Paying for College
The Office of Financial Aid is aware the college expenses and associated payment deadlines may put a burden on your family. That's why we have collaborated with campus departments to ensure you have sufficient resources to regarding educational costs.
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Follow Up On Your Student's Financial Aid Application
- Make sure your student has applied for financial aid (information on how to apply).
- Make sure they are checking their Student Portal & Student Center for holds or to do list items.
- Make sure your student is checking their CSUF Student email regularly to see if we have contacted them, especially during spring as we are reviewing applications and sending out notices for information.
- Talk about their financial aid award package to see if additional funds are needed based on their cost of attendance.
- Make a budget plan to ensure your family is prepare year round and planning for additional expenses if needed.
Deferring Fee Payment
After a student registers for courses online, tuition and campus fees are calculated by Student Financial Services and typically require a full payment by the published due date. You should check your Student Center to find out your balance and the due date. If your student has applied for financial aid, your student may be eligible to postpone payment of their tuition and campus fees until financial aid is disbursed at the beginning of the semester. Visit Student Financial Services payment information for more details.
Disbursement of Funds
The Office of Financial Aid works in conjunction with Student Financial Services to pay accepted financial aid awards to students. These payments are called “disbursements” and begin the week before classes start each semester.
Aid is disbursed to eligible students a week prior to the first day of classes each semester, and thereafter as available.
Learn more about how the disbursement of funds works.
Installment Payment Plan
The Installment Payment Plan is provided by Student Financial Services and is an option for students to pay their tuition fee or non-resident tuition fee over an extended period of time (Initial payment of fees + 3 monthly installments). Students must re-enroll each term. There is a charge to activate a payment plan, additionally if any payments are missed late fees will be charged and the student may be subject to disenrollment.
- Learn more about the available payment methods including the Installment Payment Plan .
If the student's financial aid award is sufficient to cover tuition and campus-based fees, then fee payment may be eligible for deferment. Learn more at Student Financial Services payment information.
Students Receiving Fee Assistance
A student may be receiving fee assistance for their courses. Some of these include Veteran benefits, third party sponsorship, department of rehabilitation assistance, or other assistance. If this applies to your student they should contact Student Financial Services to determine what information or steps are needed to ensure their courses are paid for in a timely manner.
Paying for Housing
On-Campus Housing cost are listed on the Student Center. After a student's tuition and fees have been paid by their financial aid, the remainder (if applicable) will be applied to the outstanding housing balance.
- Please visit Housing and Residence Life for more information about housing payments and costs.
Paying for Other Educational Expenses
Books, Parking Permits, or Off-Campus Housing and other living expenses are considered out of pocket expenses. This means that the student would have to pay for them on their own. As financial aid funds can pay as early as the week before the semester begins this can provide sufficient time to obtain needed resources to start classes.
Titan Shops - There are a variety of resources for getting books for lower costs, such as renting them or buying used books. Visit the bookstore to learn more.
Parking and Transportation - Permits can be purchased online or in person. You can also buy daily or semester permits. Make sure your permit is displayed clearly to avoid getting a parking ticket.