Student Fee Policy, Procedures and Forms

CSU Student Fee Policy

California State University Executive Order 1102, dated July 22, 2015, defines six fee categories and “establishes authority, responsibility and accountability with regard to CSU student fees.” Responsibilities include the establishment of a student fee advisory committee with a student majority for appropriate and meaningful consultation on fees.

A report of past year fee rates, increases, revenue, and balances will be presented to the Student Fee Advisory Committee for discussion during it's first meeting each academic year.

Fee Policy Statement

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

Policy and Fee Request Process

  • Effective July 22, 2015, student fee requests are governed by California State University Executive Order 1102: The California State University Fee Policy. This website provides forms and requirements based on Executive Order 1102.

  • Executive Order 1102 supercedes Executive Order 1054. All administrative guidelines, procedures and forms related to EO 1054 no longer apply.

  • Fee requests must be submitted two months prior to the start of registration for the targeted term.

Target Term for Implementation Due Date for Fee Request
Fall February 1st
Spring September 1st
Summer January 1st
Winter August 1st
  • Financial documentation is mandatory for all Category II, III, IV, and V fee requests.

  • Supplemental materials may be appended to the fee request for presentation to the Student Fee Advisory Committee, AVP Financial Management and President. Examples include a schedule comparing the requested fee to the same fee at comparable institutions, vendor quotes, or a history of the fee amount showing increases (decreases) by year. These are not required.

Requests for Fee Increases

  • Before you request a fee increase, you should exhaust (i.e. spend) any excess of actual revenue collected over actual expenses and commitments.

  • If excess revenue over expenses exists, you should demonstrate and support by appropriate vouchers that the anticipated increase in cost exceeds the excess of revenue over expenses.

  • If the requested increase in fee level/range is due to anticipated decline in the number of users without a corresponding decrease in the cost, you need to support this argument with appropriate documents / vouchers.