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Enrollment Process, Payment Information & Refund Policy

Individuals who wish to utilize the Open University program please see outlined steps below.


Complete the Online Enrollment (Quick Admit) Form. Approximately two weeks before the start of the semester you're interested in attending, you will be e-mailed your student ID number and information on how to access your student portal.


Review available courses via the CSUSM Class Schedule.


  1. Email the faculty teaching the course for permission to enroll in their course. If the faculty member approves, request they reply to the message with their approval and a permission number. 
  2. On the first day of the semester, forward the approval(s) to Please submit all the information in one email. Requests with all the required information will be expedited during the enrollment period. Any request with missing information will delay your enrollment.

The email subject should include the Course number, "Permission Number" and Open University (i.e. HD 302 "Permission Number" Open University).

In the body of the email please include the following:

  • Your Name
  • Open University
  • Class # (5 digit)
  • Course Title (e.g. SPAN 101)
  • Permission # 


Pay for your class. Tuition and Registration Fees are due within 24 hours of registration, and can be paid online or at the Cashier's Office in Cougar Central, which is located in Administrative Building 3rd floor. Special Note: The College of Education will no longer accept add-slips for Open University requests for any student teaching courses. The following courses are: EDMS 571, 572, 573; EDMI 571, 572, 573; EDMX 571, 573, 664I, 672; EDSS 571, 572, 573

Payment Information

Tuition and Registration Fees
Fee Info Fee Price
Tuition Fee Per Unit $350.00
Drop Fee See OU Drop/Refund Schedule
Refund Processing Fee $5.00
Mandatory Fees
Fee Info  Fee Price
Academic Records $12
EL Technology Fee $48
Total $60

Open University students pay the same Tuition and Registration fees whether they are residents or non-residents of California. Full payment of Tuition and Registration fees is due at time of registration. Failure to pay Tuition and Registration fees by deadlines will result in immediate cancellation from reserved courses. Any partial payments will be forfeited. Financial Aid is not available to Open University students.

What types of payment methods are accepted?

  • In person at Administrative Building, 3rd Floor: cash, check, money order and ATM/Debit Cards
  • Drop Box: check and money order - no cash
  • Online or Telephone: MasterCard, American Express, Discover and E-Check

You may pay your Tuition and Registration fees with a credit card by accessing MyCSUSM or by calling (866) 486-0459. Payments made via MyCSUSM are received by the University Cashier's no later than the next business day. My CSUSM assesses each customer a 2.65% convenience fee based on the transaction amount.

Other Payment Methods

Only checks/money orders can be dropped in the drop box located in the breezeway outside the University Cashier’s office.  Write your Student ID on your check/MO. The drop box is checked every morning and payments are processed by 9:00 am.

Refund Policy

Please reference the University's refund schedule. For additional information visit Refunds.

Refund amounts are calculated in accordance with the Formula for Refunds established in the California Administrative Code, Title 5, sections 41802. The following fees are nonrefundable according to California Administrative Code, Title 5: Late Registration Fee of $25.00; Late Administrative Fee of $15.00.

In the case of extenuating circumstances, in which you feel you may be eligible for a refund outside of the normal refund schedule, you can complete and submit a University Fee Appeal form, which will be reviewed by Student Financial Services. Please follow the submission instructions found on the form.

Students who wish to withdraw from all classes (after the end of the add/drop period) must petition for complete semester withdrawal through Registration and Records located in Cougar Central on the third floor of Administrative Building. If you do not formally withdraw from your class you will receive a "WU" (equivalent to an F in GPA calculation).

Parking Permits

Parking permits are required to park on campus. There is no grace period. Students can purchase semester parking permits online at: Parking & Commuter Services, or at Parking Services located in VEP 107 or at the University Cashier, located 3rd floor Administrative Building. For current parking information, please visit Parking & Commuter Services or call (760) 750-7500.

All Tuition and Registration Fees are subject to change based on approval by the Trustees of The California State University. The above fees are based on the best knowledge available at the time of publication.