Student Finance

Refund Information

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 initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, 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 refund policy for the California State University System is based on the California Code of Regulations, Title V, Section 41802. All refunds will be assessed a $10.00 administrative fee.

Sign up for eRefund.  It is simple, fast and secure to have refunds directly deposited to your bank account. Refund checks will be mailed to the address on file with the Office of Admissions and Records. Refunds will be issued beginning:

  • September 30, 2015 for Fall 2015
  • July 22, 2015 for Summer 2015
  • March 2, 2016 for Spring 2016

Allow 4-6 weeks for processing. Payments made by credit card will be credited back to the original card number. The 2.75% credit card service fee is not refundable.

Parking refunds are pro-rated beginning the first day of class and based on when the permit is returned. Parking refunds are only processed once the original permit is returned to University Cash Services or reported lost or stolen in Parking Services. More information on parking refunds may be found on the Student Finance website.

Refunds will be applied to outstanding debts on your student account and any remaining balance will be remitted to you.


I.  FULL REFUND:              

  • A student will be eligible for a full refund if:

    • All classes have been dropped prior to the first day of classes. The courses for which the tuition and other fees were assessed were cancelled by the University.

    • The University makes a delayed decision that the student was not eligible to enroll in the term for which the tuition and other fees were assessed and collected and the delayed decision was not due to incomplete or inaccurate information provided by the student.

    • The student was activated for compulsory military service.


  • Beginning with the first day of instruction, refunds for complete withdrawals will be prorated based on the date of withdrawal and the length of the academic period up to the 60% point of the term.
  • You can view the actual calculated refund amount in your student account beginning
    • September 30, 2015 for Fall 2015
    • July 22, 2015 for Summer 2015
    • March 2, 2016 for Spring 2016


  • Log into myNorthridge portal.

  • Go to the Financial Matters tab.

  • Under the My Financial Obligations section.

  • Select View Account Information.


  • A student who officially withdraws after the 60% point in the academic period will not be entitled to a refund.


You are eligible for:Fall 2015Spring 2016
Full refund, if withdrawal is processed on or beforeAug. 23, 2015Jan. 24, 2016
Prorated refund, if withdrawal is processed betweenAug. 24 - Oct. 31, 2015Jan. 25 - Mar. 31, 2016
No refund, if withdrawal is processed afterOct. 31, 2015Mar. 31, 2016

Summer Refund Schedule

You are eligible for:Session 1Session 2Session 3
Full refund, if withdrawal is processed on or beforeMay 25, 2015May 25, 2015July 7, 2015
Prorated refund, if withdrawal is processed betweenMay 26 - Jul. 15, 2015May 26 - Jun. 20, 2015Jul. 8 - Aug. 2, 2015
No refund, if withdrawal is processed afterJuly 15, 2015Jun. 20, 2015Aug. 2, 2015

For the latest information on formulas calculating prorated funds, visit our Refund Policy.

NOTE: A financial aid student who completely withdraws for a period of enrollment may be subject to repayment (including medical withdrawals). Consult with the Financial Aid Office for additional information.


  • You are eligible for a partial refund (difference in fee category and/or non-resident tuition) if you paid for 6.1 or more units, but are official registered for 6.0 or fewer units by:
    • September 11, 2015 for Fall 2015
    • June 5, 2015 for Summer 2015, Sessions 1 & 2
    • July 17, 2015 for Summer 2015, Session 3
    • February 12, 2016 for Spring 2016


It is the sole responsibility of the STUDENT to withdraw from classes. Refunds can only be issued to students who withdraw from classes by the published deadlines. Students are responsible for verifying/confirming withdraws from classes by printing a copy of their schedule using SOLAR.

Failure to follow formal withdraw procedures may result in the assignment of failing grades, an obligation to pay fees, and the need to apply for readmission to the university.

The Student Finance web site contains information authorized and available at the time of publication. Its content, including dates and fee amounts, is subject to change without prior notice or obligation.

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