Financial Aid and Tuition Rates
Historical Tuition Rates
CSU systemwide undergraduate, full-time tuition fee per academic year has increased from $1,428 in 2001/02 to $5,472 effective fall 2011. Principally in response to a serious economic downturn that began at the start of this decade, state General Fund contributions to the CSU have been reduced by $868 million. During this time, CSU increased fees at an annual average rate of 15 percent over the 10 year period (which averages rate changes that included a low of no fee increase in 2006 and a high of 32 percent in 2009). 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 fee 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 fee increase, but the governor and the legislature chose to buy out the tuition 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 tuition fee increase as agreed to in the Higher Education Compact for each of those years. The state's economic downturn commencing in 2008/09 significantly impacted the CSU as state General Funds were substantially reduced. The state funding reductions led to two tuition fee increases in 2009/10, which brought the tuition fee rate for undergraduate students to $4,026 per academic year. In June 2010, CSU approved a tuition fee increase of 5 percent pending final action on the budget (which did not occur until October 2010) bringing the undergraduate rate to $4,230. At that time the Assembly budget committee had advanced a proposal to provide additional state revenues as a partial replacement of fee revenues, in order to make it possible for the university to limit its 2010/11 tuition fee increase to five percent rather than 10 percent. However this proposal was not adopted and the final budget enacted in October required an additional mid-year 2010/11 tuition fee increase of 5 percent, which was approved by the Board of Trustees in November 2010. The annualized academic year undergraduate rate effective Winter/Spring 2011 was $4,440.
In November 2010, Board of Trustees requested that the state buy out the need for student tuition fee increases during the 2011/12 academic year. The Governor's Budget did not buy out the tuition fee increase and instead reduced state appropriations to CSU by $500 million. In July 2011, the budget enacted for the 2011/12 fiscal year included an additional $150 million reduction in state funding to CSU, bringing the total reduction enacted for the fiscal year to $650 million. The enacted budget package also includes the possibility of an additional cut of up to $100 million, to be determined by the Director of the Department of Finance in December 2011 based on whether, and to what extent, state revenues fall short of budget act assumptions. The impact of these reductions on student fees resulted in the implementation of a 10 percent increase in student fee rates approved by the Board of Trustees in November 2010 plus an increase of 12 percent above the November fee rates to offset the additional $150 million CSU budget reduction enacted in July 2011. The result is an undergraduate tuition fee rate for the 2011/12 academic year of $5,472.
The table that follows shows a 10 year history of changes in CSU tuition fee rates.
|Full-time Student Tuition Fee Rates (6.1 units or greater)|
|Grad and Postbac||Explanation of
|2001/02||$1,428||$1,506||Final year of State budget actions over a 7 year period (1995/96 through 2001/02) that bought out annual CSU fee rate increases and reduced CSU fee rates for under- graduates by 10% and graduates by 5%|
|2002/03||$1,572||$1,734||10% increase in undergraduate fee, 15% increase in graduate fee to offset General Fund mid-year reduction|
|2003/04||$2,046||$2,256||30% increase in undergraduate and graduate fee to offset General Fund reductions|
|2004/05||$2,334||$2,706||$2,820||14% increase in undergraduate fee and 25% increase in graduate fees to offset General Fund reductions|
|2005/06||$2,520||$2,922||$3,102||CSU Compact funding agreement in place; fee rate increase 8% Undergraduate, 10% Graduate|
|2006/07||$2,520||$2,922||$3,102||CSU Compact funding agreement in place; fee rate increase buy-out per final budget allocation memo|
|2007/08||$2,772||$3,216||$3,414||CSU Compact funding agreement in place; 10% increase in undergraduate and graduate fees|
|2008/09||$3,048||$3,540||$3,756||10% increase in undergraduate and graduate fees to offset General Fund reductions|
|2009/10||$4,026||$4,674||$4,962||10% increase in undergraduate and graduate fees in May 2009 and 20% increase in undergraduate and graduate fees in July 2009 to off-set General Fund reductions|
|2010/11||$4,440||$5,154||$5,472||Annualized Spring 2011 Rates - 5% increase in undergraduate and graduate fees in June 2010 and 5% increase in undergraduate and graduate fees in November 2010|
|2011/12||$5,472||$6,348||$6,738||10% increase in undergraduate and graduate fees enacted in November 2010 plus additional 12% increase in rates based on 2011 Final Budget General Fund reductions|