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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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FAQs for Student Account Services/Financial Aid

New Timeline

Q. Why has the registration timeline changed?

A.  The change is part of SDSU’s continuing efforts to advance student success and achievement. This change is intended to make it easier for students to meet with advisers, develop academic schedules and register during the regular semester. 


Payment Schedules

Q. If I receive Financial Aid, how does the new registration timeline affect my payment schedule?

A. The new registration timeline will not affect your payment schedule. If you have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid for the academic year for which you plan to enroll and have received an official award notification, you may be eligible to postpone the payment of your tuition and fees. Log into your AidLink account to verify eligibility for the tuition and fee postponement. If you have outstanding financial aid documents you must submit those documents before your eligibility for a tuition and fee postponement can be determined.


Q. If I pay by installments, how does the new registration timeline affect my payment schedule?

A. Student Account Services has increased the number of installments for the Basic Tuition Installment Plan from 2 to 4 installments to allow students to have smaller payments per installment. Please see the installment due dates for the Basic Tuition Installment Plan below:

Basic Tuition Installment Plan

Semester

Initial Payment

(Prior to Registration)

Installment #1

Installment #2

Installment #3

Installment #4

Fall

 $         860.00

20-Aug

20-Sep

20-Oct

20-Nov

Spring

 $         860.00

20-Jan

20-Feb

20-Mar

20-Apr

Summer

Installment Plan Not Available


Q. If I pay in full prior to registration, how does the new registration timeline affect my payment schedule?

A. Below is the new payment schedule:

New Registration Timeline Payment Schedule

Semester

Continuing Students

New Freshmen Students

New Transfer Students

Spring 2018

January

                             -  

                             -  

Summer 2018

March


                             -  

Fall 2018*

April

 July

 August

Spring 2019*

October

                             -  

                             -  

Summer 2019*

February

                             -  

                             -  

*Implementation of New Registration Timeline

Other Installment Plan Questions

Q. If I register late, what do I pay to get on the Installment Plan?

A. Late registration for each semester begins on the first day of classes. When you sign up for the Installment Plan on line, you will pay $885.00 to enroll in the plan. This payment includes the $60.00 service charge, $25.00 late registration fee and $800.00 initial installment payment. Subsequent payments may be made by any of the payment methods above. CASHNet™ SmartPay does not assess an additional service charge for installment payments.


Q. Are Installment Plans available during the summer session?

A. No, there is no installment plan for the summer term. Fees are required to be paid in full prior to registration for the summer term. If you submitted a FAFSA, to receive financial aid for summer session, click on the "Summer XXXX" tab at the top of the AidLink main screen for information about eligibility and to complete the required 15-minute online summer counseling session. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will review your eligibility for summer financial aid after you complete the online summer counseling and register for summer session. By completing the counseling session, you are eligible for a summer tuition and fee postponement. This will enable you to register while postponing the payment of your tuition and fees until summer financial aid is disbursed beginning in mid-July.

A tuition and fee postponement only postpones the payment of your tuition and fees and does not guarantee that your summer financial aid will be enough to cover those costs.


Q. Will I receive a late fee on my installment plan if I am past due?

A. Yes, there will be a $20.00 late fee assessed for any payment that is not paid by the due date.


Q. If I go on the basic tuition and fees installment plan in March am I charged interest between March and August when the first payment is due?

A. No interest is charged, however the $60 service fee is charged with the initial payment of $800 when signing up for the Basic Tuition & Fees Installment Plan.


Q. Do I have to pay Non-resident Tuition prior to my registration for each semester?

A. No, the only fees you need to pay prior to your registration is your Basic Tuition Fees which can be paid in full or in installments. Non-resident Tuition is due in full prior to the first day of classes. If you can’t pay your Non-resident Tuition in full by the first day of classes, you can sign up for the Non-Resident Tuition Installment Plan. For more information please click here.


Q. What is the deadline to signing up for the Basic Tuition and Non-resident Tuition Installment plans?


A. Installment plans are only available until the add/drop deadline of each semester.


Q. What are the due dates for the Non-resident Tuition Installment Plan?


A. Below are the due dates for the non-resident tuition installment plan:

Non-resident Tuition Installment Plan

Semester

Initial Payment

(Prior to Registration)

Installment #1

Installment #2

Installment #3

Fall

 $        2,376.00

20-Oct

20-Nov

20-Dec

Spring

 $        2,376.00

20-Mar

20-Apr

20-May

Summer

Installment Plan Not Available


Q. How much do I have to pay at the time I sign up for the Non-resident Tuition Installment Plan?


A. An initial payment of $2,376 (min. 6 units) is required upon signing up for the Non-resident Tuition Installment Plan.


Q. What is the service for the Non-resident Tuition Installment Plan and when is it charged?


A. Service charges equal to 15% of each installment payment are assessed. Students can avoid the service charges by paying their tuition in full prior to the first day of classes.

Other General Questions

Q. How can I find out how much my tuition will be for the upcoming semester?

A. Fees will be posted in Money Matters each semester and will be published prior to the start of registration. You can also view tuition and fee information by clicking here. If received a fee postponement and a portion of your fees are paid by a 3rd Party or Financial Aid, you can check your remaining balance by logging into your Student Account Online, and clicking on “Make Payment”.


Q. Who can I speak to about my registration?

A. Student Account Services can assist you with any questions concerning your registration. Please remember that San Diego State is a “pre-pay” campus which means you must pay your fees prior to registering for classes. For additional questions please give us a call at (619) 594-5253.


Q. I use CalVet Fee Waiver to pay a portion of my tuition fees, how will the new registration timeline impact me?

A. You will need to contact the County VA Office to initiate your CalVet Benefits for the academic year much earlier. You will need to submit your Cal Vet approval letter to the SDSU Barron Veterans Center by the middle of March each year to allow your registration for the Fall, Spring and Summer term.


Financial Aid

Q. If I receive financial aid.  How can I defer my registration fees?

A. If you have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid for the academic year for which you plan to enroll and have received an official award notification, you may be eligible to postpone the payment of your tuition and fees. Log into your AidLink account to verify eligibility for the tuition and fee postponement. If you have outstanding financial aid documents you must submit those documents before your eligibility for a tuition and fee postponement can be determined.


Q. I receive financial aid but I have a Satisfactory Academic Progress Hold.  

A. You will not be eligible for a tuition and fee postponement if you have a satisfactory academic progress hold. Log into your AidLink account to view information on how to appeal based on special circumstances. You have the option to sign up for the installment plan through Student Account Services.


Q. I receive financial aid but I have a Maximum Unit Hold.  

A. You will not be eligible for a tuition and fee postponement if you have a maximum unit hold.   Log into your AidLink account to view information on how to appeal if you have remaining required course work to complete in order to graduate. You have the option to sign up for the installment plan through Student Account Services.


Q. When can I accept my student loans?

A. You can begin accepting your Federal Direct Student Loans on AidLink beginning July 1, 2017.  July 1 is a Saturday.

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General FAQs for Students

Q. When will I register for classes? 

A. Continuing students will begin registration for the Fall 2018 semester in April 2018 rather than over the summer. This change will allow students to meet with academic advisers as needed. For the Spring 2019 semester, registration will begin in November of 2018.


Q. Why is this change being made? 

A. For students, this change will allow you to plan for classes as well as work schedules, internships, study abroad, etc. in advance of the semester. It also allows you to meet with advisers prior to registration. In addition, college administrators will have more time to add sections of high-demand classes in order to meet student needs


Q. How will it help me graduate faster?  

A. This change will allow you to consult with advisers before your registration date to determine the best options for your academic path. It will also allow colleges to add classes that are in high demand, helping you get the classes you need to graduate faster.


Q. Are any other deadlines changing? 

A. The fee schedule is changing. Under the new schedule, the basic tuition installment plan has four installments. Fees for the Fall semester are due on August 20th, September 20th, October 20th and November 20th. For the Spring semester, fees will be due in installments on January 20th, February 20th, March 20th and April 20th. Please refer to the Financial Aid FAQs for details.


Q. Will I need to complete testing requirements and pre-requisites early in order to register at this new earlier time? 

A. This depends on the test. For certain tests, like the WPA, you will not be able to register unless that test is cleared. Students will be able to enroll in any class where the prerequisite is checked but may be dropped later if they do not meet the prerequisite. You are responsible to ensure that you meet the basic requirements listed in the course catalog for all classes. Please see an adviser or the Assistant Dean of the college to get information about your specific situation.  


Q. How will my classes in progress be accounted for in my grade level/registration date? 

A. The semester in progress grade level determines registration dates.


Q. What if I fail a class/what if I don’t pass a pre-requisite for a class I’ve enrolled in? 

A. During registration, you will be able to register for classes that have prerequisites that you may be in the process of completing. Once grades are posted, if you have not successfully completed a prerequisite, you may be dropped from a class.   


Q. What if I have a hold on my registration for testing, immunization, etc.? 

A. As per current practice, you will need to resolve all holds before registration.


Q. What if I am placed on probation? 

A. This issue will need to be resolved prior to registration. Please see the Assistant Dean of your college.


Q. Will I know who is teaching my class at the time of registration? 

A. In most cases, the names of instructors will be available by the time of registration. However, in some cases, especially classes staffed by graduate students or newly hired faculty, staffing information may not be available at the time of registration.  


Q. Is the add/drop deadline changing? 

A. No, it is not.


Q. Will early registration impact the waitlist?

A. No.


Q. What if I miss my earlier registration date for some reason? 

A. Just like in the current system, you are permitted to register any time after your registration appointment assuming basic fees have been paid (or arrangements made) and there are no holds or other impediments to registration.


Q. When should I see my adviser based on this new timeline? 

A. The university encourages you to see your adviser before registering for the following semester. For the Fall semester, we encourage you to see your adviser in the prior Spring semester. Similarly, for Spring registration, we encourage you to see an adviser in the Fall. 

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Key Benefits

  • Know class times and needs earlier so administration can add classes where there are needs and hire more highly-qualified faculty   

  • Time for students to consult with advisers during academic semester, as opposed to during breaks  
     
  • Students can plan work/internship schedule in advance with employers

  • Positive impact on graduation and retention rates

  • Less suffering for at-risk sophomore students