Refund Information

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).

Sign up for Direct Deposit.  It is fast, convenient and secure to have refunds directly deposited to your bank account.  Refund checks will be mailed to the address on file with Records & Registration.  Payments made by credit card will be credited back to the original card number.  The 2.75% credit card service fee is not refundable.  Allow 4-6 weeks for refund processing.   

Refunds will be applied to outstanding debts on your student account and any remaining balance will be remitted to you. Refunds will begin processing for the Spring term on January 17, 2019.

Important:  It is the student’s 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 confirm your enrollment and student account records on myCI may result in charges and holds preventing critical university services.  Students who do not plan to attend, should drop all classes before the first day of the semester:

  • Spring 2019: January 18, 2019

Withdrawal from Classes

A student is eligible for a full refund if fees were paid but no enrollment occurred, or if all classes were dropped prior to the first day of instruction for the term. Procedures for withdrawal and eligibility requirements are available in the Enrollment Center or in the Schedule of Classes. All refunds are processed automatically and may take six to eight weeks to process. Refund checks will be mailed to the address on file. Students can update their address by logging into myCI > CI Records.

A full refund of tuition and other fees for both residents and non-residents tuition occurs under the following circumstances:

  • The tuition and fees were collected in error.
  • The course for which the tuition and other fees were collected was cancelled by the University.
  • The University made a delayed decision that the student was not eligible to enroll in the term for which the tuition and other fees were collected, and that delayed decision was not due to incomplete or inaccurate information provided by the student.
  • The student was activated for compulsory military service.

Note: Students who register for courses offered by the University are obligated for the payment of fees associated with registration for those courses. Failure to cancel registration in any course for an academic term gives rise to an obligation to pay tuition and other fees for the reservation of space in the course(s).

Proration of Tuition Fees

Beginning with the first day of instruction, refunds for complete and some partial withdrawals will be prorated based on the date of withdrawal and the length of the academic period up to the 21st day of the semester.  If a student "steps" to a lower tuition level and changes from full-time units to part-time units, or results in 0 units (i.e. from 3 units to 0 units, or from 7 units to 4 units), they will be prorated for the amount of time that they were enrolled in the dropped class.  This proration begins after the first day of the semester, and continues until the 21st day of the semester.  After the 21st day of the semester, students are charged the entire tuition amount for the dropped class (i.e. no refund). 


You are eligible for:Spring 2019
Full refund, if withdrawal is processed on or beforeJanuary 18, 2019
Prorated refund, if completed withdrawal is processed betweenJanuary 19, 2019 - March 27, 2019
No refund, if dropping from full-time enrollment to part-time enrollment, and processed afterFebruary 8, 2019

It is the sole responsibility of the student to withdraw from classes.  Refunds can only be issued to student who withdraw from classes by the published deadlines.  Students are responsible for verifying/confirming withdrawals from their classes, and for contacting Financial Aid and Student Business Services to be aware of any financial ramifications of withdrawing from classes.  Failure to follow formal withdrawal procedures may result in the obligation to pay fees.