2016/17 Supplemental Documentation

Financial Aid and Tuition Rates

Historical Tuition Rates

For the fifth consecutive year, the 2015/16 systemwide undergraduate and graduate tuition per academic year remains unchanged. Prior to this stretch, tuition increased from $1,428 in 2001/02 to $5,472 in 2011/12. For the five years from 2007/08 to 2011/12, during the years of the Great Recession, CSU was forced to increase tuition at an average rate of almost 17 percent per year (which peaked at 32 percent in 2009) to offset severe 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 increase as agreed to in the Higher Education Compact for each of those years. State funding reductions in 2008/09, as a result of the economic downturn, significantly impacted the CSU and led to two tuition increases in 2009/10. In June 2010, CSU approved a tuition 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 increase of 5 percent was later approved.

Two separate reductions of state appropriations to the CSU, totaling $750 million in the 2011/12 fiscal year, resulted in the approval of a 10 percent increase in tuition rates in November 2010, followed by a second increase of 12 percent above the November tuition rates in July 2011. The result was an undergraduate tuition rate of $5,472 for the 2011/12 academic year, which remains the current tuition level.

While the Board of Trustees approved a 9.16 percent increase in student fee rates in November 2011 for the 2012/13 academic year, voter approval of Proposition 30 in November 2012 and increased tax revenues allowed the state to “buy out” the previously-approved tuition increase in 2012/13. Tuition rates thus remained unchanged from the 2011/12 academic year and have not changed since.

Under the Governor’s Multi-Year Funding Plan for the CSU, the state committed to increased funding for the CSU from 2013/14 through 2018/19. Based on the state's direction, the CSU has kept tuition flat.

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 rates
2008/09 $3,048 $3,540 $3,756 10% increase in undergraduate and graduate rates to offset General Fund reductions
2009/10 $4,026 $4,674 $4,962 10% increase in undergraduate and graduate rates in May 2009 and 20% increase in undergraduate and graduate rates in July 2009 to offset General Fund reductions
2010/11 $4,440 $5,154 $5,472 Annualized Spring 2011 Rates - 5% increase in undergraduate and graduate rates in June 2010 and 5% increase in undergraduate and graduate rates in November 2010
2011/12 $5,472 $6,348 $6,738 10% increase in undergraduate and graduate rates enacted in November 2010 and additional 12% increase in rates in July 2011 based on 2011 Final Budget General Fund reductions
2012/13 $5,472 $6,348 $6,738 9.16% increase in undergraduate and graduate tuition enacted in November 2011 to offset General Fund reductions. With Proposition 30 passage in November 2012, 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
2015/16 $5,472 $6,348 $6,738 No change in fee rates