Payment Options

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We offer a variety of payment options—including online and in person—for students to easily and securely submit payments to SDSU.

SDSU does not bill students for registration fees. Therefore, Basic Tuition Fees will not appear in your Account Balance or eBills. You must navigate the Make a Payment menu to submit an online payment for Tuition. Instructions are below:

Step 1: Log In

Log in to your Online Student Account

Step 2: Navigate to Make a Payment

Once logged in click on Make a Payment from the menu

Step 3: Select Term From Categories

From the Category box, select the appropriate term (for example: Spring 2020)

Step 4: Select Appropriate Fee Item From List

A new screen will appear. Select the appropriate fee item from the list.

  • Basic Tuition is listed under Fees for Undergraduate Students
  • Non-Resident Tuition is listed under Non-Resident & Foreign Tuition

Step 5: Click View Details for Correct Charge

Carefully read the descriptions for the listed charges. Identify the correct charge and click View Details.

Step 6: Confirm Charge & Add to Basket

Review the description and confirm you have identified the correct payment. Once verified, click Add to Basket.

Step 7: Check out

You are prompted to continue shopping if you would like to add another item to your basket. If you are ready to check out, you may simply click Check Out. Your basket is always accessible from the menu.

Step 8: Select Payment Option & Submit Payment

You may select a saved payment option, or new payment option.  Choose the payment option you want and click Continue Checkout and follow the prompts on the subsequent payment screens.

Step 9: View & Print Receipt

Once you have submitted your payment you may view and print your receipt.

Online & Alternative Payment Options

eChecks Overview

An eCheck, or electronic check, is a form on online payment using the checking account and routing numbers of your bank account. Note: your debit card or credit card number cannot be used. This transaction is made via a processes called ACH (Automated Clearing House).

Routing & Checking Account Numbers

example of routing and checking numbers on a check

Routing (Tansit) Number

The Routing Number is denoted by nine digits surrounded by the three-box icons.

Checking Account Number

The checking account number is your account number. Do not use the check number, which is a four-digit number found on the top right corner of a check.

Credit union information inputted may be different than the above illustration.

If you are unsure of if your check can be used or what the routing and account numbers are, please call your bank. Ask them if your account can be used for ACH and have them verify the correct numbers to use for this transaction.

Notices Regarding eCheck

  • Only regular checking accounts at domestic banks (including most credit unions) may be used
  • eChecks are not automatically approved by your bank and may take up to three business days (72 hours) to be posted to your account
  • Despite the delay in processing, be sure that there are sufficient funds in the account during the entire process
  • If a transaction is returned as invalid due to insufficient funds or erroneous account number(s) you will be charged a $35 dishonored check fee (late fees may also apply)


SDSU reserves the right to refuse payment by eCheck from individuals who have previously had items returned unpaid by their bank.

Credit Card Overview

Credit cards are accepted as an online payment option via the Online Student Account. Credit cards are not accepted in person except as applicable under the terms of the Basic Tuition & Fees Installment Plan.

Accepted Providers

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At this time, you are able to use MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover Card.

Credit Card Payments

Credit card payments are normally posted to your student account in real-time; your registration process should not be delayed. A 2.65% service charge will be assessed to credit card payments, except as applicable under the terms of the Housing License Agreement.

If a payment is returned by the bank for any reason you will be billed a $35 dishonored payment fee, in addition to the $20 late fee if applicable.

Credit cards are accepted for:

  • Basic Tuition & Fees
  • Housing & Meal Plan
  • Parking
  • Health Services
  • Continuing Education
  • Over-the-Counter Payments

We remind students that banks will provide cash advances against credit cards if needed to cover registration (Basic Tuition) payments.

Most ATM cards are accepted for payments of miscellaneous charges.

Learn about Installment Plans on the Installment Plan page.

Financial Aid Overview

It is the policy of SDSU to directly apply Financial Aid and/or scholarship funds to current-year institutional charges. The order to which funds are allocated:

  1. Basic Tuition & Fees
  2. Non-Resident Tuition & Fees, if applicable
  3. Housing & Meal Plan, if applicable

After current-year fees are paid any remaining funds will be disbursed to you.

Financial Aid Fee Postponement

Students qualifying for a Financial Aid Fee Postponement do not need to pay Basic Tuition & Fees prior to registering for courses each semester. Your Basic Tuition and Fees will be deducted from the first disbursement of your financial aid at the beginning of the semester. Fee Postponement is typically assigned to students for whom Financial Aid awards exceeds the total due for Basic Tuition & Fees.

To check if you have a Fee Postponement log into WebPortal and click "My Registration". If you are eligible for a Postponement there will be a message on this screen that indicates so. You may also check your eligibility from AidLink.

All Financial Aid documents must be submitted to be able to receive a Fee Postponement. If your award amount is reduced for any reason, you must pay your fees in full by University Census.

Refer to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships for questions related to financial aid awards.

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SDSU has partnered with Western Union to provide a convenient and secure online payment option for international students.

All students paying in foreign currency should use the IFT option on the Online Student Account. Payments are automatically posted to your student account once received.

Wires through Western Union offer favorable exchange rates and eliminate bank fees typically associated with wire transfers.

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The 529 Plan

529 plans are flexible, tax-advantaged accounts designed specifically for college savings. Funds can be used for qualified higher education expenses here at SDSU. Once you request funds from your 529 provider, a check will be mailed to Student Account Services and posted to your student account.

We recommend that you request funds at least a month in advance to ensure that our office receives payment in time for registration.

The 529 provider should mail the check to:

SDSU Student Account Services, SSW 2536
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7425

To ensure that your 529 payment is received and posted to your student's account, here are some additional alternatives to sending your 529 payment.

  • Certified mail using FEDEx, UPS, etc
  • Wire Transfer (please email [email protected] for wire transfer details)
  • 529 payment direct deposited into the account holder's bank account. Payment submitted by account holder directly to SDSU. (Consult with your 529 Plan administrator about this option).

Information that must be included with the payment:

  • Student's first & last name
  • Student's RedID number
  • What charges the 529 check is paying

Post 911 GI Bill Benefits

If you are a veterans receiving Post 911 GI Bill benefits, contact the Veterans Affairs Office, Student Services West 1661, and submit an approved VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by your fee payment deadline. Once submitted the VA Office will notify us of your eligibility to register for classes

Cal Vet Fee Waiver

If you are an eligible dependent receiving the Cal Vet Fee Waiver please submit an approved letter of eligibility issued by the County VA for the current Academic Year to the campus Veterans Affairs Office—Student Services West 1661. This must be submitted by your fee payment deadline. Once submitted the VA Office will notify Student Accounts of your eligibility to register for classes.

Please note that the Cal Vet Fee waiver will only waive the CSU system wide Basic Tuition fee; all other mandatory campus fees are required to be paid each semester.

Veterans Readiness and Employment (Chapter 31)

If you are receiving Veterans Readiness and Employment benefits (Chapter 31), contact the Veterans Affairs Office, Student Services West 1661, to obtain a payment authorization form to submit to our office by your fee payment deadline.

Tuition Assistance for Active Duty and Reservist

To determine your eligibility for TA, please contact your Education Service Officer (ESO) for details.

Active Duty military service members please visit your service-specific portal to learn more about Tuition Assistance policies.

Once approved, submit your approved TA Authorization to SDSU Student Account Services.

Dept. of Defense (DoD) Tuition Assistance Rates Per Unit

Undergraduate $ 555
Undergraduate (Out of State) $ 951
Teacher Credential $ 644
Teacher Credential (Out of State) $ 1,040
Graduate $ 694
Graduate (Out of State) $ 1,090
Distance Learning (Undergraduate) $ 510
Distance Learning (Graduate) $ 925

CSU Over 60 Fee Waiver Program

California residents 60 years of age and older are eligible for a fee waiver for both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs. The program waives the $55 admission fee and most of the Basic Tuition & Fees. You will be responsible for paying a substantially reduced fee each semester in order to attend the University. Contact our office at 619.594.5253 for exact fee amounts.

Participants must apply for admission during the regular application filing period and be admitted under regular SDSU admission requirements. Program participants will register on a space-available basis after regularly matriculated students have completed registration. For additional information contact to the Prospective Student Center.

Third Party Billing & Approved Fee Waivers

If an outside agency (agency, government program, Employee Fee Waiver, etc.) is paying all or part of your Basic Tuition and Fees, you will need to send a copy of your authorization letter to us. You may email your authorization letter to [email protected].

Failure to do so will result in your fees being deducted from your financial aid award or the inability to register for classes. If you submit authorization to bill a third party you are still held responsible for the payment if the third party agency fails to pay the fees within the semester of attendance.

CSU - Alan Pattee Scholarships

If you are the child of a deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression employee who was killed in the course of their respective duties, you will not be charged system-wide mandatory fees or any mandatory campus fees at any California State University campus. For information refer to the Alan Pattee Scholarship Act, California Education Code, Section 68121. Please be aware that you are still responsible for fees not waived by the Alan Pattee Scholarship.

New students qualifying for these benefits need to contact the Prospective Student Center. Current students need to contact the Office of the Registrar to determine eligibility.

Exonerated Persons Waiver

In compliance with Assembly Bill No. 703, any student who has been exonerated (as that term is defined in Section 3007.05 of the Penal Code) will not be charged any system wide mandatory fees (ex. Basic Tuition, Professional Program Fees, Doctoral Program Tuition Fees, and application fees) if the student meets all of the following conditions:

  • Completes and submits the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Meets the financial need requirements established for Cal Grant A.
  • A student shall not have the student’s mandatory system wide tuition or fees waived pursuant to this subdivision in excess of the equivalent of six years of full-time attendance in an undergraduate program.
  • A person who is eligible for a waiver of tuition or fees under this section may receive a waiver for each academic year during which the person applies for that waiver, but an eligible person may not receive a waiver of tuition or fees for a prior academic year.
  • The waiver of tuition or fees under this section shall apply only to a person who is determined to be a resident of this state pursuant to this chapter.
  • Students eligible for this waiver are still required to pay mandatory campus fees.

Current or Former Foster Youth Waiver

The California State University (CSU) Foster Youth Tuition Waiver is available for current and former foster care youth who are enrolled at a California State University campus in an undergraduate program. The purpose of the CSU Foster Youth Tuition Waiver is to provide increased access for current and former foster youth to higher education by providing a tuition waiver.

Students are exempt from paying the system wide tuition fee (this covers only state-supported courses) at any CSU campus. The tuition fee waiver only applies to the system wide mandatory tuition fee and application fee. It does not apply to campus-based mandatory fees. The waiver does not include campus fees, housing, books transportation or other costs of attendance. The amount of the waiver may be reduced by any state or federal aid, including scholarships or grants, received by the student for the academic year or semester/quarter.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Is 25 years of age or younger.
  • Has been in foster care for at least 12 consecutive months after reaching 10 years of age.
  • Is under a current foster care placement order by the juvenile court.
  • Was under a foster care placement order by the juvenile court upon reaching 18 years of age.
    Was adopted, or entered guardianship, from foster care.
  • Completes and submits the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • This waiver would apply after other applicable federal and state need-based financial aid is awarded.
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In-Person Payments

Payments may be made in-person at our office: Student Services West, Room 2536. If it is after-hours you may leave payments in our drop box located outside the office.

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Accepted Payment Types

  • Debit card
  • Cash
  • Check made payable to SDSU

Notices Regarding Checks

  • Checks are accepted for the exact amount of the payment
  • Overpayment's of $10 or less are refunded only upon request
  • If payment is retuned by the bank for any reason, you will be billed a $35 dishonored payment fee in addition to a $20 late fee if applicable


SDSU reserves the right to refuse payment by personal check from those individuals who have previously had items returned unpaid. If your check writing privileges are revoked, you must wait one (1) year before petitioning to be reinstated.

Postage Mail Overview

Basic Tuition & Fees may be paid in full by personal check, money order, or certified funds. Checks must be paid payable to SDSU or San Diego State University. Please print the Fee Payment Coupon and submit it with your payment to ensure prompt processing.

Addressing Envelopes

SDSU Student Account Services
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7425

Copy the above address exactly as it appears. The mail code ensures mail reaches our office.

Notices Regarding Checks

  • Checks are accepted for the exact amount of the payment
  • Overpayment's of $10 or less are refunded only upon request
  • If payment is retuned by the bank for any reason, you will be billed a $35 dishonored payment fee in addition to a $20 late fee if applicable


SDSU reserves the right to refuse payment by personal check from those individuals who have previously had items returned unpaid. If your check writing privileges are revoked, you must wait one (1) year before petitioning to be reinstated.

Non-payment of Tuition and Fees may result in cancellation of your registration and/or withholding of services until all debts are resolved. Avoid delays by making payments online.