2015/16 Supplemental Documentation

Financial Aid and Tuition Rates

Historical Tuition Fee Rates

In 2014/15, CSU systemwide undergraduate, full-time tuition fee per academic year remains the same for the fourth consecutive year. Prior to this recent consistency, tuition fees increased from $1,428 in 2001/02 to $5,472 effective fall 2011. For the five years from 2007/08 to 2011/12, CSU had to increase tuition fees at an annual average rate of almost 17 percent (with a rate change high of 32 percent in 2009) to offset reductions in state General Fund support. These increases were necessary to assist with the continuing budget needs of the CSU.

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 funding reductions led to two tuition fee increases in 2009/10. In June 2010, CSU approved a tuition fee increase of 5 percent; however, when an Assembly Budget Committee proposal to provide additional state revenues was not adopted, an additional mid-year 2010/11 tuition fee increase of 5 percent was approved.

In November 2010, the Board of Trustees requested that the state buy out the need for student tuition fee increases during the 2011/12 academic year. A reduction of state appropriations to CSU by $500 million, and another $250 million of reductions for the 2011/12 fiscal year, resulted in the implementation of a 10 percent increase in student fee rates approved in November 2010 plus an increase of 12 percent above the November fee rates following the additional reductions. The result was an undergraduate tuition fee rate for the 2011/12 academic year of $5,472, which remains the current tuition fee level.

While the Board of Trustees subsequently approved a 9.16 percent increase in student fee rates in November 2011 to be enacted in fall 2012, when Proposition 30 was approved by voters in November 2012 and increased taxes, the previously-approved tuition fee increase was "bought out" with an appropriation in 2013/14. Tuition fee rates were rolled back to the levels in effect for the 2011/12 academic year, where they have remained for past three fiscal years as well.

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. With Proposition 30 passage in November 2012, fee rates were reset to the 2011/12 level.
2013/14 $5,472 $6,348 $6,738 No change in fee rates.
2014/15 $5,472 $6,348 $6,738 No change in fee rates.