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Fee Reduction

Deficit programs

Undergraduate students who have submitted their petitions to the appropriate dean for a deficit program of 10 or fewer units prior to the first day of instruction, and who have received approval, may be eligible for a 50% reduction of the tuition fee and, if appropriate, the non-resident supplemental tuition subject to approval of the Office of the Registrar.

Please note that approval of a deficit load will not automatically entitle a student to a fee reduction. To be eligible for a fee reduction, students must submit a Request for Partial Fee Reduction petition to the Office of the Registrar prior to the first day of instruction. Approval is based on the student meeting one of the following verifiable reasons: employment, health, family responsibility, or declared degree candidacy.

Refunds will be processed at the end of the quarter in which students are eligible. Therefore, students must pay the full fees in order to complete enrollment by the deadlines.

No refund will be made if a student petitions to drop to 10 or fewer units, or increases his/her unit load to exceed 10 units, after the first day of instruction.

Students who have approval prior to fee assessment for a permanent deficit program through the College of Letters and Science will be automatically assessed 50% of the educational fee and nonresident tuition. Students on a permanent deficit program fee reduction who enroll in more than 10 units at any time will be billed for the full amount of fees and will need to re-apply for permanent deficit through the College of Letters and Science.

Warning: Financial aid students who receive a Pell Grant, Academic Competitive Grant (ACG), SMART Grant, Cal Grant A, or a Cal Grant B will have these grants reduced if they receive a fee refund as a result of their deficit load program. In most cases, the financial aid reduction will exceed the fee refund; thus, it is highly recommended that Pell Grant, ACG Grant, SMART Grant and Cal Grant recipients consult with the Financial Aid Office prior to applying for a deficit load. Students who are approved for a permanent deficit load automatically receive the fee refund and do not have the opportunity to decline it. Students who are on a deficit load program for only one quarter have the choice of accepting or declining the fee refund.

University Center Fee
An undergraduate who has petitioned for reduced fees and is enrolled in 5.5 or fewer units is eligible for a full refund of the University Center fee. The refund procedure and determination date for eligibility are the same as for deficit programs above. Students who exceed the maximum limit allowed will be assessed the full fee.

In Absentia Fee Reduction for Graduate Students
Graduate students who must remain registered and whose research or study requires them to remain outside California for the duration of a quarter may be eligible for in absentia registration.  Students who qualify for in absentia will receive an 85% reduction of their Registration fee, education fee and campus based fees.  Students will still be charged for health insurance, but they may waive out of it. Students are responsible for non-resident tuition, if applicable. Students apply by completing an In Absentia petition and securing Graduate Division approval. Students are responsible for taking care of their registration. Consult Graduate Division for details.

Employee Assistance Program
Full-time university employees (nonacademic and academic) may be eligible for additional fee reductions and are encouraged to contact Human Resources (nonacademic employees) or the Office of the Registrar (academic employees) regarding details of eligibility and procedures.

Filing fee
Ph.D. students or terminal master's degree students completing the last requirements for a degree may be eligible to pay the filing fee instead of the registration fee. The filing fee is one-half of the current registration fee. Contact the Graduate Division regarding eligibility and procedures.

New Students
If you have paid $100.00 with the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), that amount is deducted from fees due.

Reduced Nonresident Tuition for Doctoral Candidates
Effective Fall 2006, the quarterly nonresident tuition fee is reduced by 100% for graduate doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy. Eligibility for the reduced nonresident tuition is measured in calendar years, and begins with the first academic quarter following advancement to candidacy. Leave of absence and unregistered quarters will not extend a student's eligibility. A student who continues to be enrolled or who re-enrolls three calendar years after advancing to candidacy will be charged the full nonresident rate in effect at the time.