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San Diego State University

Housing Administration and Residential Education


Housing Payments

The payment amounts will vary depending upon the room type and meal plan selected. All payments begin with a non-refundable $375 initial payment  due at the time you submit your License Agreement. The initial payment is credited toward your total charges and is not a deposit.

Students have the option of paying the remaining amount in eight payments scheduled September through April or they may pay as many payments as they like in advance. The first scheduled payment is due at the beginning of September.

View payment schedules for 2016-17:

    The University uses a centralized Student Statement eBill for invoicing student's housing costs. Student's eBill is issued electronically once a month (unless you have paid in advance and no payment is due). Student Statement eBills are sent electronically about the 20th of each month and are typically due around the 7th of the following month (depending on weekend dates). See Student Account Services, Billing Statement Dates.

    Actual statement dates can be found on the Student Financial Services Web site. You will be sent an e-mail, to the e-mail address in your WebPortal, directing you to a secure Web site to receive the eBill. Make sure that the student's address in the WebPortal is updated with the correct information. Students are responsible for all amounts due - late payments are subject to a $20 late charge assessed by the University Cashiers Office. The eBill system allows students to add multiple e-mail addresses to receive notification of the bill and allows multiple users to view the bill. 

    Making Payments

    There are a variety of options for making payments:

    • Pay by electronic check by using SDSU’s ACH online payment method. Click on the link on the eBill Web site, or log on to the Student Financial Services Web site and click on Payment by Electronic Check. There is no convenience fee charged for this service.

    • Pay by credit card using CASHNet™ SMARTPAY, the University’s secure third party vendor, via the Web. MasterCard, Discover or American Express charge card are accepted (VISA is not accepted on SMARTPAY). Upon viewing the Student Statement eBill, click on the link for credit card payment or log on to the Student Financial Services Web site and click on Payment by Credit Card. RedID number and PIN required. There is no convenience fee charged for housing payments. 

    • Pay by credit card or debit card at the University Cashiers Office. If paying in person, VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express charge cards are accepted. 

    • Pay by check, money order or cashier’s check, made payable to SDSU. When paying this way, print the coupon from your eBill, and mail it to the SDSU University Cashier at 5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182-7426 or deliver it with the payment to the Cashiers Office. 

    Financial Aid

    If a student is receiving financial aid (grants, loans, or scholarships), the University's policy is to transfer those funds to pay for any outstanding institutional charges, including housing fees. The entire semester’s cost (the amount remaining after the initial payment is made) will be deducted at the beginning of each semester if your aid disbursement is enough to cover the semester’s total costs. If the student's aid disbursement is not enough to cover the semester’s total costs, the student is responsible for making any remaining payments as each one becomes due.

    Students are expected to use your own funds for the $375 initial payment due with your License Agreement.

    If the student's financial aid award includes a federal loan, they will need to activate their loan through AidLink before loan funds can be transferred. Student loans must be activated beginning early July and no later than August 1 in order for the funds to be available for the student's fall semester payments (activated by mid-December for funds to be available for your spring semester payments). Parent loans can be activated beginning early July.

    Contact Information

    Telephone: (619) 594-5742
    Fax: (619) 594-6202


    Office Location:
    6050 Montezuma Road (see the campus map)

    Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Mailing Address:
    Office of Housing Administration &
    Residential Education Office 
    San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Drive
    San Diego, CA 92182-1802