Tuition rates are set at the system level. All CSU campuses charge the same base tuition rate annually, but each campus varies in what it charges for its mandatory campus-based fees. Students must pay both the systemwide tuition and campus fees to enroll.
Campus-based fees are assessed at the recommendation of the campus. These funds are paid, held and managed at the campus for local priorities and can fund student government and advocacy, student union facilities, recreation centers, health services, scholarships and student research grants, among others.
Campus-based mandatory fees fall into four main types:
Student Success Fees fall under materials, services or use of campus facilities to enhance academic programs, improve the availability of courses, facilitate student progress toward degree completion and enhance the quality of the campus experience for students.
Student Success Fees enhance the learning experience beyond the basic level of access ensured by state and tuition funding. They may cover mental-health programs, peer-to-peer advising, library resources or career programs. They may even provide for essential amenities — like a study space with internet connectivity.
Other examples include expanding library hours, expanding services for disabled students and veterans, hiring additional faculty and academic counselors, adding and outfitting additional laboratory space, enhancing the technology infrastructure, and funding capital improvements including library expansion projects.
All fees are governed by policy, with every effort made to keep student costs to a minimum. Financial aid may be available depending on the individual needs of the student.
The campus community determines the need for a Student Success Fee and how the fee revenue may be used to improve the quality of academic programs or the student experience.
Student Success Fee proposals are brought before the student body for rigorous consultation and then approved by the students with a binding student vote by simple majority. If the proposed Student Success Fee is accepted by the majority of the students voting, it is then passed to the campus president for approval, and the Chancellor for final approval.
The Chancellor takes all things into consideration, including the anticipated state budget and the services the fee will provide.
Reference » AB 1000 (2015); SB 1171 Sec. 78 (2015)