Your  Account:

Make a Payment

This page is for students making a tuition payment.

Parents or guardians wishing to make a payment on behalf of a student should visit Making a Payment for a Student.

In-Person Payment

Cougar Central is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for check, debit card, and cash payments.  (Credit card payments are not accepted in Cougar Central, but can be made online.)

After business hours, you can drop a check or money order payment off in the Student Financial Services drop box located on the wall just outside of Cougar Central.

Student Financial Services
Location: Cougar Central, 3rd floor (Craven Hall)
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone: 760-750-4490
Fax: 760-750-3158 


Make an Online Payment

Credit/Debit Card and eCheck payments can be made online 24/7.

Step 1: Log in to MyCSUSM
Sign in to MyCSUSM

Student Center Charges


Step 2: Access your Student Center and review your balance and what is owed by each due date
student center

Student Center Finances

Charges Due page

If you are not paying the entire balance, and want to make the minimum owed by a particular due date, be sure to remember the amount from this page or write it down, prior to clicking “Make a Payment”.


Step 3: From the Finances section, select “Make a Payment” button.
IMPORTANT: Be sure your internet browser allows pop-ups. Be sure to pay close attention to the “Due Now” amount.
Finances - Make a Payment


Step 4: A new window will open with an overview of account balance and recent transactions.  The amount shown will be your total balance.  Click the Make a Payment button to continue:

account balance


Step 5: The amount will default to your entire account balance.  You can pay that amount or update the field to a different amount:
Edit account balance to pay

Upon entering the amount you wish to pay, click the Continue button:

Continue Button

On this screen, you will be asked the payment method you prefer. Enter the payment information and click the Continue button:

Payment amount

Review and accept the terms and conditions and click the Continue button:

Terms and continue


Step 6: Confirm the amount you wish to pay, and if correct, select “Pay” button:

Pay button

 You can click “Cancel” if you wish to cancel the transaction.

Upon clicking the “Pay” button, you will be asked to complete a security CAPTCHA:


Upon completing the CAPTCHA, a confirmation of payment will appear:

Confirmation of payment