Nelnet Tuition Payment Plans

The City University of New York makes college more affordable by allowing you to better manage your payments over time.

Benefits of Enrolling in a Nelnet Payment Plan

  • Instead of paying each semester's bill all at once, the Nelnet payment plan allows you to stretch payments over a period of months

  • The earlier you enroll, the lower your monthly payments since the total amount financed will be divided over more scheduled payments

  • Your class seat is saved

  • Nelnet accepts: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Amex. You may also pay with your checking account or ACH online.

  • This is an interest-free payment plan, not a loan.

Payment Plan Information

Payment Plan Budget

Establish your payment plan based upon your anticipated tuition & fee costs and your anticipated financial aid (grants, scholarships, federal and state aid, etc.). Past due balances from prior terms that have not been sent to a Collection Agency can be added to your current semester payment plan.

Choose Your Payment Method:

(Cost to Participate)

  • Automatic bank payment (ACH) or eCheck: ($25.00 enrollment fee, per semester.)

  • Credit or Debit Card: (A 2.65% service fee will be added to each monthly payment.)

Returned Enrollment/Payment Fees

  • If the Automatic bank payment (ACH) or eCheck Enrollment Fee is returned for any reason, including non-sufficient funds (NSF), the agreement will be terminated.

  • $30 Returned Payment Fee if a payment is returned, per occurrence of returned payment. Any eCheck/ACH payments returned due to NSF and all Credit/Debit Card payments that are returned will incur the $30 Return Payment Fee.

Notes: Any change in your obligation to CUNY will change the total payment plan balance and remaining monthly payment amounts.

How to Enroll

  • Log into CUNYfirst, go to HR Campus Solutions, click on Self-Service and go to your Student Center.
  • Go to Finances and select Enroll/Manage Payment Plan.

Spring '23 Payment Dates


Regular Enrollment will open on Tuesday, November 8th 2022. 

The published enrollment deadlines are noted below.

Fall Semester Nelnet Tuition Payment Plan
Number of Payments 
(includes Down payment)
Last Day to Enroll
6 November 21
5 December 22
4 January 23
3 January 31

Extended Enrollment

The Extended Enrollment period will open on Tuesday, February 5th 2023.

These enrollment deadlines (which will not be published) are below.

Nelnet Tuition Payment Plan Extended Enrollment
Number of Payments 
(includes Down payment)
Last Day to Enroll
3 February 20
2 March 22



Nelnet has a Call Center dedicated to CUNY students. Call 1-888-470-6014 to speak to a Nelnet Support Team member for assistance.

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