Military Tuition Assistance Return Policy

CSULB’s policy is that any unearned tuition assistance (TA) funds will be returned to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) based on a proportional basis through at least the 60 percent portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending.  In instances when a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, CSULB will work with the affected Service member to identify solutions that will not result in student debt for the returned portion. 

Students who withdraw or drop in units after the deadlines have passed may also appeal for a Special Circumstances Refund. When a refund is requested due to a serious medical condition or injury beyond the student's control, the student should NOT request a special circumstances refund. Instead, the student must complete a Medical Withdrawal Petition form obtainable at Enrollment Services BH-101. Refunds will be calculated on a pro-rated basis.

Returned Amount of Tuition Assistance
Tuition Assistance Amount Returned to DoD 16-week course 12-week course 6-week course
100% Prior to Week 1 Prior to Week 1 Prior to Week 1
Prorated 99-60%* Weeks 1-9* Weeks 1-7* Weeks 1-4*
No Return Weeks 10 - 16 Weeks 8-12 Weeks 5-6*

*During this week, at the 60% mark of the semester, return will be prorated based on the date of withdrawal. After the 60% mark of the semester, no return will be made.

For more information about how tuition is prorated, and other tuition and fee related policy please see Tuition and Fees and California Code of Regulations, Title V, Section 41802 or contact Student Account Services at 562.985.8280.

Students who are participating in the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program may find additional information about tuition rates at CSU Per-Unit Tuition Costs for the Military Student Tuition Assistance Program website.