Tuition and Fees

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Payment of Tuition and Fees for Semester Registration

All fees will be assessed approximately four weeks prior to the beginning of the each term. Payment in full is expected for each term or enrollment in an online payment plan (with initial payment) by billing due date. Cal U accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa along with electronic (ACH) check payment online via the Vulcan Information Portal (VIP). Paper checks and money orders payable to California University of Pennsylvania payable in U.S. dollars should be mailed to:

California University of Pennsylvania
Bursar's Office
Box 83
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
Please include the student's CWID (Campus Wide ID Number) on all correspondence.

Billing Information

California University of Pennsylvania utilizes online e-billing. Students who take advantage of early/rolling registration should receive a Cal U email announcing that the billing statement is available for viewing online through the VIP approximately four weeks prior to the start of the term. Students who enroll within four weeks of the first day of the term should be prepared to make payment at the time of registration. A paper bill will be sent for the initial term billing for each term and last term billing for past due balances only. 

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available each term. Payment plans enable students to pay their costs on a monthly basis. Enrollment for the payment plan can be completed online via VIP. Detailed information is also available on the Bursar's Office website at

Third-Party Billing

Some companies and government agencies pay tuition directly to the University. If tuition is to be paid in this manner, authorizing forms or letters must be sent to the Bursar's Office. This payment must be received by the Bursar's Office during the semester in which charges originate and cannot be used in lieu of a personal payment for an authorized payment plan. This payment option does not apply to corporate tuition reimbursement policies or when the payment amount is based on grades and received after the term has ended.

Refund Policy

Tuition and fees are adjusted for class withdrawals during the first week of the fall and spring semesters. After the add/drop period ends, adjustments are made ONLY if a student withdraws from all enrolled classes. Refunds are made to the amount of the charge, not the amount that has been paid to date. The refund policy is available online and in the Bursar's Office.

Financial aid recipients should refer to "refund/repayment policies" on the Cal U website for the financial aid adjustment policy.

Advance Deposit

All first-year, transfer and readmitted students are required to submit a $100 advance deposit payable to California University of Pennsylvania. It is to be paid in advance of registration and is credited to the student's account for the first semester. This is a nonrefundable fee.

Housing Application Service Fee

An application is required in order to reserve a room for the following academic year. This fee is nonrefundable and is not deducted from room charges. Additional information regarding the housing application process is located on the housing website:

Late Payment Fee

A late payment fee of $25 per month will be assessed when a student fails to pay the required fees by the due date or when a student fails to pay according to an approved payment plan. (The structure of fees is subject to change without prior notice and such changes shall take precedence over existing charges set forth in this catalog.)

Return Check Charge

A $25 fee will be charged for any check (paper or ACH) that is made payable to California University of Pennsylvania and returned by the bank because funds are unavailable for any reason or incorrect bank account information (numbers) were entered by the student. (The structure of fees is subject to change without prior notice and such changes shall take precedence over existing charges set forth in this catalog.)


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