There are multiple types and reasons to receive a refund, which are detailed on this page. The general time frame for all refund types is four (4) to six (6) weeks. The process for most types of refunds begins after the term Census date (refer to Academic Calendar). Refunds may be posted to your student account to pay any current or outstanding university charges prior to being refunded. Refunds are processed the same way in which the payment was received. For purposes of the refund policy, mandatory fees are defined as those system-wide fees and campus fees that are required to be paid in order to enroll in state-supported academic programs at the California State University.