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Fees, Expenses and Financial Assistance

Customer Services Center

Financial Aid Office

Scholarship Office

Fees required of all students for one semester:
Units per semester:1 - 67+
Resident Undergraduates
Associated Students Fee$ 58.00 $ 58.00
Consolidated Service Fee$ 11.00 $ 11.00
Facilities Fee$ 3.00 $ 3.00
Instructionally Related Activities Fee$111.00 $111.00
Recreation Center Fee$ 80.00 $ 80.00
State University Fee $456.00 $786.00
Student Health Fee$ 66.00 $ 66.00
Student Union Fee$ 70.00 $ 70.00
Resident Undergraduates (TOTAL) $855.00 $1185.00
Units per semester:1 - 67+
Associated Students Fee$ 58.00 $ 58.00
Consolidated Service Fee$ 11.00 $ 11.00
Facilities Fee$ 3.00 $ 3.00
Instructionally Related Activities Fee$111.00 $111.00
Recreation Center Fee$ 80.00 $ 80.00
State University Fee $504.00 $867.00
Student Health Fee$ 66.00 $ 66.00
Student Union Fee$ 70.00 $ 70.00
Resident Graduates (TOTAL) $903.00 $1266.00

* Fees are subject to legislative and CSU Trustee review and therefore are subject to change.

Tuition is not charged to legal residents of California; however, nonresidents andforeign visa students are required to pay tuition in addition to fees charged to all students.

Tuition for Non-Resident Students in addition to registration fees:
Non-resident students are eligible for an installment payment plan. There is a 15% service fee on the plan. Contact the Customer Services Office for details.

Other Fees and Charges:

Alumni Placement-Career Planning/Job Search25.00
Application Fee 55.00
(This fee is payable upon application for admission or readmission byall new students or students returning after an absence of two or moresemesters.)
Bio Feedback Training15.00/75.00
C-Base Test15.00
Chemistry Eyeglasses4.00
Counseling Transcript Evaluation25.00
Credential Processing 25.00
Dishonored Check or Credit Card Fee (returned for any cause) 20.00
Failure to meet administratively required appointment or time limit 20.00
Hlth Ctr/Pharmacy/Lab Service Cost
Items lost or broken Cost
Late Registration 25.00
Lost Keys25.00 - 250.00
Musical Equipment Deposit 20.00
Musical Instru./Audio/Visual Eq.25.00
N.L.N. Basic Science Fee6.00
PE Lost EquipmentCost
PE Towel/Locker Use (optional)5.00
RICA Exam Review (SSU students)35.00
RICA Exam Review (non-SSU students)50.00
Deposits for locker keys and breakage required in some laboratory courses.These deposits are refundable in whole or part. If deposits are not required,charges may be made against the student for undue breakage or failure to clearlocker and/or return key.
Specific Course Fees:*
* Payable when service is rendered. Students have the option of obtaining materials or services for specific courses from sources other than the university, so long as they meet the instructional requirements.
ANTH 44726.00
ARTH 212A/B15.00
ARTH 36336.00
ARTS 10220.00
ARTS 10310.00
ARTS 20428.00
ARTS 208, 30845.00
ARTS 220, 320, 42010.00
ARTS 229, 329, 42961.00
ARTS 230, 330, 43061.00
ARTS 236, 336, 43650.00
ARTS 238, 338, 43825.00
ARTS 24554.00
ARTS 298, 49825.00
ARTS 304, 40430.00
ARTS 335, 43568.00
ARTS 340, 44054.00
ARTS 342, 44254.00
ARTS 382, 48254.00
ARTS 43261.00
ARTS 45745.00
ARTS 45845.00
ARTS 496 (Field Trip)cost
BIOL 12115.00
BIOL 12230.00
BIOL 22090.00
BIOL 31430.00
BIOL 33030.00
BIOL 33825.00
BIOL 35030.00
BIOL 46520.00
BIOL 50240.00
CALS 31010.00
COMS 385 (1-2 units)25.00
COMS 385 (3-4 units)50.00
COUN 525up to 25.00
ENSP 32315.00
ENSP 37515.00
ENSP 411 A/B40.00
ENSP 43030.00
GEOG 314A/B10.00
GEOG 314Dup to 150.00
GEOG 318 up to 200.00
GEOG 36010.00
GEOL 10212.00
GEOL 11140.00
GEOL 120130.00
GEOL 304100.00
GEOL 308120.00
GEOL 412110.00
GEOL 418100.00
GEOL 420120.00
GEOL 49650.00
KIN 34110.00
LIBS 36015.00
NURS 204 20530.00
NURS 30525.00
NURS 54910.00
NURS 550A10.00
POLS 345250.00
THAR 300 (Field Trip)100.00

Library Fees:
  • Community Borrower Card 10.00/3 mo
  • Friends of the Library Card VARIES
Overdue fees:
  • 25? per day on 28-day loan items; 10.00 maximum fine per item.
Overdue fees for reserve materials:
  • (20.00 maximum fine per item)
      2 hrs 1.00 an hour
      1 day 5.00 a day
      3 days 5.00 a day
      7 days 5.00 a day
Overdue fees for media items:
  • Audiocassettes 50? a day
  • Compact discs, Phones, CD-Roms, Videos, DVDs, Laser Discs, Slides, Film Strips 1.00 a day
  • Digital Cameras 10.00 a day

Parking Fees:
  • Auto, reserved, per semester 262.00
  • Auto, non-reserved, per semester 94.00
  • Motorcycle, per semester 23.00
  • Daily Permit 2.50

Credit Cards

VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express credit cards may be used for payment of student fees.

Miscellaneous Fees

For other fees and charges, consult the current Schedule of Classes. Deposits for locker keys and breakage are required in some laboratory courses. These deposits are refundable in whole or in part. If deposits are not required, charges may still be made for undue breakage or failure to clear lockers and/or return keys. In addition, fees are required for miscellaneous expenses in some courses, as indicated in catalog course descriptions, and for field trips.

A fee of $25 per semester is charged for use of music department instruments and equipment. In addition, a deposit of $20 is required for each instrument checked out for each semester. The deposit will be refunded with the return of the instrument.

Refund of Fees

Details concerning fees that may be refunded, the circumstances under which fees may be refunded, and the appropriate procedure to follow in seeking refunds may be obtained by consulting Sections 41802 and 42201 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations. In all cases, it is important to act quickly in applying for a refund. Information concerning any aspect of the refund of fees may be obtained from the Customer Services Center or by consulting the current Schedule of Classes.

Debts Owed to the Institution

Should a student or former student fail to pay a debt owed to the institution, the institution may ?withhold permission to register, to use facilities for which a fee is authorized to be charged, to receive services, materials, food or merchandise or any combination of the above from any person owing a debt? until the debt is paid (see Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Sections 42380 and 42381). For example, the institution may withhold permission to receive official transcripts of grades from any person owing a debt. If a student believes that he or she does not owe all or part of anunpaid obligation, the student should contact the Customer Services Center.

Establishment or Abolishmentof a Student Body Fee

The law governing the California State University provides that a student body fee may be established by student body referendum with the approval of two-thirds of those students voting. The Student Body Fee was established at Sonoma State University by student referendum on May 2, 1980. The same fee can be abolished by a similar two-thirds approval of students voting on a referendum called for by a petition signed by 10 percent of the regularly enrolled students (Education Code, Section 89300). The level of the fee is set by the chancellor. An increase in the student body fee may be approved by the chancellor only following a referendum on the fee increase approved by a majority of the students voting. Student body fees support a variety of cultural and recreational programs, child care centers and special student support programs.

Customer Services Center

The following student-related functions are found in the Customer Services Center:

The Customer Services Center is open extended hours, including evenings, when classes are in session. Refer to the current Schedule of Classes for hours of operation.

Financial Aid Office

By contacting the Financial Aid Office staff and accessing the Office?s web site, students and their families can find out about federal and state financial aid programs and, if eligible, be awarded monetary assistance to meet the costs of attending Sonoma State University.

The staff is committed to providing each applicant with timely and efficient customer service, as well as ensuring that students have access to current and accurate information about the steps and deadlines for completing the financial aid application process.

Financial Aid Programs

Financial aid can be in the form of grants, loans, employment and scholarships. Students may receive assistance from the following programs:

State Aid

The Financial Aid Office has developed an informative and supportive web site where students can find descriptions and specific eligibility requirements for the programs listed above. Students are encouraged to visit links provided on the web site to apply on line and to review the most recent edition of the California Student Aid Commission?s Funding Your Future Workbook and the Federal Office of Postsecondary Education?s The Student Guide.

Additional Work Opportunities

Employment is generally available in Sonoma County and the surrounding University service area to students with ability and initiative. The Career Services Center in Salazar Hall can be helpful in referring interested students to part-time job opportunities.

Application Procedures

All new and continuing financial aid applicants are required to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By submitting this single application, applicants will be considered for most of the federal and state financial aid programs that are listed above (excluding BIA and non-FWS employment). New applicants for Cal Grants must also file a California Student Aid Commission GPA Verification Form. The FAFSA asks for confidential information about family income, assets, household size, etc., which is used by the financial aid office to establish financial need and determine what aid, if any, the student is eligible to receive. The FAFSA is available at high schools and universities in early December. Applicants are encouraged to access an electronic version of the FAFSA at and to apply as early after January 1 as possible. Those who apply in January will have first priority to the available funding. To be considered for priority filing, you must file your application by March 2.

The Financial Aid Office expects the student and the student?s family to make every effort possible to finance the student?s education. Students who do not meet the federal definition of financial independence from their parents must provide parental financial data. This information, in addition to the student?s own resources, will be taken into consideration when determining a student?s eligibility for the various aid programs administered by the University. The student?s financial need is determined by subtracting those resources available for education from a standard student budget.

It is toward meeting this need ? the difference between costs and resources ? that financial aid is directed. Generally, the need is met by a ?package? ? loan, scholarship, employment and/or grant. Notification of aid for the following year is sent to each applicant once the FAFSA has been received. This process usually begins in early March.

Questions regarding a student?s eligibility or types of financial aid offered should be directed to the Financial Aid Office. Contact hours, phone numbers and e-mail addresses are available on the financial aid web site.

Scholarship Office

University Scholarship Program

The University Scholarship Program at Sonoma State is made possible through the generous support of individuals, businesses, and organizations who recognize the outstanding contributions made by the University and its graduates.

Any incoming freshman, undergraduate, or graduate student planning to attend Sonoma State University full time beginning in the fall semester, whether entering or continuing, is eligible. Application to, acceptance by, or enrollment in the University is required.

Most University scholarships are awarded on the basis of an applicant?s academic record and overall achievements without special consideration of financial need. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale is required.

Applications of candidates are reviewed by the University Scholarship Committee. The committee asks each applicant to submit a personal narrative and three letters of recommendation, in addition to the basic scholarship application form.

Scholarship applications are available beginning in October each year. Applications and required materials must be received or postmarked by February 15. Students interested in applying for any of the awards offered through the University Scholarship Program may obtain an application form by:
1) contacting the Scholarship Coordinator in Stevenson Hall 1066;
2) downloading the application from the Scholarship Office web site,;
3) calling 707 664-2261;
4) faxing a request to 707 664-4410; or
5) e-mailing the Scholarship Office at

Presidential Scholar at Entrance Program

In addition to the University Scholarship Program, Sonoma State also guarantees a $1,000 Presidential Scholar at Entrance Scholarship for incoming first-time freshmen who have a weighted cumulative 4.00 GPA for their sophomore and junior years and the first semester of their senior year. The GPA calculation does not include P.E. courses, but does allow for ?weighting? of honors, advanced placement and/or international baccalaureate courses, according to the high school?s policy. Please contact the Scholarship Office by phone, e-mail, or fax for more information.

Alan Pattee Scholarships

Children of deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression employees who were California residents and who were killed in the course of law enforcement or fire prevention or suppression duties are not charged mandatory systemwide fees or tuition of any kind at any California State University campus, according to the Alan Pattee Scholarship Act, Education Code Section 68120. Students qualifying for these benefits are known as Alan Pattee scholars. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions for an eligibility determination.

Departmental and Athletic Scholarships

Many departments at SSU offer scholarships to students within their majors. Athletic scholarships are also given. Contact your department or respective coach for more information.

External Scholarships

Community, social and service groups, employers, churches, and other organizations often provide scholarships. Applicants should check with their high school counselor or local foundations and community groups for more information.

Note: Receipt of any scholarship may affect eligibility for certain financial aid. Recipients should check with the Financial Aid Office to determine their options.Average Annual Cost of

Education and Sources of Funds per Full-Time Equivalent Student

The 23 campuses and the chancellor?s office of the California State University are financed primarily by California taxpayers. The total state support to the CSU for 2001/2002 state General Fund appropriation to the CSU is (not including capital outlay in the amount of $225,000,000) is $2,607,425,000 and campus budgeted State University Fee Revenue is $509,417,000 for a total of $3,116,842,000. The $3,116,842,000 total cost of education for CSU must provide support for a projected 305,854 full-time equivalent students (FTES). The number of FTES is determined by dividing the total academic student load by 15 units per term (the figure used here to define a full-time student?s academic load).

The 2001/2002 systemwide cost of education per full-time equivalent student is $10,191. Of this amount, the average student fee support per FTE is $1,876.

The state university fee and campus fees that must be paid to apply to, enroll in, or attend the university, are included in the average costs paid by the students. Individual students may pay less or more than $1,876, depending on the campus and whether the student is part-time, full-time, or is a resident or nonresident student. Also, other campus fees may be charged that are not required of all enrolled students, which include user and penalty/deposit fee types.Appeals

Students have the right to appeal their financial aid award or any other financial aid decision that they feel affects them adversely and that falls outside of the jurisdiction of federal, state or chancellor?s office regulations. This right includes answers to questions, explanations of financial aid policies and procedures, and a request for reconsideration. The initial appeal is made in writing, with any supporting documents, to the student?s financial aid representative. If denied, the student may appeal directly to the director of financial aid, whose decision is final. The director has the option, based on the circumstances of the appeal, to refer the appeal to the Financial Aid Office Exception Processing Review Board for a decision and/or to request advice and direction from the Financial Aid Advisory Committee.

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