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Fee Information

Student paying fees at cashier's window

Application Fee
State University Fee
Nonresident and Foreign Visa Students
Category I Fees
Category II Fees
Category III Fees
Category IV Fees
Alan Pattee Scholarships
Fee Payment
ID Card
Waiver of Fees
Refund of Fees
Parking Fees
Typical Student Expenses
State University Fee
Associated Students Fee
Miscellaneous Course Fees
Average Support Costs and Sources of Funds

Tuition is not charged to legal residents of California. Following are the fees and nonresident tuition in effect at the time of catalog preparation. (Fees are subject to change without notice.)

Fees charged to students, including students auditing a class, are categorized as "Category I," "Category II," "Category III" or "Category IV." All fee amounts may change without advance notice. Students should refer to the current Class Schedule or www.fullerton.edu/titanonline for fee amounts and for up-to-date information.

Payable online with application at http://www.csumentor.edu/ via credit card, or by check or money order at time application is made $ 55

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(Per Semester)
0 to 6 units: $ 732
6.1 or more units: $1,260

0 to 6 units: $849
6.1 or more units: $1,461

0 to 6 units: $900
6.1 or more units: $1,551

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Nonresident tuition fee (in addition to fees charged to all students)
per unit: $339

The total nonresident tuition paid per term will be determined by the number of units taken. The maximum nonresident tuition per academic year (as of 2006-07) is $10,170.

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Category I Fees are required to apply to, enroll in, attend, and to graduate from Cal State Fullerton. They include, but are not limited to, the CSU Application Fee, costs assessed per semester such as the State University Fee and those associated with the operation of the student union, Associated Students, Inc. programs and services, on-campus health services and specific courses.

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Nonresident and foreign students pay a per-unit tuition fee each semester, in addition to fees charged to all students. Tuition is not charged to legal residents of California.

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Category III Fees are defined as fees other than Category I fees, paid to receive materials, services, or for the use of facilities provided by the university, or to enroll in a course offered through a self-support instructional program.

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Category IV Fees or deposits are required to reimburse the university for additional costs resulting from dishonored payments, late submissions, misuse of property, or as a security or guarantee. They include, but are not limited to, late registration, failure to meet an administrative deadline, late installment payments, returned checks, and late library returns.

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Children of deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression employees who were California residents and who were killed in the course of law enforcement or fire suppression duties are not charged systemwide fees or tuition of any kind at any California State University campus, according to the Alan Pattee Scholarship Act, Education Code Section 68120. Students are responsible for campus fees. Students qualifying for these benefits need to contact the Admissions/ Registrar's Office, which determines eligibility.

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Online (ACH) checking from savings or checking accounts, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover credit cards or TitanCard may be used for payment of student fees. Payments can be made at www.fullerton.edu/titanonline or at (714) 278-2121.

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The campus ID card, the TitanCard, incorporates multiple applications into a single card. The TitanCard, which bears the user's photograph, signature and CSUF logo, is designed to be the student's permanent ID card with electronic validation occurring each semester of enrollment. The card permits easy access to university facilities and services including the Pollak Library, recreation activities, several Student Affairs offices, Athletic ticket office, Titan Shops, dining and vending services, computer labs, student elections, etc. TitanTender is the debit account portion of the TitanCard, reducing the need to carry cash on campus. The card can also serve as a long distance calling card and ATM card.

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The California Education Code includes provisions for the waiver of mandatory systemwide fees as follows:

Section 68120 - Children and surviving spouses/registered domestic partners of deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression employees who were California residents and who were killed in the course of law enforcement or fire suppression duties (referred to as Alan Pattee Scholarships);

Section 66025.3 - Qualifying children, spouses/registered domestic partners, or unmarried surviving spouses/registered domestic partners of a war period veteran of the U.S. military who is totally service-connected disabled or who died as a result of service-related causes; children of any veteran of the U.S. military who has a service-connected disability, was killed in action, or died of a service-connected disability and meets specified income provisions; any dependents or surviving spouse/registered domestic partner who has not remarried of a member of the California National Guard who in the line of duty and in active service of the state was killed or became permanently disabled or died of a disability as a result of an event while in active service of the state; and undergraduate students who are the recipient of or the child of a recipient of a Congressional Medal of Honor and meet age and income restrictions; and

Section 68121 - Students enrolled in an undergraduate program who are the surviving dependent of any individual killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in southwestern Pennsylvania, if the student meets the financial need requirements set forth in Section 69432.7 for the Cal Grant A Program and either the surviving dependent or the individual killed in the attacks was a resident of California on September 11, 2001.

Students who may qualify for these benefits should contact the Admissions/Registrar’s Office for further information and/or an eligibility determination.

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Regulations governing the refund of mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, for students enrolling at the California State University are included in Section 41802 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations. For purposes of the refund policy, mandatory fees are defined as those systemwide fees and campus fees that are required to be paid in order to enroll in state-supported academic programs at the California State University. Refunds of fees and tuition charges for self-support programs at the California State University (courses offered through extended education) are governed by a separate policy established by the university.

In order to receive a full refund of mandatory fees [less non-refundable fees ($11) and processing fees ($5)], including nonresident tuition, a student must cancel registration or drop all courses prior to the first day of instruction for the term. Information on procedures and deadlines for canceling registration and dropping classes is available in the Class Schedule or from Student Financial Services.

For state-supported semesters, quarters, and non-standard terms or courses of four (4) weeks or more, a student who withdraws during the term in accordance with the university’s established procedures will receive a refund of mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, based on the portion of the term during which the student was enrolled. No student withdrawing after the 60 percent point in the term will be entitled to a refund of any mandatory fees or nonresident tuition.

For state-supported semesters, quarters, and non-standard terms or courses of less than four (4) weeks, no refunds of mandatory fees and nonresident tuition will be made unless a student cancels registration or drops all classes prior to the first day in accordance with the university’s established procedures and deadlines.

Students will also receive a refund of mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, under the following circumstances:

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

Students who are not entitled to a refund as described above may petition the university for a refund demonstrating exceptional circumstances and the chief financial officer of the university or designee may authorize a refund if he or she determines that the fees and tuition were not earned by the university.

Information concerning any aspect of the refund of fees may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar or Student Financial Services.

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Semester pass (non-reserved spaces):
Regular and limited students (4-wheeled vehicle):$144.00

Regular and limited students (2-wheeled vehicle): $ 13.50

Daily parking permit: $ 5.00/day

Summer session (4-wheeled vehicle): $96.00

Summer session (2-wheeled vehicle): $9.00

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Typical school year budgets for California residents vary widely. Room and board allowances for nine months range from $3,474 for students living at home to $9,035 for students living on campus and $9,792 for students living off-campus. The allowance for books and supplies is $1,116. Total yearly costs include allowances for registration fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses and range from $11,470 for a student living at home to $16,761 for a student living on campus and $17,788 for a student living off campus. Nonresident students must also allow for nonresident tuition in addition to the costs listed above. Further details on student costs are available from the Office of Financial Aid.

The State University Fee provides financing for the following student services:

  1. Social and Cultural Development Activities. Provides for the coordination of various student activities, student organizations, student government and cultural programs.

  2. Counseling. Includes the cost of counselors’ salaries and clerical support, plus operating expenses and equipment.

  3. Testing. Covers the cost of test officers, psychometrists, clerical support, operating expenses and equipment.

  4. Placement. Provides career information to students and faculty for academic program planning and employment information to graduates and students.

  5. Financial Aid Administration. Includes the cost of the counseling and business services provided in connection with the financial aid programs.

  6. Health Services. Provides health services to students and covers the cost of salaries of medical officers and nurses and related clerical and technical personnel, as well as operating expenses and equipment.

  7. Housing. Supports personnel who provide housing information and monitor housing services available to students.

  8. Student Affairs Administration. Covers 50 percent of the cost of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, which has responsibility for the overall administration of student services.

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The law governing the California State University provides that fees defined as mandatory, such as a student body association fee and a student body center fee, may be established. A student body association fee must be established upon a favorable vote of two-thirds of the students voting in an election held for this purpose (Education Code, Section 89300). A student body center fee may be established only after a fee referendum is held which approves by a two-thirds favorable vote the establishment of the fee (Education Code, Section 89304). The Associated Students Fee was established at Cal State Fullerton by student referendum in December 1959. The campus president may adjust the same fee only after the fee adjustment has been approved by a majority of students voting in a referendum established for that purpose (Education Code, Section 89300). The required fee shall be subject to referendum at any time upon the presentation of a petition to the campus president containing the signatures of 10 percent of the regularly enrolled students at the university. Once bonds are issued, authority to set and adjust the Associated Students Fee is governed by provisions of the State University Revenue Bond Act of 1947, including, but not limited to, Education Code, sections 90012, 90027, and 90068. The Associated Students Fee supports a variety of cultural and recreational programs, childcare centers, and special student support programs.

The process to establish and adjust other campus-based mandatory fees requires consideration by the campus fee advisory committee and a student referendum. The campus president may use alternate consultation mechanisms if he/she determines that a referendum is not the best mechanism to achieve appropriate and meaningful consultation. Results of the referendum and the fee committee review are advisory to the campus president. The president may also request the chancellor to establish the mandatory fee.

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A $12.00 per semester "Consolidated Course Fee" includes all individual miscellaneous course fees other than those for travel and field trip expenses, event and facility admissions, sports equipment and musical instruments (including rentals). This fee will be charged as part of the "basic fees" due on or before the pertinent registration fee deadline. Course fees not covered by the Consolidated Course Fee are listed and described in the "Footnotes" sections that follow the class listings in the Class Schedule. Information as to the amount and payment of these fees will be provided before or on the first day of classes. For questions concerning the Consolidated Course Fee, please contact Student Financial Services at sfs@fullerton.edu.

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The total support cost per full-time equivalent student includes the expenditures for current operations, including payments made to students in the form of financial aid, and all fully reimbursed programs contained in state appropriations. The average support cost is determined by dividing the total cost by the number of full-time equivalent students (FTES). The total CSU 2006/07 final budget amounts were $2,788,910,000 from state General Fund appropriations (not including capital outlay funding), $1,016,931,000 from State University Fee (SUF) revenue, $403,278,000 from other fee revenues and reimbursements for a total of 4,209,119,000. The number of projected 2006/07 full-time equivalent students (FTES) is 348,262. The number of full-time equivalent students is determined by dividing the total academic student load by 15 units per term (the figure used here to define a full-time student's academic load).

The 2006/07 average support cost per full-time equivalent student based on General Fund appropriation and State University Fee revenue only is $10,928 and when including all sources as indicated below is $12,086. Of this amount, the average student fee support per FTE is $3,551, which includes all fee revenue in the CSU Operating Fund (e.g., State University Fee, nonresident tuition, application fees, miscellaneous course fees).

2006/07 Amount Average Cost per FTE Student Percentage
Total Support Cost $ 4,209,119,000 $12,086 100%
• State Appropriation    2,788,910,000    8,008   66%
• Student Fee Support1    1,016,931,000    2,920   24%
• Other Income & Reimbursements2       403,278,000    1,158   10%

1Student fee support represents campus 2006/07 final budget submitted State University Fee revenue.

2The other income and reimbursements represent campus other fee 2006/07 final budget revenues submitted, as well as reimbursements in the CSU Operating Fund.

The average CSU 2006/07 academic year, resident, undergraduate student fees required to apply to, enroll in, or attend the university is $3,199. However, the costs paid by individual students will vary depending on campus, program, and whether a student is part-time, full-time, resident, or nonresident.


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