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General Policies and Regulations

Fee Establishment and Policies

Average Support Cost per Full-Time Equivalent Student and Sources of Funds

The total support cost per full-time equivalent student (FTES) includes the expenditures for current operations, including payments made to students in the form of financial aid, and all fully reimbursed programs contained in state appropriations. The average support cost is determined by dividing the total cost by the number of FTES. The total CSU 2010-11 budget amounts were $2,617,435,000 from state General Fund appropriations (not including capital outlay funding), $1,244,603,000 from net basic tuition fee revenue, and $320,211,000 from other fee revenues and reimbursements for a total of $4,182,249,000. The number of projected 2010-11 FTES is 339,873 resident and 14,509 non-resident students. FTES is determined by dividing the total academic student load by 15 units per term (the figure used here to define a full-time student's academic load).

The 2010-11 average support cost per FTES based on General Fund appropriation and net basic tuition fee revenue only is $11,213 and when including all sources as indicated below is $12,117. Of this amount, the average net basic tuition fee revenue and other income & reimbursements per FTES is $4,416, which includes all fee revenue in the CSU Operating Fund (e.g. tuition fees, application fees, other miscellaneous fees, and reimbursements).

2010/2011 Amount Avg Cost per
FTE Student
%
Total Support Cost $4,182,249,000 $12,117 100%
State Appropriation* 2,617,435,000 7,701 64%
Net Basic Tuition Fee Revenue** 1,244,603,000 3,512 29%
Other Income and Reimbursements*** 320,211,000 904 7%

*"State Appropriation includes a decrease of $106 million reflecting a shift of costs on a oneā€‘time basis to the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act State Fiscal Stabilization Fund."

** Net Basic Tuition fee revenue and other income represents campus 2010-11 budgets submitted November 2010.

*** Other income and reimbursements represent campus "other fee" 2010-11 final budget revenues submitted, as well as reimbursements in the CSU Operating Fund.

The average CSU 2010-11 academic year, resident, undergraduate student basic tuition fee and other mandatory fees required to apply to, enroll in, or attend the university is $5,285. However, the costs paid by individual students will vary depending on campus, program, and whether a student is part-time, full-time, resident, or nonresident.

Procedure for the Establishment or Abolishment of Campus-Based Fees

The law governing the California State University provides that fees defined as mandatory, such as a student body association fee and a student body center fee, may be established. A student body association fee must be established upon a favorable vote of two-thirds of the students voting in an election held for this purpose (Education Code, Section 89300). A student body center fee may be established only after a fee referendum is held which approves by a two-thirds favorable vote the establishment of the fee (Education Code, Section 89304). The student body fee was established at CSULB by student referendum in April 7, 2000. The campus President may adjust the student body association fee only after the fee adjustment has been approved by a majority of students voting in a referendum established for that purpose (Education Code, Section 89300). The required fee shall be subject to referendum at any time upon the presentation of a petition to the campus President containing the signatures of 10 percent of the regularly enrolled students at the University. Once bonds are issued, authority to set and adjust student body center fees is governed by provisions of the State University Revenue Bond Act of 1947, including, but not limited to, Education Code, sections 90012, 90027, and 90068. Student body association fees support a variety of cultural and recreational programs, childcare centers, and special student support programs.

The process to establish and adjust other campus-based mandatory fees requires consideration by the campus fee advisory committee and a student referendum. The campus President may use alternate consultation mechanisms if he/she determines that a referendum is not the best mechanism to achieve appropriate and meaningful consultation. Results of the referendum and the fee committee review are advisory to the campus President. The President may adjust campus-based mandatory fees, but must request the Chancellor establish a new mandatory fee. The President shall provide to the fee advisory committee a report of all campus-based mandatory fees. The campus shall report annually to the Chancellor a complete inventory of all campus-based mandatory fees.

For more information or questions, please contact the Budget Office in the CSU Chancellor's Office at (562) 951-4560.

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