State law mandates five systemwide tuition fee waiver programs, with the newest program created in September 2018 for foster youth:
The CSU also offers systemwide tuition fee waivers for employees and their dependents pursuant to collective bargaining agreements, executive orders and CSU policy. Other discretionary tuition and fee waiver 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 2017-18, 15,383 tuition fee waivers were granted to CSU students, totaling approximately $76.2 million in waived tuition. The state has not provided any General Fund support for any CSU tuition waiver program since 1992-93.