Special Circumstances: Fee and Payment Information

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory system wide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed 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 system wide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).


Special Circumstances


Special Circumstances - Late Admission

If you were admitted late, bring your Notice of Admission Letter to the Bursar's Office in order to pay your fees. Students admitted two weeks before, on or after the first day of the semester, January 27, 2016, the late fee waiver is applicable through February 9, 2016. If admitted outside of this time frame, you will have two weeks from the date of admittance to pay. Delay in payment beyond the due dates will require a Petition for Waiver of Financial Regulations, and if approved, a late registration fee of $25 plus applicable administrative fees will be waived. From the first day of the semester,January 27, 2016, cash, money order, or certified checks are the only acceptable methods of payments for tuition and fees.


Special Circumstances - Financial Aid Recipients

Anticipated Aid:  If you have been awarded and have accepted an offer of financial aid, excluding college work study, you need only pay, by the payment due date, what is not covered by the anticipated aid.   Do not apply for the University's Installment Payment Agreement unless your aid has been cancelled.

If you are found to be ineligible for financial aid after you have enrolled in classes or if your financial aid is not sufficient to pay your tuition and fees in full, you are responsible for paying the fees or unpaid balance before the first day of the semester, January 27, 2016. Payments received on or after the first day of the semester will be assessed a non-refundable administrative fee of $20.

If you register for classes and decide not to attend SFSU, you must drop all classes by the published refund deadline of January 26, 2016, online and/or in person at the Registrar's Office.

Disbursement:  You must register through your Student Center in order to receive Financial Aid funds at the beginning of the semester. The Financial Aid Office will not authorize disbursement until you are officially enrolled in at least the minimum number of units required for the types and amounts of Financial Aid you have been awarded. There will be no exceptions to this requirement.

Note: Refund application requests received from subsidized students whose fees were deducted from Financial Aid awards will be processed only after additional payment is received from the agency.


Special Circumstances - International Students

If you are a resident of a foreign country and not a citizen of the U.S. or not a CA resident and have an unanticipated financial emergency, you may apply to pay all or a portion of the non-resident tuition in three installments rather than one lump sum. The online installment payment plan through SF State Gateway gives you the convenience to sign up without filling out paper application form and waiting in long lines. In order to keep your enrolled classes, you must sign up and pay the appropriate tuition and local/program fees by the published fee payment deadline. The installment plan does not defer payment of tuition and other campus mandatory fees.

To enroll:

  • Log on to the Student Center through SF State Gateway.
  • Navigate to the Student Center
  • Click on Self-Service link
  • Scroll down to the Finances section and click on the drop down menu [other financial ...] box. Click on "enroll in Payment Plan," then click [>>] box.

**For additional information, please view the Installment Payment Plan Agreement


Special Circumstances - Veterans

Newly admitted and continuing veterans, reservists, and military dependents who are eligible for Veterans educational benefits should contact the Veteran's Certification Office every semester by phone at (415) 338-2336 or in person at the One Stop Student Services building, prior to registering. All eligible military dependents must submit their Letter of Authorization certifying eligibility to receive a fee waiver under the State of California's Military and Veterans Code 890-980 and/or the California Education Code, Section 32320, to the Bursar's Office every semester by their fee payment deadline. All eligible dependents must also submit a Letter of Authorization for Fee Waiver to the Bursar's Office before registration.

Students must pay the local fees by the fee payment deadline.

If you are expecting financial aid and are required to pay the local fees, you must submit a Letter of Authorization for Fee Waiver along with a copy of your award letter to the Bursar's Office by the fee payment deadline to be eligible to enroll in classes during your appointed date and time.


Special Circumstances - Subsidized Students

If a government agency (U.S. or foreign) or private company is going to pay your tuition and fees, submit a letter from the subsidizing organization to the Bursar's Office, ADM-155 or SSB 103, by the fee payment deadline of December 15, 2015 before 4:00 pm. The letter must include your name, student I.D. number, the semester covered, the amount of the subsidy, and the point of contact at the organization. If the subsidy does not cover full tuition and fees, the balance must be received by January 26, 2016. If you are also receiving financial aid, the subsidy letter must be received prior to your financial aid disbursement to prevent the subsidized amount from being deducted from your award. Refund requests for fees paid out of the Financial Aid funds are processed once the subsidizing agency/organization has remitted the full payment.

If the subsidy authorization letter is received by the Bursar's Office after payment has been made, refund requests will be processed once the subsidizing agency/organization has remitted full payment.

Payment deadlines and penalties as stated above apply to subsidized and Special Circumstances students. Should the agency fail to pay any unpaid fees, it becomes the student's responsibility to pay the fee obligations.


Special Circumstances - Tuition Status

Residency Status Change: Students who wish to change their status from nonresident to resident should submit a Residency Questionnaire form and a Refund Request form by January 26, 2016.

Special Enrollment Programs: Students participating in Special Enrollment Programs must submit the appropriate program enrollment form to the One Stop Student Services Center by January 26, 2016, in order to be properly billed. If your status in the special program results in an over payment of fees, a Refund Request Form must be submitted to the Bursar's Office by January 26, 2016.

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