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California State University, Long Beach

Fees and Finances – Details

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 initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, 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.

Financial Aid

For information on available aid programs, general eligibility requirements and the application process, go to Financial Aid.

Miscellaneous Course Fees

Some classes charge course fees for special materials or activities. Any course fees will be charged at the time you register for the course. If you do not plan to use the supplies or services covered by the course fee, see the class instructor or department office to request a waiver. Fees are subject to change without advance notice. Check your account summary at MyCSULB immediately after registering for classes.

Refunds

Refund Schedules

Refund regulations for the California State University System are prescribed by the California Code of Regulations, Title V, Section 41802.

The university automatically generates refunds two weeks after census, which is approximately 6 weeks after the start of the semester. If you drop all classes prior to the first day of instruction or drop from full time to part time on or prior to the last day of self service registration you may submit an Application for Refund of Fees.

Important: It is YOUR responsibility to drop classes, regardless of the reason, by the deadlines to avoid charges or be eligible for a full or pro-rated refund. Failure to track your enrollment and student account records at MyCSULB may result in charges and holds preventing critical university services. If you had a financial aid fee deferment in place when you registered and are later determined ineligible for aid, or you decline your aid, you must drop your classes. Students who do not plan to attend, should drop all classes before the first day of instruction:

  • Fall 2014: August 24, 2014
  • Spring 2015: January 19, 2015

Please Note: After instruction begins, students who drop all their classes will owe pro-rated fees based on the date of withdrawal.

Refund Schedules for Tuition and Mandatory Fees and Nonresident Tuition

Check the refund schedule below to determine whether you are eligible for a refund and how it will be calculated.

If you add or drop after the last day of self service registration, you are financially responsible for all classes.

Enrollment Adjustment Period Reduce units by dropping some classes
(incl. full to part-time)
Drop or Withdraw from ALL classes
(incl. Medical and Educational Leave)
Prior to 1st day of instruction 100% of reduction in calculated charges Full refund
1st day of instruction through last day of Self Service Registration 100% of reduction in calculated charges Prorated refund based on date of withdrawal
In Person Registration – 60% point of semester No refund Prorated refund based on date of withdrawal
After 60% point* No refund No refund

Spring 2014 Refund Schedules for Tuition and Mandatory Fees and Nonresident Tuition

Spring 2014 Enrollment Adjustment Period Reduce units by dropping some classes
(incl. full to part-time)
Drop or Withdraw from ALL classes
(incl. Medical and Educational Leave)
On or before January 20 100% of reduction in calculated charges Full refund
January 21 through February 3 100% of reduction in calculated charges Prorated refund based on date of withdrawal
February 4 through March 27 No refund Prorated refund based on date of withdrawal
Starting March 28 No refund No refund

Fall 2014 Refund Schedules for Tuition and Mandatory Fees and Nonresident Tuition

Fall 2014 Enrollment Adjustment Period Reduce units by dropping some classes
(incl. full to part-time) >
Drop or Withdraw from ALL classes
(incl. Medical and Educational Leave)
On or before August 24 100% of reduction in calculated charges Full refund
August 25 through September 8 100% of reduction in calculated charges Prorated refund based on date of withdrawal
September 9 through October 29 No refund Prorated refund based on date of withdrawal
October 30 No refund No refund

1st day of instruction Spring 2015: January 20, 2015

1st day of instruction Fall 2014: August 25, 2014

Last day of Self Service Registration Spring 2015: February 2, 2015

Last day of Self Service Registration Fall 2014: September 8, 2014

* The 60% point is:

  • Fall 2014: October 29, 2014
    Deadline to drop or withdraw from all classes and receive pro-rated refund

  • Deadline to drop or withdraw from all classes and receive pro-rated refund

  • Spring 2015: March 26, 2015
    Deadline to drop or withdraw from all classes and receive pro-rated refund

  • Deadline to drop or withdraw from all classes and receive pro-rated refund

If you paid your fees by credit card, your refund will be credited to the card that you used to pay. If you paid by cash, ATM/Debit, check or e-check, sign up for eRefund on MyCSULB to receive your refund faster via direct deposit to your bank account. This is the campus method to receive non-credit card refunds. A $10 refund processing fee, and any outstanding fees or charges, will be deducted from your refund.

If you would like to receive your refund as credit toward next semester's fees, you will need to go to the Cashiers' Office, BH-148.

Students who withdraw or drop in units after the deadlines have passed may appeal for a Special Circumstances Refund.

For more information on refunds, contact Student Account Services, BH-148, or (562) 985-8280.

How to Calculate Prorated Refund:

  1. Count the number of days from the first day of the semester (Fall 2014 = Aug. 25, Spring 2013 = Jan. 21) to the date of your withdrawal.
  2. Divide the number of days by 103 (number of days in the semester) and multiply it by actual fees charged to get your prorated fee.
  3. Subtract prorated fee from actual fees paid. This will be your approximate refund, minus the $10 refund processing fee.

Example:

  1. Burt withdraws from all his Fall 2014 classes.
  2. 10/103 x $3,131.00 = $313.00

Your Financial Obligations

Regardless of who funds your education, you are personally responsible for making sure that your Tuition and Mandatory Fees and any other fees or charges are paid on time to CSULB. If you do not pay your balance, in addition to canceling your registration requests, the University can authorize the California Franchise Tax Board to deduct your debt from any future state income tax refunds due to you.

Third Party Fee Payment

If a company or organization wishes to pay your fees, a sponsorship agreement and authorization of services must be received, prior to registration, by Student Account Services, (562) 985-8280. If your sponsor does not pay some or all of your fees, please be aware your classes may be canceled, a financial hold placed on your record and services withheld until fees are paid.

Veterans

If you are a veteran, a reservist, or a survivor or dependent of a veteran, you may be eligible for financial assistance for your higher education. For more information, go to Veterans' Affairs Services or the Veterans Affairs Office, Foundation Building, Room 265, or call (562) 985-5115

Installment Payment Plan and Loans

For information, go to Paying Your Fees.