Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

Enrollment Fee

The current enrollment fee is $46.00 per unit.

The enrollment fee is assessed on all students, including nonresidents.

Exemptions from the enrollment fee are available to students who qualify for one of the following:

  • California Board of Governors Fee Waiver Program (BOGW)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program (TANF)
  • Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Program (SSI)
  • General Assistance Program
  • Indentured apprentices are exempt from enrollment fee for Apprenticeship Program classes only.

Additional Financial Aid may be available to students who qualify for assistance.

See Financial Aid for more information.


The nonresident tuition is $193 per unit. Effective Fall 2016, the nonresident tuition will be $198 per unit. This fee is in addition to the enrollment and health fees, for students who are not residents of California for tuition purposes

Residents of California are entitled to attend a community college by paying the community college enrollment fee. For complete details, go to Tuition & Fees and also refer to the Class Schedule.

Nonresidents must pay the enrollment fee plus nonresident tuition. For complete details, go to Tuition & Fees and also refer to the Class Schedule.

  • To qualify as a California resident, you must verify physical presence in California and intent to become a resident one-year prior to the residency determination date (the day before classes begin for a new term).
  • The one-year period begins when you are not only present in California, but also have demonstrated clear intent to become a resident of California.
  • The burden of proof is on the student, to verify both physical presence in California and intent to make California your residence.

Download the Student Residency Classification document for the list of acceptable documents and other information necessary for establishing residency.

Contact the Admissions Office on your campus for additional information.

Admissions Office
Office A-112
  Admissions Office
Office I4-102
  Admissions Office
Office K-207

California DREAM ACT OF 2011 (AB540)

The California Dream Act of 2011, authored by Assembly Member Gil Cedillo (Los Angeles), became law through the passage of two Assembly Bills, AB 130 and AB 131.

AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria (California Education Code 68130.5(a)) to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities.

AB 131 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant.

Eligibility for the Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOGFW) at the California Community Colleges became effective in January 2013. Eligibility for the Cal Grant will become effective for the 2013-2014 school year.

Note: In 2012 SDCCD was approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a program to reduce "over borrowing" by limiting the eligibility and borrowing under "unsubsidized loans" for certain categories of students. See the Financial Aid Bulletin for more details

Students eligible under AB540 may complete the California Dream Act Application at

Health Fee

The health services fee is currently $19 per semester for spring and fall, and $16 for the summer session.

All students are assessed a mandatory fee for health services and accident insurance, whether or not they choose to use the Health Services available to them.

The following students are exempt from the health services fee: 

  • Students who meet the income standards for the California Board of Governor's Waiver (BOGW) - A Only.
  • Students attending under an approved Apprenticeship Program.
  • Students who depend on prayer for healing, in accordance with the teachings of a bona fide religious sect, denomination, or organization, may petition to have the fee waived. To apply for an exemption, contact the Admissions Office.

Student Representation Fee

$1 per semester

All students are assessed a mandatory $1.00 student representation fee per semester. This fee is expended by the college solely for the purpose of student advocacy efforts to Federal, State and Local governments.

Additional Fees

Parking Fee

This fee is required of all students who park on campus at the following rates:

  • Auto Permits                 $35.00

  • Motorcycle Permits       $17.50

  • Carpool Permits            $30.00

See College Police for information.

Students receiving public assistance, or who are determined eligible for financial aid based on income standards may purchase an automobile parking permit for $20. Contact the Financial Aid Office on campus for eligibility determination.

Associated Students (AS) Membership

$8 per academic year.

The Associated Students are the center of campus involvement, connection and service, to enrich the experience of the entire student body. Membership in the Associated Students allows you to support campus clubs and organizations, create campus-wide activities and events, and advocate for student issues on local, statewide and national levels.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Free student planner

  • One free transcript

  • Free scantrons

  • Free or discounted admission to all AS sponsored events

  • AS scholarship opportunities

  • And more...

Transcript of Record

$5.00  per transcript.

The first two transcripts issued to or for you in your lifetime are free of charge. You may request your transcripts by the following:

  • Online – Go to e-Transcripts, found under Transcript Request.
    Transcripts ordered online will be mailed in 1-2 business days. If the receiving institution accepts electronic transcripts, the transcript will be sent over night.
  • In Person – Download the Transcript Request Form or pick one up at your College Accounting Office or Admissions Office.
  • Mail – Download the Transcript Request Form and mail your completed and signed form to the District Office
    SDCCD, Attn: Transcript Request, 3375 Camino del Rio South, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92108-3883
  • Fax – Download the Transcript Request Form and fax your completed and signed form to 619-388-6946

    For requests sent by mail or fax, authorization to charge your Visa or MasterCard must be written on the request with your signature along with the credit card number and expiration.

You can download the Request for Transcript form here. The document includes information to help you to complete the form.

Credit by Examination

$46.00 per unit

Instructional Materials Fee/Other Special Fees

This additional fee is required of students enrolled in certain courses. Courses may carry a nominal fee for instructional materials or other special fees provided to students throughout the semester.

Loss or damage of equipment or books


Returned Check Fee

A $25 fee will be assessed for any returned check(s).

The college reserves the right to revoke check writing privileges.

All fees are subject to change.

Books and Supplies

Students are expected to buy all books and supplies needed for their courses. Certain occupational programs may require additional expenditures for tools and/or uniforms.

Forms of Payment

All fees must be paid in full by the date indicated on Reg-e or students will be dropped for nonpayment.

Fees may be paid by check, e-Check, money order, cashier's check or credit card (Visa or MasterCard).

If paying by check, e-Check, or credit card, students may be administratively dropped if payment is not cleared by the bank; however this will not relieve the student's financial liability to the college.

Fees may be paid by check, e-Check, money order, cashier's check or credit card (Visa or MasterCard).

A cancelled check or credit card statement will serve as a receipt.

If fees are being paid by a third party (i.e. tuition assistance, State Department of Rehabilitation, employer sponsorship programs, scholarships, etc), the student must contact the college Accounting Office to process paperwork and complete registration prior to the due date provided at the time of registration.

Contact the Accounting Office on campus if you have any questions or need assistance.

Accounting Office
Office A-114
  Accounting Office
Office I4-106
  Accounting Office
Office K-205


Fees will be refunded to students who reduce their program in accordance with the following schedule:

  • Primary Session (16 weeks) – Friday of the second week
  • Non-Primary Sessions (16 weeks or more) – Monday of the third week
  • Short-Term Sessions (Less than 16 weeks) - Monday of second week
  • Classes 1 week or shorter – See Admissions Office for deadline dates

Additional guidelines

  • No refund is given for classes dropped after the deadline.

  • Refunds will be processed after the add/drop deadline.

  • Students with a valid address on file and who do not have an outstanding financial obligation to the district will receive a refund in the mail or credit to their credit card.

  • For payments by check or e-check, there is a five week waiting period for checks to clear the bank before refunds will be processed.

  • Students who are administratively dropped when a Petition to Challenge is denied will receive a full refund of the class(es) petitioned.

  • Students who are academically disqualified and administratively dropped will receive a full refund.

  • Students who have paid in full and subsequently received a BOGW fee waiver will receive refund of enrollment fees. Student Health Services fees are not waived for financial aid students.

For more information, contact the Accounting Office on campus.


The 1098-T tax form is a Tuition Statement provided by higher education institutions to all eligible students who pay enrollment fees (including non-resident tuition) during the calendar year. The 1098-T tax form may be used by students or parents to claim the American opportunity tax credit (formerly "Hope credit") or Lifetime Learning Credit on their federal income tax returns.

More information on the 1098-T Tax Form can be found at or by contacting the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

Go to the e-Tax website

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