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2013/14 Supplemental Documentation

Financial Aid and Tuition Rates

Historical Tuition Fee 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. Though a tuition fee increase to $5,970 was effective fall 2012, tuition fees will be rolled back to the 2011/12 rate should Proposition 30 pass on the November ballot. State General Fund contributions to the CSU have been reduced by more than $900 million since 2007/08. During this time, CSU has increased tuition fees at an annual average rate of almost 15 percent (with rate changes that included no fee increases in 2012 and a high of 32 percent in 2009). These increases were necessary to assist with the continuing budget needs of the CSU that were no longer being funded by the state General Fund.

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 included an additional mid-year cut of $100 million, bringing the total reduction in state funding enacted for the fiscal year to $750 million. 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 was an undergraduate tuition fee rate for the 2011/12 academic year of $5,472.

The Board of Trustees approved a 9.16 percent increase in student fee rates in November 2011 to be enacted in fall 2012. The result was an undergraduate tuition fee rate for the 2012/13 academic year of $5,970. When enacted in July 2012, the budget for the 2012/13 fiscal year included a potential $250 million mid-year reduction in state funding to CSU. However, when the budget was enacted, it also was premised on the passage of the November ballot initiative that would increase taxes. If the ballot measure is approved, the $250 million reduction in state funding to CSU will not occur. Additionally, the previously-approved tuition fee increase will be “bought out” with an appropriation in 2013/14, and tuition fee rates for 2012/13 will roll back to the levels in effect for the 2011/12 academic year.

The table that follows shows a history of changes in CSU tuition fee rates since 2007.

Full-time Student Tuition Fee Rates (6.1 units or greater)
Fiscal
Year
Under-
graduate
Teacher
Credential
Grad and Postbac Explanation of
Rate Increase
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
2012/13 $5,472 $6,348 $6,738 9.16% increase in undergraduate and graduate fees enacted in November 2011 to offset General Fund reductions. If the November 2012 ballot initiative passes, fee rates will be reset to the 2011/12 level.