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About Student Debt

Find out about student debt, holds, late fees, and resolving disputes.

Fee assessment

  • Student fee charges are assessed and due on the due date of the first billing statement in which the charge appears. The billing is considered delinquent if paid after that due date.
  • If you fail to resolve your debt, you will be barred from future registration and official academic transcript requests.
  • Exceptions include enrollments in Student Emergency Loans and the Triton Registration Fee Installment Payment Plan (TRIP), specified on the appropriate due statement.
  • A Time Payment Agreement (TPA), subject to Student Business Services approval, will not remove holds, but may hold off the collections due process.


Holds restrict access to future goods and services, such as registration in classes, and are placed on student accounts after an account is considered delinquent.

Late fees

UCSD maintains a late charge program for student accounts. The Student Business Services reserves the right to waive a late charge.

Statement late fees:

  • Are assessed on past due accounts of $50 or more
  • Amount to $25 per month for up to 3 months
  • Are not assessed on outstanding voluntary donation charges such as CalPirg
  • Are not assessed on outstanding billing statements if the late charge is the only detail outstanding
  • Are not charged for late registration or similar reasons when a late charge has already been assessed (a late charge will be assessed on the second billing if the bill which had the late fee remains unpaid)
  • Are not charged on a bill when the student delinquency was caused by a delinquency of the university

Collection agencies

  • Delinquent accounts may be turned over to a collection agency contracted by the university.
  • Students are liable for the additional collection costs incurred to collect the debt.

Returned checks

You will be sent a notification letter for returned checks (i.e., NSF, account closed, stale dated). Your account will be charged for the returned check amount plus a $35 return check charge. See Cashier's Office FAQ for more details.


If you question a charge, you should first dispute it with the department that originated the charge. If there is still a dispute, an administrative hearing may be held before an impartial campus official or committee.

Student Business Services