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Various forms of payment are accepted for tuition and fees and may be used individually or in combination. Teachers College accepts checks, money orders, and cash. A deferred payment plan, employee tuition exemption, third party billing agreements, and financial aid are also available to finance a Teachers College education. Some restrictions may apply.


Tuition can be paid online directly from a personal checking or savings account drawn on a US bank. An eCheck payment will appear on your monthly statement as Teachers College Epayment. There is no fee to pay by eCheck. Online payments can be made by accessing the myTC Portal at: Returned checks are assessed a return-check fee and subject to collection fees, if necessary.

Checks or Money Orders

Must be made payable to Teachers College. These types of payments can either be submitted in person, placed in the drop box, or mailed to the Office of Student Accounts: 525 West 120th Street, Box 305, New York, NY 10027. The drop off payment box is located at the door of the Office of Student Accounts, Thompson Hall Room # 133. Do not place cash in this box. Please write your student identification number and a valid daytime telephone number on the face of the check or money order. Returned checks are assessed a return-check fee and subject to collection fees, if necessary.

Cash Payments

Must be made in-person at the Office of Student Accounts, 133 Thompson Hall. During the academic year, the Office of Student Accounts staff is available Monday through Thursday 9:00am until 6:00pm and Friday 9:00am until 5:00pm. (Please note, during the Summer, the Office of Student Accounts will close at 5:00pm Mondays thru Thursdays and Fridays at 3:00pm).

Note: For payments that include more than $10,000 in cash, IRS Form 8300 will have to be completed at the cashier's window.

Online Deferred Payment Plan

Enroll in Teachers College's deferred payment plan and pay your tuition bill in installments over three months. Click here to learn about this payment method

Tuition Exemption

Click here to learn about this method of payment

Third Party Agreements

Students enrolling under a third party agreement must submit an authorization form to the Office of Student Accounts for approval. A third party is usually an outside agency (not an individual) that agrees to pay all or part of the charges incurred by a particular student. The authorization form must include the student's name, relevant semester(s), and the total amount of tuition and fee charges that the third party is willing to pay. The form must be signed by an official of the third party agency. A third party agreement between the College and the agency MUST be completed annually before the start of the academic year. Click here for Third Party Payment Instructions.

Financial Aid

If all required applications and documentation have been filed with the Office of Financial Aid by the required deadline, financial aid awards should be available at the time of registration. Late application filing and anticipated student aid does with not constitute a deferment. Since tuition and all fees are due at the time of in-person registration, late payment penalties will be assessed on any outstanding balance as described under the "Late Payment Penalties" section of this web site. For further information about financial aid, please visit the web site for the Office of Financial Aid by clicking on the link below.

Office of Financial Aid