Rates & Payments
Housing rates vary based on room type and meal plan selections. Included in the total cost is a $375 non-refundable initial payment, which must be submitted with the license agreement to reserve housing. The $375 initial payment is deducted from the total amount due and is not a deposit.
Included in the first scheduled payment is a non-refundable activity fee and service fee for the academic year. The activity fee of $25 allows the Residence Hall Association RHA) and Hall/Community Councils to provide educational and social programs and incentives to residents as well as access to recreational equipment. The service fee of $40 covers administrative and processing costs for housing and meal plan payments.
Students with a 9-month license agreement pay in eight installments, August through April. Students with an 11.5-month license agreement pay in ten installments, August through June.
Student Billing Statements, known as eBills," are issued electronically on the 5th of the month and are due on the 20th of the month. The eBills are posted on the secure Online Student Account and a variety of payment options are accepted. Students and approved parents/guardians will receive an email notification each time an eBill is generated.
Starting the 21st of the month, the Office of Housing Administration will begin outreach efforts to students with a past due housing balance. The following late fees and holds will be applied applied one week after the installment due date.
- $20 Late Fee: Applied around the 27th of the month.
- Cashier’s hold: Prevents services from the university (class registration, transcripts, etc). Applied around the 28th of the month.
- Meal plan hold (if applicable): prevents ability to use meal plan. Applied on the Monday one week after the 20th of the month.
Are you experiencing financial hardship? We are here to support you and connect you to campus resources. Please contact our virtual desk on Zoom Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and ask to speak to Reggie Taylor, Student Account Coordinator.
- Make smaller payments toward the bill. You can make smaller payments towards your bill as a way to ease the burden of one large payment. For example, pay $500 each week before the due date instead of $2,000 on the due date.
- Check AidLink. Log into AidLink to see if financial aid and scholarships have been awarded or if additional information is needed. If your financial aid award has been determined, there may be additional action needed depending on the type of aid. Grants and scholarships are automatically applied to your account. Any financial aid funds remaining after your tuition and fees have been paid will be credited to your housing bill. For questions regarding financial aid, contact Financial Aid and Scholarships at 619-594-6323.
- Activate a student loan or request a parent loan. If awarded financial aid, you can activate a student loan or a parent can request a parent loan. This will be found on AidLink and under the "Financial Aid and Scholarship Eligibility" section. Parents must apply for the parent loan at studentaid.gov, and must pass a credit check.
- Search and apply for scholarships. Visit SDSU’s scholarship search and application portal at Aztec Scholarships to apply for scholarships to help pay university expenses.
- Request Assistance From the Economic Crisis Response Team ECRT). SDSU’s ECRT can help you connect with resources, both on and off campus, to help get you through an immediate food, housing or financial crisis. Request assistance from ECRT by emailing [email protected].
- Submit a Contract Release Request. If you have circumstances that meet the criteria for a contract release, you may submit a Contract Release Request to cancel your license agreement. More information regarding Contract Release Requests may be found on the License Agreement page.
Log into AidLink to see if financial aid and scholarships have been awarded or if additional information is needed. If funding has been awarded, there may be additional action needed depending on the type of aid. Grants and scholarships are automatically applied to your account. You will need to activate student and parent loans. You may have been selected for verification and may be required to turn in additional information.
Check AidLink to ensure you have provided the requested information. Once you have submitted all of the requisite verification information, there is typically a 4-6 week processing period to determine your award.
A $20 late fee as well as a cashier’s and meal plan hold will be applied to the account one week past the payment due date (refer to payment schedule timeline above). After 44 days past due, a debt will be moved to internal collections with SDSU and additional debt collection efforts will begin, including collections fees. SDSU reserves the right to send debts to an external collections agency after six months. Debts sent to an external collection will impact your credit score.
Arrange for payments to be made whether out-of-pocket or addressing any FAFSA requests from the Financial Aid Office via AidLink. If you have third-party funding, provide Student Account Services with any confirmation of this. If you have questions on the cashier’s hold, please contact Student Account Services at [email protected].
A meal plan is placed on hold for past due meal plan balances. When this happens, pay for your meals with cash, debit or credit and keep your receipts. The receipts must be from locations where meal plans are accepted and within the stipulations of your meal plan. Itemized receipts are required from locations that serve alcohol in order to obtain reimbursement. After your late payment is made, notify Dining by phone at 619-594-7640 or email at [email protected]. Once verified, they will remove your meal plan from hold. Once the hold has been removed you may continue using your meal plan and if applicable, email your receipts (in order by date) to Dining no more than two weeks after your hold is lifted for a refund. Remember to leave adequate funds in your meal plan to cover your reimbursement amount and to include your RedID and name in all correspondence.