When you apply for admission to the CSU through Cal State Apply you are automatically considered for an application fee waiver based on the information requested in the application.
You must fully complete the application before the fee waiver eligibility is determined.
You will see a "Check My Fee Waiver Status" link on the Submit Application tab to determine whether you are eligible for an application fee waiver.
To be considered for the application fee waiver, you must be:
Applicants who are eligible for the application fee waiver may apply to
up to four CSU campuses per application term (i.e., fall, spring).
Approved waivers are not transferrable to a future or past application term.
Be aware that the following common errors may cause an eligible applicant not to receive an application fee waiver:
Applicants who incorrectly report any of the items above will not be granted an application fee waiver.
Application Fee Waiver Checklist (PDF) for more guidance on how to avoid common errors.
The CSU does not accept College Board fee waivers, nor any other external waiver form.
If you or your family have experienced a significant change in income between your 2019 income, reported on your application, and 2020 you may qualify for an application fee waiver appeal. You can start the appeal process by completing the
Fee Waiver Appeal Form. Fee waiver appeals are handled by the individual California State University campuses. You need to submit the form to each campus(es) that you are interested in applying. The campus can then determine if you qualify and provide you the next steps in the process. Contact information for campuses can be found at:
Application fee waivers and appeals are provided only to undergraduate first-time freshman and transfer applicants who qualify and consider California their permanent home.