Jul 11, 2020  
2018-19 Cal Maritime Catalog 
2018-19 Cal Maritime Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fee Policy

Fee Policy Academic Year 208-19

Schedule of Tuition and Fees - 2018-19

The California State University (CSU) makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Tuition and fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU reserves the right, even after initial payments are made, to increase or modify any listed tuition or fees. All listed feeds, other than mandatory systemwide tuition, 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 tuition 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).

The following reflects applicable systemwide tuition and fees for both semester and quarter campuses. These rates are subject to change.

All Students

Application Fee (nonrefundable), payable online at the tie of application via credit card, e-check ro PayPal: $55

2018-19 Basic Tuition

Undergraduate Semester Quarter
6.1 or more units $2,871 $1,914
0 to 6.0 units $1,665 $1,110


Post-Baccalaureate Semester Quarter
6.1 or more units $3,588 $2,392
0 to 6.0 units $2,082 $1,388

Nonresident Students (U.S. and Foreign)

Nonresident Tuition (in addition to basic tuition and other systemwide fees charged all students) for all campuses:

  Semester Quarter
Charge Per Unit $396 $264

The total nonresident tuition paid per term will be determined by the number of units taken.

Mandatory systemwide tuition is waived for those individuals who qualify for such exemption under the provisions of the California Education Code (see section on fee waivers).

Students are charged campus fees in addition to tuition and systemwide fees. Information on campus fees can be found by viewing information at https://www.csum.edu/web/fiscal-services/fees-tuition-and-charges

Credit Cards:

If you wish to pay by credit/debit card, the campus has contracted with CASHNet SmartPay to accept your credit/debit card payments. CASHNet SmartPay accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards.  SmartPay charges a 2.75% service fee on all credit and debit card payment transactions.

Student Involvement and Representation Fee

On January 28, 2015 the CSU Board of Trustees adopted the Student Involvement and Representation Fee (SIRF), which goes into effect in Fall 2015. Submitted to the CSU by the California State Student Association (CSSA), this proposal aims to create a more stable, independent, and expanded statewide student association. Through a $2 per-term voluntary fee assessed to each CSU student, this new funding model will replace CSSA’s long-standing revenue sources that included Associated Students membership dues, fundraising, and Chancellor’s Office grants.

The campus is required to charge this fee to all students enrolled in a degree program, but it is voluntary for students to pay the fee. If the student chooses to opt out, the deadline is the semester census date (20th day of instruction) for each term. After census, students will no longer be able to opt out for the semester. If a student chooses to, they must opt out each fall and spring semester after fees are posted to the student account. This is the only systemwide fee that is non-mandatory and has the option to opt out. View information about opting out at:

Campus-based fees

In addition to tuition fees and other systemwide fees, students enrolled in a degree program at Cal Maritime pay the following fees: Housing, Food Service, Health Services, Health Facility, Parking, Associated Student Body, Instructionally Related Activity, Campus Document, Recreation, Medical Insurance A & B and specific course and laboratory fees determined by courses taken. Current charges for registration related fees can be viewed each year in the Schedule of Fees document posted at: https://www.csum.edu/web/fiscal-services/fees-tuition-and-charges.

In addition, there may be other fees charged by third parties for licenses and exams that are requirements of degree programs. Also, certain departments may make assessments of varying amounts for equipment and facilities, loss, damage, breakage, waste of materials and for late payments or late registration.

Medical Insurance is a requirement for all students enrolled in a degree program at Cal Maritime. All students meeting the enrollment eligibility requirements are charged for Medical Insurance A & B. Please see the Medical Insurance Handbook for more information.

Students who have private medical insurance with sufficient coverage to meet the minimum requirements established by Cal Maritime may complete a medical insurance fee waiver online to request a waiver for Part A. Medical Insurance B cannot be waived. Visit the Student Health Center page for more information. There are strict deadlines for this request.

If the Medical Insurance A fee waiver is approved, a credit to the student’s account will be made. Students who withdraw from Cal Maritime by the policy’s deadline and who have not used the Cal Maritime policy prior to withdrawal will also receive a credit for this fee. Students who request a refund or withdraw after the Cal Maritime policy deadline will be referred to Student Health Services at 707-654-1170.

Housing and Meal Plan

It is the policy of Cal Maritime that students enrolled in its degree programs maintain residence on campus and participate in a meal plan. Enrollment obligates student to pay charges for campus housing and food service unless the student has submitted and received written approval of their petition for off-campus housing.

Students are required to purchase approved uniforms. Please contact the Cal Maritime Bookstore at 707-654-1186 or visit the bookstore website for information regarding cost and availability.

Fee Waivers and Exemptions

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

Section 66025.3 - Dependents eligible to received assistance under Article 2 of Chapter 4 of Division 4 of the Military and Veterans Code; child of any veteran of the United States military who has a service-connected disability, has been killed in service, or has died of a service-connected disability, and meets specified income provisions; dependent, or surviving spouse who has not remarried of any memer of the California Natinoal Guard wo, in the lined of duty, and while in the active service of the state, was killed, died of a disability resulting form an event that occurred while inthe active service of state, or is permanently disabled as a result of an event that occurred while in the active service of the state; and undergraduate student who is a recipient of a Medal of Honor, or undergraduate student who is a child of a recipient of a Medal of Hnor who is no more than 27 years old, meets the income restriction and California residency requirement. The waiver of tuition or fees under this section applies only to a person who is determined to be a resident of California pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 68000) of Part 41.

Section 66602 - A qualifying student from the California State University is appointed by the Governor to serve as Trustee of the California State University for the duration of his or her term of office.

Section 68120 - Surviving spouse or child of a deceased California resident who was employed by a public agency, or was a contractor or an employee of a contractor or an employee of a contractor, performing service for a public agency, and was killed in the performance of his/her principal duties of active law enforcement or fire suppression and prevention duties (referred to as Alan Pattee Scholarships). A person qualifies for the waiver under this section as a surviving child of a contractor or of an employee of a contractor, who performed services for a public agency must have enrolled as an undergraduate student at the California State Univesity and meets income restriction requirement.

Section 68121 - A qualifying student enrolled in an undergraduate program who is 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. Student who may qualify for these benefits should contact the Admissions/Registrar’s Office for further information and/or an eligibility determination.

The California Education Code provides for the following nonresident tuition exemptions:

Section 68075.7 - A nonresident students is exempt from paying nonresident tuition or any other fee that is exclusively applicable to nonresident students if  the student (1) resides in California, (2) meets the definition of “covered individual” as defined in either: (A) Section 3679(c)(2)(A) or (B)(ii)(l) of Title 38 of the United States Code, as that provision read on January 1, 2017; or (B) Section 3679(c)(2)(B)9(i) or (ii)(II) or Title 38 of the United States Code, as that provision read on January 1, 2017; and (3) is eligible for education benefits under either the federal Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program or the Post-9/11 GI Bill program as each read on  January 1, 2017.

Section 68122 -  A student who is a victim of trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes who has been granted T or U visa status are exempt from paying nonresident tuition if they (1) attended high school in California for three or more years; (2) graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent; and (3) registered as an entering student or are currently enrolled at a CSU campus.

Section 68130.5 - A student, other than a nonimmigrant alien, who is not a resident of California is exempt from paying nonresident tuition if the student meets the requirements of (1) through (4), below:

(1) Satisfaction of the requirements of either subparagraph (A) or subparagraph (B):

(A) A total attendance of, or attainment of credits earned while in California equivalent to, three or more years of full-time attendance or attainment of credits at any of the following:

(i) California high schools.

(ii) California high schools established by the State Board of Education.

(iii) California adult schools established by a county office of education, a unified school district or high school district, or the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (subject to the class hours’ requirement).

(iv) Campuses of the California Community Colleges (subject to the credit requirements).

(v) A combination of those schools set forth in clauses (i) to (iv), inclusive.

(B) Three or more years of full-time high school coursework, and a total of three or more years of attendance in California elementary schools, California secondary schools, or a combination of California elementary and secondary schools.

(2) Satisfaction of any of the following:

(A) Graduation from a California high school or attainment of the equivalent thereof.

(B) Attainment of an associate degree from a campus of the California Community Colleges.

(C) Fulfillment of the minimum transfer requirements established for the California State University for students transferring from a campus of the California Community Colleges.

(3) Registration as an entering student at, or current enrollment at, an accredited institution of higher education in California not earlier than the fall semester or quarter of the 2001-02 academic year.

(4) In the case of a person without lawful immigration status, the filing of an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.

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

Payment of Fees and Other University Charges

Students will receive an email notification at their official campus email address when a fee statement is posted to their account. The email will provide a link to the login screen where a student can view his/her electronic statements. No fee bills, statements, or reminders will be mailed. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor his/her campus email and to view his/her account status.

Students may view their account balance and details of all charges at their Student Center in Self Service or by logging into the online payment site at: https://commerce.cashnet.com/csumpay

Fee due dates for each semester and other fee information can be viewed at: https://www.csum.edu/web/fiscal-services/fees-tuition-and-charges

All fees must be submitted to the campus Cashier’s Office by the published semester fee due date. After this date, all new fees and other charges posted to the student account are due within 24 hours after assessment.

Students adding courses after the semester’s posted “Last Day to Add” period may be required to remit payment before registering for new courses.

Payment Options

  • E-check (electronic check) payments are made online by following the link on Cal Maritime’s website (https://commerce.cashnet.com/csumpay) or through Online Services. There is no fee to make a payment online by e-check.
  • Credit/Debit Card payments are accepted online only by following the link (https://commerce.cashnet.com/csumpay) or through Online Services. All credit and debit card payments must be processed online. A convenience fee is assessed by the third party vendor who processes credit/debit card payments. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover bank credit cards may be used for payment of student fees.
  • Check or money order payments mailed should be addressed to:
    CSU Maritime Academy
    Attn: Cashier
    200 Maritime Academy Drive
    Vallejo, CA 94590-8181

In order to ensure payments are received and posted to your account by the fee due date, please mail payments at least 10 business days prior to the due date.

  • Check, money order or cash payments are accepted at the campus Cashier’s Office.
  • An approved Installment Payment Plan may be submitted with the required deposit and administrative fee each semester by the published due date. An application form and eligibility requirements are available from Cal Maritime’s web site.
  • Payment for the amount of fees equal to the anticipated financial aid for the semester may be deferred. To be eligible, a student must apply for financial aid and complete all paperwork (applications, promissory notes, tax records, pre-loan counseling, fee waiver forms, third party sponsor authorizations, etc.), clear all holds, and be enrolled in the units necessary to qualify for the aid award prior to the fee due date. If the anticipated aid is not sufficient to cover all fees, the student must remit payment for the remainder by the fee due date.

A student requesting deferred payment on the basis of anticipated financial aid but who is not certified by the Financial Aid office by the fee due date may have his/her enrollment canceled. Upon completion of Financial Aid certification, the student may re-enroll, subject to class availability, when registration re-opens for the semester. A late registration and late payment fee will be assessed. If a financial aid award or other third party sponsorship is changed or disallowed, the student is immediately responsible for payment in full.

  • Payments returned by the bank for any reason are subject to an administrative fee. A returned payment will be considered the same as no payment. Students who have a payment returned by the bank are required to pay by cash, certified check, money order or online by credit card.

Fees and Debts Owed to the Institution

Should a student or former student fail to pay a fee or a debt owed to the institution, Cal Maritime may “withhold permission to register, to use facilities for which a fee is authorized to be charged, to receive services, materials, food or merchandise or any combination of the above from any person owing a debt” until the debt is paid (Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Section 42380 and 42381).

Students and prospective 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 prior to the first day of the academic term gives rise to an obligation to pay student fees including any tuition for the reservation of space in the course.

The institution may withhold permission to register or to receive official transcripts of grades or other services offered by the institution from anyone owing fees or another debt to the institution. The institution may also report the debt to a credit bureau, offset the amount due against any future state tax refunds due the student, refer the debt to an outside collection agency and/or charge the student actual and reasonable collection costs, including reasonable attorney fees if litigation is necessary, in collecting any amount not paid when due.

If a person believes he or she does not owe all or part of an asserted unpaid obligation, that person may contact the Accounting Office. The Accounting Office will review all pertinent information provided by the person and available to the campus and will advise the person of its conclusions. In all cases, it is important to act in a timely manner when requesting a review of debts and possible refunds.

Consequences of Non-Compliance

Fees must be submitted to the Cashier’s Office using one of the approved payment methods listed under Payment Options by the fee due date. After the due date, students with outstanding balances are subject to cancellation of their enrollment. The student may re-enroll when registration re-opens for the semester, subject to class availability. A late registration and late payment fee will be assessed. Meal plans may be deactivated until the account is no longer delinquent. In the event of deactivation due to non-payment of fees, the plan charge will not be prorated for the time that meal service was suspended.

If a student on an Installment Payment Plan misses a scheduled payment, the student is subject to a late payment fee and will be subject to cancellation of enrollment. Also, the student will not be eligible for future installment payment plans.

In accordance with Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Section 42380 and 42381, it is the policy of Cal Maritime that any student with a balance due will not be allowed to register for classes, take final exams, receive grades, receive official transcripts of grades, participate in any cruise, undergo the selection process for commercial cruise, or benefit from the other services offered by the institution.

If a student or former student leaves Cal Maritime with unpaid fees or fines that remain due, those amounts will automatically convert to a student loan on the last day of the semester that the student last attended. The loan is due and payable to Cal Maritime no later than June 30th of the academic year that the student last attended.

In addition, Cal Maritime may offset refunds to financial aid recipients if funds are required to be returned to the financial aid programs as a result of dropped units or a withdrawal from Cal Maritime.

Cancellation of Registration or Withdrawal from Cal Maritime

Students who find it necessary to cancel their registration or to withdraw from all classes after enrolling for any academic term are required to follow the University’s official withdrawal procedures. Failure to follow formal University procedures may result in an obligation to pay fees as well as the assignment of failing grades in all courses and the need to apply for readmission before being permitted to enroll in another academic term. Information on canceling registration and withdrawal procedures is available from the Office of the Registrar, Student Services Building, (707) 654-1201.

Students who receive financial aid funds must consult with the Financial Aid Office, Student Services Building, prior to withdrawing from the university regarding any required return or repayment of grant or loan assistance received for that academic term or payment period. Students who have received financial aid and withdraw from the institution during the academic term or payment period may need to return or repay some or all of the funds received, which may result in a debt owed to the institution.

The most current information can be found at the Office of the Registrar website or the Office of Financial Aid website.

Refund Policy

Refund of Tuition and Mandatory Fees, Including Non-resident Tuition

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 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, special session, and extended education programs or courses at the California State University are governed by a separate policy established by the University, available at the Office of Sponsored Programs and Extended Learning.

In order to receive a full refund of mandatory fees, less an administrative charge established by the campus, 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 at the Office of the Registrar.

For state-supported semesters, quarters, and nonstandard terms or courses of four (4) weeks or more, a student who withdraws during the term in accordance with the university’s established procedures or drops all courses prior to the campus-designated drop period will receive a refund of tuition and 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 non-resident tuition.

A student who, within the campus designated drop period and in accordance with campus procedures, drops units resulting in a lower tuition and/or mandatory fee obligation shall be entitled to a refund of applicable tuition and mandatory fees less an administrative charge established by the campus.

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

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

  • The tuition and fees were assessed or collected in error;
  • The course for which the tuition and fees were assessed or collectins was cancelled by the university.
  • The university makes a delayed decision that the student was not eligible to enroll in the term for which tuition and 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 Cashier’s Office at cashier@csum.edu or 707-654-1030.

When a student requests a refund or withdraws from Cal Maritime, an audit is made on the account to verify the actual amount that should be returned. Any refund due back to a student is applied first toward any required return of student financial aid funds from federal, state, institutional, or external sources, then towards any outstanding fees or debts to Cal Maritime. Any remaining balance may be returned to the student or to the parents if the balance is the result of a parent’s PLUS loan.

Credit balances of less than $10.00 will not be refunded, unless those balances are the result of a federal financial aid distribution. Information concerning any aspect of the refund of tuition and fees may be obtained from the Accounting office.

Refund of tuition and fees does not constitute formal withdrawal from Cal Maritime. To withdraw formally, a student must contact the Registrar’s Office in writing with their intent to withdraw.

Students dropping to zero units prior to the 60% point of the semester will automatically receive prorated financial credit on their account for registration fees charged. Pro-rata refunds are determined on the basis of the date of the student’s formal withdrawal and the length of the academic period. The length of the academic period is calculated from the first day of instruction through the final exam day of the period and excludes any breaks of five (5) days or more.

Refunds for course fees are covered by separate policies detailed under Course Fee Refunds section below. Some course fees and the Medical Insurance fee may not be refundable based on the drop date. Students who request a refund for Medical Insurance and withdraw after the Cal Maritime policy deadline will be referred to Student Health Services.

Uniform Deposits are collected on behalf of the Cal Maritime Bookstore and forwarded to credit the student’s account at the Bookstore. The Bookstore is responsible for all uniform refunds according to its policy.

Students who are not entitled to a refund as described above may petition for a refund under exceptional circumstances. The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Cal Maritime or a designee may authorize a refund if it is determined that the fees and tuition were not earned by Cal Maritime.

Course Fee Refunds

All course fee refunds require the student to officially drop the course either through Online Services or the Registrar’s Office. Any fees owed to Cal Maritime and any returns to financial aid will first be deducted from the credit balance. Any remaining credit balance on the student’s account will be refunded unless the student requests that the credit remain on account for future registration.

Firefighting Course Fee Refunds

Refunds for Firefighting will be made as follows:

  • Up to 7 calendar days before the start of the class-full refund
  • Less than 7 days before the start of the class-less an administrative charge of $25
  • After the start of the class-no refund

Cruise Course Fee Refunds

Refunding cruise fees are made in accordance with the following principles:

  • Refunds are made only for students who did not attend cruise and who formally drop the course. There are no refunds for students who leave the ship once the cruise period begins. Requests for refunds for unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of the student should be made to the campus CFO.
  • The Registrar’s Office must certify that the student did not attend cruise.

Refunds will be made as follows:

  • Cal Maritime students who formally dropped the course and did not attend cruise:
    • Up to 30 calendar days before the start of cruise-full refund
    • From 30 to 15 calendar days before start of cruise-less an administrative charge of $50
    • Less than 15 days before the start of cruise-less an administrative charge of $100
    • After the start of cruise during the following 60-day period-less an administrative charge of $250
    • More than 60 days after the start of cruise- no refund
  • Visiting students enrolled through Extended Learning and Concurrent Enrollment who officially drop the course and do not attend cruise:
    • Non-refundable fees include drug testing and document fee

International Experience Course Fee Refunds

Refunding fees are made in accordance with the following principles:

  • Refunds are made only for students who formally drop the course prior to the published course drop deadline for the term. Requests for refunds after the deadline for unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of the student should be made to Cal Maritime’s CFO who will consult with the appropriate academic officers to make a determination based on the merits of each specific case.
  • The Registrar’s Office must receive a formal drop request following that department’s drop policies by the published course drop deadline.
  • Refund requests will be audited by the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid Office, and Accounting Office before refunds are processed.
  • Any outstanding debts owed to Cal Maritime will first be deducted from any refund.
  • Accounts charged in error will be refunded in full, if requested by the deadline.

Welding and Manufacturing Lab Fee Refunds

Full refund is issued for those students who formally drop the class no later than the third class meeting. After the third class meeting, no refunds will be made.

MT Lab Fee Refund

Refunds are made only for students who did not attend cruise and who formally dropped the course. Refunds are not made when a student leaves the ship after the cruise has started.

Refunds of Other University Fees

Parking Permit Refunds

Parking on campus is by permit only. Requests for refunds must be submitted in the same semester as the permit was issued. Refunds are prorated from the start of the semester to the date the permit is returned based on the schedule provided by The CSU Chancellor’s Office Parking Fee and Refund Schedule. Additional information may be obtained from the Public Safety Office.

Housing and Food Service Refunds

Housing and Food service refunds are processed according to the terms of the Housing License Agreement. After the 60% point of the semester, no refunds are made. Students desiring to live off-campus must submit a petition for off-campus housing to the Director of Housing and Residence Life for approval by the published due date. Additional information may be obtained from the Housing office.

Determination of Residency for Tuition Purposes

University requirements for establishing residency for tuition purposes are independent from those of other types of residency, such as for tax purposes, or other state or institutional residency. These regulations were promulgated not to determine whether a student is a resident or non-resident of California, but rather to determine whether a student should pay University fees on an in-state or out-of- state basis. A resident for tuition purposes is someone who meets the requirements set forth in the Uniform Student Residency Requirements. These laws governing residency for tuition purposes at the California State University are California Education Code sections 68000-68085, 68120-68133, and 89705-89707.5, and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Subchapter 5, Article 4, sections 41900- 41916. Residency material can be viewed by accessing the California State University’s website at www.calstate.edu/GC/resourcs.shtml.

Each campus’ Admissions Office is responsible for determining the residency status of all new and returning students based on the Application for Admission, Residency Questionnaire, Reclassification Request Form, and, as necessary, other evidence furnished by the student. A student who fails to submit adequate information to establish eligibility for resident classification will be classified as a non-resident.

Generally, establishing California residency for tuition purposes requires a combination of physical presence and intent to remain indefinitely in the State of California. An adult who, at least 366 days prior to the residency determination date for the term in which enrollment is contemplated, can demonstrate both physical presence in the state combined with evidence of intent to remain in California indefinitely may establish California residency for tuition purposes. A minor normally derives residency from the parent(s) with whom he/she resides with or most recently resided.

Evidence demonstrating intent may vary from case to case but will include, and is not limited to, the absence of residential ties to any other state, California voter registration and voting in California elections, maintaining California vehicle registration and driver’s license, maintaining active California bank accounts, filing California income tax returns and listing a California address on federal tax returns, owning residential property or occupying or renting a residence where permanent belongings are kept, maintaining active memberships in California professional or social organizations, and maintaining a permanent military address and home of record in California.

A Non-resident students seeking reclassification is required to complete a supplemental questionnaire that includes questions concerning his/her financial independence. Financial independence is required, in addition to physical presence and intent to remain indefintely, to be eligible for reclassification. Financial independence is established if in the calendar year the reclassification application is made and in any of the three calendar years preceding the reclassification application the student:

  • Has not and will not be claimed as an exemption for state and federal tax purposes by his/her parent(s);
  • Has not and will not receive more than $750 per year in financial assistance from his/her parent(s); and
  • Has not lived and will not live longer than six (6) weeks in the home of his/her parent(s).

A non-resident student who has been appointed as a graduate student teaching assistant, a graduate student research assistant, or a graduate student teaching associate on any CSU campus and is employed on a 0.49 or more time basis is exempt from the financial independence requirement.

Non-citizens establish residency in the same manner as citizens, unless precluded by the Immigration and Nationality Act from establishing domicile in the United States.

Exceptions to the general residency requirements are contained in California Education Code sections 68070-68085 and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Subchapter 5, Article 4, sections 41906- 41906.6, 41910 Whether an exception applies to a particular student can only be determined after the submission of an application for admission and, as necessary, additional supporting documentation. Because neither campus nor Chancellor’s Office staff may give advice on the application of these laws, applicants are strongly urged to review the material for themselves and consult with a legal advisor.

Residency determination dates are set each term. They are:

Fall September 20 Fall September 20
Winter January 5 Winter* January 5
Spring April 1 Spring January 25
Summer July 1 Summer June 1

Applies only to winter term at CSU Stanislaus

CalState TEACH operates on a trimester system. The residency determination dates for CalState TEACH are as follows:

Fall September 20
Spring January 5
Summer June 1

Students classified as non-residents may appeal a final campus decision within 30 days of notification by the campus. Information on the appeal process may be found at http://www.calstate.edu/sas/residency/appeals.shtml. A campus residency classification appeal must be in submitted via the InfoReady online Residence Appeal Form to the California State University Chancellor’s Office at https://calstate.infoready4.com/#compeitionDetail/1760156:


Appeals via e-mail, fax and U.S. mail will not be accepted. A student with a documented disablity that prohibits the student from submitting an appeal through the InfoReady site should contact Student Academic Services:


California State University

Attn: Student Academic Services

401 Golden Shore, 6th Floor

Long Beach, CA 90802-4210

Email: residencyappeals@calstate.edu


The Chancellor’s Office can either decide the appeal or send the matter back to the campus for further review. Students incorrectly classified as residents or incorrectly granted an exception from non-resident tuition are subject to reclassification as non-residents and payment of non-resident tuition in arrears. If incorrect classification results from false or concealed facts, the student is also subject to discipline pursuant to Section 41301 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.

Resident students who become non-residents or who no longer meet the criteria for an exception must immediately notify the Admissions Office. Changes may have been made in the rate of non-resident tuition and in the statutes and regulations governing residency for tuition purposes in California between the time this information is published and the relevant residency determination date. Students are urged to review the statutes and regulations stated above.


Average Support Cost & Source of Funds per Full-time Equivalent Student

The total support cost per full-time equivalent student (FTES) 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 FTES. The total CSU 2017/18 budget amounts were $3,390,564,000 from state General Fund (GF) appropriations and before adding $39.3 million CalPERS retirement adjustment, $2,477,015,000 from gross tuition revenue and $594,397,000 from other fee revenues for a total of $6,461,976,000. The 2017/18 resident FTES target is 364,131 and the non-resident FTES based on past-year actual is 24,398 for a total of 388,529 FTES. The GF appropriation is applicable to resident students only whereas fee revenues are collected from resident and non-resident students. FTES is determined by dividing the total academic student load (e.g. 15 units per semester) (the figure used here to define a full-time student’s academic load).

The 2017/18 average support cost per FTES based on GF appropriation and tuition revenue only is $15,687 and when including all three sources as indicated below is $17,217, which includes all fee revenue (e.g. tuition , application fees, and other campus mandatory fees) in the CSU Operating Fund. Of this amount, the average tuition and other fee revenue per FTES is $7,905.

State Appropriation (GF)1 3,390,564,000 9,311 54.1%
Gross Tuition Revenue2 2,477,015,000 6,375 37.0%
Other Fees Revenue2 594,397,000 1,530 8.9%
TOTAL SUPPORT COST 6,461,976,000 17,217 100%
1Represents state GF appropriation in the Budget Act of 2017/18; GF is divisible by resident students only (361,131 FTES)
2Represents CSU Operation Fund, Tuition Fee,gross tuition and other fees revenue amounts submitted in campus August 2017/18 final budgets. Revenues are divisible by resident and non-resident students (388,529 FTES).

The average CSU 2017/18 academic year, resident, undergraduate student basic tuition and other mandatory fees required to apply to, enroll in, or attend the university is $7,216 ($5,742 tuition fee plus $1,474 average campus-based fees). However, the costs paid by individual students will vary depending on campus, program, and whether a student is part-time, full-time, resident, or non-resident.