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 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 August 28, 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, September 16, 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 FALL 2016 is August 29, 2016 through September 16, 2016.
  • A prorated refund to withdrawal partially from the first day of instruction, August 29, 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 FALL 2016 FOLLOWS THIS FORMULA:

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

                For the FALL 2016 Term, the following applies:

                                First Day of Instruction: AUGUST 29, 2016

                                Last Day of Fall Term: DECEMBER 18, 2016

                                Total Days in Term: 112 Days

The last day for any pro-rata refund = 112 days x 60.7% = 68th day which equates to the business day of November 4, 2016.

EXAMPLE OF PRO-RATA REFUND:

                Class Begins: August 29, 2016

                Student Withdrawal Date: October 10, 2016

                Undergraduate (6.1 + units) Fees: $3,291.00

                Days in Term: 112 days

                Days Enrolled: 43 days

                Refund Rate: (1-(43/112)) = 1 - .384 = 61.6%

                Refund Amount: $2,027.26

You can view the actual calculated refund amount in your student account beginning October 5, 2016.

Summer 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:
    • Sessions 1 & 2: May 30, 2016
    • Session 3: July 12, 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:
    • Sessions 1 & 2: June 10, 2016
    • Session 3: July 22, 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:
    • Sessions 1 & 2: May 31, 2016 through June 10, 2016
    • Session 3: July 13, 2016 through July 22, 2016
  • 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 31, 2016 – July 20, 2016 – 60% point
    • Session 2: May 31, 2016 – June 25, 2016 – 60% point
    • Session 3: July 13, 2016 – August 7, 2016 – 60% point

EXAMPLE OF PRO-RATA REFUND:

Session 1 (12 weeks)

                Class Begins: May 31, 2016

                Student Withdraw Date: June 17, 2016

                Amount Paid: $3,071.00

                Days in Term: 85 days

                Days Enrolled: 18 days

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

                Refund Amount: $2,419.75

Session 2 (6 weeks)

                Class Begins: May 31, 2016

                Student Withdrawal Date: June 12, 2016

                Amount Paid: $3,071.00

                Days in Term: 43 days

                Days Enrolled: 13 days

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

                Refund Amount: $2,143.56

Session 3 (6 weeks)

                Class Begins: July 13, 2016

                Student Withdrawal Date: August 3, 2016

                Amount Paid: $3,071.00

                Days in Term: 42 days

                Days Enrolled: 22 days

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

                Refund Amount: $1,461.80

You can view the actual calculated refund amount in your student account beginning July 27, 2016.

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.