San Diego State University


Check your "My Registration Info" for your specific payment due date. Your payment MUST be made prior to your registration date; otherwise you will not be able to register on time. 

Electronic Check (ACH)

You may pay your registration fees, out-of-state or foreign tuition, and other charges using the ACH payment option. This is just like writing a check, but you will make the payment online. There is no additional charge for this option.

Credit Card

Students are able to use MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card only through the online service of CashNetT SmartPay, SDSU's secure third-party vendor. The University Cashiers Office does not accept credit cards for payment of registration fees or tuition (foreign or out-of-state), except as applicable under the terms of the Installment Plan. Therefore credit card payments can only be made online.

You can access CashNetT SmartPay to pay registration fees via the WebPortal. Payments made via CashNetT SmartPay are received by the University Cashiers Office no later than the next business day, so the registration process is not delayed. CashNetT SmartPay assesses each customer a service charge based on the transaction amount. See the Web site for more details.

MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover Card charge cards are accepted for other payments, such as Housing, Parking, Health Service, Continuing Education, and miscellaneous over-the-counter payments. Students are reminded that banks will provide cash advances against credit cards if needed to cover registration payments. Most ATM cards are also accepted for payment of miscellaneous charges.


Fees may be paid in full by personal check, money order, or certified funds. Checks should be made payable to SDSU. In order to have fees processed on time, print the fee payment coupon found in the SDSU WebPortal and submit it (via mail or Cashiers drop box) with your payment prior to your registration fee payment deadline. Your fee payment deadline is located in your "My Registration Info" in your portal account.

Checks are accepted for the exact amount of the payment. Overpayments of $5.00 or less are refunded only upon request. If your check for registration fees or tuition is returned by the bank to the University Collections Office for any reason, your registration may be cancelled and you will be billed a $35.00 dishonored payment charge and a $20 late fee.

The university reserves the right to refuse payments by personal check from those individuals who have previously had items returned unpaid by their bank. Refunds may be applied against other amounts due the university.

Financial Aid Payment Postponement

The "My Registration Info" online service will tell you if you are eligible to postpone payment of your registration fee (and tuition, if applicable). Postponing payment of your registration fee will be automatic - you do not need to submit any forms. Your registration fee will be deducted from the first disbursement of your financial aid at the beginning of the semester.

You can also check your eligibility to postpone fee payment by logging on to and selecting AidLink. If your financial aid award is reduced or becomes unavailable FOR ANY REASON, you must pay your fees IN FULL by the census date.

If you are NOT eligible to postpone the payment of your fees, DO NOT WAIT until your registration access date to find out you cannot register.

Registration Fee Installment Plan*

Registration fees due for the semester may be paid in installments. There is a nonrefundable service charge for the Registration Fees Installment Plan; the service charge is paid prior to registration, along with an initial payment. Parking fees and other miscellaneous fees may not be paid in installments.

How do I sign up for the Registration Fee Installment Plan?
A Registration Fee Installment Plan Contract can be printed from "My Registration Info." Read the contract and related information carefully. The Registration Fee Installment Plan is essentially a loan, and it is important that you understand the terms of the contract.

Complete all sections of the contract (incomplete information will delay processing and may delay access to registration). Amounts due for registration fees will be adjusted based on the units in which you actually enroll.

Sign and date the contract, and return the contract to SDSU Cashiers Office, with a check in the appropriate amount made payable to San Diego State University, prior to your fee payment deadline.

See the current Class Schedule for current Installment Plan fees.

*A separate installment plan is available for the payment of nonresident (out of state and foreign) tuition. Students who wish to pay their tuition in installments should contact the University Cashiers Office at (619) 594-5253 or Service charges equal to 15% of each installment payment are assessed. Students can avoid the service charges by paying their tuition in full prior to the first day of classes.

Third Party Billing/Approved Fee Waivers

If an outside agency (agency, government program, Employee Fee Waiver, etc.) is paying all or part of your registration fee, you will need to print your fee payment coupon from "My Registration Info" and return it and a copy of your authorization letter to the University Cashiers Office. Failure to do so will result in your fees being deducted from your financial aid award. Students submitting authorization to bill a third party for their fees will be held responsible for the payment if the third party agency fails to pay the fees within the semester of attendance.

CSU Fee Waivers

Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) and Eligible Dependents of Deceased or Disabled Veterans
Veterans receiving vocational rehabilitation benefits (Chapter 31), and eligible dependents receiving the Cal Vet Fee Waiver, must obtain their fee waiver authorization at the Veterans Office in the Office of the Registrar (SS-1641) and submit it to the University Cashiers Office along with all applicable fees on or prior to their fee payment deadline.

Over 60 Fee Waiver Program
San Diego State University offers a fee waiver program for California residents 60 years of age or older. Both undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students may participate in the program. The program waives the $55 admission application fee and regular registration fees (except for a nominal $13 fee per semester). Participants must apply for admission during the regular application filing period and be admitted under regular SDSU admission requirements. Participants register for classes on a space-available basis after regularly matriculated students have completed registration. For additional information, contact the Prospective Student Center.

Alan Pattee Scholarships
Children of deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression employees who were California residents and who were killed in the course of law enforcement or fire suppression duties are not charged system-wide mandatory fees or tuition at any California State University campus, according to the Alan Pattee Scholarship Act, California Education Code, Section 68121. Students qualifying for these benefits need to contact the Office of the Registrar, which determines eligibility.