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Frequently Asked Questions

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Electronic check payments can be submitted through the myTC PortalSimilar to most other colleges and universities in New York, effective December 1, 2010, Teachers College no longer accepts credit card payments towards tuition and fees. You can access the payment gateway through the myTC Portal.

Teachers College strives to collaborate with students to realize their educational goals. If you are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID or are concerned about your ability to pay your account balance by the due date, the Bursar’s Office can assist you in enrolling in our deferred payment plan. Or, you can contact the office to schedule a meeting to discuss your student account. You also may contact your program’s Financial Aid Liaison in the Office of Financial Aid for further advice and assistance.

No, the college does not accept post dated checks as payment. Checks are deposited to the bank on the same day they are presented. Checks presented with insufficient funds will be assessed a return check fee and are subject to all collection rules and policy.

No, since tuition reimbursement programs return funds to employees directly, they are not considered Third Party.

ID cards can be obtained in the Office of Safety and Security located in Whittier Hall, Suite 1B and are valid for two-year periods. Every two years Teachers College identification cards must be updated. Student can obtain a ID card after registration.

You should contact the Office of the Registrar, (212) 678-4050. You may also drop/add via the myTC Portal. Failure to officially withdraw can cause an outstanding account balance that you will be responsible for paying.

Proceeds originating from student aid in excess of your account charges will be issued by direct deposit (if enrolled in eRefund) or a check mailed to your local address starting after the last day to add/drop courses for the term/semester. Refunds are processed on Wednesdays and Fridays, provided you satisfy all eligibility requirements.

Statements for accounts with outstanding balances is sent on a monthly basis. In addition you are required to check your balance via the myTC Portal if you have adjusted your schedule in between official billings. You may also call the Office of the Bursar at 212-678-3056. We can also print and mail on-demand statement of accounts upon request.

The Office of Financial Aid and your lender will give you a general disbursement date. You can confirm disbursement by logging on to your account through myTC portal. Please allow 2-3 business days from the general disbursement date for internal processing. In addition, statements of account are sent out on a monthly basis. Finally, you are always welcome to call the Office of the Bursar at (212) 678-3056.

Private loan checks can be endorsed at the Office of the Bursar.

Housing payment is due in full on the same day as the term payment deadline. A late payment penalty may be assessed on unpaid housing and other charges.

You should first find out what type of hold is on your account, then contact the appropriate office to determine how to have the hold cleared. The Registrar's Office mails letters out at the end of each term to all students with holds on their accounts. The letter includes a list of the appropriate offices to contact.

In most cases, you will lose your eligibility for federal funds and you may be required to return any amounts refunded to you. However, you may be eligible to file a Certificate of Equivalency (COE) form with the Office of the Registrar. Approval of this form may enhance your enrollment status for financial aid eligibility. You should consult a Financial Aid Counselor, (212) 678-3714, before changing your program.

Our office hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday (Please note, during the summer, the Office of the Bursar will close at 1:00pm on Fridays).

You must speak with a Financial Aid representative to discuss returning these funds to your lender on your behalf within 14 days of the disbursement date. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid website to get more information.

A hold is a restriction placed on your account for failure to comply with some obligation. The Office of the Bursar places holds on accounts for various reasons. The most common reason is failure to clear account balances by the payment due date. Holds prevent registration for future terms, release of transcripts, and other college services.

Direct Lending is a streamlined approach to delivering educational loans to eligible borrowers. This federal program allows you to borrow money directly from the federal government without having to find a bank (funds are electronically disbursed to Teachers College, Columbia University).

The College Fee is established by Teachers College (TC). It includes, but not limited to costs associated with the library, student services, and computing. Students are budgeted for the College Fee on a semester basis. See Tuition and Fees page for latest amount.

Through third party processing, a sponsor (parents and relatives are not considered Third Party sponsors) authorizes to be billed for tuition. An authorization form is submitted to the Office of Bursar. Once the form is completed and approved, your sponsor will be billed, and payment must be made directly to Teachers College. Click here for Third Party Payment Instructions. Billing a third party does not relieve student from the obligation to satisfy charges assessed, should third party payer fail to pay students obligation.

You should contact the Office of the Bursar by either calling (212) 678-3056, visiting the office at Thompson Hall room 133, or writing at the address listed below, you may also submit inquiries via e-mail.

Office of the Bursar
Teachers College, Columbia University
Box 305, 133 Thompson Hall
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 678-3056
E-mail: bursar@tc.edu

Please see the academic year calendar on the Office of the Registrar web site. Please note that the academic year begins with the fall semester and concludes with the summer semester. There are three terms/semesters in an academic year.

Payment can be made through the myTC portal or in person at Thompson Hall, Room 133. Office hours are Monday through Thursday: 9:00AM to 6:00PM, and Fridays, 9:00AM to 5:00PM (Summer hours for Fridays are 9AM - 3PM).

In keeping with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Bursar's Office is only able to disclose account information with the student. To authorize access to other individuals, a permission release form must be completed by the student. Permission release forms are available for download in the Bursar's Office. Each office has their own FERPA waiver that must be completed by the student granting the office permission to discuss bills.

If you have any additional questions for the Office of the Bursar, or would like to discuss other concerns, please contact: 

The Office of Bursar 
Teachers College, Columbia University 
Box 305, 133 Thompson Hall 
525 West 120th Street 
New York, NY 10027 

Phone: (212) 678-3056 

E-mail: bursar@tc.edu


You should immediately contact the Office of the Bursar at (212) 678-3056 or come to Thompson Hall room 133 for assistance. Failure to resolve this issue may cause additional late payment charges and possible referral for collection.