Legal residents of California are not charged tuition. The following reflects applicable fees and nonresident tuition for the semester system. The total fee paid per semester will be determined by the number of units taken, including those taken in excess of fifteen.

Cash, personal or certified check, Master Card, and VISA may be used for payment of student fees.

No fees of any kind shall be required of or collected from those individuals who qualify for such exemption under the provisions of the Alan Pattee Scholarship Act.


All students who are eligible to enroll may use one of the installment plans offered by the university, with the exceptions of students with financial aid deferments, approved waivers or subsidies, or students who defaulted on their installment plan agreement in a previous semester. Students with outstanding financial obligations must pay their obligations before or at the time of their enrolling in the current semester's installment plan. More information and a copy of the installment plan contract are included in each semester's Class Schedule.


Fees are subject to change without notice.

 					0.1 to	6.1 or
Regular Session				6.0	more
(Per Semester-Credit or Audit)		units	units
1. All resident students must pay the following regular registration fees:
State University Fee			$459.00	$792.00

Local Fees:
Student Center Fee			  52.00	  52.00
Student Body Association Fee		  42.00	  42.00
Student Health Service Fee		  65.00	  65.00
Health Facilities Fee			   3.00	   3.00
Identification Card Fee			   2.00	   2.00
Instructionally Related Activities Fee	  35.00	  35.00
Total per semester 			$658.00	$991.00
The Chancellor or designee is authorized to waive the State University Fee for graduate students who are employed as California State University Graduate Assistants or Teaching Associates.

2. Nonresident Tuition (U.S. and International). In addition to the regular registration fees for all students listed above, non-legal residents of the State of California must pay $246 per unit (or fraction) for nonresident tuition.

Current law provides that the statutes governing duplicate degree tuition will be repealed as of August 31, 1996. Students should note that a change to this repeal date may have been made between the time that this catalog is published and August 31, 1996.

Open University (Concurrent Enrollment)

Fee per unit (lecture-discussion course)	$140.00
Fee per unit (laboratory course)		$175.00

Summer Sessions and Special Sessions

Fees per semester unit (lecture-discussion)

Instructional Fee				$138.50
Student Activity Fee				    .50
Student Center Fee				   1.00
Total per unit 					$140.00

Miscellaneous Fees

						Fee Per Item
Application for admission or readmission 
(non-refundable)				$55.00
Late registration				$25.00
Failure to meet administratively required
appointment or time limit (late fee)		$20.00
Check returned for any cause			$20.00
[The university reserves the right to refuse
to accept personal checks from persons 
who have previously written bad checks.]
Replacement of items lost or broken, 
including laboratory equipment 
(minimum charge $1.00)				  cost
Transcript of record				 $4.00
Graduation fee					$40.00
Binding thesis, first copy			$25.00
Each additional thesis copy			$15.00

Library Overdue and Lost Item Fees: Books and Other Library Materials

Fees are computed on a per transaction basis, which includes all items, even those of various kinds (e.g., a book, a slide set, and a group of pamphlets), that were charged out on a single loan transaction.

Excessive Use Fees

Fees for excessive use are computed from the time the material was due until the time the material is returned or declared lost.

						$ Per
Hourly or Overnight Loans for Items Placed 
on Reserve Status (whether in the Reserve 
Book Room or other areas of the library)
Per hour					 1.00
Maximum per transaction				25.00
Hourly or Overnight Loans for Other Items 
(items not on reserve status)
Per hour					 0.25
Maximum per transaction				10.00
Loans of One to Six Days
Per day						 1.00
Maximum per transaction				25.00
Loans of Seven or More Days
Per day						 0.25
Maximum per transaction				25.00
Lost Book, Periodical, or 		Replacement Cost +
Media Fees				Processing Charge
Damage Fees				From 50 cents to Replacement Cost
					+ Processing Charge
NOTE: Replacement Cost is based on a predetermined average cost of an academic book. At present the Processing Charge is $20.00 per item.

Debts Owed to the Institution

Should a student or former student fail to pay 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). For example, the institution may withhold permission to receive official transcripts of grades from any person owing a debt. If a student believes that s/he does not owe all or part of an unpaid obligation, the student should contact the campus Cashier's Office. The Cashier's Office, or another office on campus to which the student may be referred by the Cashier's Office, will review the pertinent information, including information the student may wish to present, and will advise the student of its conclusions with respect to the debt.

Students will be responsible for any legal costs incurred in collecting any unpaid tuition/fees and other miscellaneous university fees. Any amount owed may be reported to the Franchise Tax Board for offset against tax refunds and/or from any state lottery winnings.

Over Sixty Program

San Francisco State University participates in the California State University Over Sixty Program. This program makes it possible for persons 60 years of age or older to earn a baccalaureate or master's degree at the university without payment of admission and registration fees.

To be eligible an individual must (1) be at least 60 years of age, (2) have been a California resident for a full year immediately preceding enrollment, and (3) meet the standard requirements for admission to the university. Those admitted pay only a $3.00 fee for each semester attended.

An application to the university and additional information are available from the university Admissions Office.


Details concerning fees which may be refunded, the circumstances under which fees may be refunded, and the appropriate procedure to be followed in seeking refunds may be obtained by consulting Section 42201 (parking fees), 41913 (nonresident tuition), 42019 (housing charges), and 41802 (all other fees) of Title 5, California Code of Regulations. Consult the appropriate Class Schedule for registration fee and non-resident tuition fee refund deadlines. In all cases it is important to act quickly in applying for a refund. Information concerning any aspect of the refund of fees may be obtained from the Cashier's Office.

Regular Session Registration Fees

Applications for refunds must be submitted in writing to the Registrar's Office. Specific schedules of deadline dates for filing refund applications and amounts to be refunded may be found in the Class Schedule published each semester.

Non-resident tuition is refundable on a pro-rated basis during the first six weeks of the semester. The refund amount is determined by the enrolled units on the date the refund application is filed with the Registrar's Office. (Please consult the appropriate Class Schedule for details.)

Extended Learning

The full Extended Learning tuition fee will be refunded if the university discontinues a course.

If a student drops a course and applies to the Extended Learning Office for a refund, tuition fees will be refunded according to the following schedule:

1. Drops after paying fees but before the day of the first class session: all fees minus a $10 service charge for each dropped course.
2. Drops after the first class session:
a. courses of five meetings or longer--65% of fees collected until 25% of the course time has elapsed, after which there will be no refund.
b. courses of four meetings or less--no refund.

Students should consult with the Extended Learning Office for the specific refund schedule. Refund checks will be mailed to the address on the application approximately six weeks after the application is filed.

Summer Sessions

Refund applications must be submitted in writing to the Summer Sessions Office. Time limits and refund amounts are listed in the Summer Sessions Catalog. The refund amount is determined by the date the refund application is filed with the Summer Sessions Office. Refund checks are mailed to the address on the refund application approximately 6-8 weeks after the application is filed.

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