Capital Projects Funding and Fees

Cash Management

The primary objective of the CPDC Capital Projects Cash Management website (CSU staff only; login required) is to provide one location for all capital project approvals (BOT or Delegated), and allocations for the academic capital program. 

The site includes Allocation (AO) and Cash Posting (CPO) orders and supporting attachments, including the cash transfer letters (CSU staff only; login required) project cashflow form, and relevant systemwide memoranda and Board of Trustees capital outlay resolutions. These can be found on the site under "Resources" (CSU staff only; login required). 

Information on spend-down requirements for tax-exempt bonds, expiring and reversion dates for state appropriations, and record-retention guidelines is included as well.

Project Types:

Academic Projects: Includes both academic and instructional support campus structures, including administration, library and student administration buildings; classrooms; and infrastructure improvements.

Self-Support Projects: Includes all auxiliary enterprise programs, such as parking, housing, extended education, student union, health facilities projects. This also includes auxiliary organization, public-private partnerships, and donor- and grant-funded projects.

The quarterly CPDC Cash Flow Form is required to secure short- and long-term financing and should be submitted to CPDC planners and the department of Financing & Treasury at the CSU Chancellor's Office.

Funding Types and Spending Hierarchy for Multi-Funded Projects:

In order to meet the reporting requirements outlined in chapter 15, campuses should spend based on availability of money and utilize a spending hierarchy to meet spending benchmarks. Below is an illustration of a recommended spending priority.

Financed funding: Includes  - http://calstate.edu/FT:

Commercial Paper (CP) – Short-Term Financing

​The CSU implemented a tax-exempt commercial paper program as bridge funding until SRB are sold.  The CP program is focused on providing a cost-effective financing vehicle to complement the existing long term financing program.

​Tax-Exempt: These funds should be spent first to meet the IRS spending requirements.

​Taxable: While taxable bonds do not have IRS spenddown requirements, there is a cost of borrowing. Campuses are advised to spend taxable bond proceeds in a timely manner.

CSU Systemwide Revenue Bonds (SRB) – Long-Term Financing

Systemwide Revenue Bonds (SRB) issued by the Board of Trustees is the primary source of financing for academic facilities renewal and capital improvement projects. Operating funds are set aside and approved by the Board of Trustees to pay for the debt service on SRB long-term financing which may be augmented by commercial paper (CP) short-term financing.

Tax-Exempt: These funds should be spent first to meet the IRS spending requirements. Refer to the AO for requirements.


​Taxable: While taxable bonds do not have IRS spenddown requirements, there is a cost of borrowing. Campuses are advised to spend taxable bond proceeds in a timely manner.


State General Obligation Bonds

The cash for capital projects funded from general obligation bonds is disbursed from the proceeds of bond sales. Not currently active 


Public Works Board (lease revenue bond) -  State Sponsored Long Term Debt - Not currently active



Non-financed funding includes:

General Fund Deferred Maintenance: As part of the governor's budget, the state has appropriated general funds to the CSU for deferred maintenance projects pre-approved by the California Department of Finance. Appropriated funds from the Budget Act: Campuses need to evaluate if a project has General Fund appropriation(s) with earlier available to or reversion dates than bond funds. If so, the timing in the spending of these funds needs to be coordinated with the timing in the spending of the bond funds.

Cash/Short Term Investments: Use of short term investments should be used AFTER all debt proceeds are expended; 2) use to fund preliminary plans and working drawings  2.) used to float capital projects costs until the SCO claim is received, and 3) as required by EO 994, to set aside reserves to fund future project costs for university facilities and infrastructure improvements. The reserve can also fund cost overruns or contractor claims.

Systemwide Reserves (PayGo) - (CSU)

Campus Reserves (Campus - M & Campus -I)

​​​Revenue: Current year student tuition fee revenue

​Reserves: An accumulated net carryforward of revenue less expenses, or net income (equity)

​​Interest earnings: Earnings on tuition fees

​​Supplemental Funding: Additional money earning a higher rate of return than SWFIT and SMIF. Usually held with the Auxiliary Organization (aka Foundation) such as donor funds.

CPDC Administrative Fee

As outlined in Chapter 23, Campus facilities may charge a project administrative fee, within the limits approved in the project budget, for administering capital projects.

SImilarly, CPDC assesses Capital Projects Management fee, a Builders Risk Insurance Program (BRIP) premium, an Owner-Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) premium, and a seismic insurance premium once the project is enrolled in the insurance program, typically at the time of awarding construction. 

The funds are budgeted in CPDC Form 2-7 (Capital Outlay Estimate, State- and Campus-Funded) Construction Cost Estimate under Campus Contract Management Service line 8C (CPDC Administrative Fee) and lines 12a and 12b (BRIP/Seismic and OCIP). The fee falls under the Construction phase.

CPDC Fee Schedule 
This schedule applies to all projects approved by the Board of ​Trustees, whether approved via the annual capital outlay program or delegated approval.
Primary Project Type 
Secondary Factor: Funding Type
CPDC Fee %
AcademicDesignated campus or CSU reserves; state-appropriated deferred maintenance0.0%
(no action required by CSU Chancellor's Office Financial Department)
Academic/Self-SupportMix of funding typespro rata % split
Self-SupportFinancing, auxiliary organization, auxiliary enterprise, (student union, housing, parking, etc.), public-private partnership0.5%
(no action required by CSU Chancellor's Office Financial Department)
Self-SupportDesignated auxiliary organization and auxiliary enterprise reserves for deferred maintenance0.0%