Returned Check Policy

Policies and Procedures - Returned Check Policy

If your check is returned by the bank, the Bursar's Office will notify and bill you for non-payment. Personal checks will not be accepted for three (3) months after the date in which a check payment is returned to The University.  You must pay, in cash, certified funds, or credit card* the original fees plus a $20 dishonored check fee. For checks returned for registration and/or tuition fee payments, you must pay an additional $20 administrative fee and any applicable $25 registration fee by the fee payment due date. After three months, upon request, the ability to write personal checks can be reinstated.

If your check is returned and you decide to withdraw from classes, you must follow the regular withdrawal procedures outlined in the Class Schedule. Pro-rata charges will be assessed if withdrawn on or after the first day of instruction.  

If your check bounces, you are liable for up to three times the amount of the check or $120, whichever is more, plus the face value of the check and court costs.  Additionally, your account may be referred to the Franchise Tax Board for collections. You may also face criminal charges.


California Civil Code, Ch. 522, Sec. 1719

*See Payment Methods - Personal Check.

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