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Summary of Changes

Schedule of Fees 2012-13 Revised Statement

  • Application Fees: Added All students to Application Fees statement.
  • 2012-13 Basic Tuition Fees: Revised heading; formerly Fees Required at Registration. Fees updated effective fall 2012.
  • 2012-13 Graduate Business Professional Fee: Fees updated effective fall 2012.
  • Fee Waivers: Added last paragraph Section 38130.5.
  • Payment Methods: Added Credit Cards statment.
  • Fees and Debts Owed to the Institution: Last paragraph revised with updated contact information.
  • Cancellation of Registration or Withdrawal from the Institution: Last sentence of 2nd paragraph revised.
  • Average Support Cost per Full-Time Equivalent Student and Sources of Funds: Revised to reflect 2011-12 academic year.
  • Procedure for the Establishment or Abolishment of Campus-Based Mandatory Fees: Revised first paragraph.


Schedule of Fees 2012-13

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fee, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees.

The following reflects systemwide fees for both semester and quarter campuses that were approved for the 2012-13 academic year by the Board of Trustees at their November 2011 meeting. These rates are subject to change.

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 Fees
$55 All Students: Application Fee (nonrefundable), payable by check or money order at time application is made.
$15 Late Application fee



2012-13 Basic Tuition Fees (effective Fall 2012)*


Fees Required at Registration (per semester)*
Units Per Semester Per Academic Year
6.1 or more $2,985 $5,970
0 to 6.0 $1,731 $3,462




Credential Program Participants
6.1 or more $3,465 $6,930
0 to 6.0 $2,010 $4,020




6.1 or more $3,678 $7,356
0.0 to 6.0 $2,133 $4,266




Doctoral Programs**
Education $5,559 $11,118




Student Activity Fee
$70 Fall Semester
$65 Spring Semester
$161 Student Center Fee
$3 Health Facilities Fee
$75 Health Services Fee
$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.

** NOTE: Applicable term fees apply for campuses with special terms, as determined by the campus. Total College Year fees cannot exceed the Academic Year plus Summer Term fees.

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

2012-13 Graduate Business Professional Fee


Graduate Business Professional Fee (effective Fall 2012)
Graduate Business Professional Charge Per Unit $278

Graduate Business Professional Fee shall be assessed to students for coursework required in state-supported professional master's of business degree programs that are subject to accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International). The Graduate Business Professional Fee is paid on a per unit basis in addition to basic tuition fees and campus fees for the following graduate business programs:

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Nonresident Students ( U.S. and Foreign)

Nonresident Tuition Fee (in addition to basic tuition fees and other systemwide fees charged all students) for all campuses:

Nonresident Tuition Fee
Semester Charge Per Unit $372
Foreign-Visa Students (students who are citizens and residents of a foreign country-per unit or fraction thereof) $372

The total nonresident tuition fee paid per term will be determined by the number of units taken. 

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).

Students are charged campus fees in addition to tuition fees and other systemwide fees.  Information on campus fees can be found by contacting the campus(es).

Fee Waivers

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

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;

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); 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.

Section 38130.5 – Qualifying non-resident students exempt from paying nonresident tuition, such as, nonresident student with: high school attendance in California for three or more years; graduation from a California high school or attainment of equivalent; registration as an entering student at, or current enrollment at, and accredited institution of higher education in California not earlier than the fall semester or quarter of the 2001-02 academic year; in the case of a person without lawful immigration status, the filing of an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so. 

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 may be eligible for an Older Adult Fee Waiver. Here's how to apply:

  1. Obtain a fee waiver form from the Admissions & Records office. Applicant must present documentation which establishes their identity and their age, i.e., California Drivers License, California Identification Card, etc.
  2. Students using the Older Adult Fee Waiver may register at/or after the first day of the term.
  3. The Admissions & Records Office will send the Older Adult Fee Waiver form to the Cashier's Office in order for the fee waiver to be posted to the student account.
  4. The number of Older Adult Fee Waivers is limited.

Older Adult students not participating in the Older Adult fee waiver program will be required to pay fees by the posted due date.

Payment Methods

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

Credit Cards: VISA and Master Card bank credit cards may be used for payment of student fees.  

Parking Fees**

Parking Fees**
$90.00 Four wheeled motorized vehicles (per semester)
$21.50 Two-wheeled motorized vehicles - includes mopeds
(per semester)
$4.00 Daily permit
$60.00 Summer permit (entire summer)
$35.50 Summer permit (per session)
$9.50 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


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


User Fees
$4 Certification of Enrollment and/or Degree
$50 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
7% Non-resident Installment Plan Service Charge
$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 returned checks. 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.


$20 Late Payment Fee (per late payment)
varies Library fines - a list of overdue fines is posted at the entrance to the library on the 2nd floor of the ERC Building
varies 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 Tuition 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.

Tuition Fee Installment Plan

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

Refund of Mandatory Fees, Including Nonresident Tuition Fee

  • 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 tuition fees.
  • 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 tuition fee.  See the Schedule of Classes for information.

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, available at

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 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 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 fees were assessed or collected in error;
  • The course for which the 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 any aspect of the refund of fees policies of CSU Dominguez Hills, including the he return of unearned tuition and fees or other refundable portions of institutional charges, may be obtained from the Student Financial Services Office 1000 E. Victoria St. Carson, CA 90747, (310) 243-3780 or see web page at  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. The institution may also report the debt to a credit bureau, offset the amount due against any future state tax refunds due the student, refer the debt to an outside collection agency and/or charge the student actual and reasonable collection costs, including reasonable attorney fees if litigation is necessary, in collecting any amount not paid when due.

If a person believes he or she does not owe all or part of an asserted unpaid obligation, that person may contact Student Financial Services. (310) 243-3780. Student Financial Services, or another office on campus to which Student Financial Services may refer the person, will review all pertinent information provided by the person and available to the campus and will 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. Students who have received financial aid and withdraw from the institution during the academic term or payment period may need to return or repay some or all of the funds received, which may result in a debt owed to the institution.

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

The total support cost per full-time equivalent student (FTES) 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 FTES. The total CSU 2011-12 budget amounts were $2,141,273,000 from state General Fund (GF) appropriations (not including capital outlay funding) and before minus $38.5 million CalPERS retirement adjustment, $1,530,946,000 from tuition fee revenue net of financial aid (forgone revenue), and $340,440,000 from other fee revenues for a total of $4,012,659,000. The number of 2011-12 budgeted FTES is 331,716 resident and 13,572 non-resident students. The GF appropriation is applicable to resident students only whereas fee revenues are collected from resident and nonresident students. FTES 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 2011-12 average support cost per FTES based on GF appropriation and net tuition fee revenue only is $10,889 and when including all sources as indicated below is $11,875. Of this amount, the average net tuition fee revenue and other income per FTES is $5,420, which includes all fee revenue in the CSU Operating Fund (e.g. tuition fees, application fees, and other campus mandatory fees).


Average Support Cost per Full-Time Equivalent Student and Sources of Funds
2011-12 Amount Average Cost per FTES Percentage
Total Support Cost $4,012,659,000 $11,875 100%
State Appropriation 1 2,141,273,000 6,455 55%
Net Tuition Fee Revenue2 1,530,946,000 4,434 37%
Other Fees Revenue2 340,440,000 986 8%



   1 Represents state GF appropriation in the Budget Act of 2011-12; GF is divisible by resident students only (331,317 FTES).

   2 Represents CSU Operating Fund, Tuition Fee and other fees revenue amounts (net of foregone revenue) submitted in campus 2011-12 final budgets. Revenues are divisible by resident and nonresident students (345,288 FTES).

The average CSU 2011-12 academic year, resident, undergraduate student basic tuition fee and other mandatory fees required to apply to, enroll in, or attend the university is $6,519 ($5,472 tuition fee plus $1,047 average campus-based fees). 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 Campus-Based Mandatory Fees

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). 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. 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. Student body association fees support a variety of cultural and recreational programs, childcare centers, and special student support programs. 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). 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.

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.