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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fee Information

CSU Fee Disclaimer

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fee, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees.

Schedule of Fees, 2015-2016

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All Students

Application Fee (nonrefundable), payable by check or money order at time application is made: $55

Tuition and Campus-Based Fees

  • Tuition Fee
  • Student Involvement and Representation Fee (optional fee)
  • Campus-Based Fees
    • Associated Student Body Fee
    • Campus Union Fee
    • Consolidated Course Fee
    • Health Center Fee
    • Health Facilities Fee
    • Instructionally Related Activities Fee
    • Student ID Card Fee
    • Student Success Fee
    • TITAN Participation Fee

Professional Program Fee

The Professional Program Fee is paid on a per unit basis in addition to basic tuition fees and campus-based fees for the following graduate business programs:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) program in Accountancy
  • Master of Science (M.S.) program in Information Systems
  • Master of Science (M.S.) program in Taxation

Nonresident Students (U.S. and Foreign)

Nonresident Tuition (in addition to basic tuition fees and other systemwide fees charged to all students) for all campuses:

The total nonresident tuition paid per term will be determined by the number of units taken.

Mandatory systemwide fees are waived for those individuals who qualify for such exemption under the provisions of the California Education Code (see section on fee waivers).

Students are charged campus fees in addition to tuition fees and other systemwide fees. Information on campus fees can be found by visiting the Student Financial Services website at sfs.fullerton. edu/feeinformation/default.asp.

Category I Fees

Systemwide mandatory tuition and fees that must be paid to apply to, enroll in, or attend the University, or to pay the full cost of instruction required of some students by statute.

Category II Fees

Campus mandatory fees that must be paid to enroll in or attend the University.

Category III Fees

Fees associated with state-supported courses. Specifically for materials and services used in concert with the basic foundation of an academic course offering.

Category IV Fees

Fees, other than Category II or III fees, paid to receive materials, services, or for the use of facilities provided by the University; and fees or deposits to reimburse the University for additional costs resulting from dishonored payments, late submissions, or misuse of property or as a security or guaranty.

Category V Fees

Fees paid to self-support programs such as Extended Education, Parking and Housing including materials and services fees, user fees, fines and deposits.

Alan Pattee Scholarships

Children of deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression employees who were California residents and who were killed in the course of law enforcement or fire suppression duties are not charged systemwide tuition or fees of any kind at any California State University campus, according to the Alan Pattee Scholarship Act, Education Code Section 68120. Students are responsible for campus fees. Students qualifying for these benefits need to contact the Admissions/Registrar’s Office, which determines eligibility.

Fee Payment

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover credit cards and ACH (e-check) from savings or checking accounts may be used for payment of student fees. Payments may be made online by logging into Titan Online via your student portal at and click on “Student Center.” Select “Account Inquiry” to view any current balances due and follow the instructions to “Make a Payment.” For other payment options please go to the Student Financial Services website at

ID Card

The campus ID card, the TitanCard, incorporates multiple applications into a single card. The TitanCard, which bears the user’s photograph, signature and CSUF logo, is designed to be the student’s permanent ID card with electronic validation occurring each semester of enrollment. The card permits easy access to University facilities and services including the Pollak Library, recreation activities, several Student Affairs offices, Athletic ticket office, Titan Shops, dining and vending services, computer labs, student elections, etc. TitanTender is the debit account portion of the TitanCard, reducing the need to carry cash on campus. The card can also serve as a long distance calling card and ATM card.

Fees Waivers and Exemptions

The California Education Code for the waiver of mandatory systemwide fees as follows:

Section 66025.3

Qualifying children, spouses/registered domestic partners, or unmarried surviving spouses/registered domestic partners of a war period veteran of the U.S. military who is totally service connected disabled or who died as a result of service-related causes; children of any veteran of the U.S. military who has a service-connected disability, was killed in action, or died of a service-connected disability and meets specified income provisions; any dependents or surviving spouse/registered domestic partner who has not remarried of a member of the California National Guard who in the line of duty and in active service of the state was killed or became permanently disabled or died of a disability as a result of an event while in active service of the state; and undergraduate students who are the recipient of or the child of a recipient of a Congressional Medal of Honor and meet certain age and income restrictions.

Section 68120

Qualifying children and surviving spouses/registered domestic partners of deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression employees who were California residents and who were killed in the course of active law enforcement or fire suppression duties (referred to as Alan Pattee Scholarships).

Section 68121

Qualifying students enrolled in an undergraduate program who are the surviving dependent of any individual killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in southwestern Pennsylvania, if the student meets the financial need requirements set forth in Section 69432.7 for the Cal Grant A Program and either the surviving dependent or the individual killed in the attacks was a resident of California on September 11, 2001. Students who may qualify for these benefits should contact the Admissions/Registrar’s Office for further information and/or an eligibility determination.

Section 68122

Students who are victims of trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes who have been granted T or U visa status are exempt from paying nonresident tuition if they (1) attended high school in California for three or more years; (2) graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent; and (3) registered as an entering student or are currently enrolled at a CSU campus.

Section 68130.5

Students who are not residents of California are exempt from paying nonresident tuition if they (1) attended high school in California for three or more years; (2) graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent; and (3) registered as an entering student or are currently enrolled at a CSU campus. In addition, students without lawful immigration status will be required to file an affidavit stating that they have filed an application to legalize their immigration status, or will file an application as soon as they are eligible to do so. This exemption from paying nonresident tuition does not apply to students who are nonimmigrant aliens within the meaning of 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15), except as provided by Section 68122 above.

Refund of Mandatory Fees, Including Nonresident Tuition

Regulations governing the refund of mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, for students enrolling at the California State University are included in Section 41802 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations. For purposes of the refund policy, mandatory fees are defined as those systemwide and campus fees that are required to be paid in order to enroll in state-supported academic programs at the California State University. Refunds of fees and tuition charges for self-support, special session, and extended education programs or courses at the California State University are governed by a separate policy established by the University.

 In order to receive a full refund of mandatory fees, less an administrative charge established by the campus, including nonresident tuition, a student must cancel registration or drop all courses prior to the first day of instruction for the term. Information on procedures and deadlines for canceling registration and dropping classes is available in the online Class Schedule or Student Financial Services website at

For state-supported semesters, quarters, and non-standard terms or courses of four (4) weeks or more, a student who withdraws during the term in accordance with the University’s established procedures or drops all courses prior to the campus-designated drop period will receive a refund of mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, based on the portion of the term during which the student was enrolled. No student withdrawing after the 60 percent point in the term will be entitled to a refund of any mandatory fees or nonresident tuition.

 A student who, within the campus designated drop period and in accordance with the campus procedures, drops units resulting in a lower tuition and/or mandatory fee obligation shall be entitled to a refund of applicable tuition and mandatory fees less an administrative charge established by the campus.

 For state-supported non-standard terms or courses of less than four (4) weeks, no refunds of mandatory fees and nonresident tuition will be made unless a student cancels registration or drops all classes, in accordance with the University’s established procedures and deadlines, prior to the first day of instruction for state-supported non-standard terms or courses or prior to the first meeting for courses of less than four (4) weeks.

Students will also receive a refund of mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, under the following circumstances:

  • The fees were assessed or collected in error;
  • The course for which the fees were assessed or collected was cancelled by the university;
  • The University makes a delayed decision that the student was not eligible to enroll in the
  • term for which mandatory fees were assessed and collected and the delayed decision was not
  • due to incomplete or inaccurate information provided by the student; or
  •  The student was activated for compulsory military service.

Students who are not entitled to a refund as described above may petition the University for a refund demonstrating exceptional circumstances and the chief financial officer of the University or designee may authorize a refund if he or she determines that the fees and tuition were not earned by the University.

Information concerning any aspect of the refund of fees may be obtained from Student Financial Services, University Hall 180, 657-278-2495.

Services supported by Tuition Fees

Undergraduate, Credential Program, Graduate/Post-Baccalaureate and Doctorate Tuition Fees provides financing for the following student services:

  • Social and Cultural Development Activities - Provides for the coordination of various student activities, student organizations, student government and cultural programs
  • Counseling - Includes the cost of counselors’ salaries and clerical support, plus operating expenses and equipment
  • Testing - Covers the cost of test officers, psychometrists, clerical support, operating expenses and equipment
  • Placement - Provides career information to students and faculty for academic program planning and employment information to graduates and students
  • Financial Aid Administration - Includes the cost of the counseling and business services provided in connection with the financial aid programs
  • Health Services - Provides health services to students and covers the cost of salaries of medical officers and nurses and related clerical and technical personnel, as well as operating expenses and equipment
  • Housing - Supports personnel who provide housing information and monitor housing services available to students
  • Student Affairs Administration - Covers 50 percent of the cost of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, which has responsibility for the overall administration of student services

Typical Student Expenses 2014-2015

Typical school year budgets for California residents vary widely. Room and board allowances for nine months range from $4,596 for students living at home to $13,510 for students living on campus and $12,924 for students living off campus. The allowance for books and supplies is $1,806. Total yearly costs include allowances for tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses and range from $15,572 for a student living at home to $24,386 for a student living on campus and $23,900 for a student living off campus. Non-resident students must also allow for non-resident tuition fees in addition to the costs listed above. Further details on student costs are available from the Office of Financial Aid (University Hall 146).

  Commuter Dorm Apt.
Tuition Fees $6,316 $6,316 $6,316
Books & Supplies $1,806 $1,806 $1,806
Room / Board $4,596 $13,510 $12,924
Misc. $1,364 $1,364 $1,364
Transportation $1,490 $1,390 $1,490
Total $15,572 $24,386 $23,900

Procedure for the Establishmen or Abolishment of Campus-Based Mandatory Fees

The law governing the California State University provides that specific campus fees defined as mandatory, such as a student body association fee and a student body center fee, may be established. A student body association fee must be established upon a favorable vote of two-thirds of the students voting in an election held for this purpose (Education Code, Section 89300). The campus President may adjust the student body association fee only after the fee adjustment has been approved by a majority of students voting in a referendum established for that purpose. The required fee shall be subject to referendum at any time upon the presentation of a petition to the campus President containing the signatures of 10 percent of the regularly enrolled students at the University. Student body association fees support a variety of cultural and recreational programs, childcare centers, and special student support programs. A student body center fee may be established only after a fee referendum is held which approves by a two-thirds favorable vote the establishment of the fee (Education Code, Section 89304). Once bonds are issued, authority to set and adjust student body center fees is governed by provisions of the State University Revenue Bond Act of 1947, including, but not limited to, Education Code sections 90012, 90027, and 90068.

The process to establish and adjust other campus-based mandatory fees requires consideration by the campus fee advisory committee and a student referendum as established by Executive Order 1054, Section III. The campus President may use alternate consultation mechanisms if he/she determines that a referendum is not the best mechanism to achieve appropriate and meaningful consultation. Results of the referendum and the fee committee review are advisory to the campus President. The President may adjust campus-based mandatory fees but must request the Chancellor to establish a new mandatory fee. The President shall provide to the fee advisory committee a report of all campus-based mandatory fees. The campus shall report annually to the Chancellor a complete inventory of all campus-based mandatory fees.

For more information or questions, please contact the Budget Office in the CSU Chancellor’s Office at 562-951-4560.

Average Support Costs Per Full-Time Equivalent Student and Sources of Funds

The total support cost per full-time equivalent student (FTES) includes the expenditures for current operations, including payments made to students in the form of financial aid, and all fully reimbursed programs contained in state appropriations. The average support cost is determined by dividing the total cost by the number of FTES. The total CSU 2014/15 budget amounts were $2,399,439,000 from state General Fund (GF) appropriations (not including GF debt service) and before adding $71.1 million CalPERS retirement adjustment, $1,592,256,000 from tuition fee revenue and after tuition fee discounts (forgone revenue), and $453,018,000 from other fee revenues for a total of $4,444,713,000. The 2014/15 resident FTES target is 346,050 and the nonresident FTES based on past-year actual is 15,568 for a total of 361,618 FTES. The GF appropriation is applicable to resident students only whereas fee revenues are collected from resident and nonresident students. FTES is determined by dividing the total academic student load (e.g. 15 units per semester) (the figure used here to define a full-time student’s academic load).

The 2014/15 average support cost per FTES based on GF appropriation and net tuition fee revenue only is $11,324 and when including all sources as indicated below is $13,396, which includes all fee revenue (e.g. tuition fees, application fees, and other campus mandatory fees) and debt service in the CSU Operating Fund. Of this amount, the average net tuition and other fee revenue per FTES is $5,643.


2014/15 Amount Average Cost per FTES Percentage

State Appropriation (GF) 1

General Fund Debt Service2








Net Tuition Fee Revenue 3

1,592,265,000 4,390 32.8%
Other Fees Revenue3 453,018,000 1,253 9.3%
Total Support Cost 4,741,029,000 13,396 100.0%

1Represents state GF appropriation in the Budget Act of 2014/15; GF is divisible by resident students only (346,050 FTES) and does not include General Fund Debt Service.
2A major change in the CSU budget appropriation beginning in 2014/15 is the fold in of state General Obligation bond debt service expense ($197.2M) into the CSU main appropriation and movement of CSU lease revenue bonds debt service from a separately identified appropriations item to the CSU main appropriation item ($99.1M).

3Represents CSU Operating Fund, Tuition Fee and other fees revenue amounts (net of tuition fee discounts) submitted in campus August 2014/15 final budgets. Revenues are divisible by resident and nonresident students (361,618 FTES).

The average CSU 2014/15 academic year, resident, undergraduate student basic tuition fee and other mandatory fees required to apply to, enroll in, or attend the university is $6,759 ($5,472 tuition fee plus $1,287 average campus-based fees). However, the costs paid by individual students will vary depending on campus, program, and whether a student is part-time, full-time, resident, or nonresident

Parking Fees

Parking fees and penalties are available at the Parking and Transportation website or by calling 657-278-3082.

The semester parking permit fee schedule and daily parking permit rate is available at

Parking ticket information and penalties are available at