Registering for classes creates a financial obligation which you should be prepared to satisfy before you register. If you register PRIOR to the tuition due date, your financial obligation must be satisfied by the tuition due date (published each semester). If you register AFTER the tuition due date, you must satisfy your obligation at the time of registration.
Depending on your account status, your financial obligation can be satisfied in one of the following ways:
- Pay your bill in full by cash, check, or credit card.
- If you opt to sign up for the Tuition Payment Plan, you must complete a payment plan agreement and submit it to the Cashier’s Office along with your first payment and the non-refundable payment plan fee. Contact the Cashier’s Office for more information.
- If you are a student with enough anticipated financial aid to cover your entire bill, or if you have partial financial aid benefits, you must sign a promissory note (sign your bill). This constitutes your promise to pay unpaid tuition and fees as a result of any reductions or loss of financial aid benefits for any reason.
Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to the College by established due dates will put your account in a state of default and will result in the assessment of late fees. If you change your mind about attending, you must formally withdraw BEFORE the start of the semester to avoid being left with a financial obligation to the College. If your account is in a state of default at any time from the time of registration to the start of the semester, the College reserves the right, but does not assume the responsibility, to remove your registration.
Payments sent through the mail can be made by check, money order, MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card. Online payments can be made by MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card. In-person payments will be accepted in our Cashier’s Office located in Room A205.
Any check or credit card authorization returned by your bank will result in a $25 charge to your account and you may be required to send future payments in the form of cash, money order or certified check.
The NCCC Tuition Payment Plan affords students the opportunity to pay their term bill in as many as four monthly installments. You must complete a payment plan application each term you wish to participate in this plan. You will find applications in our Billing Information Brochure available on the web at www.niagaracc.suny.edu, in the Cashier’s Office (Room A205) or by calling (716) 614-6260. You will be charged a non-refundable fee to participate in this plan.
New York State Non-Resident (Out-of-County) Charges
If you have been a legal resident of New York State for the past year but you have lived outside Niagara County, you will be charged tuition at the non-resident rate. The non-resident premium (difference between the resident and non-resident rates) will be credited back to your account if you provide a valid Certificate of Residence from your county of legal residence within the first three weeks of the start of the term. The Certificate of Residence received from your county of legal residence is valid for one academic year and must be renewed annually.
Using Financial Aid as Payment
To use financial aid to cover tuition and fee charges you must apply for Federal financial aid (FAFSA application) and should allow at least three weeks processing time. New York State aid programs (TAP, APTS) require at least four weeks processing time. Your aid must be fully processed before it can be applied as a credit to your student billing account.
All financial aid is tentative until you attend classes. Financial aid will not pay for classes in which you enroll but do not attend. Be aware that if you drop a class or classes your financial aid benefits, including student loans, may be reduced or withdrawn. You are responsible for any balance due as a result of loss of financial aid benefits for any reason. Before you drop any classes, make sure to check with the Financial Aid Office to determine if your aid benefits will be affected. If you intend to drop any of your classes (or all, in the case of withdrawal), you should consider doing so before the start of the semester. After the semester begins, you will be held responsible for a portion (or all) of the cost associated with dropped courses in accordance with the refund schedule outlined below.