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Student Tuition Recovery Fund


California law requires that upon enrollment a fee be assessed relative to the cost of tuition (Education Code Section 94342). These fees support the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF), a special fund established by the California Legislature to reimburse students who might otherwise experience a financial loss as a result of untimely school closure. Institutional participation is mandatory.

Students must pay the state-imposed fee for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all the following applies to you:

1. You are a student who is a California resident and prepays all or part of your tuition by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and
2. Your total charges are not paid by any third party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF fee if either of the following applies:

1. You are not a California resident, or
2. Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program, or other payer and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party.

It is important that enrollees keep a copy of any enrollment agreement, contract, or application to document enrollment, tuition receipts, or canceled checks. They are encouraged to document the total amount of tuition paid and records that will show the percentage of the course which has been completed. Such records would substantiate a claim for reimbursement from the STRF, which, to be considered, must be filed within sixty (60) days following school closure.

**STRF fees are currently $0.00 per $1,000 of tuition.**

For further information, contact:

Office of Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
PO Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
Telephone (916) 574-7720
Fax (916) 574-7796
E-mail: bppve@dca.ca.gov