Student Fee and Refund FAQs


I just reviewed my account, and I don't understand what the campus fees represent. Can you explain them?

The following campus fees are mandatory. Summer Session campus fees vary from the fees listed above. For details, please visit Summer Registration Fees.

Health Center Facility Fee

This fee supports the operation of the student Health Center, lease, construction, and maintenance.

Student Success, Excellence and Technology (SSET) Fee

For more information refer to:
Student Success, Excellence and Technology Fee (SSETF) Information


This fee supports activities that fall under the definition of and statutes related to Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) in Title 5 and the California Education code, including Athletics.

SSETF - Course

This fee will enhance support for instructional materials and methods used in the delivery of instruction.

SSETF - Student Success

This fee shall provide enhanced and comprehensive support for Student Academic Success Services to improve graduation and retention rates of all students (including under-represented minority students) by implementing a variety of evidence-based, best practice student support and High Impact Practice (HIP) programs. This additional funding to support student success and excellence will be imperative in order to address SJSU's retention and graduation rates which currently lag slightly below the system average. Additionally, the SSET Student Success Fee shall be used to deepen and strengthen student learning by providing innovative and effective technology-enabled learning experiences for students.

Student Association Fee

  1. Supports student body organizations established for the purpose of providing essential activities closely related to regular instruction programs. Examples of these activities are student government, athletic, and cultural programs.
  2. Provides for the unlimited use of Santa Clara County transit services like buses and Light Rail.
  3. Supports the operation of the Child Care Center on campus that provides available services to children of eligible enrolled students.
  4. Supports the operation of recreational activities like intramural sports, aerobic classes and other organized adventure classes.

Student Union Fee

This fee supports the financing and operation of the Event Center, Student Union building, and Student Recreation and Aquatic Center.

Health Center Operations Fee

This fee, which is mandatory for all students at most campuses, supports the delivery of services to students at the campus.

Document Fee

This fee covers the issuance of the student identification card, transcripts, and commencement.


What is the Student Involvement and Representation Fee (SIRF)?

The CSU Board of Trustees established this voluntary student fee and goes into effect in the fall 2015 term. This is charged to all students in the fall and spring semesters, unless they choose to opt out of the fee, which can be done via the student portal. (Students must opt out each semester.) For more information, please visit the California State Student Association (CSSA) website. (Link to

What is an Electronic Refund (Direct Deposit)?

With electronic refunds, refunds from SJSU and Financial Aid disbursements are sent electronically to your bank rather than mailing a check to you. We encourage all students to enroll in Direct Deposit under the Finance section of MySJSU. With Direct Deposit, you receive all your money up to 7 days faster than a paper check. For more information, see Electronic Refunds (Direct Deposit).

I am covered by my employer's or parent's health plan. Do I need to pay the health service fee?

Yes. Students still need to pay the health service fee, even if they are covered by another health insurance plan.

I don't use and will never use the Student Health Center. Do I need to pay the health service fee?

Yes. Students still need to pay the health service fee, even if they do not use the Student Health Center.

What's the procedure for the establishment and abolishment of a student body fee?

The law governing the CSU provides that a student body fee may be established by a student referendum with the approval of 2/3 of those students voting. The same fee can be abolished by a similar 2/3 approval of students voting on a referendum called for by a petition signed by 10% of the regularly enrolled students (Education Code, Section 89300.

The Chancellor sets the level of the fee. The Chancellor may approve an increase in the student body fee only following a referendum on the fee increase approved by the majority of students voting.

I didn't vote for this health service fee. Do I need to pay this?

Yes. Students still need to pay the health service fee, even if they did not vote for it.

I drive everyday to school and I will buy a parking permit. Do I need to pay the transit fee?

Yes. Students still need to pay the transit fee, even if they do not use public transit.

How much are the registration fees?

For a detailed list, see Tuition & Other Fees.

What payment methods are accepted?

For details, see Methods of Payment.

Whom should I make my check payable to?

When paying by check, please make it payable to SJSU. More details are available under Check Payments.

Do I need to pay all registration fees?

Yes, all campus fees are mandatory.

Can I get a waiver from paying the application fee?

The application fee may be waived for a limited number of applicants from low-income families for whom payment would be an undue financial hardship.

If you believe you qualify, the fee waiver request can be found within the application via CSUMentor only. You will be able to see this waiver request when you apply online.

Note: Once you have completed and submitted the CSU application online, you cannot go back to change this information with regard to the waiver request.