Historical State University Fee Rates
The CSU systemwide undergraduate, full-time, State University Fee (SUF) per academic year has increased from $1,506 in 1998/99 to $3,048 in 2008/09. There were no increases in SUF rates between 1994/95 and 2002/03, and in two of those eight years, SUF rates were reduced by 5 percent. During the most recent recession in California, state General Fund contributions to the CSU were reduced significantly. This caused the CSU to institute a mid-year fee 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 fee rate 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 SUF increase, but the governor and the legislature chose to buy out the fee 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 fee increase as agreed to in the Higher Education Compact, which brings the academic-year resident undergraduate State University Fee rate to $3,048.