Schedule of Fees 2009-11

Legal residents of California are not charged tuition. The following reflects applicable systemwide fees and nonresident tuition per semester and academic year. (Fees are subject to change without notice.)

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


Application Fee (nonrefundable), payable by check or money order at time application is made.


Late Application fee



Fees Required at Registration
(per semester)*

All Campuses, except California State University, Stanislaus:



Per Semester

Per Academic Year


6.1 or more



0 to 6.0






Credential Program Participants

6.1 or more



0 to 6.0







6.1 or more



0.0 to 6.0






Doctoral Programs

All Students






Student Activity Fee


Fall Semester


Spring Semester


Student Center Fee


Health Facilities Fee


Health Services Fee


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 (in addition to other fees charged all students) for all campuses:

Semester Charge Per Unit



The total nonresident tuition paid per term will be determined by the number of units taken. The maximum nonresident tuition per academic year is $11,160.

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).

Credit Cards:

VISA, Discover and Master Charge bank credit cards may be used for payment of student fees.


These fees are charged in addition to the above registration fees.


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


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 (2009-10) is $11,160.


Fee Waivers

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

Section 68120 – Qualifying children and surviving spouses/registered domestic partners of deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression employees who were California residents and who were killed in the course of active law enforcement or fire suppression duties (referred to as Alan Pattee Scholarships);

Section 66025.3 – Qualifying children, spouses/registered domestic partners, or unmarried surviving spouses/registered domestic partners of a war period veteran of the U.S. military who is totally service-connected disabled or who died as a result of service-related causes; children of any veteran of the U.S. military who has a service-connected disability, was killed in action, or died of a service-connected disability and meets specified income provisions; any dependents or surviving spouse/registered domestic partner who has not remarried of a member of the California National Guard who in the line of duty and in active service of the state was killed or became permanently disabled or died of a disability as a result of an event while in active service of the state; and undergraduate students who are the recipient of or the child of a recipient of a Congressional Medal of Honor and meet certain age and income restrictions; and

Section 68121 – Qualifying students enrolled in an undergraduate program who are 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.

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


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 Adult Center or the Sociology department in the SBS building. Applicants must present documentation which establishes their identity and their age, i.e., California Driver License, California Identification Card, etc.; and

2.   register on the last day of scheduled appointments; and

3.   take the completed 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**


Four wheeled motorized vehicles (per semester)


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


Daily permit


Summer permit (entire summer)


Summer permit (per session)


Summer permit (weekly)


          ** subject to change


Other Fees

Mandatory Fees


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)


Diploma Fee


Graduation Date Change Fee


Graduation Fee


Graduation Writing Examination


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


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


User Fees


Certification of Enrollment and/or Degree


Credential Evaluation Fee

min $4

Duplicate Document or Printout


Emergency Graduation Clearance Processing


Emergency Transcript Processing (less than 10 working days)


International Student Matriculation and Orientation


Resident Installment Payment Service Charge (non-refundable)


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


Petition for Exception to University Policy


Refund Processing Fee and Service Charge


Revised Evaluation

Transcript (within 10 working days)


Single Transcript


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


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



Penalty or Deposit Fees


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: Students whose checks are returned by their bank are subject to disenrollment.  Dishonored checks that are not paid may be sent to the L.A. District Attorney for prosecution.



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


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


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 terms. See the Schedule of Classes for information.


Refund of Fees

-    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 (end of the third week).

-    Not all fees are refundable.

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

-    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.

-    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 (see Academic Calendar for details). Information on procedures and deadlines for canceling registration and dropping classes is available in the Schedule of Classes.

For state-supported semesters, quarters, and non-standard terms or courses of four (4) weeks or 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 non-standard 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 is available from the Student Financial Services Office 1000 E. Victoria St. Carson, CA 90747, (310) 243-3803 or see web page at http://www.csudh.edu/admfin/accounting_services_sfs.shtml.  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 obtained at the Cashier’s Office (see section titled “Refundable Fees”). 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 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. If a person believes he or she does not owe all or part of an asserted unpaid obligation, that person may contact the Student Financial Services Office, (310) 243-3803. The Student Financial Services Office, or another office on campus to which the Student Financial 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 University Registrar’s Office 1000 E. Victoria St. Carson, CA 90747. (310) 243-3648.

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 an academic term or a payment period, the amount of grant or loan assistance received may be subject to return and/or repayment provisions.

Average Support Cost per Full-Time
Equivalent Student and Sources of Funds

The total support cost per full-time equivalent student 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 full-time equivalent students (FTES). The total CSU 2008/09 final budget amounts were $2,970,706,000 from state General Fund appropriations (not including capital outlay funding), $1,242,160,000 from State University Fee (SUF) revenue, $250,785,000 from other fee revenues and reimbursements for a total of $4,463,651,000. The number of projected 2008/09 full-time equivalent students (FTES) is 356,050. 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 2008/09 average support cost per full-time equivalent student based on General Fund appropriation and State University Fee revenue only is $11,832 and when including all sources as indicated below is $12,537. Of this amount, the average student fee support per FTE is $4,290, which includes all fee revenue in the CSU Operating Fund (e.g. State University Fee, nonresident tuition, application fees, and other miscellaneous fees).

Average Cost


Final Budget Amounts

Amount per FTE Student


Total Support Cost




State Appropriation




Student Fee




Other Income & Reimbursements2






          1 Student fee support represents campus 2008/09 final budget submitted State University Fee revenue.

          2 The other income and reimbursements represent campus other fee 2008/09 final budget revenues submitted, as well as reimbursements in the CSU Operating Fund.

The average CSU 2008/09 academic year, resident, undergraduate student fees required to apply to, enroll in, or attend the university is $3,849. However, the costs paid by individual students will vary depending on campus, program, and whether a student is part-time, full-time, resident, or nonresident.

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 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 adjust campus-based mandatory fees but must request the Chancellor to establish a new mandatory fee The President shall provide to the fee advisory committee a report of all campus-based mandatory fees. The campus shall report annually to the Chancellor a complete inventory of all campus-based mandatory fees.

For more information or questions, please contact the Budget Office in the CSU Chancellor’s Office at (562) 951-4560.