California State University, Fresno (the University) administers refunds in accordance with the California Administrative Code and directives of the California State University (CSU) system.

On November 14, 2001, the board of Trustees adopted revisions to the policy governing the refund of tuition and fees including nonresident tuition. The revised refund policy, Section 41802 in Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, took effect on December 14, 2001 and is detailed in coded Memorandum AA-2002-13, dated February 13, 2002.

Opt Out of the Student Involvement & Representation Fee.

The Refund Process

If a student completes all required forms and meets all conditions necessary of the refund process, the University will refund to the student, as soon as reasonably possible, all money collected in excess of any obligations the student might owe the University.

In the event of over payment of tuition and fees, the student does not need to submit paperwork to request a refund. Refund of tuition and fees for which a student is eligible will be "automatic" when a student follows established University procedures to cancel registration, drop courses, or withdraw for the academic period

Refund Payments & BankMobile Vibe

Refunds are posted to the student's BankMobile account. 

  • New students receive a green envelope in the mail after registering for classes

BankMobile Vibe LogoRefer to our BankMobile Vibe webpage for more information and instructions for setting up an account. Click here to view Fresno State's contract with BankMobile, a Division of Customer Bank.

Fall 2018 Refund Policy & Deadline Dates

 Refund Policy for Tuition and Fees

It is the student’s responsibility to drop courses, regardless of the reason, by the published deadlines to avoid charges and be eligible for a full or prorated refund.  Failure to do so may result in charges that you will be required to pay.

It is the students’ responsibility who no longer plan to attend Fresno State to drop all courses before the first day of instruction to avoid charges that you will be required to pay.  Refer to the Class Schedule for important information about dropping classes.

All refunds may be subject to a $5.00 administrative fee.

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Refund Schedule

The following drop period must be met to qualify for a refund (reference: Title 5, Section 41802):

 Drop Period Drop Some But Not All Courses (Including Swaps)  Drop All Courses or Officially Withdraw from the University Refund Deadline Dates
Prior to August 23, 2018 100% Refund 100% Refund August 23, 2018
During the first two weeks of instruction - August 23, 2018 to September 6, 2018

Fees are determined based on courses enrolled as of September 6, 2018.

See * below

Pro-rated refund based on last dropped course or withdrawal date September 6,2018
After the 2nd week of instruction, up to and including the 60th percentile of the semester - September 7, 2018 to October 30, 2018

No Refund - Adjustments (add, drop, swaps) may result in additional fee charges.

See ** Below

Pro-rated refund based on last dropped course or withdrawal date No Refund or Pro-rated Refund (whichever is applicable
On or After October 31, 2018  No Refund No Refund No Refund


*A determination will be made at the end of the second week of instruction on September 7, 2018, as to the amount of fees due for the number of units enrolled.

**Class schedule adjustment (add, drop, swap) will NOT be eligible for a refund and may result in additional fee charges (Tuition Fee, Non-Resident Tuition Fee, Professional Program Fee, and course fees).

Examples: for those who enroll on September 7, 2018, or thereafter

  1.  Students who drop units(s) but remain enrolled, resulting in a lower fee category (from full-time to part-time) will not be eligible for a refund.
  2. Students who are enrolled in 6 units, drop 3 units, and eventually adds 3 more units will be charged a full-time status rate and any applicable Non-Resident Tuition Fee, Professional Program Fee, and/or course fees.

Pro-rated Refunds & Schedules

Pro-rated refunds are calculated on a calendar day basis from the first day of instruction to the last day of exams, excluding breaks in instruction of five (5) consecutive days or more.

Refunds are allowed up to the 60th percentile of the academic period (prior to October 31, 2018).  For Fall 2018, the first day of instruction is August 23, 2018, and the last day of exams is December 20, 2018.  The length of the academic period is 115 days.  Each day within the academic period is 1/115 percentile.

Student Involvement & Representation Fee (SIRF)

This is a voluntary fee and once the fee is posted on a student’s account, students can opt out.  The deadline to opt out of the fee is Census date, September 20, 2018.  After Census, students can no longer opt out of the fee for the semester.  A student can opt out each semester the fee is charged.

For step-by-step instructions to opt out of SIRF, please refer to  How to Opt Out of the Student Involvement & Representation Fee. 

Application Forms

Review Refund Policy & Deadline Dates for the Spring 2018 semester, then start the refund process by selecting one of the following applications: 

Tuition & Fees Refund Application Form is used to apply for:

  • Tuition and other fees
  • Non-resident tuition fees
  • Professional program fees
  • Course fees

Miscellaneous Student Fees Refund Application Form is used to apply for:

  • Diploma fee - undergraduate
  • Dog Days orientation fee
  • Student parking permit
  • Testing: Entrance exam and UDWE

Miscellaneous Fee Refund Application Form is used to apply for:

  • Admissions application fee
  • Diploma fee - Post Baccalaureate
  • Other fees

Veterans & Refunds

A student who has applied for and received federal or state veteran's educational assistance may receive refunds of fees paid, The Student Accounts Office processes all Veteran benefit refunds in accordance with state and federal regulations. 

Refund Questions?

Call Student Accounts (559) 278-2876, or in person at Student Accounts located in Joyal Administration, Room 181 (behind Cashiering).

Business Hours:
  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. during the semester and
  • 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Closed 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. during the summer

Fee Rates

The following is reprinted from the California State University (CSU) Budget Office.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 fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change 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 Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

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