The Bursar’s Office is responsible for serving the College Community in various functions, including, but not limited to, maintaining student account records, collecting College-wide cash receipts, billing of tuition and fees, processing and disbursing refunds, generating Faculty Student Association checks and distributing College Work Study paychecks. The Office is responsible for the accounting functions of the Faculty Student Association, as well as the College foundation, the Optometric Center of New York.
Phone: (212) 938-5884
Policies and Procedures
Important Message: Tuition is due on the first day of classes. Payments should be made on or before the first day of class for students to avoid incurring any late charges. The payment amount is the remaining balance reflected on the student’s account once anticipated aid is viewable.
Your current account information may be accessed at any time by visiting
- SUNY Refund of Tuition and Fees Policy
- Return of Title IV Aid
- SUNY NY State Residency Policy
- Instruments for First Year Students: Instruments are distributed prior to, or on the first day of classes. The cost will be billed on the tuition and fees statement and is not subject to any refunds. In the event of a change in enrollment status or financial aid ineligibility, the student remains responsible for the full cost of these instruments to SUNY College of Optometry.
Direct Deposit Authorization Form (Student Refunds Only)
Frequently Asked Questions
When will my loan refund be ready?
Student refunds are generally ready within five business days after loans have been applied to the student’s account.
How do I sign a Perkins promissory note?
Once notified by the Bursar’s Office, students may access their promissory notes online; visit the Student Loan Service Center, Under the “Access and sign your electronic documents”, follow the “Complete your entrance interview…” section for further instructions. Promissory notes must be signed (either electronically or manually) before the College can draw down funds on your behalf.
How do I sign Health Professions Student Loan and Loans for Disadvantaged Students Promissory notes?
These notes need a manual signature. You may obtain either note from the Bursar’s Office.
How do I get the foreign student health insurance fee waived?
Foreign students who have alternate medical insurance coverage and show proof of such may receive a waiver of the health insurance fee. The waiver request form (available in downloadable forms section) should be completed and submitted to the Office of Student Affairs. A copy with proof is subsequently forwarded to the Accounting Office.
How do I get a replacement check for a lost or stolen refund?
Students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit of any refund they would be entitled to and, therefore, avoid checks. However, if a student elects to receive a check and it is lost, please contact the Bursar with information about the original check; a stop payment must be placed with the bank before a new check is issued.
How do I sign up for direct deposit of any refund?
Filling out the appropriate form and submitting it to the Bursar would ensure that you would have any refunds put directly into the account you designate.
What methods of payment are accepted?
Payments may be made be made online by credit card by visiting my.sunyopt.edu. Acceptable credit cards are American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover. Payments may also be made by check in person or by mail. All payments including cash may be made in person by visiting the Bursar.
Will I receive a form to file with my taxes and do I qualify for a credit?
Form 1098-T is sent out to students mid-January with the necessary student account information from the prior year. If there is a need to reprint your 1098-T form, please contact the Bursar directly. While we are unable to provide tax advice, please feel free to contact our Bursar with any questions regarding the figures on this form. For further information regarding taxes, please speak with your tax advisor or contact the Internal Revenue Service at (800) 829-1040.
SUNY Optometry student portal – Make payments and obtain information about your student account.
Student Loan Service Center – E-sign promissory notes and exit forms for Perkins Loans.
Internal Revenue Service – Information on tax benefits and education tax incentives.