When a student is eligible for a refund, the credit on the account is usually the result of a payment which has nothing left to pay. This credit could be from an e-check payment, a financial aid disbursement, or any other kind of payment being used to cover charges on an account. Because the credit on the account is considered a payment within the student account systems, UC San Diego must assess a charge to offset the payment. However, this charge is only the means for returning this credit to the student via direct deposit or paper check refund. If you see a refund "charge" on your account, this simply indicates that you have been issued a refund.
If you are issued a financial aid-based refund, the specific line item on your e-bill will read as follows: "Fin Aid Rfn Ck or Direct Dpst".
If you are issued an cash or e-check-based refund, the specific line item on your e-bill will read as follows: "Cash Chk Rfn Ck or Direct Dpst".
If you still have questions or need additional assistance, please submit a ticket.