New Registration Timeline - Plan Ahead and Register Early

FAQs for Student Account Services/Financial Aid

New Timeline

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

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.

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

Below is the new payment schedule:

New Registration Timeline Payment Schedule
Semester Continuing Students New Freshmen Students New Transfer Students
*Implementation of New Registration Timeline
Spring 2018 January - -
Summer 2018 March - -
Fall 2018* April July August
Spring 2019* October - -
Summer 2019* February - -

Other Installment Plan Questions

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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      

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

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

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 on the Student Account Services website. 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”.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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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