Fees and Expenses

The following reflects applicable systemwide tuition and fees that were authorized by the Board of Trustees at the June 2019 meeting for a semester campus. These rates are subject to change.

Student Fees*

Students are required to pay tuition and other fees (as indicated in the chart on this page), course fees, and nonresident/foreign tuition. General authority governing most fees is contained in the California Education Code, Sections 89700 and 89724.

All Students

Application fee (nonrefundable), payable online at the time of application via credit card, e-check or PayPal: $70

Student Involvement & Representation Fee

(Optional Fee)

A Student Involvement & Representation Fee of $2.00 will be charged in addition to tuition and other fees. Students have until census date to opt out.

Course Fees

Course fees are provided in the "class notes" after each subject listing in the Class Schedule. Fees may range from $4 to $1,000 depending on the course.

Nonresident and Foreign Tuition Fee

Nonresident students (U.S. and foreign) are required to pay the nonresident tuition fee in addition to tuition and systemwide fees. The nonresident tuition fee is charged at $396 per unit. The total nonresident tuition 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 and systemwide fees.

Graduate Business Professional Fee

The graduate business professional fee of $270 is paid on a per unit basis in addition to basic tuition and campus fees for the following graduate business programs: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Accountancy, Business Administration, Health Care Management, Business and Technology, Information Systems, or Taxation. For exemptions, see fee waivers.

Doctorate Tuition Fees*

Audiology (all students) $7,371
Education (all students) $5,919
Nursing Practice (all students) $7,635
Physical Therapy (all students) $8,598

* Tuition per semester. Applicable term tuition applies for campuses with special terms, as determined by the campus. Total college year tuition cannot exceed the academic year plus summer term tuition. The summer term tuition for the education doctorate at quarter campuses is equal to the per semester tuition listed in the table. Total tuition for the education doctorate over the college year equals the per academic year tuition plus the per semester tuition for the summer term at all CSU campuses.

Tuition and Other Fees Per Semester

(all students)
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0-6 units
6.1 or more units
Credential Program
0-6 units
Credential Program
6.1 or more units
0-6 units
6.1 or more units
Facility Fee $3 $3 $3 $3 $3 $3
Health Service Fee $113 $113 $113 $113 $113 $113
Instructionally Related Activities Fees $132 $132 $132 $132 $132 $132
Student Academic Service Fee $18 $18 $18 $18 $18 $18
Student Body Fee $34.50 $34.50 $34.50 $34.50 $34.50 $34.50
Bulldog Card Fee $5 $5 $5 $5 $5 $5
University Student Union Fee $118 $118 $118 $118 $118 $118
Tuition Fee $1,665 $2,871 $1,932 $3,330 $2,082 $3,588
Total $2,088.50 $3,294.50 $2,355.50 $3,753.50 $2,505.50 $4,011.50

  • The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Tuition and fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU reserves the right, even after tuition or fees are initially charged or initial payments are made, to increase or modify any listed tuition or fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide tuition, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU-listed tuition and 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 tuition 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). These rates are subject to change.
  • Questions pertaining to your teacher credential classification may be directed to the campus Credential Office in the Kremen School of Education at 559.278.0300.
  • Questions pertaining to your undergraduate/postbaccalaureate class level status may be directed to the Admissions and Records Office at 559.278.2261.


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Extension Program Fees

(subject to change by the Campus Fee Committee)

Extension, per unit
Lecture or discussion course – $0-$300

Open University
per unit $295

Special Sessions – varies per unit

Miscellaneous Fees

Application Fee

Nonrefundable $70

Credential Fee

(collected for Commission on Teacher Credentialing)
Amount varies. Contact the Credential Office, Kremen School of Education and Human Development.

Diploma Reissue Fee


Graduation Application Fee

(bachelor's) $51.50
(master's) $35

Parking Permit Prices for Students

Automobile per semester $93
Motorcycle per semester $17
Automobile fall/spring $186
Motorcycle fall/spring $34
Automobile summer $44
Motorcycle summer $11

Penalty Fees

Check return fee $20
Late registration $25
Failure to meet administratively required appointment or time limit $10
Lost or broken items replacement -- cost
Lost library items replacement -- cost plus $10 service charge
Damaged library items replacement -- cost plus $10 service charge

Programming Fee

Fee is assessed to corporate and governmental sponsors of international students for required additional services (not a state fee) $250

Receipt Research Fee

one year or less $2
more than one year $5

Refund Processing Fee


Transcript of Record

$4 first copy ($2 each additional copy)

  • This catalog copy reflects applicable systemwide tuition, nonresident tuition, and other fees. (Tuition and other fees are subject to change without notice.)
  • A nonresident student is any person who has not been a bona fide resident of the state of California for more than one year immediately preceding enrollment. The exact determination date may be ascertained by contacting the Admissions/Records Office.
  • The law governing the CSU provides that a student body fee may be established by student referendum with the approval of two-thirds of those students voting. The Student Body Fee was established at California State University, Fresno by student referendum on May 12, 1959. The same fee can be abolished by a similar two-thirds approval of students voting on a referendum called for by a petition signed by 10 percent of the regularly enrolled students. (California Education Code, Section 89300). The level of the fee is set by the chancellor. An increase in the student body fee may be approved by the chancellor only following a referendum on the fee increase approved by a majority of students voting. Student body fees support a variety of cultural and recreational programs, child care centers, and special student support programs.
  • Mandatory systemwide tuition is 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 and systemwide fees. Information on campus fees can be found by contacting the individual campus(es).

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Credit Cards

Visa and MasterCard bank credit cards may be used for payment of student tuition and fees at the university Cashier's Office. In addition, American Express, Diners Club, Discover, Visa, and MasterCard may be used via SmartPay. Payments are subject to a non-refundable credit card processing fee.

Refund of Mandatory Fees, including Nonresident Tuition

Regulations governing the refund of tuition and 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 and campus fees that are required to be paid in order to enroll in state-supported academic programs at the CSU. Refunds of fees and tuition charges for self-support, special session and extended education programs or courses at the CSU are governed by a separate policy established by the university.

In order to receive a full refund of tuition and mandatory fees, less an administrative charge established by the campus, 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, quarters and non-standard terms or courses of four weeks or more, a student who withdraws during the term in accordance with the university's established procedures or drops all courses prior to the campus-designated drop period will receive a refund of tuition and 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.

A student who, within the campus designated drop period and in accordance with campus procedures, drops units resulting in a lower tuition and/or mandatory fee obligation shall be entitled to a refund of applicable tuition and mandatory fees less an administrative charge established by the campus.

For state-supported non-standard terms or courses of less than four weeks, no refunds of tuition and mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, will be made unless a student cancels registration or drops all classes, in accordance with the university's established procedures and deadlines, prior to the first day of instruction for state-supported non-standard terms or courses or prior to the first meeting for courses of less than four weeks.
Students will also receive a refund of tuition and mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, under the following circumstances:

  • the tuition and fees were assessed or collected in error;
  • the course for which the tuition and fees were assessed or collected was canceled by the university;
  • the university makes a delayed decision that the student was not eligible to enroll in the term for which tuition and 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 may be obtained from Accounting Services, 559.278.2876.

Tuition and Fee Decrease by Dropping from 7 or More Units to 6 or Fewer Units. Students who drop some but not all units resulting in a lower tuition and/or mandatory fee obligation during the first 10 days of instruction shall be eligible for a refund of the difference in fees.

As specified by Title V of the Education Code, and the Board of Trustees of the CSU, late tuition and other fees are not refundable.
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Health Service Fee

The health service fee is required of all regularly enrolled students, regardless of the class level or the number of units enrolled. Fee waiver students, or students who will be physically absent from the campus for the entire semester (such as a study abroad semester), or students who will be taking classes only at sites 50 miles or more from campus, may apply for a refund in accordance with the refund procedures established by Student Accounts. Refunds will only be made for fees paid within the current academic year. The Health Center will adjudicate the requests based upon records of usage; any use of the Health Center during the semester, or, for continuing students, during the summer or winter break prior to the semester, will preclude a refund. Students who receive a refund but later wish to avail themselves of health services will be charged a sum equivalent to the mandatory fee at the time of their first visit. Use of the Health Center will preclude a refund of the $98 mandatory fee.

Application Fees

Application fees shall be refunded only upon satisfactory proof that the applicant was unable to begin the term with respect to which application was made by reason of his or her death, physical disability, or compulsory military service (Title 5, Section 41802).

Parking Fees

A student is entitled to a refund of parking fees in the amount shown in the following schedule if on any one calendar day within the applicable period the student files with Student Accounts a written application for refund and returns all documents issued (including parking permits). If the permit is affixed to a vehicle and the vehicle is presented to the university for removal of the item by or under the direction of the state, such presentation and removal shall constitute return of the item.

The refund application schedule is as follows:

  • 1-30 calendar days, 75% refund
  • 31-60 calendar days, 50% refund
  • 61-90 calendar days, 25% refund

Note: A copy of the University Refund Policy may be obtained from Student Accounts in the Joyal Administration Building, Room 181.

Returned Checks

Writing a bad check is against the law. Recipients of bad checks may sue the payer in Small Claims court for three times the amount of the check or $100, whichever is more. In addition, suit may be made against the payer for the face value of the check and all court costs. (California Civil Code, Chapter 522, Section 1719.)

Writing a bad check will result in the following.

  1. The student's university records will be attached and the student will be denied all services.
  2. The student will be charged $20 for processing in addition to the face value of the check
  3. Enrollment of classes may be subject to cancellation. If enrollment is cancelled, the student will not be reinstated.
  • Payment of returned checks must be made with a cashier's check or money order.
  • Personal checks will not be accepted, including checks written by a friend or relative.
  • Placing a "stop payment" or closing an account will not release the student from financial obligation. (Title 5, Section 42381)

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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, including tuition and student charges, 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 charges and 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 charges and fees including any tuition for the reservation of space in the course.

The institution may withhold permission to register or to receive 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 Accounts, 559.278.2876. Student Accounts, or another office to which the person may be referred, will review all pertinent information provided by the person and available to the campus and will advise the person of its conclusions.

The institution may not withhold an official transcript of grades by the institution from anyone owing fees or another debt to the institution (see Title 1.6C.7 (commencing with Section 1788.90) Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code). The institution can still charge a fee for the issuance of the transcript pursuant to their published transcript processing fees.

Fee Waivers and Exemptions

The California Education Code provides for the waiver of mandatory systemwide tuition fees as follows:

  • Section 66025.3 –Dependent eligible to receive assistance under Article 2 of Chapter 4 of Division 4 of the Military and Veterans Code; child of veteran of the United States military who has a service-connected disability, has been killed in service, or has died of a service-connected disability, and meets specified income provisions; dependent, or surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a member of the California National Guard who, in the line of duty, and while in the active service of the state, was killed, died of a disability resulting from an event that occurred while in the active service of the state, or is permanently disabled as a result of an event that occurred while in the active service of the state; and undergraduate student who is a recipient of a Medal of Honor, or undergraduate student who is a child of a recipient of a Medal of Honor who is no more than 27 years old, meets the income restriction and California residency requirement.
  • Section 66602 – Qualifying students from the California State University that are appointed by the Governor to serve as Trustees of the California State University for two-year terms.
  • Section 68120 – Surviving spouse or child of a deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression and prevention employee who was California resident and was killed in the performance of active law enforcement or fire suppression and prevention duties (referred to as Alan Pattee Scholarships), must enrolls as an undergraduate student at the California State University and meets income restriction requirement.
  • 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 the above benefits should contact the Admissions/Registrar's Office for further information and/or an eligibility determination.

The California Education Code provides for the following nonresident tuition exemptions:

  • Section 68075.7 – Nonresident students are exempt from paying nonresident tuition or any other fee that is exclusively applicable to nonresident students if they (1) reside in California, (2) meet the definition of "covered individual" as defined in subsection (c) of Section 3679 of Title 38 of the United States Code, as that provision read on July 1, 2015; and (3) are eligible for education benefits under either the federal Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program or the Post-9/11 GI Bill program as each read on July 1, 2015.
  • Section 68122 – Students who are victims of trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes who have been granted T or U visa status shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition to the same extent as individuals who are admitted to the United States as refugees under Section 1157 of Title 8 of the United States Code.
  • Section 68130.5 – Students who are not residents of California are exempt from paying nonresident tuition if they (1) (a) attended high school in California for three or more years, or (b) attained credits earned from a California high school equivalent to three or more years of full-time high school coursework and a total of three or more years of attendance in California elementary schools, California secondary schools, or a combination of those schools; (2) graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent; and (3) registered as an entering student or are currently enrolled at a CSU campus. In addition, students without lawful immigration status will be required to file an affidavit stating that they have filed an application to legalize their immigration status, or will file an application as soon as they are eligible to do so. This exemption from paying nonresident tuition does not apply to students who are non-immigrant aliens within the meaning of 8 United States Code 1101(a)(15), except as provided by Section 68122 above.

Students who may qualify for any of these benefits should contact the Admissions/Registrar's Office for further information on the specific requirements and/or an eligibility determination.


Refund Policy for Tuition and Other Fees

(All refunds will be subject to a $5 administrative fee.) It is the student's responsibility to drop courses, regardless of the reason, by all enrollment period deadlines to avoid charges or be eligible for a full or prorated refund. Failure to do so may result in charges and holds preventing university services. Students who decide not to attend should drop all courses before the first day of instruction to avoid enrollment charges.

Please note: The last day to be eligible for any refund of tuition and fees resulting from dropping from full-time to part-time is not the same day as the last day to add/drop a course. The last day to add/drop and still be eligible for any refund of tuition and fees is usually the 10th day of instruction. This is different from the last day to add/drop any course, which is usually the 20th day of instruction.

Estimate of Expenses

The basic expenses for attendance at California State University, Fresno for a year (two semesters) for full-time students who live away from home are approximately $26,626. This figure is exclusive of the Nonresident Tuition Fee but includes an estimate of such personal items as clothes, laundry, and incidental expenditures. Students who live at home or share apartments with other students and commute to the campus are able to reduce their expenses considerably below the estimated figure. Note: tuition and other fees estimate is for California residents. The figures below are estimates and subject to change.

Room and Board (average) = $10,586*
Tuition and Other Fees = $4,179 - $18,045
Books and Supplies (approx.) = $1,972

* Estimate for on-campus housing only.
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Source of Funds and Average Costs for 2018-19 CSU Budget

  Amount Average Cost Per FTE Student Percent
State Appropriation (GF) (1) $3,627,143,000 $9,961 55.4
Gross Tuition Fee Revenue (2)  $2,479,020,000  $6,380 35.5
Other Fees Revenue (2)  $639,084,0000  $1,645 9.1
Total Support Cost $6,745,247,000  $17,986 100


  1. Represents state GF appropriation in the Budget Act of 2018/19; GF is divisible by resident students only (364,131 FTES).
  2. Represents CSU Operating Fund, gross tuition and other fees revenue amounts submitted in campus August 2018/19 final budgets. Revenues are divisible by resident and nonresident students (388,547 FTES).

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 2018/19 budget amounts were $3,627,143,000 from state General Fund (GF) appropriations and before adding $22.5 million CalPERS retirement adjustment, $2,479,020,000 from gross tuition revenue, and $639,084,000 from other fee revenues for a total of $6,745,247,000.  The 2018/19 resident FTES target is 364,131 and the nonresident FTES based on past-year actual is 24,416 for a total of 388,547 FTES. 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 (e.g. 15 units per semester) (the figure used here to define a full-time student’s academic load).

The average CSU 2018/19 academic year, resident, undergraduate student basic tuition and other mandatory fees required to apply to, enroll in, or attend the university is $7,303 ($5,742 tuition fee plus $1,561 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.

VIP Bike Registration

The Volunteer Identification Program is available free of charge on our campus. With this service your bike is engraved with your driver's license number or a serial number and is listed on a statewide computer system if stolen. Forms for VIP registration are available at the University Student Union information desk, the residence halls and the Commons #4 Office, and the Campus Security Office.

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