Financial Aid and State University Fee Rates
Historical State University Fee Rates
CSU systemwide undergraduate, full-time, State University Fee (SUF) per academic year increased from $1,428 in 2000/01 to $4,026 in 2009/10. 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 five percent. 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 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 for each of those years. The current recession has once again impacted the CSU as state General Funds were substantially reduced. Consequently, two fee increases were approved for 2009/10, bringing the SUF rate for undergraduate students to $4,026 per academic year.