Fall 2016 Refund Policy & Deadline Dates

Click here for a Fee Rates statement (at the bottom of the page) from the California State University Budget Office.

Refund Policy for Tuition and Other Fees

When applying for tuition refund, it is the student's responsibility to drop courses, regardless of the reason, by the published deadlines to avoid charges and be eligible for a full or prorated refund. Failure to do so may result in charges and holds preventing Student Accounts from processing a refund.

Students who no longer plan to attend Fresno State, should drop all courses before the first day of instruction to avoid enrollment charges. 

All refunds will be subject to a $5.00 administrative fee. Refer to the Class Schedule for important information about dropping classes.

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 21, 2016 100% Refund 100% Refund August 21, 2016
During the first two weeks of instruction - August 22- September 2, 2016 Fees are determined based on courses enrolled as of September 2, 2016. See * below Pro-rated refund based on last dropped course or withdrawal date September 2, 2016
After the 2nd week of instruction, up to and including the 60th percentile of the semester - September 3 - October 26, 2016 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 on September 2, 2016, 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 on 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 a full-time status rate and any applicable Non-Resident Tuition Fee, Professional Program Fee, and/or course fees.

Pro-rated Refund & 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 2016, 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)

This is a voluntary fee and once the fee is posted a student's account, students can opt out. 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.


Fee Rates


The following is reprinted from the California State University (CSU) Budget Office.


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).