University Budget Office

Student Fees

Student Fees consist of a systemwide State Tuition Fee and various campus mandatory fees that students must pay to enroll in the University. If you have any questions regarding your Student Account(opens in new window) or would like to pay your student fees please contact Student Financial Services(opens in new window).

2019/2020 Tuition
UnitsUndergraduateCredentialGraduate
0 - 6.0 Units$2,699.00$2,966.00$3,116.00
6.1 + Units$3,905.00$4,364.00$4,622.00

Select a fiscal year to view the CSU, Chico mandatory fees for enrollment.

2019/2020  (PDF)     Fall 2018 (PDF)        Spring 2019 (PDF)        2017/2018 (PDF)        2016/2017 (PDF)        2015/2016 (PDF)       

In spring 2018, updates were made to the Health Services Fee, Athletics Fee, and the Student Learning Fee and are outlined on the Campus Fee Adjustments website.

Campus Fee Advisory Committee (CFAC)

Authorized by  Executive Memorandum 11-045(opens in new window), the  Campus Fee Advisory Committee(opens in new window) (CFAC) is charged with reviewing proposals to modify existing or establish new student fees for the purpose of providing advice to the campus president. The president is responsible for consulting the committee prior to implementing changes to campus mandatory student fees. The Provost consults with CFAC in the review of student learning fee proposals and the final determination of awards given. 

Fee Categories

Student fees at all CSU campuses are governed by Executive Order 1102 (PDF), which gives an overall framework and guideline for how student fees are categorized.

For further information, please click on the appropriate category below, or visit the CSU Budget Office website to read about the systemwide Fee Policy(opens in new window).

Systemwide Mandatory Tuition 

Category I fees are defined as system-wide mandatory tuition and other 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.

Graduate Business Professional Fee

Per Executive Order 1102 (PDF), Graduate Business Professional, or MBA, fees are charged on a per-unit basis for required courses in the professional master of business degree programs.

Campus Mandatory Fees 

Per Executive Order 1102, Category II fees are defined as campus mandatory fees that must be paid to enroll in or attend the university.

CSU, Chico Category II fees include:

FEE
USE OF FEE
LINKS TO FURTHER INFORMATION

Health Services

Charged to all students, to make campus-based health services available.

Student Health Center(opens in new window)

Health Facilities

Charged to support a health center facility.

Student Health Center(opens in new window)

Instructionally Related Activities (IRA)

Ed Code 89721 - for instructionally related activities as authorized by the trustees.

IRA Information(opens in new window)

Materials Services and Facilities includes Student Learning Fee (SLF), Consolidated Course Fee(CCF) 

& ID Card Fee

Mandatory fee that covers various services, facilities, or materials. (Approved by EO 1049 (PDF))

Ed Code 89700 - Official CSU, Chico identification 

Consolidated Course Fee Guidelines (PDF)

SLF Information(opens in new window)

A.S. Activity Fee

Supports student body organizations. 

Associated Students Website(opens in new window)

Student Union Fee

Supports the financing, construction, and operation of student body centers.

Bell Memorial Union (BMU)(opens in new window)

Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC)(opens in new window)

Miscellaneous Course Fees (MCF) 

Per Executive Order 1102, Category III fees are defined as fees associated with state-supported courses.  Specifically for materials and services used in concert with the basic foundation of an academic course offering.

Examples of such fees are course fees charged to provide consumable materials or services to students that supplement the basic curriculum or field trip course fees charged when basic field trips or travel are necessary.

Approved Uses and Expenditure Guidelines 

  • Materials or services with a tangible benefit.
  • Not to be charged in lieu of classroom and laboratory supplies and materials or any other supplies necessary to equip laboratory space to complement classroom course instruction.
  • Charged only for the actual cost of the material or service being provided.
  • Administrative charges cannot be added.

Fee Request Guidelines and Submission Requirements 

Fee TypeAmountApproved by:
Materials & Services<$150Campus President
Materials & Services>$150Chancellor
Field Trips & Travel<$3000Campus President
Field Trips & Travel>$3000Chancellor

Process to Establish/Adjust*

Please contact the University Budget Office for the Category III - Miscellaneous Course Fee Request Form and guidance on establishing or adjusting student fees.

  • The request form consists of 3 components:
    • MCF1: Course fee description and approval signatures.
    • MCF2: Statement of projected revenues and expenses for the first 3 years of the fee
    • MCF3: Estimated travel expenses for fees involving travel or field trips
  • Once complete, the request is routed in the following order for approval:
    1. Department Chair
    2. College Dean/Appropriate Administrator
    3. Provost 
    4. University Budget Office
    5. CFAC review and recommendation to the President and Chief Financial Officer
    6. Chief Financial Officer and President approve or deny the request

*EO 1049 (PDF) established a new Category II fee at CSU, Chico that consolidated the majority of our 300 individual miscellaneous course fees. The Consolidated Course Fee (PDF) provides an annual allocation to colleges so they have more flexibility in covering course related expenditures as well as reducing the administrative burden of managing 300 individual fees. The campus will consider proposals for individual miscellaneous course fees if they are a costly field trip, or for specialized materials/services related to a course (using $200 as a guide) that shouldn't be paid by all students.

Administrative 

Per Executive Order 1102, Category IV fees are defined as 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.

Examples of such fees are check return fees, diploma fees, lost/broken item fees, transcript fees, withdrawal fees, etc.

Fee Request Guidelines and Submission Requirements

Approving Authority

  • Fees are approved by the President after review by the Vice President for Business and Finance.
  • Must be authorized in writing.
  • Fee establishments and adjustments must be reported to CFAC at the first CFAC meeting following the establishment or adjustment of the fee.

Process to Establish/Adjust

  • Please contact the University Budget Office for the Category IV - Campus Fee Request Form and guidance on establishing or adjusting student fees.
    • The request form consists of 2 components:
      • CFR1: Fee description, details, and necessary signatures.
      • CFR2: Fee budget of planned revenues and expenditures.
    • Once complete, the request is routed in the following order for approval:
      1. Department Chair
      2. College Dean/Appropriate Administrator
      3. Provost 
      4. University Budget Office
      5. Chief Financial Officer and President approve or deny the request

Self Support Programs 

Per Executive Order 1102, Category V fees are defined as fees paid to self-support programs such as extended education, Cal State Online extended education offerings, parking, and housing including materials and service fees, user fees, fines, and deposits.  Self-support programs are defined as those not receiving state general fund appropriations; instead, fees are collected to pay the full cost of a program.  Costs of self-support instructional programs include support and development of the academic quality of the university.

Examples of such fees are extended education, housing and food service, and parking fees.

Fee Request Guidelines and Submission Instructions 

Approving Authority

  • Fees are approved by the President after review by the Vice President for Business and Finance.
  • Must be authorized in writing.
  • Fee establishments and adjustments must be reported to CFAC at the first CFAC meeting following the establishment or adjustment of the fee.

Process to Establish/Adjust

Please contact the University Budget Office for the Category V - Campus Fee Request Form and guidance on establishing or adjusting student fees. 

  • The request consists of 2 components:
    • CFR1: Fee description, details, and necessary signatures.
    • CFR2: Fee budget of planned revenues and expenditures
  • Once complete, the request is routed in the following order for approval:
    1. Department Chair
    2. College Dean/Appropriate Administrator
    3. Provost 
    4. University Budget Office
    5. Chief Financial Officer and President approve or deny the request

Systemwide Voluntary Fees 

Per Executive Order 1102, Category VI fees are defined as systemwide voluntary fees.  This fee category has been newly added effective Fall 2015.

A current example of this fee is the Student Involvement and Representation Fee.

  • Fees are developed, reviewed, approved, and established by the Chancellor's Office.
  • Collection of the fee shall occur twice annually in the fall and spring academic terms.
  • Each time the fee is assessed, students shall be provided a clear and unambiguous means to decline the payment of the fee.

Current and historical system-wide tuition fee information can be found on the CSU Budget Office Fee Schedule(opens in new window). For current year Student Fees please see the Fee Index (PDF)

An annual report of student fee revenue is submitted to the Chancellor's Office and the Campus Fee Advisory Committee each year. These reports can be found on our Transparency & Reporting website under Student Fees(opens in new window).

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 fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change 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, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).