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Tuition & Mandatory Fees

This overview will help students understand tuition and fees and the resources that are available.

July 9, 2020

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Tuition and mandatory fees will not be reduced for the fall semester
  • Tuition is set by the California State University System, and campus mandatory fees are necessary to cover fixed and ongoing expenses
  • The fee payment deadline for Fall 2020 is August 10, 2020, though an installment plan is available
  • More information about tuition and fees is available on the Student Financial Services website, and information on financial help for students, including emergency aid related to COVID-19 are in the Student Financial Resources guide. 

Tuition and Mandatory Fees

Because of the need to support the resources required to offer an unprecedented shift to online instruction, there are no plans to adjust mandatory fees or tuition for Fall 2020.. 

Campus mandatory fees are not subject to adjustment or refund except in very limited circumstances because they generally cover fixed and ongoing expenses and costs that the University continues to incur during the pandemic to finance, maintain, and operate student facilities and programs (many of which remain available to students via remote access). Examples of these costs include but are not limited to: student government programs, academic retention and support, progress toward degree completion, employee wages and benefits, expenses for utilities, repair and maintenance, and payment of financing and long-term debt obligations for some facilities. 

Students pay campus mandatory fees regardless of whether they are a full-time student, part-time student, online student, or a student studying abroad – and even if they do not expect to ever use the programs or facilities they support. We hope that students understand that if they want the facilities and programs to be available to them now and in the future, they must be financially supported and maintained during the pandemic. 

The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees sets tuition costs. The CSU system said instruction on all 23 CSU campuses, including HSU, is being conducted via hybrid, virtual, and in-person (as exceptions) on a temporary basis to ensure that students continue their education and maintain their progress toward degree completion despite the current public health crisis. 

We understand that this is a difficult situation and not one that any of us anticipated. It is our commitment to be flexible and help our students succeed through this so they learn and graduate on time.

While classes will not look the same, an abrupt shift in teaching to meet students’ needs during a pandemic required resources. The technical infrastructure and staffing needed to support this volume of online instruction were substantial and crucial to keep students on track academically.

We are committed to using tuition dollars to educate and meet the needs of our students, wherever they are, so they do not lose time during these unforeseen circumstances.

For more information about fall tuition and fees, see our website.

Finally, the University does have a process for students to request a refund for tuition and mandatory fees based on special circumstances. These special circumstances include tuition and fees that were assessed or collected in error; the course for which Tuition and Fees were assessed or collected was canceled by the University; the University makes a decision that the student was not eligible to enroll in the term for which tuition and fees were assessed or collected; or the student was activated for mandatory military service. If you believe you can demonstrate exceptional circumstances warranting a refund, you may petition via the Student Financial Services website.

Payment Deadline and Alternatives

The fee payment deadline for Fall 2020 is August 10, 2020.

If you can not pay your tuition fees in full by deadline, here are some alternative ways for you to pay for the Fall 2020 semester: 

  • You can enroll in the Tuition & Fees Installment Plan to better manage the cost of educational expenses. This payment option allows students and families to manage the cost of educational expenses by breaking up the total cost of an expense into multiple partial payments over the course of the semester. You can enroll in the installment plan via the Online Student Account with an initial payment of $860. To learn more visit our Installment Plan website
  • All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by filing a 2020-2021 FAFSA to be considered for state and federal aid, such as grants, student loans, and parent loans. Scholarship opportunities are also available through the HSU Scholarship portal.

If you need additional financial assistance, please contact Student Financial Service at (707) 826-4407 or by email at hsu-cash@humboldt.edu.

Spring 2020 Reimbursement

The University refunded $3.4 million to 5300 students between April and May for a portion of fees such as those charged for housing, dining, parking, commencement, and cancelled field trips.

How to Find Us

Student Financial Services is located on the second floor of the Student Business Services Building (SBS) across from the Financial Aid Office. The Office of Student Financial Services contains the Cashier’s Office, Student Accounts and Student Club Financial Services. Please visit our website for important dates and information. We can be reached by email at hsu-cash@humboldt.edu

During the Fall 2020 semester, Student Financial Services will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and we can be reached at the following numbers:

Cashier’s Office: (707) 826-6789

Student Accounts: (707) 826-4407

Student Club Financial Services: (707) 826-5278

The Student Financial Services website is the best source of information about tuition and fees and financial aid. Information for students includes:

  • Fee deadlines
  • How to make payments
  • Access to student accounts