your financial aid payments will be made in the form of a check mailed to your home address. We recommend one of the electronic options listed  above for receiving your financial aid payments over checks for both greater convenience and security.

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