Student Finance

Title IV Refund Policy

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 Title IV Refund Policy mandated by the Office of the Chancellor is effective at California State University, Northridge.

The highlights are as follows:

Fall 2015

  • A 100% refund of basic and/or nonresident fees will be given to students who drop all their classes or withdraw from the University no later than August 23, 2015. Refundable fees include tuition and other fees.
  • Students who drop units resulting in a lower fee structure, and non-resident tuition will be entitled to a refund of applicable tuition and other fees up to the end of the designated campus add, drop, swap period, September 11, 2015. After this date, a student who remains enrolled but swaps/drops classes resulting in a lower fee category or non-resident tuition will NOT be eligible for a refund.
  • The ADD, DROP, SWAP period for FALL 2015 is August 24, 2015 through September 11, 2015.
  • A prorated refund to withdrawal partially from the first day of instruction, August 24, 2015, up to the 60th percent point in the academic period, will be applied to students who withdraw from the University.

THE PRO-RATA CALCULATION FOR FALL 2015 FOLLOWS THIS FORMULA:

                Refund Percent = (1- days enrolled/days in term)

                For the FALL 2015 Term, the following applies:

                                First Day of Instruction: AUGUST 24, 2015

                                Last Day of Fall Term: DECEMBER 15, 2015

                                Total Days in Term: 114 Days

The last day for any pro-rata refund = 114 days x 60.5% = 69th day which equates to the business day of October 31, 2015.

EXAMPLE OF PRO-RATA REFUND:

                Class Begins: August 24, 2015

                Student Withdrawal Date: October 5, 2015

                Undergraduate (6.1 + units) Fees: $3,282.00

                Days in Term: 114 days

                Days Enrolled: 43 days

                Refund Rate: (1-(43/114)) = 1 - .377 = 62.3%

                Refund Amount: $2,044.69

You can view the actual calculated refund amount in your student account beginning September 30, 2015.

Summer 2015

  • A 100% refund of basic and/or nonresident fees will be given to students who drop all their classes or withdraw from the University no later than:
    • Sessions 1 & 2: May 25, 2015
    • Session 3: July 7, 2015
  • Refundable fees include tuition and other fees.
  • Students who drop units resulting in a lower fee structure, and non-resident tuition will be entitled to a refund of applicable tuition and other fees up to the end of the designated campus add, drop, swap period:
    • Sessions 1 & 2: June 5, 2015.
    • Session 3: July 17, 2015
    • After this date, a student who remains enrolled but swaps/drops classes resulting in a lower fee category or non-resident tuition will NOT be eligible for a refund.
  • The ADD, DROP, SWAP period for:
    • Sessions 1 & 2: May 26, 2015 through June 5, 2015
    • Session 3: July 8, 2015 through July 17, 2015
  • For a complete withdrawal from all classes after a session begins, but before its 60% point, you may be eligible for a prorated refund if you officially withdraw between:
    • Session 1: May 26, 2015 – July 15, 2015 – 60% point
    • Session 2: May 26, 2015 – June 20, 2015 – 60% point
    • Session 3: July 8, 2015 – August 2, 2015 – 60% point

EXAMPLE OF PRO-RATA REFUND:

Session 1 (12 weeks)

                Class Begins: May 26, 2015

                Student Withdraw Date: June 12, 2015

                Amount Paid: $3,065.00

                Days in Term: 85 days

                Days Enrolled: 18 days

                Refund Rate: (1-(18/85)) = 1 - .212 = 78.8%

                Refund Amount: $2,415.22

Session 2 (6 weeks)

                Class Begins: May 26, 2015

                Student Withdrawal Date: June 7, 2015

                Amount Paid: $3,065.00

                Days in Term: 43 days

                Days Enrolled: 13 days

                Refund Rate: (1-(13/43)) = 1 - .302 = 69.8%

                Refund Amount: $2,139.37

Session 3 (6 weeks)

                Class Begins: July 8, 2015

                Student Withdrawal Date: July 29, 2015

                Amount Paid: $3,065.00

                Days in Term: 42 days

                Days Enrolled: 22 days

                Refund Rate: (1-(22/42)) = 1 - .524 = 47.6%

                Refund Amount: $1,458.94

You can view the actual calculated refund amount in your student account beginning July 22, 2015.

Spring 2016

  • A 100% refund of basic and/or nonresident fees will be given to students who drop all their classes or withdraw from the University no later than January 24, 2016. Refundable fees include tuition and other fees.
  • Students who drop units resulting in a lower fee structure, and non-resident tuition will be entitled to a refund of applicable tuition and other fees up to the end of the designated campus add, drop, swap period, February 12, 2016. After this date, a student who remains enrolled but swaps/drops classes resulting in a lower fee category or non-resident tuition will NOT be eligible for a refund.
  • The ADD, DROP, SWAP period for SPRING 2015 is January 25, 2016 through February 12, 2016.
  • A prorated refund to withdrawal partially from the first day of instruction, January 25, 2016, up to the 60th percent point in the academic period, will be applied to students who withdraw from the University.

THE PRO-RATA CALCULATION FOR SPRING 2016 FOLLOWS THIS FORMULA:

                Refund Percent = (1- days enrolled/days in term)

                For the SPRING 2016 term, the following applies:

                                First Day of Instruction: January 25, 2016

                                Last Day of SPRING Term: May 20, 2016

                                Total Days in Term: 111 Days

The last day for any pro-rata refund = 111 days x 60.4% = 67th day which equates to the business day of March 31, 2016.

EXAMPLE OF PRO-RATA REFUND:

                Class Begins: January 25, 2016

                Student Withdrawal Date: March 9, 2016

                Full Time Undergraduate Fees: $3,282.00

                Days in Term: 111 days

                Days Enrolled: 45 days

                Refund Rate: (1 – (45/111)) = 1 - .405 = 59.5%

                Refund Amount: $1,952.79

You can view the actual calculated refund amount in your student account beginning March 2, 2016.


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TO VIEW YOUR ACTUAL REFUND AMOUNT IN SOLAR:

  • Log into myNorthridge portal
  • Go to the Financial Matters tab
  • Under the My Financial Obligations section
  • Select View Account Information

Note: A financial aid student who completely withdraws for a period of enrollment may be subject to repayment, including medical withdraws. Consult with the financial aid office for additional information.

IMPORTANT!

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.