When to pay tuition
You may pay tuition soon after registering for Orientation in early April. Please refer to the Bursars website for when you can start to pay. You want to pay your University tuition at least 5 working days before your Orientation date.
How to pay tuition
The Bursar's Office will accept payments by mail; a check, certified funds, or money order. Credit card payments may be made online. See directions below:
- Financial Aid Deferment
- Personal Check
- Cashiers Check or Certified Funds
- Credit Card
- Installment Plan
Students that have been awarded ANY type of financial aid will be given a "financial aid deferment" for the university tuition fee. This means that they can register for their classes at Orientation. This aid may come in one or more of the following forms:
- Grants and/or Scholarships
- Subsidized and/or unsubsidized Loans
- Work-Study grant
- Military Veterans Benefits
If you think you have financial aid, please check your status on your portal.
Special note for Veterans! If you are receiving a Tuition waiver or reduced Tuition, make sure your certification paperwork is received by the Registrar's office. Questions can be directed to Station 3 at One Stop in the Student Services Building. Take care of this right away - this is not an instant process!
Non-Financial Aid Recipients
- Cash - Be careful! NEVER send by mail (only in-person at Bursar's), and get a receipt!
- Personal Check - make sure to label with correct SF State student ID#, can be mailed.
- Cashier's Check/Certified Funds - same as personal checks but processed quicker.
- Credit Card - Major credit cards accepted! There is a 2.5% convenience charge per transaction. Online ONLY!
- E-Checks - must have a valid checking account
- Installment Plan - tuition paid in three installments, option only in-person at Bursar's.
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