Third Party Billing

Third Party students are those who have an outside agency funding their tuition and fees. These agencies include, but are not limited to: Military agencies (Veterans Affairs, Army, Navy, etc.); other Educational Institutions (private or public); College Prepaid Plans; Dept. of Rehabilitation; International Governmental Sponsors such as Embassies, SACM, Kuwait Cultural.

Establishing Third Party Billing Agreement

Sponsor and Sponsored students must submit the Sponsorship letter or 3rd. Party Billing Authorization form to the student account services third party email address at [email protected] prior to the basic tuition and fees due date each term.

Sponsorship Letter

Terms of the sponsorship agreement should be defined in an official Sponsorship or Financial Guarantee letter containing the following information: 

  1. Student’s full name
  2. Student Red ID number (unique SDSU ID)
  3. Sponsorship term and date of validity
    1. The letter should be submitted every academic term or every academic year.
  4. The authorized fees covered by the sponsorship per term
  5. Invoice billing mailing address and email address
  6. 3rd. Party billing contact information
  7. Purchase Order or specific agency identification number, if applicable.

Note: If the form is submitted after the student has paid fees a refund will be processed for the payment within 4 to 6 weeks. 

Third Party Billing Process

The charges sponsored by the 3rd. Party will be coded on the student account up to 7 business days after the sponsorship letter is submitted. The application of the sponsorship letter  will postpone their payment deadline to a later date and allow the student to enroll in classes. The deferment does not mean that the University has received a payment.

The invoices will be sent to the 3rd. Party agency after census has passed. The sponsor has 45 days after receipt of invoice to satisfy the balance. 

Note: Students are ultimately responsible for any outstanding charges not covered by or defaulted by the sponsor. Nonpayment will result in a cashier's hold on the student’s account which will prevent future registration. 

Employee and Dependent Fee Waiver

If you are an eligible recipient of the CSU Employee Fee Waiver and Reduction Program please submit your faculty/staff or dependent employee fee waiver application for the anticipated term to [email protected]. This must be submitted one week before your fee payment deadline. Once submitted, SDSU Human Resources will notify Student Accounts of your eligibility to register for classes. Fee waiver applications should be submitted before the semester fee waiver submission deadlines

Please note that CSU Employee Fee Waiver and Reduction Program will only waive the fees based on your collective bargaining unit. Click here to view the waived fees based on your collective bargaining unit. 

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:

  1. Completes and submits the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  2. Meets the financial need requirements established for Cal Grant A.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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:

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

For more information visit the CSU site here.

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 $70 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 [email protected] 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.

Graduate Professional Business Waivers

If you are an eligible recipient of the Graduate Professional Business Fee Waiver please submit your Graduate Professional Business Fee Waiver request for the respective semester and eligible course to the Graduate Business Program Office, EBA 448, [email protected]. Once the waiver is approved by the Graduate Business department, please email the document to [email protected] at least before the first day of instruction. Please note that Graduate Professional Business Fee Waiver will only waive the Graduate Professional Business fees associated with the approved course. 

Veterans Benefits

If you are a veterans receiving Post 911 GI Bill® benefits, contact the Veterans Affairs Office 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

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. 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.

If you are receiving Vocational Rehabilitation benefits (Chapter 31), contact the Veterans Affairs Office to obtain a payment authorization form to submit to our office by your fee payment deadline.

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) $ 531
Distance Learning (Graduate) $ 975

Return of Tuition Assistance Requirements

Student Account Services will perform a Return of Tuition Assistance (TA) calculation when a TA recipient withdraws from his or her course. When a student who has received TA funds withdraws or otherwise fails to complete a period of enrollment for which he or she was charged, the university is required to determine if unearned TA funds must be returned to the appropriate branch of service. Calculations will be based on the withdrawal date and the percentage of the period of enrollment completed.

Return of TA funds process may result in the student owing the university for unpaid tuition and fees. After the drop/add deadline of the semester, schedule adjustments are only permitted for serious and compelling reasons.

A student earns 100 percent of the Tuition Assistance funding once he or she has completed more than 60 percent of the course. For example, if a student withdraws from a 16-week course prior to the last day to receive a refund (see Prorated Refund Schedule), then the return to Tuition Assistance would be calculated and refunded accordingly.

Questions About Third Party Billing