Tuition Update

Overview for Students

banner photoThe Proposition 30 ballot initiative was approved by voters in the Nov. 6, 2012, election. As a result, the California State University will implement the tuition fee contingency plan previously approved by the Board of Trustees. The CSU will roll back tuition fees to 2011-12 levels, retroactive to the Fall 2012 term. For further information regarding tuition fees, please visit the following website: http://www.calstate.edu/budget/.

According to the tuition fee contingency plan, each CSU student’s tuition will be adjusted. This requires Sacramento State to re-process financial aid packages and, in some cases, issue refund checks. The amount of a student's individual tuition adjustment or refund check will be based the number of units in which the student is enrolled for Fall 2012 and the fee category rate (e.g., undergraduate, post-bac, credential, etc.).

Since Sacramento State is a large campus, we have thousands of tuition adjustments to make in the next few weeks. Our goal is to complete all account adjustments by Dec. 14, 2012, though some adjustments may be completed prior to that date. Whether a student will receive a refund and the amount of that refund will be determined by a combination of factors including method of tuition payment and unit load. Some students, for example, paid tuition themselves, while others used financial aid, a fee waiver, or had their fees paid by a third-party sponsor. The refunds associated with each of these scenarios or combination of scenarios must be handled on a case-by-case basis.

For detailed information specific to your tuition fee situation, please see Frequently Asked Questions below. Please note that the questions are organized by whether or not you received financial aid. For example, if you received financial aid in Fall 2012, check out Section 2, “Questions Financial Aid Students Might Ask.”

All Sacramento State students were sent information via email regarding Proposition 30 and the associated tuition rollback on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Please click here to view the message.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Questions Non-Financial Aid Students Might Ask

Q: How much money will be refunded to me?
A: Applicable refunds will be based on student fee categories and unit load. Refund dollars have been used to offset any outstanding registration fees, but may not apply to other debt. Please check the Student Center of your My Sac State account to determine if you have a current balance due. If you are eligible for a refund, refunds will generally range from $144-$249 for undergraduates, and up to $309 for most graduate students. Special cases (such as fee waivers and other circumstances) may impact these figures.

Q: What if I have outstanding charges on my account?
A: As stated above, refund dollars have been used to offset any outstanding registration fees, but may not apply to other debt. Please check the Student Center of your My Sac State to determine if you have a balance due.

Q: How will I receive my refund?
A: The default method for refunds is a paper check delivered via U.S. mail to your current My Sac State mailing address. Another option (a faster method) is for funds to be deposited directly into the bank account of your choice via eRefund. To sign up for eRefund, go to the Finances section of the Student Center in My Sac State, select the “Account Inquiry” link, and then click the green eRefund button.

Q: Can I pick up my check in Student Financial Services? 
A: No. If a refund check is due to you, it will be mailed to the current address linked to your  My Sac State account or deposited as described above.

Q: When will I receive my refund?
A: The CSU Chancellor’s Office requires that all applicable refunds be processed and mailed out by Dec. 21, and we hope to beat that deadline by a week or so.

Q: Is there anything I can do to receive my refund more quickly?
A: Yes. One way you can help speed up the process is by signing up for an eRefund. To sign up for an eRefund, select the “Account Inquiry” link in the Finances section of the Student Center in My Sac State, and then click the green eRefund button.

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Questions Financial Aid Students Might Ask

Q: Will I receive a refund? What form will it take?
A: It depends on what kind of financial aid you are receiving. Different forms of financial aid have different kinds of refund rules associated with them.

Q: What if I still owe a balance for the current term?
A: At this time, your current account balance has already been reduced by the roll back credit. However, an adjustment to your financial aid may result in the reappearance of debt on your account. Please check your account regularly over the next several weeks as adjustments are being made.

Q: Will I receive a refund if I paid my tuition charges with a loan?
A: If you paid your tuition charges with a subsidized or unsubsidized loan, you may receive a refund check or eRefund depending on your particular loan situation.

Q: Will I receive a refund if I paid my tuition charges with a State University Grant? 
A: If you were awarded a State University Grant (SUG), you most likely will not receive a tuition refund. Remember, SUG only pays tuition charges. This means any refund in tuition that was covered by SUG will be credited back to the SUG fund. However, you may receive a refund if your SUG award is less than your tuition charges.

Q: Will I receive a refund if I paid my tuition charges with a Cal Grant A or B award?
A: Similar to SUG, if you were awarded a Cal Grant you most likely will not receive a tuition refund. Cal Grant A is applied toward tuition fees, and Cal Grant B includes an additional stipend for other educational expenses. You may receive a refund if your tuition fee awards are less than your tuition charges.

Q: What if I had a fee waiver or a third party paid my fees?
A: Fee waivers will be adjusted, so no refund will be issued in those cases. Third parties will be refunded as appropriate.

Q: Will my scholarship be reduced?
A: It depends on the type of scholarship you received. If your scholarship funds were designated for tuition-only purposes, then your scholarship will be reduced and you will not receive a refund.

Q: What if I recently applied for financial aid, or I am still waiting for a Fall 2012 financial aid disbursement?
A: Please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. 

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Questions Students in Some Graduate Professional Business, Credential, or Doctoral Programs Might Ask

Q: Will the fee rollback affect Graduate Professional Business Fees?
A: Yes. Per Executive Order No. 1042, for each adjustment made by trustee action to the State University Fee for graduate students, an equal adjustment will be made to the graduate professional business Category I fee. For post-election revised fee amounts, visit the CSU budget website.

Q: Will the fee rollback affect CalStateTEACH Fees?
A: Yes. CalStateTEACH fees are tied to the credential fee rates and mirror any changes in the state-reported fees. For post-election revised fee amounts, visit the CSU budget website.

Q: Will I receive a refund if I am in a Ph.D. or Ed.D. program at Sacramento State?
A:  No. This tuition adjustment does not apply to Sacramento State (or any CSU) students in Ph.D. or Ed.D. programs. Educational Doctorate and Physical Therapy Doctorate tuition fees were determined differently by the Board of Trustees, and were not raised for 2012-13; therefore, they are not subject to roll back.

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Questions Regarding Spring 2013

Q: When will Spring 2013 charges be applied my account?
A: Spring 2013 charges should begin to be applied to your account in mid-December. Please check the Student Center of your My Sac State for updates. Spring 2013 charges are due by Jan. 4, 2013.

Q: Can I use the refund to offset my Spring 2013 charges? 
A: No. All applicable refunds and tuition adjustments will be processed as described in this FAQ. For example, if you did not receive financial aid, see Section 1; if you received financial aid, see Section 2.

Q: When can I register for the Spring 2013 semester? 
A:  Priority registration for Spring 2013 begins on Nov. 26, 2012, for eligible currently enrolled students. All registration will be based on your enrollment appointment date. Please check the Student Center of your My Sac State account for your registration date and time.

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General or Miscellaneous Questions

Q: Can my parents obtain information about the status of my refund?
A: Due to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the University can only release student financial information with the student’s expressed written consent. The Authorization for Release of Information form is available online or at the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.

Q: What should I do if my questions aren’t answered by these FAQs? 
A: You may send an email to prop30info@csus.edu and someone will respond to your inquiry within two (2) business days. You may also call 916-278-7766 and select option 4, or visit the Student Service Counter on the first floor of Lassen Hall where staff will be available to answer your questions. The Student Service Center is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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