Drop for Non-Payment

It’s important to pay your financial balance on time to avoid being dropped from your classes. SF State drops continuing students who have not paid their financial balance by the fee payment due date: August 10, 2022.

Once you register for classes, tuition and fees will be applied to your student account, with a balance due date. You can always view your balance and due date in your Student Center

Students who are dropped will have their courses removed from their schedule for the term. Charges are reversed, so you are not financially responsible for charges associated with the dropped courses. 

You are ultimately responsible for any charges on your account. The University may decide not to perform the drop for non-payment.

Students will be notified of this decision through their SFSU email address so they can self-drop if they do not plan to attend.

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Fee Payment Deadlines

Term Due Date
Fall 2022 August 10 (Wednesday)
Spring 2023 January 11 (Wednesday)
Summer 2022 May 30 (Tuesday)

Please note, dates provided here are for planning purposes.

The dates for future terms are estimates, and are subject to change.

 

Will I Be Dropped?

Students are dropped from their courses if they have an outstanding tuition balance on their student account after the fee payment deadline. 

However, you will not be dropped if you fall into one of the following categories we exempt from the drop process

  • Students new to SF State are not dropped for non-payment in their first semester. We send a message to newly admitted students at their SFSU email address that they won’t be dropped for non-payment, so if you do not plan to attend, you have the chance to self-drop. The last day to drop all classes to not be charged pro-rated tuition and fees is August 21, 2022.

  • Students on an Installment Payment Plan are not dropped if they are in good standing on the plan. Good standing means that you have made all payments on time and in full

  • Students eligible for federal or state grants, scholarships, or loans are not dropped as long as they have a “Balance deferred by FA” indicator listed in the “Holds and Alerts” section of their Student Center 

  • Students with an approved Fee Waiver or Third-Party Authorization are not dropped as long as the account is coded/noted on the Account Activity page in the Student Center and any remaining balance is paid by the fee payment deadline

 

How to Avoid Being Dropped

There are several things you can do to avoid being dropped. 

  1. You can pay the balance on your student account through our secure, online payment process 24/7. Check out the How to Make a Payment video tutorial
  2. You can make a payment in person at the Cashiering Office in the Administration building (until 4:00 PM on the fee payment deadline). On the bursar home page, under the "Bursar Services" section, click on the "Administration Building" option to view its hours of operation. 
  3. You can apply for Financial Aid. If you are aid-eligible, then you may qualify for an exemption from the drop for non-payment process. Students who apply for financial aid should make sure they have a “Balance deferred by FA” indicator listed in the “Holds and Alerts” section of their Student Center. 
  4. You can sign up for an installment payment plan. This allows you to divide your payment rather than paying all at once. You must be in good standing. Good standing means that you have made all payments on time and in full.  
  5. You can verify that your Fee Waiver/3rd Party authorization has been approved and posted by ensuring the proper balance is reflected on your account and any remaining balance is paid by the fee payment deadline.

You should be proactive about payment options and financial aid opportunities before the drop date.

Check out our Bursar Student FAQ page for additional helpful information.

 

Warnings Before Being Dropped

First Notification:

  • The Bursar’s Office will send all students a notification to their SFSU email account about payment due dates the day after they first register for classes
  • This communication details the fee payment deadline and provides you with information about payment plans, financial aid, and third-party waivers 

Warning/Second Warning:

  • If you are at risk of being dropped, you will be notified in advance of the payment deadline that you will be dropped for non-payment if you do not pay your account balance by the fee payment deadline
  • We will also provide instructions for making payments online
  • Contact information is provided for the Financial Aid and Bursar offices in case a student meets an exception but it has not yet been documented on their record

Text Warning:

  • If you are at risk of being dropped and have a mobile number on record, you will be notified 1 day in advance of the payment deadline that you will be dropped for non-payment if you do not pay your account balance by the payment deadline
  • We will refer you to the email received the prior day for further instruction

 

Please note, dates provided here are for planning purposes.

The dates for future terms are estimates, and are subject to change.

Notification Schedule

Term First Notification Warning Second Warning Text Warning Payment Deadline Drop Date
Fall 2022 After initial registration August 1 August 7 August 09 August 10 (Wednesday) August 11 (Thursday)
Spring 2023 After initial registration January 2 January 9 January 10 January 11 (Wednesday) January 12 (Thursday)
Summer 2023 After initial registration May 22 May 26 May 29 May 30 (Tuesday) No Summer Drop1

1Students are not dropped for nonpayment in the summer. However, students are still financially responsible for paying their balance. Students who do not meet their financial obligations will have a financial hold applied to their account, and are at risk for being dropped for the subsequent Fall semester.

 

Drop Notice and Re-enrollment Opportunity

If you are dropped, you will be notified through your SFSU email address that you have been dropped for non-payment.

You will also be notified about the next steps you can take if you still plan to attend.

We also provide contact information for campus services.  

Any student who re-registers will have a financial hold placed on their account the day after they re-register.

The financial hold will prevent further registration and will remain in place until their payment has been made in full.

 

Contact Information

We are here to help. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our offices to assist you.  

Bursar’s Office: 

Financial Aid Office:

Registrar's Office:

 

Full Protocol

To see the full protocol covering Drop for Non-Payment, please visit the Drop for Non-Payment Protocol page.