Six mandatory resident tuition waiver programs exist under current state law:
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 and older or certain study abroad students.
In 2020-21, 15,053 tuition waivers were granted to CSU students, totaling approximately $75.9 million. The state has not provided any General Fund support for any CSU tuition waiver program since 1992-93.