Under current state law, there are six mandatory resident tuition waiver programs:
The CSU also offers systemwide tuition waivers for employees and their dependents pursuant to collective bargaining agreements and CSU policy. Other discretionary tuition and fee waiver and exchange programs have been established by the CSU Board of Trustees and California statute for programs such as high school students participating in special programs, California residents age 60 or older or certain study abroad students.
In 2018-19, 15,529 tuition waivers were granted to CSU students, totaling approximately $76.8 million in waived tuition. The state has not provided any General Fund support for any CSU tuition waiver program since 1992-93.