The appropriate administrator shall approve requests from all tenured and probationary faculty unit employees and temporary faculty unit employees with at least 6 years of full-time equivalent service in the department for enrollment in the CSU fee waiver program subject to the provisions of this Article.


Faculty unit members eligible for participation in the CSU Fee Waiver Program as defined in provision 26.1 may transfer their existing Fee Waiver benefit entitlement maximum as defined in provision 26.3, to a spouse, domestic partner, or dependent child, subject to the following conditions:

  1. the courses are taken by a spouse, domestic partner, or dependent child who is matriculated toward a degree and the courses are for credit toward the degree's requirements;

  2. this Fee Waiver benefit does not apply to out-of-state tuition; and

  3. the administration determines that there is space available in such course offerings for the spouse, domestic partner, or dependent child.


A maximum of two (2) CSU courses or six (6) units, whichever is greater, may be taken on the fee waiver program per semester/ quarter. Courses in self-support programs may not be taken on the fee waiver program.


Courses taken on the CSU fee waiver shall be job-related courses pursuant to provision 26.5, or career development courses pursuant to provisions 26.6 - 26.7.


Job-related courses shall relate to the current assignment of the faculty unit employee or the training or retraining of a faculty unit employee that will benefit the campus. CSU admission requirements shall not apply to job-related courses.


Career development courses shall relate to future career opportunities and assignments within the CSU. Career development courses may be taken pursuant to provision 26.7. Enrollment in career development courses shall be considered totally voluntary, and for the purpose of workers' compensation the time spent shall not be considered worktime.


Approval of career development courses shall require that a program of study be established by the faculty unit employee and an appropriate advisor of choice. Such a program of study shall require written approval of the appropriate administrator. Normally, CSU admission requirements shall be met. CSU admission requirements may be waived by the appropriate administrator.


A course taken on the fee waiver program shall not conflict with scheduled classes or scheduled office hours of a faculty unit employee.


Provided that the operational and program needs of the faculty unit employee's department or equivalent unit are met in an orderly and normal manner, the library or coaching faculty unit employee shall be provided reasonable release time for one (1) on-campus course per semester/quarter taken pursuant to provisions 26.5 - 26.7. Reasonable release time for a faculty unit employee at the Chancellor's Office shall be time equal to class time.


In order for a faculty unit employee to continue participating in the CSU fee waiver program normal academic standards shall be maintained.


A record of completed courses may be placed in the faculty unit employee's official Personnel Action File.


The term "fee waiver" as used in this Article refers to the program that waives or reduces fees as listed below.

The following fees shall be fully waived:

Application Fee
Identification Card Fee
Instructionally Related Activity Fee

The following fees shall be reduced to one dollar ($1.00) each:

Student Body Association Fee
Student Union Fee
Health Facilities Fee

The State University Fee shall be waived for the units of courses taken in the CSU fee waiver program. A faculty unit employee taking CSU courses in addition to the CSU fee waiver courses shall pay the difference between the part-time State University Fee and the full-time State University Fee. All other fees shall be paid at the regular rate.


Participation in the fee waiver program shall entitle the faculty unit employee to instructional services, not student services. Implementation of this program shall not require the CSU to displace any regularly enrolled student nor establish an additional section of a course.

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Last updated: October 10, 2002

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