The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Tuition and fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU reserves the right, even after tuition or fees are initially charged or initial payments are made, to increase or modify any listed tuition or fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide tuition, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU-listed tuition and fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the chancellor, or the presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide tuition will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 through 66028.6 of the California Education Code).
Students will be liable for amounts that become due as a result of such change.
For updated information regarding the tuition and fees structure for 2020-2021 refer to the online Class Schedule or Student Account Services website at https://bfa.sdsu.edu/financial/student.
Tuition and fees must be paid prior to accessing the WebPortal to register. Payments are accepted for the exact amount of fees. Overpayments of $10.00 or less are refunded only upon request. If your payment for tuition and fees is returned by the bank for any reason, your registration may be canceled and you will be billed $55.00 (a dishonored payment charge of $35.00 and late fee of $20.00). Payment of tuition and fees should be made online or by check or money order. The university reserves the right to refuse payment by personal check or eCheck from those individuals who have previously had items returned unpaid by their bank. Refunds may be applied against other amounts due to the university.
You may pay your fees online using your checking account information (eCheck). There is no additional fee assessed for this service. Visit the Student Account Services website at https://bfa.sdsu.edu/financial/student and log into the Online Student Account.
In cooperation with SDSU, CASHNet™SmartPay allows students to pay their tuition and fees and/or out-of-state tuition with American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard, or VISA. CASHNet ™SmartPay is accessed directly from your online student account. Visit the Student Account Services website at https://bfa.sdsu.edu/financial/student and see the Online Student Account.
Payments made via CASHNet™SmartPay are received by Student Account Services no later than the next business day, so the registration process is not delayed. CASHNet™SmartPay assesses each customer a service charge based on the transaction amount. See the website for details.
Administrative / Financial Holds
All administrative and financial holds must be cleared prior to submittal of payment for registration or other university services. See “Fees and Debts Owed to the Institution” in this section of the catalog. Acceptance of payment by the university does not constitute completion of registration or guarantee of services if any kind of administrative or financial hold exists.
Depending on the situation, you may be required to clear your hold with cash, money order, or certified check.
Basic Tuition Fees - All Students
(On basis of units carried.)
The following reflects applicable systemwide tuition and fees. These rates are subject to change. Fee payment information and instructions are in Money Matters available at https:// bfa.sdsu.edu/financial/student.
Auditors pay the same fees as students carrying courses for credit.
Nonresident (foreign and out-of-state) students pay additional fees-see information below. Thesis extension, other zero unit courses, and half unit courses are charged as one unit for fee purposes.
Basic Tuition and Fees
FALL 2020 / SPRING 2021, Per Semester
Units Attempted - Basic Tuition and Fees
0 units - 6.0 units: $2,654.00
6.1 or more units: $3,860.00
0 units - 6.0 units: $3,071.00
6.1 or more units: $4,577.00
Teaching Credential Candidates
0 units - 6.0 units: $2,921.00
6.1 or more units: $4,319.00
Education Doctoral Students *
0 units - 6.0 units: $6,908.00
6.1 or more units: $6,908.00
Physical Therapy Doctoral Students *
0 units - 6.0 units: $9,587.00
6.1 or more units: $9,587.00
*Does not include joint doctoral students.
Tuition and fees above include a Student Body Association Fee of $35.00, a Student Body Center Fee of $237.00, a Health Facilities Fee of $25.00, an Instructionally Related Activities Fee of $244.00, a Student Health and Wellness Fee of $205.00, a Library Use Fee of $25.00, a Student Success Fee of $218.00, and a Basic Tuition Fee of either $1,665.00 or $2,871.00 for undergraduate students, $2,082.00 or $3,588.00 for graduate students, $1,932.00 or $3,330.00 for teaching credential candidates, or $5,919.00 for education doctoral students, or $8,598.00 for physical therapy doctoral students, depending on unit load.
SDSU Imperial Valley students pay a Student Body Association Fee of $65.00, a Student Body Center Fee of $24.00, a Health Facilities Fee of $3.00, a Health Services Fee of $10.00, and an Instructionally Related Activities Fee of $15.00. SDSU Imperial Valley students do not pay the Library Use Fee. See SDSU Imperial Valley Bulletin for details.
The total fee paid per term will be determined by the number of units taken.
Mandatory systemwide fees are waived for those individuals who qualify for such exemption under the provisions of the California Education Code. See “Fee Waivers and Exemptions” in this section of the catalog.
Students are charged campus fees in addition to tuition fees and other systemwide fees.
Optional Fees: The CSU Board of Trustees adopted the Student Involvement and Representation Fee (SIRF), establishing a stable funding model for the California State Student Association (CSSA). The new funding model expands independence and builds capacity to engage students in advocacy and policy making. The funding model consists of a $2 per-term fee assessed to each CSU student, on a voluntary basis, allowing the choice to opt-out each semester.
Graduate Business Professional Program Fee
Graduate students in the Fowler College of Business must pay an additional $270.00 per unit for all units taken as a requirement for graduation for the following degrees. This fee is in addition to basic tuition and fees and nonresident tuition.
- MBA Master of Business Administration
- MS Accountancy
- MS Business Administration
- MS Information Systems
A fee waiver is available for courses that are not used to meet degree requirements (excluding prerequisite courses). Contact the Graduate Business Programs Office, Lamden Hall, Room 448, for details.
Tuition For 2020/2021 Nonresident Students (Foreign and Out-of-State)
Nonresident tuition is paid in addition to basic tuition and fees and other systemwide fees charged to all students. Tuition will be charged for all units attempted. The total nonresident tuition paid per term will be determined by the number of units taken.
Per unit: $396.00
(Mandatory systemwide fees are waived for those individuals who qualify for such exemption under the provisions of the California Education Code. For fee-paying purposes, zero unit and half-unit courses are counted as one unit. See Liability for Payment section for additional important information.)
Health insurance (mandatory for foreign students)
Per year, approximately: $1,282.00
Cost of Living
San Diego State University establishes standard student budgets in coordination with the California State University system that meet federal requirements. Student budgets, updated annually to account for inflation are currently:
Costs of Attendance for the 2019-2020 Academic Year
Basic tuition and fees
- Living off campus: $7,720
- Living on campus: $7,720
- Commuting from home: $7,720
Books and supplies
- Living off campus: $1,079
- Living on campus: $1,079
- Commuting from home: $1,079
Food and housing
- Living off campus: $13,860
- Living on campus: $18,531
- Commuting from home: $7,627
- Living off campus: $1,070
- Living on campus: $1,121
- Commuting from home: $1,716
- Living off campus: $2,445
- Living on campus: $1,789
- Commuting from home: $2,270
- Living off campus: $26,174
- Living on campus: $30,240
- Commuting from home: $20,412
The academic year basic tuition and fees for teacher credential students are $8,638. Basic tuition and fees are $9,154 for post-baccalaureate students, $13,816 for education doctoral (Ed.D.) students, and $19,174 for physical therapy doctoral students. Business students in selected degree programs pay an additional $270 per unit (refer to the Graduate Business Professional Program Fee information). Nonresident tuition is an additional $396 per unit.
Student commuter semester parking permit: $174.00
Motorcycle/moped semester parking permit: $37.00
Combined student/overnight semester parking permit: $276.00
Section 42201 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations, provides for the waiver of campus parking fees for students with disabilities who have been issued a DMV placard or license plate, and who meet low income requirements. For further information regarding eligibility, contact the Student Ability Success Center, Calpulli Center, Room 3101. Additional parking information is available: http://bfa.sdsu.edu/campus/parkingtrans/permits.aspx.
(Fees payable when service is rendered.)
Administrative citation fee: $75.00
Application for admission or readmission (nonrefundable): $70.00
Athletic cheer team membership fee (fee range based on planned competitions and available resources): $500 to $1,500
Athletic winter guard membership fee (fee range based on yearly travel plans): $600 to $1,500
Counseling Diversion Program fee: $100.00
Counseling Diversion Program fee (missed appointment): $30.00
Credential application fee*: $55.00
Credential evaluation fee: $25.00
Credit by examination fee: $100.00
Diploma replacement fee: $20.00
Document copying fee (per page): $1.00
Enrollment confirmation deposit (nonrefundable): $400.00
Graduation services fee: $100.00
Interest inventory assessment fee: $10.00
Internet reconnect fee (wired/wireless): $150.00
Late course forgiveness fee: $20.00
Late fee (failure to meet administratively required appointment or time limit): $20.00
Late key fee: $30.00
Late registration (nonrefundable): $50.00
Latin diploma fee: $30.00
Lock and locker fee (optional): $1.00
Loss of or damage to library materials
> Replacement cost plus service charge: $8.00
Lost key fee (per key) (Late fee also charged when applicable): $50.00
Musical instrument and audio/visual equipment fee: $20.00
Photo-identification card (one-time cost to new undergraduate and graduate students at time of registration (nonrefundable): $25.00
Photo-identification card replacement fee: $25.00
Police report fee: $10.00
Registration installment plan service charge (nonrefundable): $60.00
Resident affiliate program (RAP) fee: $25.00
Returned payment fee**: $35.00
Teacher Education Credential Application processing/advising fee: $25.00
Tow fee: $150.00
Towel fee (optional): $4.00
Transcript of record, official (per transcript): $15.00
Official Transcript of Record, On-Demand (per transcript) ($25.00 for first transcript and $10.00 for each additional on-demand transcript printed at the same time.): $25.00
Tuition (Foreign and Out-of-State) installment plan initial payment of $2,376 (6 units) and service charge. Equal to 15% (of each installment payment)
Vehicle immobilization fee: $150.00
*Established by and payable to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
**Late fee also charged when applicable.
Miscellaneous Instructional Course Charges
Optional and mandatory course charges are assessed for a number of courses and laboratories offered at SDSU.
A list of the courses and fee amounts can be found at https://bfa.sdsu.edu/financial/student under Money Matters. The courses are also footnoted in the Class Schedule.
Basic Tuition and Fees. An installment plan is available for students who wish to pay their basic tuition and fees in payments. There is a $60.00 service charge for this service, paid at the time the initial payment is made. Additional information and instructions are available in the Money Matters section of the Student Account Services website.
Tuition (Foreign and Out-of-State). An installment plan is available for students who wish to pay their tuition in payments. There is a minimum payment of $2,376 and a 15% service charge applied to each installment payment. Additional information and instructions are available on the Student Account Services website at https://bfa.sdsu.edu/financial/student.
Student Account Services/Cashiers does not accept credit cards for payment of tuition and fees except as applicable under the terms of the Installment Plan. Visa and MasterCard debit cards may be used for payment of student fees. American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover Card charge cards are accepted for other payments, such as housing, parking, health services, continuing education, installment payments, and miscellaneous over-the-counter payments. In cooperation with SDSU, CASHNet ™SmartPay does afford students the choice to use a credit card (American Express, MasterCard, Discover Card and Diners Club Card) to pay tuition and fees. Refer to fees section on previous page. Most ATM cards are also accepted for payment of miscellaneous charges. Payment of student tuition and fees may be subject to a non-refundable credit card processing fee. Additional information is available from Student Account Services.
Liability for Payment
Whether or not an invoice is received from the university, students are liable for payment of all tuition and fees related to units held on or added after the close of business on the 12th day following the commencement of instruction. Foreign and out-of-state students are also liable for tuition related to all units held on or added after the close of business on the 12th day following the commencement of instruction.
All continuing students participating in online registration must make tuition and fee payments by the deadline as instructed.
Nonresident (foreign and out-of-state) tuition must be paid prior to the first day of classes. Nonresident and foreign students must pay or sign up for the Tuition Installment Plan for a minimum of 12 units (9 units graduate) at the time of registration. Undergraduate foreign students wishing to pay fewer than 12 units and graduate students wishing to pay fewer than nine units must submit an approved Application for Reduced Course Load available through the International Student Center.
IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO BE AWARE OF TOTAL TUITION AND FEES DUE. Additional fees that may become due as a result of units added during the semester must be paid at Student Account Services/Cashiers at the time the units are added. Note fee schedule above. LATE PAYMENTS FOR TUITION AND FEES ARE SUBJECT TO AN ADDITIONAL LATE FEE AND APPLICABLE SERVICE CHARGES.
If your check (either paper or electronic) is returned or not accepted by the bank for ANY REASON, you will be billed for the $35.00 dishonored payment charge and the $20.00 late fee when applicable. Nonpayment of tuition or fees may result in cancellation of your registration and withholding of further services until all financial liabilities have been resolved.
The university reserves the right to refuse payment by personal check, eCheck, or credit card from those individuals who have previously had items returned unpaid by their bank..
Refund of Tuition and Mandatory Fees, Including Nonresident Tuition
Regulations governing the refund of tuition and mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, for students enrolling at the California State University are included in Section 41802 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations. For purposes of the refund policy, mandatory fees are defined as those systemwide and campus fees that are required to be paid in order to enroll in state-supported academic programs at the CSU. Refunds of fees and tuition charges for self-support, special session, and extended education programs or courses at the CSU are governed by a separate policy established by the university, available at https://bfa.sdsu.edu/financial/student.
In order to receive a full refund of tuition and mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, less an administrative charge established by the campus, a student must cancel registration or drop all courses prior to the first day of instruction for the term. Information on procedures and deadlines for canceling registration and dropping classes is available at www.sdsu.edu/withdrawal.
For state-supported semesters, quarters, and non-standard terms or courses of four weeks or more, a student who withdraws during the term in accordance with the university’s established procedures or drops all courses prior to the campus-designated drop period will receive a refund of tuition and mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, based on the portion of the term during which the student was enrolled. No student withdrawing after the 60 percent point in the term will be entitled to a refund of any mandatory fees or nonresident tuition.
A student who, within the campus designated drop period and in accordance with campus procedures, drops units resulting in a lower tuition and/or mandatory fee obligation shall be entitled to a refund of applicable tuition and mandatory fees less an administrative charge established by the campus.
For state-supported non-standard terms or courses of less than four weeks, no refunds of tuition and mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, will be made unless a student cancels registration or drops all classes in accordance with the university’s established procedures and deadlines, prior to the first day of instruction for state-supported non-standard terms or courses or prior to the first meeting for courses of less than four weeks.
Students will also receive a refund of tuition and mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, under the following circumstances:
- The tuition and fees were assessed or collected in error;
- The course for which the tuition and fees were assessed or collected was canceled by the university;
- The university makes a delayed decision that the student was not eligible to enroll in the term for which tuition and mandatory fees were assessed and collected and the delayed decision was not due to incomplete or inaccurate information provided by the student; or
- The student was activated for compulsory military service.
Students who are not entitled to a refund as described above may petition the university for a refund demonstrating exceptional circumstances and the chief financial officer of the university or designee may authorize a refund if he or she determines that the fees and tuition were not earned by the university.
Information concerning any aspect of the refund of fees may be obtained from Student Account Services. Refunds may be applied against other amounts due to the university.
Return to Title IV Financial Aid Requirements
The following policy is required by the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 (Public Law 105-244, enacted October 7, 1998).
When a student who has received Title IV financial aid withdraws, or otherwise fails to complete a period of enrollment for which he or she was charged, the institution is required to determine if unearned aid must be returned to the federal accounts. Calculations will be based on the withdrawal date and the percentage of the period of enrollment completed. If Title IV funds have been disbursed during the enrollment period, aid will first be returned by the institution to the programs in the order listed below as required by law and determined by the university. If funds have been disbursed directly to the student, he or she may be required to repay any unearned aid. In some cases where eligibility for aid exceeds the amount disbursed, the regulations allow for a post-withdrawal disbursement. If eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement, the university will notify you of the process required to receive the funds.
Title IV Financial Aid consists of the following programs:
- Unsubsidized William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan
- Subsidized William D. Ford Direct Loan
- William D. Ford Federal Direct PLUS Loan
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- Federal Teach Grant
Examples of refund calculations are available upon request at Student Account Services.
A school must return unearned funds for which it is responsible as soon as possible but no later than 45 days from the determination of a student’s withdrawal.
Refund of Parking Fees
Refunds are not automatic. This schedule of refunds refers to calendar days, commencing on the date of the term when instruction begins. Percentage for fall and spring semester permits:
Period: Amount of Refund
First week of class: 100 percent of fee
Second and third week: 75 percent of fee
Fourth week through end of sixth week: 50 percent of fee
Seventh week through tenth week: 25 percent of fee
Eleventh week through end of term: None
Your parking permit must be turned in to Parking and Transportation Services at the time you file your refund application. The amount of refund is rounded down to the nearest dollar. No refund is made for amounts of $5.00 or less. Refunds may be applied against other amounts due to the university.
Late Registration Fee
The Late Registration fee ($50) pertains to those students who have not paid fees or registered for at least one course prior to the first day of classes. Newly admitted students MAY be exempted from this fee. The registration process is not complete until all fees due are paid and you are officially enrolled in classes through the Office of the Registrar.
Cancellation of Registration or Withdrawal from the University
Students who find it necessary to cancel their registration or to withdraw from all classes after enrolling for any academic term are required to follow the university’s official withdrawal procedures. Failure to follow formal university procedures may result in an obligation to pay fees as well as the assignment of failing grades in all courses and the need to apply for readmission before being permitted to enroll in another academic term. Information on canceling registration and withdrawal procedures is available from the Office of the Registrar at www.sdsu.edu/withdrawal.
Students who receive financial aid funds must consult with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships prior to withdrawing from the university. Students who have received financial aid and withdraw from the institution during the academic term or payment period may need to return or repay some or all of the funds received, which may result in a debt owed to the institution.
Appeals Process - Student Account Services
An appeals process exists for students who believe that individual circumstances warrant exceptions from published policy. Students should file a “Petition for Special Consideration” obtainable at Student Account Services. Petitions must be filed with Student Account Services prior to the end of the 12th week of classes.
Petitions for refunds outside the scope of published policy are approved only when applicants can demonstrate exceptional circumstances, and the chief financial officer or designee determines that the tuition and fees were not earned by the university.
Summer Session Fees
Refer to SDSU Summer Session Class Schedule for schedule of fees.
SDSU Global Campus Course Fees
Refer to SDSU Global Campus for schedule of fees.
Students receiving vocational rehabilitation benefits (U.S. Code, Title 38, Chapter 31) or the eligible dependents of veterans with service-connected disability or death (California Education Code, Section 32320) will have eligible tuition and fees paid or waived under provisions of these respective programs. See Class Schedule for instructions regarding deadlines for submission of documents to Student Account Services/Cashiers.
Those students who are eligible dependents of veterans with service-connected disability or death (California Education Code, Section 32320) must apply to the Regional Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs for the fee waiver in the year they apply to SDSU and all subsequent years they attend. Fee waiver (and refund of fees paid) will be approved for a prior academic year only if an application for certification of disabled status is pending with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Further information regarding these programs is available in the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center located in Student Services West. Call 619-594-5813 or visit http://www.sdsu.edu/veterans.
Fee Waivers and Exemptions
The California Education Code provides for the waiver of mandatory systemwide tuition fees as follows:
Section 66025.3 - Military: Dependent eligible to receive assistance under Article 2 of Chapter 4 of Division 4 of the Military and Veterans Code; child of any veteran of the United States military who has a service-connected disability, has been killed in service, or has died of a service-connected disability, and meets specified income provisions; dependent, or surviving spouse who has not remarried, of any member of the California National Guard who, in the line of duty, and while in the active service of the state, was killed, died of a disability resulting from an event that occurred while in the active service of the state, or is permanently disabled as a result of an event that occurred while in the active service of the state; and any undergraduate student who is a recipient of a Medal of Honor, or undergraduate student who is a child of a recipient of a Medal of Honor who is no more than 27 years old, who meets the income restriction and California residency requirement. The waiver of tuition or fees under this section applies only to a person who is determined to be a resident of California pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 68000) of Part 41.
Foster Youth: Current or former foster youth who are 25 years of age or younger; have been in foster care for at least 12 consecutive months after reaching 10 years of age; meet one of the following: is under a current foster care placement order by the juvenile court, was under a foster care placement order by the juvenile court upon reaching 18 years of age, or was adopted, or entered guardianship, from foster care; completes and submits the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); maintains a minimum grade point average and meets the conditions necessary to be in good standing at the campus; and meets the financial need requirements established for Cal Grant A awards. The waiver of mandatory systemwide tuition and fees under this section applies only to a person who is determined to be a resident of California pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 68000) of Part 41 of the California Education Code.
Section 66602 - A qualifying student from the California State University who is appointed by the Governor to serve as Trustee of the California State University for the duration of his or her term of office.
Section 68120 - Surviving spouse or child of a deceased California resident who was employed by a public agency, or was a contractor or an employee of a contractor, performing services for a public agency, and was killed or died as a result of an industrial injury or illness arising out of and in the course of the performance of his/her principal duties of active law enforcement or fire suppression duties (referred to as Alan Pattee Scholarships). Additionally a person who qualifies for the waiver under this section as a surviving child of a contractor or of an employee of a contractor, who performed services for a public agency, must have enrolled as an undergraduate student at the California State University and meet the applicable income restriction requirement with supporting documentation (i.e. his/her income, including the value of parent support, does not exceed the maximum household income and asset level for an applicant for a Cal Grant B award).
Section 68121 - A qualifying student enrolled in an undergraduate program who is the surviving dependent of any individual killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in southwestern Pennsylvania, if the student meets the financial need requirements set forth in California Code Section 69432.7 for the Cal Grant A Program and either the surviving dependent or the individual killed in the attacks was a resident of California on September 11, 2001.
Section 69000 - A person who has been exonerated, as that term is defined in Section 3007.05(e) of the Penal Code; completes and submits the FAFSA; and meets the financial need requirements established for Cal Grant A awards. The waiver of mandatory systemwide tuition and fees under this section applies only to a person who is determined to be a resident of California pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 68000) of Part 41 of the California Education Code.
The California Education Code provides for the following nonresident tuition exemptions:
Section 68075 - A student who is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in this state, except a member of the Armed Forces assigned for educational purposes to a state-supported institution of higher education, is entitled to resident classification only for the purpose of determining the amount of tuition and fees.
If that member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is in attendance at an institution is thereafter transferred on military orders to a place outside this state where the member continues to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States, he or she shall not lose his or her resident classification so long as he or she remains continuously enrolled at that institution.
Section 68075.7 - A nonresident student is exempt from paying nonresident tuition or any other fee that is exclusively applicable to nonresident students if the student (1) resides in California, (2) meets the definition of “covered individual” as defined in either (A) Section 3679(c)(2)(A) or (B)(ii)(I) of Title 38 of the United States Code, as that provision read on January 1, 2017; or (B) Section 3679(c)(2)(B) (i) or (ii)(II) of Title 38 of the United States Code, as that provision read on January 1, 2017; and (3) is eligible for education benefits under either the federal Montgomery GI Bill®-Active Duty program (30 U.S.C. § 3001 et seq.) or the Post-9/11 GI Bill® program (38 U.S.C. § 3301 et seq.) as each read on January 1, 2017.
Section 68122 - A student who is a victim of trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes who has been granted T or U visa status (respectively under Section 1101(a)(15)(T)(i) or (ii), or Section 1101(a)(15)(U)(i) or (ii), of Title 8 of the United States Code) shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition to the same extent as individuals who are admitted to the United States as refugees under Section 1157 of Title 8 of the United States Code.
Section 68130.5 - A student, other than a nonimmigrant alien (8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(15)), who is not a resident of California is exempt from paying nonresident tuition if the student meets the requirements of 1 through 4 below:
- Satisfaction of the requirements of A or B.
- A total attendance of, or attainment of credits earned while in California equivalent to, three or more years of full-time attendance or attainment of credits at any of the following:
- California high schools;
- California high schools established by the State Board of Education;
- California adult schools established by a county office of education, a unified school district or high school district, or the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (subject to the class hours’ requirement);
- Campuses of the California Community Colleges (subject to the credit requirements);
- A combination of those schools set forth in clauses i to iv, inclusive.
- Three or more years of full-time high school coursework, and a total of three or more years of attendance in California elementary schools, California secondary schools, or a combination of California elementary and secondary schools.
- Satisfaction of any of the following:
- Graduation from a California high school or attainment of the equivalent thereof;
- Attainment of an associate degree from a campus of the California Community Colleges;
- Fulfillment of the minimum transfer requirements established for the California State University for students transferring from a campus of the California Community Colleges.
- Registration as an entering student at, or current enrollment at, an accredited institution of higher education in California not earlier than the fall semester or quarter of the 2001-2002 academic year.
- In the case of a person without lawful immigration status, the filing of an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.
Students who may qualify for these benefits should contact the Office of the Registrar for further information and/or an eligibility determination.
Over 60 Fee Waiver Program
San Diego State University offers a fee waiver program for California residents 60 years of age and older. Both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students may participate in the program. The program waives the admission application fee and regular registration fees (except for a nominal fee). Participants must apply for admission during the regular application filing period and be admitted under regular admission requirements. Participants register for classes on a space-available basis after regularly matriculated students have completed registration. For additional information, contact the Office of Admissions.
Procedure for the Establishment or Abolishment of Campus-Based Mandatory Fees
The law governing the California State University provides that specific campus fees defined as mandatory, such as a student body association fee and a student body center fee may be established. A student body association fee must be established upon a favorable vote of two-thirds of the students voting in an election held for this purpose (California Education Code, Section 89300). The university president may adjust the student body association fee only after the fee adjustment has been approved by a majority of students voting in a referendum established for that purpose. The required fee shall be subject to referendum at any time upon the presentation of a petition to the university president containing the signatures of 10 percent of the regularly enrolled students at the university. Student body association fees support a variety of cultural and recreational programs, childcare centers, and special student support programs. A student body center fee may be established only after a fee referendum is held which approves by a two-thirds favorable vote the establishment of the fee (California Education Code, Section 89304). Once bonds are issued, authority to set and adjust student body center fees is governed by provisions of the State University Revenue Bond Act of 1947, including, but not limited to, California Education Code sections 90012, 90027, and 90068.
The process to establish and adjust other campus-based mandatory fees requires consideration by the campus fee advisory committee and a consultation or student referendum process as established by California State University Student Fee Policy, Section III (or any successor policy). The university president may use consultation mechanisms if he/she determines that a referendum is not the best mechanism to achieve appropriate and meaningful consultation, and referendum is not required by the Education Code or Student Success Fee policy. Results of the referendum and the fee committee review are advisory to the university president. The president may adjust campus-based mandatory fees, but must request the chancellor to establish a new mandatory fee. The president shall provide to the campus fee advisory committee a report of all campus-based mandatory fees. The campus shall report annually to the chancellor a complete inventory of all campus-based mandatory fees.
For more information or questions, contact the System Budget Office in the CSU Chancellor’s Office at 562-951-4560.
Fees and Debts Owed to the Institution
Should a student or former student fail to pay a fee or a debt owed to the institution, including tuition and student charges, the institution may “withhold permission to register, to use facilities for which a fee is authorized to be charged, to receive services, materials, food or merchandise, or any combination of the above from any person owing a debt” until the debt is paid (see Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Sections 42380 and 42381).
Prospective students who register for courses offered by the university are obligated for the payment of charges and fees associated with registration for those courses. Failure to cancel registration in any course for an academic term prior to the first day of the academic term gives rise to an obligation to pay student charges and fees including any tuition for the reservation of space in the course.
The institution may withhold permission to register or to receive other services offered by the institution from anyone owing fees or another debt to the institution. The institution may also report the debt to a credit bureau, offset the amount due against any future state tax refunds due to the student, refer the debt to an outside collection agency and/or charge the student actual and reasonable collection costs, including reasonable attorney fees if litigation is necessary, in collecting any amount not paid when due.
The institution may not withhold an official transcript of grades by the institution from anyone owing fees or another debt to the institution (see Title 1.6C.7 (commencing with Section 1788.90) Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code). The institution can still charge a fee for the issuance of the transcript pursuant to their published transcript processing fees.
If a person believes he or she does not owe all or part of an asserted unpaid obligation, that person may contact Student Account Services. Student Account Services, or another office on campus to which Student Account Services may refer the person, will review all pertinent information provided by the person and available to the campus and will advise the person of its conclusions.