Bursar's Office Inquiry

Please visit the Bursar FAQs page for answers to our most common questions related to fee payments, financial holds, refunds, financial aid, and other general questions. For all other Bursar inquires, please complete the form below.

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Why can't I access my student's information? (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. In accordance with FERPA, students 18 years of age or older have the right to their academic records and schools may not release any personal information without consent.

What is the full schedule of tuition and fees?

You can check the full schedule of tuition and fees by the following link: https://bursar.sfsu.edu/students_services

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What is a Student Financial Obligation Hold (SFO)?

A campus financial obligation hold is placed when there is any past due balance left outstanding on a student account.

How can I remove my SFO Hold?

Students can remove their SFO hold by paying their past due obligation. After making the payment, the hold will release by midnight.

What is an S2 Hold?

An S2 hold prevents students from enrolling into classes until payment in full is made for tuition & fees. A $25 Late Registration Fee and $20 Administrative Fee will apply.

How can I remove my S2 Hold?

To find out how to remove this S2 Hold, visit our website at: http://bursar.sfsu.edu/new_updates_page.

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How much am I getting from Financial Aid?

You can find how much financial aid you will be receiving in the “Finances” section of your student center through SFSU Gateway. On the left of this section, you will find a link labeled, “view financial aid.” Select the aid year you are looking for, then select “view scheduled disbursement dates” to view the total aid that will disburse to you for the semester.

Can I expect a Financial Aid refund?

Once tuition & fees are paid, any excess funds will be applied to any other outstanding charges remaining on the student account (i.e housing charges, student health center fees, lab fees etc). After all remaining charges are paid, students will be eligible for a refund.

When can I expect my refund?

If you are enrolled in direct deposit, you should expect to receive your refund within 5 business days after the original disbursement. If you are not enrolled, expect a check within 2 weeks of original disbursement to the mailing address you have on file (update via student center).

Will I owe any out-of-pocket payment?

If you are not a financial aid recipient or your financial aid award is not enough to cover the entire balance on your account, you will be responsible for paying the remaining balance out of pocket by the given due date. Information on dates and deadlines can be found on the Bursar’s office home page http://bursar.sfsu.edu/ under the tab “student information” > select term > “important dates and deadlines.” Information on due dates for specific items can also be found in the finances section of your student center. On the left, you will be a tab labeled, “other financials..” in the tab you will find “charges due” This page will provide you a breakdown of the remaining charges on your account with a specified due date.

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When is my tuition due?

To avoid a $20.00 late fee, please have all tuition & fees paid by February 15th, 2018. You will be unable to register for the upcoming semester with any remaining charges on your account.

How much do I need to pay?

Depending what your status is as a student, your tuition fees will vary.

Undergraduate tuition for CA resident students:
Part time (6 units or below): $2,423.00
Full time (6.1 units or more): $3,629.00

*Please note that these tuition and fee charges do not include lab fees for particular courses. Once you add the class, you will see the lab fees on your account.

Graduate tuition for CA resident students:
Part time (6 units or below): $2,840.00
Full time (6.1 units or more): $4,346.00

*Plus any applicable tuition/program fees below:

Non-Resident Tuition Fee - $396 per Semester Unit

Non- resident of California and International students must pay $396 per unit.

Graduate and Professional Program Fees (Business Matriculating Graduate Students)

*Graduate students in the College of Business will be charged an additional Graduate Program Fee of $700 (for 0 to 6.0 units) or $1,200 (for 6.1 or more units) and a Professional Program Fee of $270 per unit.

Note: Graduate Students in the Master of Arts in Economics program are not subject to the additional Graduate MBA program fee.

Graduate and Professional Program Fees (Public Administration Matriculating Graduate Students)

*Graduate students in Public Administration will be charged an additional Graduate Program Fee of $430 (for 0 to 6.0 units) or $850 (for 6.1 or more units) per semester.

What are all of these fees for?

Tuition consists of two types of fees:

  1. Tuition fee goes to help support the entire CSU system.
  2. Local campus fees go to help support the specific CSU you are attending. Here at SFSU every student will help support our university by paying the following fees:

          Student Body Center     $82.00
          Rec. & Wellness Center     $160.00
          Student Body Assoc.     $54.00
          Student Health Svc.     $157.00
          IRA- General     $50.00
          IRA- Athletics     $68.00
          Student Fac. Fee     $3.00
          Campus Svc. Card     $2.00
          Student Involvement & Re      $2.00
          Gator Pass Fee     $180.00

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How long does a refund take to process?

You should expect a check within two to three weeks after submitting the Refund Request Form to the Bursar's Office. Otherwise, for unofficial withdrawals and/or cancellation of classes, refund checks will not be processed until after the 60 percent of the attendance period.

What refunds are due before/after a drop deadline?

Classes dropped on or after the first day of the semester are subject to a pro-rated refund up to the 60% point in the semester (less a $20 refund processing fee) if you official withdraw and notify the Registrar’s Office, and submit a completed Refund Request Form to the Bursar’s Office.

What refunds are due after I withdraw from SF State?

Full Refund - Students who officially withdraw from the University prior to the first day of instruction will receive a 100% refund, less a $20 administrative fee and un-refundable Campus ID Service Fee of $2, of mandatory tuition and campus fees, and other applicable program fee/s, and non-resident tuition.

Pro-Rata Refund - Between the first day of instruction through the 60% date of the semester, refunds will be on a pro-rata basis using the official withdrawal date. Students are not eligible to receive a refund for dropping all classes or officially withdrawing after the 60% date. The pro-rata refund will be calculated by the number of CALENDAR days from the first day of the semester to the date of withdrawal. Refunds will first be applied to any outstanding debt owed to the University.

What campus fees are non-refundable?

• Application Fee

• Credential Application

• Orientation Fee

• Orientation Guest Fee

• Fee Late Registration Fee

• Administrative Fee

• Dishonored Check Fee

• Installment Service Fee

• Course Fees if associated course is not dropped before the 1st day of the academic term

Franchise Tax Board (FTB)

Franchise Tax Board (FTB) website

Collections/Past Due Obligations

The University reserves the right to cancel student’s classes for non-payment of campus fees and other obligations from prior semesters/years. A financial hold is automatically placed which prevents future registration and other services. The University or its agent has the right to pursue collections in order to repay a delinquent debt owed.

2016 1098-T Forms are now available in your Student Center/Gateway

Log into your  SF State Gateway (MySFSU) Student Center and under the "Finances" section, click on the drop-down menu and select "View 1098-T." From there, you should be able to view all available tax years and click on the year that you need.

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