What is the Financial Responsibility Agreement “FRA”?

The Student Financial Responsibility Agreement (herein referred to simply as agreement) informs students of the financial responsibilities associated with enrolling for classes at California Institute of Integral Studies “CIIS”.  and explains the potential consequences if a student fails to meet those obligations.

Why do I have to sign the Agreement?

Our goal is to help our students understand the cost of their education and the financial policies associated with their enrollment at California Institute of Integral Studies.  This agreement, in conjunction with our website, letters and other documentation, helps define the University’s expectations for payment, and allows us to clearly inform students of our policies related to billing, late payment penalties, contact methods, etc.

How do I sign my Financial Responsibility Agreement?

Log into your CIIS Self-Service Portal https://ciis-ss.colleague.elluciancloud.com/Student/

Click on the 3 lines displayed in the left upper corner to expand the table of contents.

Click on User Options

Select Required Agreements to access the Financial Responsibility Agreement 

Upon successfully completed the Financial Responsibility Agreement you will be able to register for courses.

How often do I need to sign the Agreement?

Students will be asked to complete the Agreement only once per Undergraduate or Graduate career at CIIS.

How quickly can I register after completing the Agreement?

Completion of the agreement will lift the related hold immediately and you will be to procced with enrollment.

What happens if I refuse to sign?

The FRA agreement serves as notification of potential consequences of non-payment, and to provide vital account information.  If a student chooses not to complete the Agreement, they will not be permitted to register for classes until the issue is resolved.  Students with concerns about this policy are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Accounts at  studentaccounts@ciis.edu or 415-575-6132.

What happens if I need to obtain a copy of the Agreement?

If you wish to review or print the financial agreement at any time, you can navigate to the Student Accounts tab and click on Completed Agreements. For all other inquiries send an email to Office of Student Accounts at studentaccounts@ciis.edu.

Can I sign the Agreement in paper form

You have the right to manually sign the Financial Responsibility Agreement by contacting the Office of Student Accounts at  studentaccounts@ciis.edu or 415-575-6132  Please note that if you choose to sign a paper Agreement you may experience delays because of U.S. mail delivery and manual processing.

Do other institutions do this?

Yes. It is common practice among higher education institutions across the United States, and it is consistent with the national movement to increase financial literacy among college students.

My parents pay my tuition. Can they accept the agreement?

No. While payment made by a third party is acceptable, it is the enrolled student who is ultimate responsible for agreeing to the terms and conditionals of the Financial Responsibility Agreement.

When is the agreement effective?

The Financial Responsibility Agreement is required once per Undergraduate or Graduate career at CIIS starting with registration for Fall 2021 and onward.

What if I have financial aid or a scholarship that covers the cost of tuition?

Because certain eligibility is required and must be maintained in order to have the cost of attending CIIS covered by other means, students who have their cost of attendance paid by sponsorship, scholarships, federal loans or other third parties are ultimately financially responsible for these costs. As such, all students must accept the terms of the Financial Responsibility Agreement once for their academic career at the institution.

I am planning to graduate this term. Do I have to complete the statement?


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