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Extended Learning Fees and Refunds

When and how can I pay for a class?

Fees for non-credit classes are due at the time of registration. We accept MasterCard, VISA, Discover Card, American Express, check, and company purchase orders. Please visit us online to read our policy on declined credit cards and dishonored checks. Rejected e-checks are subject to a $20.00 fee. You may also pay with check or money order, in person at Extended Learning (Monday through Friday only), or mail a check or money order made payable to Cal State San Marcos Extended Learning. No credit card payments can be accepted by mail. For online registration, Extended Learning accepts MasterCard, Discover Card, American Express and e-check payments securely. Cal State San Marcos Alumni Members receive a 15 percent savings on most non-credit programs. 

*Please note that effective September 2016, all Extended Learning credit card transactions will be charged a convenience fee of 2.75%. The convenience fee is subject to change.

For all non-credit classes, cancellation notification must be made in writing. Written notice may be made by email to, faxed to 760-750-3138, or mailed with postmark date three days before the first day of class to receive a full refund (less a $20 administrative fee).No refunds will be issued once a class has started. No refund will be issued for online classes, once online material has been accessed by the student. “NO SHOWS” ARE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT IN FULL.

One non-refundable transfer or substitution is allowed instead of receiving a refund. This transfer/substitution must be used within the same fiscal year (July 1 – June 30), and all transfers must be requested and completed prior to the second session in a multi-session course. No credits will be issued; refund or transfer must be made at time of cancellation. Refunds may take four to six weeks to reach students who have withdrawn.

There are no refunds for contract credit classes.

The Extended Learning refund policy does not necessarily coincide with the University add/drop period. You can drop your courses any time via the MyCSUSM student portal at You will need your student ID and password. If you do not know your student ID and/or password, you may contact the Student Help Desk at 760-750-6505. Fall refunds are granted as laid out on the table on the following page. Students who withdraw before the specified date outlined on this table, will receive a full refund. Students who withdraw after the specified date will receive no refund. 

Refunds may take four to six weeks to reach students who have withdrawn. To check on the progress of your refund go to your MyCSUSM portal account. 

After the refund deadline has passed take a completed University Regulations Waiver form to Cashiers in Cougar Central.

The CalVet College Tuition Fee Waiver can not be applied to Extended Learning degrees, certificates, or courses.

Refund Schedule

Classes 16 weeks or more    Refund
Up to 11:59pm of the 14th day of the session                100%
After the 14th day of the session       0%
Classes 15 weeks or less  
Up to 11:59pm of the 7th day of the session    100%
After the 7th day of the session       0%

*The Extended Learning refund schedule may not follow CSUSM's add/drop or academic record penalty schedule.

**An administrative fee of $5.00 applies to all refunds.