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The college issues refunds to students and parents when the amount paid on the student account exceeds the charges incurred.

Financial aid refunds begin the 4th week of classes each semester after federal financial aid funds have been received and processed. Refunds from New York State aid are typically not available until week 6-8 of classes due to the lengthy certification process.

Students will receive an email notifying them when financial aid has been paid to their account and a separate email when a refund has been posted.

Student Refunds:  Refunds are sent electronically to HigherOne on a weekly basis and distributed based on the distribution method you choose (pending any technical difficulties).  Your choices are a debit card, direct deposit, or paper check by mail.  Failure to select a choice will result in a delay of your refund up to 21 days.

Parent Refunds: Issued by paper check only by the college.  There is currently no electronic option for parents.  Parent refund checks are mailed on Fridays.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Student Service Center for assistance.




Refunds for all students are issued through HigherOne.  You may choose how to receive your refund from the following options:

  • Direct Deposit (into your Checking or Savings Account)
  • My One Debit Mastercard (prepaid debit card not a credit card)
  • Paper Check by mail

You are required to activate your account with HigherOne to receive your refund timely.  



  1. You will receive a bright green envelope in the mail with the new HigherOne My One Debit Mastercard. 
  2. Follow the instructions in that envelope to authenticate your account with HigherOne.  Your account number is on the card in the bright green envelope.  
  3. Go to myonemoney.com and click on the "New User Get Started!" button.
  4. Follow the set-up steps as instructed.  You must also choose the method of delivery for your refund.  Your choices are:

    __ My One Debit Mastercard by HigherOne
    __ Direct Deposit to your bank account
    __ Paper Check by mail
  5. Refunds are sent electronically by SUNY Canton to HigherOne weekly and are expected to be distributed on Fridays pending any technical difficulties.

Failure to activate your HigherOne account will result in a delay of your refund for up to 21 days.  If you still haven't activated your account after the 21 days have passed, then you will be sent a paper refund check by mail to your permanent mailing address.

If you have questions or require assistance, please use the EasyHelp link or contact HigherOne at 1-866-309-7454 or 1-866-309-7452.  They are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  If they are unable to assit you, please contact the Student Service Center.