2011/12 Supplemental Documentation

Financial Aid and Tuition Rates

Historical Tuition Rates

CSU systemwide undergraduate, full-time tuition per academic year increased from $1,428 in 2001/02 to $4,440 (annualized rate) in November 2010. During the recession at the start of this decade, state General Fund contributions to the CSU were reduced significantly. This caused the CSU to institute a mid-year tuition increase in 2002/03, and academic year increases in each of the next two years. These increases were necessary in order to address the continuing budget needs of the CSU that were no longer being funded by the state General Fund.

In 2004/05, the Higher Education Compact called for predictable and measurable tuition increases, beginning with 14 percent in 2004/05 and 8 percent in each of the next two years for an average 10 percent increase over three years. In 2006/07, the CSU Board of Trustees approved an 8 percent tuition increase, but the governor and the legislature chose to buy out the tuition increase for that year with a revenue augmentation of $65 million. In 2007/08 and 2008/09, the CSU Board of Trustees approved a 10 percent tuition increase as agreed to in the Higher Education Compact for each of those years. The current recession has once again impacted the CSU as state General Funds were substantially reduced. Consequently, two tuition increases were approved for 2009/10, bringing the tuition rate for undergraduate students to $4,026 per academic year. In June 2010, tuition increased by 5 percent, bringing the undergraduate rate to $4,230. Furthermore, a mid-year 2010/11 tuition increase of 5 percent was approved by the Board of Trustees in November 2010. The annualized academic year undergraduate rate effective Winter 2011/Spring 2011 is $4,440.

Historical Academic Year Undergraduate Tuition Rates
01/02 02/03 03/04 04/05 05/06 06/07 07/08 08/09 09/10 Fall 20101 Winter/
$1,428 $1,507 $2,046 $2,334 $2,520 $2,520 $2,772 $3,048 $4,026 $4,230 $4,440

1Annualized Rate