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Schedule of Fees 2004-05

Legal residents of the state of California are not charged tuition.  The following reflects applicable systemwide fees and nonresident tuition for both quarter and the semester system.  (Fees are subject to change without notice.)   Mandatory systemwide fees are waived for those individuals who qualify for such exemption under the provisions of the California Education Code (see section on fee waivers). 

Information concerning the cost of attending CSU Dominguez Hills is available from the Information Center, WH D-245, (310) 243-3696, and includes fees and tuition (where applicable); the estimated costs of books and supplies; estimates of typical student room and board costs and transportation costs; and, if requested, additional costs for specific programs.


Application for Admission to the University

$55    Application fee (non-refundable) payable by  check or money order at time application is made.  Fee is also applicable for readmission.

$15    Late Application fee


Fees Required at Registration (per semester)*

0.1-6.0  units                                            6.1 + units


                                                          State University Fee

$ 678                                  $1167      Undergraduate

$ 819                                  $1410      Graduate

$786                                  $1353      Qualified Credential                               

                                                          Student Activity Fee

$ 70                                    $70          Fall Semester

$ 65                                    $65          Spring Semester

$ 103                                  $103        Student Center Fee

$3                                      $3            Health Facilities Fee

$ 40                                    $40          Health Services Fee

$5                                      $5            Instructionally Related Activities Fee

*NOTE:    All fees subject to change based on further action by
the Trustees of The California State University and the California Legislature or the CSU Dominguez Hills President.

For summer session fees, please consult summer session Class Schedule.

Nonresident Tuition Fee - These fees are charged in addition
to the above registration fees.

$339     U.S. Citizens (per unit or fraction thereof)

$339     Foreign-Visa Students (students who are citizens and residents of a foreign country - per unit or fraction thereof)

The total fee paid per term will be determined by the number
of units taken.  The maximum nonresident tuition per academic year as of (2003-04) is $8,460.

Systemwide mandatory fees are waived for those individuals who qualify for such exemption under the provisions of the Alan Pattee Scholarship Act Ed Code, Section 68120.  Systemwide mandatory fees are waived for those individuals who qualify for such exemption under the provision of Education Code, Section 32320 (Children of deceased disabled veterans).


Older Adult Fee Waiver

Students sixty years of age and older planning to pay fees using the Older Adult Fee Waiver must:

1.   obtain an approved fee waiver form from the Older Adults Center.  Applicants must present documentation which establishes their identity and their age, i.e., California Driver License, California Identification Card, etc.; and

2.   bring the pink copy to the Office of Admissions and Records; and

3.   register on or after the date and time printed on your Registration Access mailer; and

4.   take the white and pink copies of the approved form to the Cashier's Office and make payment no later than the published deadline.


Payment Methods

Fees can be paid by cash, check, money order, Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

Students paying registration fees after published payment due dates will be assessed a late payment fee.


Parking Fees**

$ 72.00   Four wheeled motorized vehicles (per semester)

$ 17.50   Two-wheeled motorized vehicles - includes mopeds
(per semester)

$  2.50   Daily permit

$ 48.00   Summer permit (entire summer)

$ 28.50   Summer permit (per session)

$  6.50   Summer permit (weekly)

** subject to change


Other  Fees

Mandatory Fees

varies        Course Material Fees (charged for certain courses in art, biology, chemistry, history, English, music, orthotics and prosthetics, and physical education.  These courses are footnoted in the Class Schedule in their respective academic course listing)

$15            Diploma Fee

$10            Graduation Date Change Fee

$20            Graduation Fee

$35            Graduation Writing Examination

$5              Identification Card  - new and returning students (non-refundable)

                  Special Test Fees - a list of test fees is available in the Testing Office

User Fees

$4              Certification of Enrollment and/or Degree

$25            Credential Evaluation Fee

min $4       Duplicate Document or Printout

$10            Emergency Graduation Clearance Processing

$10            Emergency Transcript Processing  (less than 10 working days)

$50            International Student Matriculation and Orientation

$33            Resident Installment Payment Service Charge (non-refundable)

7%             Non-resident Installment Plan Service Charge (non-refundable)

$10            Petition for Exception to University Policy

$10            Refund Processing Fee and Service Charge

$5              Revised Evaluation

                  Transcript (within 10 working days)

$4              Single Transcript

$2              Additional transcripts prepared at the same time up to ten (10) transcripts

$1              Additional transcripts prepared at the same time that exceed the first ten (10) transcripts

Penalty or Deposit Fees

$25            Checks returned for any cause  - Per AB1643, ch. 1000, there is a $25 charge on the first returned check and a charge of $35 for each subsequent returned check.

NOTE:  If for any reason a check is returned, no personal checks will be accepted for a period of at least two academic semesters.

cost           Items lost or broken

$20            Late Payment Fee (per late payment)

                  Library fines - a list of overdue fines is posted at the entrance to the library on the 2nd floor of the ERC Building

                  Lost books and other Library items - replacement cost + posted service charge

$25            Late Registration  (assessed the day instruction begins) (non-refundable)

$10            Petition for Missed Deadlines


Installment Payment of Nonresident Fees

A nonresident student who is a citizen and resident of a foreign country or of another state within the United States may pay the required nonresident tuition fee on an installment basis.   (Installment plans available for Fall and Spring terms only.)  This payment is limited to three equal installments.

The first installment shall be due 30 days from the first date of classes as stated in the Class Schedule.

The second installment shall be due 30 days following the first installment. 

The third installment shall be due 30 days after the second installment.  A 7% service charge will be added to each installment payment to cover the cost of handling.  Any student  failing to make timely installment payments may be prevented from paying fees on an installment basis in subsequent semesters.

Nonresident students as defined above shall pay all registration fees required of resident students by the same date as required for resident students.


State University Fee Installment Plan

A State University Fee Installment Plan is available for fall and spring term.  See the Schedule of Classes for information.


Refund of Fees

o    Refunds will be automatically processed for students who completely withdraw or make a change of program through the last day of the Add/Drop period.

o    Not all fees are refundable.

o    $10 is retained by the University to cover processing and the non-refundable portion of the State University Fee.

o    Where applicable, the percentage of the refund is determined by the date the "Application for Refund" is received in the Office of Admissions and Records.

o    Students whose unit load drops from 6.1 or more units to 6.0 or fewer units may be eligible for a refund of the difference in the State University Fee.

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 fees 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 programs at the California State University (courses offered through extended education) are governed by a separate policy established by the University.

In order to receive a full refund of mandatory fees, 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 in the Schedule of Classes.

For state-supported semesters, quarters, and nonstandard terms or courses of four (4) weeks of more, a student who withdraws during the term in accordance with the university's established procedures will receive a refund of 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 nonresident tuition.

For state-supported semesters, quarters, and nonstandard terms or courses of less than four (4) weeks, no refunds of mandatory fees and nonresident tuition will be made unless a student cancels registration or drops all classes prior to the first day in accordance with the university's established procedures and deadlines.

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

     The tuition and mandatory fees were assessed or collected in error;

     The course for which the tuition and mandatory fees were assessed or collected was cancelled by the university;

     The university makes a delayed decision that the student was not eligible to enroll in the term for which 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 the refund policies of CSU Dominguez Hills for the return of unearned tuition and fees or other refundable portions of institutional charges can be obtained from the Accounting Office, (310) 243-3802.  In addition, any debt owed to the University by an individual student will be subtracted from the refund due.

Parking Fee

Application for refund of parking fees may be made at the Registrar's Office when requesting a refund of refundable fees or at the Cashier's Office (see section titled "Refundable Fees").  In either case, the Parking Decal must accompany the request for refund.  For requests received before the fifth week of the semester, 75% of the fee will be refunded; from the fifth week up to the ninth week of the semester, 50%; and from the ninth week to the thirteenth week of the semester, 25%.


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, the institution 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 (see Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Sections 42380 and 42381). 

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 terms 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 and place restrictions for the use of any campus services. If a person believes he or she does not owe all or part of an asserted unpaid obligation, that person may contact the Accounting Services Office, (310) 243-3803.  The Accounting Services Office, or another office on campus to which the Accounting Services Office may refer the person will review the pertinent information, including information provided by the person and available to the campus and advise the person of its conclusions.

Cancellation of Registration or Withdrawal from the Institution

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 Registrar's office.

Students who receive financial aid funds must consult with the Financial Aid office 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.  If a recipient of student financial aid funds withdraws from the institution during the academic term or a payment period, the amount of grant or loan assistance received may be subject to return and/or repayment provisions.


Average Annual Costs of Education and Sources
of Funds Per Full-time Equivalent Student (FTES)

The 23 campuses and the Chancellor’s Office of the California State University are financed by funding provided by the taxpayers of California and student fee revenue.  The systemwide cost of education is defined as total support expenditures (State University Fee revenue and General Fund support appropriations) divided by the number of full-time equivalent students.  The total 2003-04 state General Fund appropriation to the CSU (not including capital outlay funding in the amount of $199,495,000) is $2,492,021,000 and campus budgeted State University Fee Revenue is $802,787,000 for a total of $3,294,808,000. The total cost of education for CSU must provide support for a projected 334,914 full-time equivalent students (FTES).  The number of full-time equivalent students is determined by dividing the total academic student load by 15 units per term (the figure used here to define a full-time student's academic load).

The 2003-04 systemwide cost of education per full-time equivalent student is $9,838. Of this amount, the average student fee support per FTE is $2,572. (The State University Fee and campus fees that must be paid to apply to, enroll in, or attend the university are included in the average costs paid by the students.  Individual students may pay less or more than $2,572, depending on the campus and whether student is attending part-time or full-time, or is resident or nonresident student.  Also, other campus fees may be charged that are not required of all enrolled students, which include user and penalty/deposit fee types).               

                                                                          Average Cost

2003-04                                                                 Per (FTE)

                                                    Amount              Student                %

Total Cost of Education       $3,294,808,000       $9,838        100.0

State Appropriation          2,492,021,000          7,441          76.0

Student Fee Support               621,787,000         2,397          24.0



Procedure for the Establishment or                                    Abolishment of a Student Body Association Fee

The law governing the California State University provides that fees defined as mandatory, such as a student body association fee and a student body center fee, may be established.  A student body association fee must be established upon a favorable vote of two-thirds of the students voting in an election held for this purpose (Education Code Section 89300).  A student body center fee may be established only after a fee referendum is held which approves by a two-thirds favorable vote the establishment of the fee (Education Code Section 89304).  The student body fee was established at CSU Dominguez Hills by student referendum on December 17, 1965.  The campus President may adjust the student body association fee only after the fee adjustment has been approved by a majority of students voting in a referendum established for that purpose (Education Code Section 89300).  The required fee shall be subject to referendum at any time upon the presentation of a petition to the campus president containing the signatures of 10 percent of the regularly enrolled students at the University.  Once bonds are issued, authority to set and adjust student body center fees is governed by provisions of the State University Revenue Bond Act of 1947,  including but not limited to Education Code Sections 90012, 90027, and 90068.  Student body association fees support a variety of cultural and recreational programs, childcare centers, and special student support programs.

The process to establish and adjust other campus-based mandatory fees requires consideration by the campus fee advisory committee and sometimes a student referendum.  The campus President may use alternate consultation mechanisms if he/she determines that a referendum is not the best mechanism to achieve appropriate and meaningful consultation.  Results of the referendum and the fee committee review are advisory to the campus president.  The President may also request the Chancellor to establish the mandatory fee.  Authority to adjust fees after consideration by the campus fee advisory committee and the completion of a student referendum is delegated to the President.