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Category I fees are mandatory fees, are charged at the same rate and for the same purpose at all campuses, and are controlled by the Board of Trustees. Reference: Education Code §89700, §89705; Title 5 - Chapter 1, Subchapter 5, Articles 3 & 4. The fees listed are not meant to be an all inclusive list of fees charged on campuses.
USE OF FEE
Used to support basic instruction and other mandatory university costs. Includes Undergraduate, Graduate, Post-Bac, Credential and the Education Doctorate
NON-RESIDENT TUITION FEE
Charged to non-resident students, to cover the full cost of education. No state support is provided for non-resident students
Charged when a student applies, to fund the cost of the application review and acceptance process
PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM FEE
Charged only to students enrolled in specific Graduate Professional Business programs
Systemwide mandatory 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.
The Board of Trustees provides policy guidance for all matters pertaining to student fees and has authority for the establishment, oversight and adjustment of Category I fees. The Chancellor and Presidents cannot establish or adjust Category I fees, unless specific delegation is given by the Board.
The addition of Category I fees, or adjustment of existing Category I fees can happen only after approval by the board of trustees. An agenda item is presented to the Committee on Finance for discussion and a vote. After the committee on finance votes, that recommendation is presented to the full board for their approval. Category I fees are applied the same way at all campuses.
Category II fees are Campus-based mandatory fees required for enrollment, under the authority of the President once established by the Chancellor. References: Education Code §89300, §89230, §89721, §89304; Title 5 - Chapter 1, Subchapter 5, Article 3. The fees listed are not meant to be an all inclusive list of fees charged on campuses.
USE OF FEE
HEALTH FACILITIES FEE
Charged to support a health center facility
HEALTH SERVICES FEE - (Except CSU Monterey Bay & Maritime Academy)
Charged to all students, to make a basic concert of campus based health services available
ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY FEE
Ed Code 89300 - collected for and controlled by the ASI
UNIVERSITY UNION FEE
Fee paid to help support the university union facility.
MATERIALS SERVICES AND FACILITIES FEE (when mandatory)
Mandatory fee that covers various services, facilities or materials made available to all students as a part of the overall university experience
INSTRUCTIONALLY RELATED ACTIVITIES FEE
Ed Code 89721 - for Instructionally related activities as authorized by the trustees
ORIENTATION FEE (if mandatory)
Charged when a student first enrolls, and is mandatory for registration.
ANY OTHER MANDATORY FEE (athletics, recreation, transit etc.)
Any other mandatory fee required to enroll or attend the university.
Campus mandatory fees that must be paid to enroll in or attend the university.
The chancellor is delegated authority for the establishment, oversight and adjustment of Category II fees.
The president is delegated authority for the oversight and adjustment of Category II fees. The president is not delegated authority to establish Category II fees.
The president is responsible for assuring that appropriate and meaningful consultation occurs prior to adjusting any fee and before requesting that the chancellor establish a new Category II or Category III fee.
Appropriate and meaningful consultation with campus constituencies regarding Category II fees and the use of fee revenue is critical to assure that the delegated authority is exercised in a manner that is consistent with policies adopted by the board.
An advisory student referendum is the preferred method of measuring student support prior to adjusting a Category II fee or requesting the chancellor to establish a new Category II fee but is subject to the exception described in B-2. The referendum may be conducted by the campus or the student body association.
If it is determined that a referendum is not the best mechanism for appropriate and meaningful consultation, and is not required by Education Code, an alternative consultation process may be utilized.
For detail on student referendum, and alternative consultation, refer to EO 1102.
Category III includes only miscellaneous course fees for state-support instruction. Reference: Education Code §89721. The fees listed are not meant to be an all inclusive list of fees charged on campuses.
REGULAR COURSE FEES < $150
Charged to provide consumable materials or services to students that supplement the basic curriculum (approved by EO 1034)
REGULAR COURSE FEES > $150
Requires approval from the Chancellor after justification for the higher fee is found necessary for the learning objectives of the class
FIELD TRIP COURSE FEES < $3,000
Charged when basic field trips or travel are necessary (approved by EO 1034)
FIELD TRIP COURSE FEES > $3,000
Fees associated with state-supported courses. Specifically for materials and services used in concert with the basic foundation of an academic course offering. Also referred to as Miscellaneous Course Fees.
The chancellor is delegated authority for the establishment, oversight and adjustment of Category III fees.
The president is delegated authority for the oversight and adjustment of III fees. The president is not delegated authority to establish all Category III fees, however, the president does have authority to establish Category III fees within a range pre-established by the chancellor. EO 1102.
Section VI.C.6 of EO 1102 allows campus presidents to establish and adjust Category III Miscellaneous Course Fees within two ranges: Up to $150 for traditional classroom instruction, and up to $3000 for courses that require field trips or travel off campus. The president is responsible for assuring that appropriate and meaningful consultation occurs prior to establishing any fee within these ranges adjusting any fee and must consult with the campus fee advisory committee prior to establishing or adjusting fees.
Category IV fees are fees for services, use of facilities, or fines, that are collected and managed through state-supported operations. Reference: Education Code §89721. The fees listed are not meant to be an all inclusive list of fees charged on campuses.
USE OF FEE
CATEGORY IV FEES - CSU Fund 485 Only
ALCOHOL & SUBSTANCE ABUSE FEE
Charged to students required to take alcohol and substance abuse seminars or workshops
ALUMNI PLACEMENT FEE
Used as part of university alumni programs
AUGMENTED HEALTH SERVICES FEE
Charges for specific tests / services / prescriptions above what is covered by the mandatory health services fee.
CAMPUS GENERAL CATALOG FEE
Charge for providing the campus catalog
CAMPUS POLICE REPORT FEE
Charged when a police report is filed
CHECK RETURN FEE
Fine charged if a check is returned for non-sufficient funds
Used primarily by education schools to evaluate credential candidates
CREDIT CARD TRANSACTION DISHONORED VOUCHER FEE
Fine for non-sufficient funds when using a credit card
Charge for printing/providing a diploma upon graduation
ENROLLMENT CONFIRMATION DEPOSIT
Used to hold a spot in an incoming freshman or transfer class, non-refundable deposit which will be applied toward first quarter/semester SUF when the student enrolls
FAILURE TO MEET ADMINISTRATIVELY REQUIRED APPOINTMENT OR TIME LIMIT FEE
Fine for missing a university appointment or deadline - charged by various departments on campus (counseling center, career center, health center etc.).
Charged to administer livescan or other fingerprinting process on campus
GRADUATION OR COMMENCEMENT FEE
Charged to offset the costs of graduation and commencement
ID CARD FEE
University One card fee - if not mandatory
ID CARD FINE
Replacement fees/fines for university one card
Charged when an installment payment plan is agreed to between a student and the university
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM/STUDY ABROAD
Charged for non-course related international programs, or study abroad opportunities
ITEM LOST OR BROKEN FEE
Charged for any number of items rented from the university; laptops, lockers, keys etc.
Used for late payments in various departments on campus, library, registrar, etc.
Charged for various fines, or fees associated with regular library use, or overdue charges
LOCK AND LOCKER FEE
Charged for use of locks or lockers in university buildings, recreation centers etc.
MATERIAL SERVICES & FACILITIES FEE (NON-MANDATORY)
Any fee for use of materials, services or facilities on campus that is not considered a mandatory fee to enroll. Specific names can be used - though they may still fall into this category
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT AND AUDIO VISUAL EQUIPMENT FEE
For rental and use of university owned instruments or other equipment
ORIENTATION FEE (NON-MANDATORY)
Charged for participation in orientation programs that are not required for enrollment (if required, category II).
REFUND ADMINISTRATIVE CHARGE FEE
Charged when a refund must be processed
SPECIAL EXAMINATION FEE
Charged to administer special exams, such as placement or progress exams, or assessments for various campus programs. Not linked with a course
SPECIAL TEST MATERIAL FEE
Charged when special materials are required for exams outside of regular course offerings.
STUDENT PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE
Can be charged in conjunction with a course offering Service Learning or other insurance needs. Often charged as a course fee, but can be category IV as well.
THESIS BINDING FEE
Charged for thesis binding - sometimes required of specific programs.
TRANSCRIPT OR RECORD FEE
Fees charged for the printing, mailing or expediting of transcripts
Charged when a student withdrawals from a course during the withdrawal period at the beginning of a semester/quarter
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.
The president is delegated authority for the establishment, oversight and adjustment of Category IV fees.
A university department needing to charge a Category IV fee, or have an existing fee adjusted, will present a proposal to the president that includes the revenue and expenditure plan, and the reasons the fee or fine is necessary. The president can then approve the fee, or make the needed adjustment. The president will then notify the campus fee advisory committee. The fee advisory committee may be consulted prior to making a decision, but the consultation is not required.
Category V fees are any fees charged by self-support operations on campus including parking, housing or extended education. Reference: Education Code §89701, §89701.5, §89703, §89704; Title 5 - Chapter 1, Subchapter 5, Articles 5 & 6. The fees listed are not meant to be an all inclusive list of fees charged on campuses.
USE OF FEE
Fees charged for various parking plans, and fines for parking violations
These object codes can be used in Parking funds to record installment charges, campus collection cost, revenue from Late charge.
580006 580008 580009
Fees charged in association with Housing programs
These object codes can be used in Housing funds to record installment charges, campus collection cost, revenue from Late charge.
CONTINUING/ EXTENTED EDUCATION FEES/FINES
All fees for Extended Ed Courses, Special Session Program and other extension programs
Continuing Education - Fees and Fines (new - 2011)
Fees paid to self-support programs such as Extended Education, Parking and Housing including materials and services fees, user fees, fines, deposits.
The president is delegated authority for the establishment, oversight and adjustment of Category V fees.
A university department needing to charge a Category V fee, or have an existing fee adjusted, will present a proposal to the president that includes the revenue and expenditure plan, and the reasons the fee or fine is necessary. The president can then approve the fee, or make the needed adjustment. The president will then notify the campus fee advisory committee.
The Student Involvement and Representation Fee (SIRF) is a voluntary student fee that will expand opportunities for student involvement and representation on issues of importance. Revenues from the fee will support student leadership, involvement, governance, and advocacy programs managed by the CSSA.
The Board of Trustees provides policy guidance for all matters pertaining to student fees and has authority for the establishment of Category VI fees. The Chancellor is delegated authority for the oversight and inflationary adjustment of this fee.
The Chancellor shall consult with the CSSA prior to any Category VI Student Involvement and Representation Fee adjustments. Any decision to adjust the fee shall be reported to the Board of Trustees prior to its scheduled adjustment.