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Make a Payment

This page is for students making a tuition payment.

 Parent/Guardian Payments

In-Person Payment

As Cougar Central is currently closed to the public, due to COVID-19 precautions, Student Financial Services staff are available by phone Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm.

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 8am – 5pm
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


Step 2: Access your Student Center
student center


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: In the new window, select the “Balance” link.

The amount shown in this page will be your total balance, and not necessarily the amount that is due (if on a payment plan, for example). The “Due Now” amount from your Student Center will include all tuition/fees due within the next 30 days.
account balance


Step 5: Enter amount you wish to pay, and select the “Add to Basket” button.
Add to basket


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

Note: If the amount is incorrect, you can select “Edit Item” to change the amount. If you wish to cancel the payment, select “Delete Item”.


Step 7: Select payment method and selectContinue Checkout” button.
payment method

  • For Credit Card payments: Fill out all appropriate fields and selectContinue Checkout” button.
    The next page discloses the convenience fees added to your payment. Select the box, which acknowledges and accepts the terms and conditions of the transaction. Select the “Continue Checkout” button for one final review of your payment. If the amount and payment information is correct, select the “Submit Payment” button to process your payment.

  • For e-Check payments: Enter bank account and personal info, and select the “Continue Checkout” button.

    After reviewing for accuracy, select the “Submit Payment” button to finalize payment.

  • Foreign currency payments