Fall 2015 Refund Policy & Deadline Dates

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 systemwide 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 systemwide 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).

Refund Policy for Tuition and Other Fees

(All refunds will be subject to a $5.00 administrative fee) Important: It is the student's responsibility to drop courses, regardless of the reason, by the enrollment period deadlines to avoid charges or be eligible for a full or prorated refund. Failure to do so may result in charges and holds preventing university services. Students who do not plan to attend, should drop all courses before the first day of instruction to avoid enrollment charges.

Refund Deadline Dates

The following general rules will be followed by Accounting Services in making refunds to students for State-supported semesters (with references to Title 5, Section 41802):

Enrollment Period Drop Some But Not All Courses Including Swaps Dropping All Courses or Officially Withdrawing From the University Refund Deadline Dates
Before the first day of Instruction (August 24, 2015) 100% Refund 100% Refund August 24, 2015
During the first two weeks of instruction (August 25- September 8, 2015) Fees are determined based on courses enrolled as of September 8, 2015.See * below Pro-rated refund based on last dropped course or withdrawal date September 8, 2015
After 2nd week of instruction up to and including the 60th percentile of the semester (September 9 - October 28, 2015) No Refund -Adjustments (add, drop, swaps) may result in additional fee charges. See ** below Pro-rated refund based on last dropped course or withdrawal date No Refund or Pro-rated Refund (whichever is applicable)
After the 60th percentile of the semester (October 29, 2015 and thereafter) No Refund No Refund No Refund

* A determination will be made at the end of the second week of instruction (September 8, 2015) as to the amount of fees due for the number of units enrolled.

** Class schedule adjustments (add, drop, swap) will NOT be eligible for a refund and may result in additional fee charges (Tuition Fee, Non-Resident Tuition Fee, Professional Program Fee, and course fees).

Examples: (For those who enroll September 9, 2015 or thereafter)

1) Students who drop unit(s) but remain enrolled, resulting in a lower fee category (from Full-time to Part-time) will NOT be eligible for a refund.

2) Students who are enrolled in 6 units, drop 3 units, and eventually adds 3 more units will be charged at a Full-time status rate and any applicable Non-Resident Tuition Fee, Professional Program Fee, and/or course fee.


Pro-rated Refund and Schedule

Pro-rated refunds are calculated on a calendar day basis from the first day of instruction to the last day of exams, excluding breaks in instruction of five (5) consecutive days or more. Refunds are allowed to the 60th percentile of the academic period. For Fall 2015, the first day of instruction is August 25, 2015, and the last day of exams is December 17, 2015. The length of the academic period is 110 days. Each day within the academic period is 1/110.


Student Involvement & Representation Fee (SIRF)

Students can opt out after the fee has been assessed to their student account. The deadline to opt out of the fee is census date (September 22, 2015). After census, students will no longer be able to opt out for the semester and the fee is non-refundable. If a student chooses to, they will need to opt out each semester.

For step by step instructions to opt out, please click How to Opt Out of the Student Involvement & Representation Fee.

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