Refunds typically result from schedule adjustments, health insurance waiver, overpayment, financial aid, or confirmation deposits. Regardless of who paid the bill (except for parent loan refunds designated for the parent borrower), refunds are issued in the student's name.

Refunds reflect current account activity. It is possible that you could see new charges on your bill after getting a refund (due to schedule changes, enrollment in waitlisted classes, or financial aid adjustments, for example). Also, Continuing Education classes are billed separately so it is possible to get a refund from Main Campus classes and still owe a bill to Continuing Education.

Direct Deposit

Sign up for direct deposit to get your refund fast.

  • Sign up now before you're expecting a refund.
  • Refunds are deposited weeknights. The money will be available in your account in 2–3 business days, depending on your bank.
  • Signing up for direct deposit allows funds to be deposited into your account only. Funds are not withdrawn from your account to pay your bill as a result of this authorization.
  • Parent PLUS loan refunds to parent borrowers are not eligible for direct deposit.
  • This direct deposit is not the same as your payroll direct deposit. If you are working for CU, you'll need to do both.

How to Set Up Direct Deposit for Tuition & Fee Refunds

  1. To set up direct deposit, you will need a U.S. checking or savings account in your name, your bank routing number and your account number. Credit, debit or Buff OneCard numbers are not routing numbers. Your bank routing number is a nine-digit code that identifies your bank. It can usually be found on your bank's website or you can call them directly.
  2. Log in to Buff Portal.
  3. Locate the Tuition & Fees card. It will be on the main Buff Portal page. Then click "Account Setup."
  4. Click "Direct Deposit."
  5. Read the authorization and disclosure, and then click "Next."
  6. Enter your banking information and click "Next."
  7. Confirm the information and click "Submit." If your banking information changes, you'll need to update this information.
  8. Next you will see a confirmation page. When you see a credit on your tuition account and you have set up direct deposit, refunds will be deposited into your bank account in 2–3 business days, depending on your bank.

Step-by-Step Instructions to set up Direct Deposit