Tuition & Fees

Payment of fees is due at the time of registration. Non-Payment of fees will result in a HOLD being placed on your account. This could also result in not receiving college services. Students are liable for all fees for classes not dropped by the refund deadline dates.
  1. California Residents
  2. San Francisco Residents (Free City)
  3. Non-California Residents
  4. International Students
  5. Additional Fees

California Residents:

Enrollment fee per semester unit: $46.00
Residency is established by physical presence in California for one year and one day prior to the first day of instruction, and evidence of intent to make California your permanent residence.  Students must be in a status that allows for them to establish residency.


San Francisco Residents (Free City)

Free City is a partnership between City College of San Francisco and the City & County of San Francisco funded by the voters of San Francisco to provide San Francisco residents free enrollment to City College of San Francisco.

  • Students may be eligible for Free City which covers their enrollment fees for Fall and Spring semesters only.
  • Students may qualify if they are BOTH a California resident and a San Francisco resident;       
  • Students may qualify for a non-resident exemption, (i.e. AB540, AB13, AB2000) 

Non-California Residents:

Tuition Fee Increase:  As of Summer 2017 semester, the tuition fee increased from $211 to $234 per unit.

Tuition fee per semester unit: $234 + $46.00 enrollment fee per unit.

Capital outlay fee: $7 per unit.

NOTE: Students may qualify for Reduced Fees and/or exemption of tuition fees. Please visit our Residency Office, located in Conlan Hall, room E107 or visit our Residency or Veterans website for more information.  

Under AB540:
As a nonresident you may be eligible to pay the $46 per unit fees just like California residents.
AB540 is a state law that exempts certain students who are not residents of California from paying non-resident tuition at California Community Colleges and California State Universities.

Students are eligible who meet all of the following requirements:

  • You attended a California high school for three or more years.
  • You graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent of a high school diploma from California (e.g., GED or California Proficiency Exam).
  • You registered in Spring 2002 or later.
  • You completed a California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request form.

Complete a California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request form.
City College will determine your eligibility.

International Students:

Tuition Fee Increase:  As of Summer 2017 semester, the tuition fee changed from $211 to $234 per unit.

Please visit our International Student website for more information about our Internatiional student programs and services. 

Tuition fee per semester unit: $234 + $46.00 enrollment fee per unit.

Capital outlay fee: $7 per unit.


Additional Fees (Applies to all students):

Student Health Fee (all students): $17.00 (Summer Semester $14.00) (Mandatory)

NOTE: Students who qualify in the following categories will be exempted from payment of the health fee:

  • Students who depend exclusively upon prayer for healing in accordance with the teachings of bona fide religious sect, denomination, or organization. (Documentation required.)
  • Students who are attending college under an approved apprenticeship training program.

Student Activities Fee: $5 (Optional) (No Student Activities Fee for Summer)

Student Representative Fee: $1.00 (Optional) (No Student Representative Fees for Summer)

Web4 User Fee: One-time $3.00 fee per semester (non-refundable)

Note: Web4 will assess a $3.00 user fee per semester. Students may also choose to register during the Open / In Person Registration Period to avoid paying the user fee(see registration calendar) There is no user fee during ADD/DROP Period.

Return Check Charge: $10.00 fee per check returned.

Additional Instructional Materials: Students are expected to purchase textbooks, lab books, workbooks, pens, pencils and paper. In addition, some courses, students are expected to provide tools, equipment, clothing, materials, or to purchase additional materials. All course that are assessed a material fee are identified in the class schedule with the indication of the amount assesssed below the course title. An estimate of the cost of additional materials or fees for any class may be obtained from the appropriate department or center.