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).
The following reflects applicable systemwide fees for both semester and quarter campuses. 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.
All Students: Application Fee (nonrefundable), payable by check or money order at time application is made.
Late Application fee
Fees Required at Registration (per semester)*
Per Academic Year
Undergraduate Tuition Fee
6.1 or more
0 to 6.0
Credential Program Tuition Fee
6.1 or more
0 to 6.0
Graduate/Post Baccalaureate Tuition Fee
6.1 or more
0.0 to 6.0
2015-16 Doctorate Tuition Fees
Other Campus-Based Fees
Student Activity Fee Fall Semester
Student Activity Fee Spring Semester
Student Center Fee
Health Facilities Fee
Health Services Fee
Instructionally Related Activities Fee
Student Success Fee Fall 2016
Student Success Fee Spring 2017
*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. The Summer Term fee for the Education Doctor at quarter campuses is equal to the Per Semester fee listed in the table. Total fees for the Education Doctor over the College Year equals the Per Academic Year fee plus the Per Semester fee for the summer term at all CSU campuses.
*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.
For summer session fees, please consult summer session Class Schedule.
Graduate Business Professional Fee
Charge Per Unit- Semester
Charge Per Unit- Quarter
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.)
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Accountancy
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Business Administration
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Health Care Management
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Business and Technology
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Information Systems
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Taxation
Nonresident Tuition (in addition to basic tuition fees and other systemwide fees charged all students) for all campuses:
Nonresident Tuition Fee
Charge Per Unit- Semester
Charge Per Unit- Quarter
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 fees and other systemwide fees. Information on campus fees can be found by contacting the individual campus(es).
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 or child of a recipient of a Medal of Honor, under 27 years old, meets the income restriction and California residency requirement.
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. Students who may qualify for these 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.
Section 68122 – Students who are victims of trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes who have been granted T or U visa status are exempt from paying nonresident tuition if they (1) attended high school in California for three or more years; (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.
Section 68130.5 – Students who are not residents of California are exempt from paying nonresident tuition if they (1) attended high school in California for three or more years; (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 sixty years of age and older may be eligible for an Older Adult Fee Waiver. Here's how to apply:
Older Adult students not participating in the Older Adult fee waiver program will be required to pay fees by the posted due date.
Fees may be paid online by electronic check or credit cards through MyCSUDH. There is a non-refundable 2.75% service fee charged by our third party processor TouchNet® PayPathTM for paying with a credit card. Debit cards are treated the same as credit cards and will incur the service fee. There is no fee charged for paying with electronic check. Fees may also be paid at Cashier's Office. The Cashier's Office accepts cash, checks and money orders.
Four wheeled motorized vehicles (per semester)
Two-wheeled motorized vehicles - includes mopeds
Summer permit (entire summer)
Summer permit (per session)
Summer permit (weekly)
Summer permit- Two-wheeled motorized vehicles- includes mopeds
** subject to change
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)
Graduation Date Change Fee
Graduation Writing Examination
Identification Card – new and returning students
Special Test Fees -a list of test fees is available in the Testing Office
Certification of Enrollment and/or Degree
Credential Evaluation Fee
Duplicate Document or Printout
Emergency Graduation Clearance Processing
Emergency Transcript Processing (less than 10 working days)
International Student Matriculation and Orientation
Resident Installment Payment Service Charge
Non-resident Installment Plan Service Charge
Petition for Exception to University Policy
Refund Processing Fee and Service Charge
Transcript (within 10 working days)
Additional transcripts prepared at the same time up to ten (10) transcripts
Additional transcripts prepared at the same time that exceed the first ten (10) transcripts
Penalty or Deposit Fees
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.
Late Payment Fee (per late payment)
Library fines - a list of overdue fines is posted at the entrance to the library on the 2nd floor of the ERC Building
Lost books and other Library items - replacement cost + posted service charge
Late Registration (assessed the day instruction begins) (non-refundable)
Petition for Missed Deadlines
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.
Nonresident students as defined above shall pay all registration fees required of resident students by the same date as required for resident students. Nonresident students wanting to enroll in an installment plan must enroll through Student Financial Services (Welch Hall, Suite 270).
A Fee Installment Plan is available for fall and spring terms. 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 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, special session, and extended education programs or courses at the California State University are governed by a separate policy established by the University, available athttp://www4.csudh.edu/ceie/registration/policies/index.
In order to receive a full refund of 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 (4) 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 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 the 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 (4) weeks, no refunds of mandatory fees and 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 (4) weeks.
Students will also receive a refund of mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, under the following circumstances:
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 return of unearned tuition and fees or other refundable portions of institutional charges, may be obtained by contacting Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (310) 243-3780.See web page at
http://www4.csudh.edu/accounting-services/student-financial-services/student-financial-accounting/index for additional information. In addition, any debt owed to the University by an individual student will be subtracted from the refund due.
Application for refund of parking fees may be obtained at the Cashier's Office. The Parking Decal must accompany the request for refund. Lost, stolen, or destroyed permits will not be replaced for students, faculty, or staff. A new permit must be purchased at the current cost.
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 at email@example.com or by phone at (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.
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.
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 2015/16 budget amounts were $2,987,063,000 from state General Fund (GF) appropriations and before adding $20.5 million CalPERS retirement adjustment, $1,654,161,000 from tuition fee revenue and after tuition fee discounts (forgone revenue), and $491,651,000 from other fee revenues for a total of $5,132,875,000. The 2015/16 resident FTES target is 356,450 and the nonresident FTES based on past-year actual is 18,630 for a total of 375,080 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 2015/16 average support cost per FTES based on GF appropriation and net tuition fee revenue only is $12,790 and when including all sources as indicated below is $14,101, which includes all fee revenue (e.g. tuition fees, application fees, and other campus mandatory fees) in the CSU Operating Fund. Of this amount, the average net tuition and other fee revenue per FTES is $5,721.
Average Support Cost per Full-Time Equivalent Student and Sources of Funds
Average Cost per FTES
State Appropriation (GF) 1
Net Tuition Fee Revenue 2
Other Fees Revenue2
Total Support Cost
1 Represents state GF appropriation in the Budget Act of 2015/16; GF is divisible by resident students only (356,450 FTES).
2A major change in the CSU budget appropriation beginning in 2014/15 is the fold in of state General Obligation bond debt service expense ($197.2M) into the CSU main appropriation and movement of CSU lease revenue bonds debt service from a separately identified appropriations item to the CSU main appropriation item ($99.1M).
The average CSU 2015/16 academic year, resident, undergraduate student basic tuition fee and other mandatory fees required to apply to, enroll in, or attend the University is $6,815 ($5,472 tuition fee plus $1,343 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.
The law governing the California State University provides that specific campus 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 as established by Executive Order 1102, Section III. 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 campus 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.