Payment Options


Student Account Services offers a variety of payment options to pay for  Basic Tuition & Fees and other university charges.

E-check can be used through your Online Student Account and is another form of paying with a check. You will be required to input your checking account and routing number to pay by E-Check. 

Your Debit Card/Credit Card Number cannot be used to pay with E-Check and will be returned as an invalid account.  If the transaction is returned as invalid because of insufficient funds or an incorrect account number you will be charged a $35.00 dishonored check fee.  If you’re using a credit union account, the information that you input below may be different.  Please check with your financial institution to verify both the routing number and account number prior to using this service for the first time.

The university reserves the right to refuse payments by electronic check from those individuals who have previously had items returned unpaid by their bank.

Checking Account Example

Please Note:

Unlike an ATM transaction, an electronic check does not receive immediate approval from your bank.  Your transaction may take up to 72 hours to reach your bank account.  However, you should not approve this transaction unless funds are available in your account now.

Only checks from regular checking accounts at U.S. domestic banks (including most credit unions) may be used for electronic check payments. Be sure to copy the routing/transit and account numbers very carefully from your check. If you enter incorrect values, or if you attempt to use a check that is not from a regular U.S. domestic bank checking account, your electronic check will be returned.

If you are unsure of whether or not your check can be used or what routing/transit and account numbers to enter, call your bank, ask them if your account can be used for ACH, and verify the correct numbers to use.

Credit Card

Students are able to use MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover Card to pay Basic Tuition and Fees using your Online Student Account. Student Account Services does not accept credit cards for in-person payments of Basic Tuition and Fees, except as applicable under the terms of the Installment Plan. Payments made using your Online Student Account are normally posted to the student’s account in real time; the registration process should not be delayed. A 2.75% service charge will be accessed for all credit card payments online.

If your payment is returned by the bank to the Student Account Services Office for any reason, you will be billed a $35.00 dishonored payment charge and a $20 late fee when applicable (this fee applies to all forms of payment that are returned by your bank).

MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover Card charge cards are accepted for other payments, such as Housing, Parking, Health Services, Continuing Education, and miscellaneous over-the-counter payments. Students are reminded that banks will provide cash advances against credit cards if needed to cover registration payments. Most ATM cards are also accepted for payment of miscellaneous charges.

Basic Tuition and Fees may be paid in full by personal check, money order, or certified funds. Checks should be made payable to SDSU or San Diego State University. In order to have your payment processed on time, print the fee payment coupon and submit it (via mail or Student Account Services drop box) with your payment prior to your payment deadline. Your payment deadline is located on your  WebPortal under “My Registration”.

Your fee payment coupon and check should be mailed to:

SDSU Student Account Services 

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182-7425

Checks are accepted for the exact amount of the payment. Overpayment's of $10.00 or less are re- funded only upon request.

If your payment is returned by the bank to the Student Account Services Office for any reason, you will be billed a $35.00 dishonored payment charge and a $20 late fee when applicable (this fee applies to all forms of payment that are returned by your bank). Non-payment of Tuition and Fees may result in cancellation of your registration and withholding of further services until all financial liabilities have been resolved.

The university reserves the right to refuse payments by personal check from those individuals who have previously had items returned unpaid by their bank.

PLEASE NOTE: If your check writing privileges are revoked, you will have to wait one (1) year to petition to be reinstated.

You can make your payment in person at Student Services West, Room 2536 during our office hours of:

Monday – Friday

9:00 AM – 3:30 PM or via the Student Account Services drop box 24/7.

Western UnionStudents paying in foreign currencies should use our IFT option through the Online Student Account. Payments in foreign currencies are made via Western Union and automatically posted to the student account once received. Wire transfers through Western Union offers favorable exchange rates and eliminates bank fees typically charged for wire transfers.


For more information on making payments through Western Union please click here.

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's account. It is recommended that you request funds at least a month in advance to ensure that our office receives payment in time for registration. 

Please mail your 529 plan payment to the follow address:

SDSU Student Account Services 

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182-7425

Please be sure to reference the students name (First/Last), RedID number, and what the 529 check is covering (Basic & Non-Resident Tuition, Housing, etc).

 Post 911 GI Bill Benefits

Veterans receiving Post 911 GI Bill benefits must contact the campus Veterans Affairs Office (Student Services West 1661) and turn in an approved VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by their fee payment deadline. Once submitted the VA Office will notify Student Accounts of your eligibility to register for classes.

Cal Vet Fee Waiver

Eligible dependents receiving the Cal Vet fee waiver must 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 by the student each semester.

Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

Veterans receiving Vocational Rehabilitation benefits (Chapter 31) must contact the Veterans Affairs Office (Student Services West 1661) to obtain a payment authorization form to submit to the Student Account Services office by their fee payment deadline.



CSU - Over 60 Fee Waiver Program

San Diego State University offers a fee waiver program for California residents 60 years of age and older. Both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students may participate in the program. The program waives the $55.00 admission application fee and most of the Basic Tuition and Fees. The student will be responsible for paying a substantially reduced fee each semester in order to attend. Please contact Student Account Services for the current fee amount. Participants must apply for admission during the regular application filing period and be admitted under regular SDSU admission requirements.

Participants register for classes on a space-available basis after regularly matriculated students have completed registration. For additional information, contact the Prospective Student Center  at (619) 594-6336.

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 your fee payment coupon from “My Registration" via your Webportal account, and a copy of your authorization letter to Student Account Services.  Failure to do so will result in your fees being deducted from your financial aid award or the inability to register for classes. Students submitting authorization to bill a third party for their fees will be held responsible for the payment if the third party agency fails to pay the fees within the semester of attendance.

CSU - Alan Pattee Scholarships

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 the system-wide mandatory fees or tuition at any California State University campus, according to the Alan Pattee Scholarship Act, California Education Code, Section 68121. Please be aware however campus fees are not waived and payment of these fees are the responsibility of the student.

New students qualifying for these benefits need to contact the Prospective Student Center at (619) 594- 6336 and current students need to contact the Office of the Registrar at 619-594-6871 to determine eligibility.

Fee Postponements

If you qualify for a Financial Aid Fee Postponement, you did not need to pay fees prior to registration.

Once you log onto your WebPortal, under "My Registration"  you will see a message which idicates if you are eligible to postpone the payment of your Basic Tuition and Fees. If eligible, postponing the payment of your registration fee will be automatic. Your Basic Tuition and Fees will be deducted from the first disbursement of your financial aid at the beginning of the semester.

You can also check your eligibility to postpone the payment of your fee by logging into your  AidLink account. All required financial aid documents must be submitted to be able to determine your eligibility. If your financial aid award is reduced or becomes unavailable for any reason, you must pay your fees in full by the census date.

If you are not eligible to postpone the payment of your fees, do not wait until your registration access date to find out you cannot register.

Financial Aid Apply Order

It is the policy of San Diego State University to directly apply financial aid and/or scholarship funds to current year registration fees, residence hall charges, and other institutional expenses (including financial aid overpayments) before releasing funds to students. A student may request that their Cal Grant B Access Grant be disbursed directly to them. This request can be made at any time; however, if the grant has already been disbursed, the request would affect only future payments. The request may be made, in person, to the Student Account Services office.

For more information about the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships please click here.