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Pay for Orientation

Orientation is a fee based program, meaning, without the fee, we cannot offer this service to our new students and their families. When students create an Orientation reservation in their MyCSUSM, the student's account will automatically be charged with an Orientation fee. Students must pay the Orientation fee in full by August 21st, as well as tuition and all other CSUSM fees. Please do not make this payment prior to reserving an Orientation date.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: If you would like to cancel your Orientation reservation, you must contact the Orientation, New Student & Family Programs office at least one week (5 business days) prior to your scheduled Orientation date in order to recieve a refund. Please note that fees cannot be refunded after you have already attended an Orientation session, desptie any changes in your admissions status or choosing not to attend the university. If you no longer plan on attending Cal State San Marcos, please contact BOTH Admissions at and Orientation at as soon as possible.

Orientation Fees:

  • First Year Student Orientation: $95 per student
  • Transfer Student Orientation: $70 per student *(no guest programs)
  • Family Orientation: $45 per guest *(maximum 2 guests)

*Family Orientation sessions are only offered during selected First Year Orientation sessions. Guests are otherwise not permitted at Orientation. We do offer concurrent First Year Family sessions in English and Slpanish. Family reservations need to be with the student reservation. We do not recommend children under 16 to attend.

Orientation Fee Payment Options:

Pay Online:

Log on to MyCSUSM and access Student Services to pay your fees directly using your MasterCard, Discover Card, VISA, American Express or Electronic Check (a 2.75% convenience charge will be assessed for all credit card payments. E-Checks have no convenience fee.)

Pay in person:

Cash, checks & ATM Debit cards are accepted at the Office of Student Financial Services in Cougar Central located in Craven Hall 3800.

Pay by mail:

Checks/money orders can be mailed to (Please allow 6-10 days for payment to arrive at Casheir's office):

ATTN: Cashiers
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

Check/money order can be dropped in the drop box located in Tukwut Courtyard outside of Cougar Central (Craven Hall 3800). 

Please make checks payable to "CSUSM" and write your student ID number on the check.  For all services, please have your student/picture ID available for verification.