Proposed Campus Fee Adjustments

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. General FAQs
  2. Health Services Fee FAQs
  3. Athletics FAQs
  4. Student Learning Fee FAQ

General FAQs

Can I opt out of the fees?

All Chico State students are required to pay these fees.

What is a Category II fee?

Category II fees are campus-based mandatory fees that must be paid to enroll in or attend the University. The category of the fee is established by the CSU Board of Trustees.

What is an alternative consultation? Why did we go down this route and not a referendum?

Alternative consultation is a process that provides an opportunity for students, through shared governance, to voice their opinions about mandatory campus-based fees. Through this process, students are engaged in conversations about the fees and have the opportunity to give their opinion, verbally or in writing.

Using the alternative consultation process is a better fit for fees associated with critical student needs such as physical, educational, and mental health. In addition, it provides an opportunity for students, through shared governance, to voice their opinions about mandatory campus-based fees. Students are engaged in conversations about the fees, are provided in-depth information, and the university can target many different constituent groups. The alternative consultation process is advisory to the President, who considers all the feedback prior to making a final decision.

When was the last time these fees were adjusted?

A 10 year history of fees at Chico State (PDF) can be found on in new window).

What is the process to get a Category II fee approved?

The university follows the process outlined in CSU Executive Order 1102(opens in new window), which addresses how fees can be adjusted on campus.

How much of the fees are set aside for Financial Aid?

Each of the proposed fees include a set aside for Financial Aid. This will allow Financial Aid to distribute funds to students who demonstrate financial need and cannot afford the fee increase (according to results provided by the FAFSA). For specific Financial Aid amounts for each fee, see the financial information.

Which student groups are you presenting to in the process?

Information will be presented to many groups on campus during the alternative consultation period. Visit the Student Presentations webpage for the detailed list.

Will there be open forums for anyone to attend?

Yes, there will be four open forums on:

Open Forum Dates, Times, and Locations
March 19:00 a.m.Kendall 207/209
March 16:00 p.m.UHUB
March 62:00 p.m.BMU 203
March 79:00 a.m.Colusa 100A

Anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

How do I voice my opinion?

Registered students will be given an opportunity to comment on the fee proposal. This means that students are provided information on the topic and receive opportunities to ask questions and give their opinion, verbally or in written form.

Students can submit their feedback about the fee adjustment in the following ways by March 16, 2018:

  • Submit feedback electronically through the portal
  • Fill out a printed comment card at one of the Open Forums on March 1, 6, or 7
  • Provide feedback at any student presentation, verbally or in writing

When will the fee increases start?

The fee increase will be effective with registration for the fall 2018 term.

What is Consumer Price Index (CPI)?

The current health services and IRA athletics fee is tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is an inflation index used as a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for goods and services. CPI has averaged 1.8% over the past 10 years.

What about distance students?

We will be meeting with the Dean of Regional and Continuing Education to discuss how we can provide better service to distance students.

How were these proposed fee adjustments calculated?

 The proposed fee adjustments were calculated after a detailed analysis of the financial activity associated with each program.  Program funding was compared to current expenses and consideration was given to future program needs.   

For our students who struggle with basic needs, are there ways these dollars can be used to help offset the challenges faced by the students?

Yes, campus-based financial aid can be used for work study and campus grants, depending on the individual student’s financial eligibility as determined by their FAFSA.  The campus also has other resources available to students who struggle with basic needs.  The campus has a Basic Needs Project Administrator that can be reached at 898-4099.  Information can also be found at the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry website.   All students facing financial hardship are encouraged to file a FAFSA and consult with the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office. 

Are scholarships and financial aid going to be increased to accommodate these changes?

If these fees are increased, they will be included in the cost of attendance and a portion of the fees collected will be made available to needy students in the form of Work-Study and campus grants based on individual eligibility.  While some students may see an increase in their financial aid, there are others who will not.      

 Are other campuses also increasing campus based fees?

 Campus-based fees for all CSUs are available online at                

 How does the timing of these proposed student fee adjustments relate to proposed tuition increases?

 The campus fee adjustments are not related to the potential tuition increase that has been discussed by the CSU Board of Trustees. 

 Which fees are covered by financial aid?

All educational expenses included in the cost of attendance, including these fees, can be paid by financial aid awards. Eligibility for aid is determined by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.

 Why do these all need to be increased at the same time? 

The proposed fee adjustments were established independently, based on current and projected needs in each of these programs.  After alternative consultation, the president will determine if adjustments will be made and to which fees. 

Why isn’t the Associated Students using its reserves to support the areas in need of the proposed fee increase?

Allocating AS reserves to support the operations of Athletics, Health Services and the Student Learning Fee is not a sustainable financial model to fund these areas.  One time allocations from AS reserves is a band aid to the ongoing required funding to support Athletics, Health Services and the Student Learning Fee.  Additionally, AS reserves exist to support future operations, programs and services so the AS can hold off on future student fee increases as long as possible.  Using AS reserves for one-time funding may place the AS in the difficult position of asking students for a fee increase sooner than later.  As well, a large portion of the Student Union/WREC fee exists to maintain the BMU and WREC and support future capital replacement costs and preventative maintenance projects.

Health Services Fee FAQs

How much is the current health services fee?

The current Student Health Service Fee is $138/semester for all students, plus an annual increase according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which has ranged from $1 to $2 over the past decade.

How much would the health services fee change? What type of changes will I see in the future?

The proposal is to increase the Student Health Service Fee by $99 per semester (excluding summer session) beginning in academic year 2018-2019. The fee will increase by $9 per semester for five years, then continue to increase by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

When was the last time this health services fee was adjusted?

The last time Chico State had a health services fee adjustment was 19 years ago. A 10 year history of fees at Chico State (PDF) can be found on in new window).

If the health services fee passes, what changes can I expect to see?

The fee adjustment will allow Student Health Services to expand clinic hours and continue to provide on-campus mental health and health care services. The Counseling and Wellness Center will add an additional staff member and the Student Health Center will fill long-open positions that include a physician, a mental health nurse practitioner (MHNP), two registered nurses and a lab scientist. An expanded staff will allow us to cut down on wait times and serve more students in need. In addition, the Student Health Center will be able to drop the $20/ per visit fee during the summer so students can be seen year-round without an additional out of pocket expense.

What will happen if the health services fee adjustment is not implemented?

If the health fee adjustment is not implemented, the Student Health Center will have to limit on-campus services. California State University Executive Order 943(opens in new window) and Executive Order 1053(opens in new window) require Student Health Services to provide basic mental health and health care services. Expanded services, such as travel medicine, physicals, case management, and mental health training, would no longer be available. In addition, some of the basic health care, such as laboratory and x-ray services, would be out-sourced and performed off-site. Without a fee adjustment, we would not be able to fill key positions or expand staff, which means we would see fewer patients with longer wait times. Students will also have fewer sessions with a counselor, making it difficult for students to get the adequate "dose" of counseling that leads to lasting change. Finally, in order to best meet student needs, we may have to reduce or eliminate our outreach programming, increasing the likelihood that the first contact a student has with a mental health professional is when they are in crisis.

Why can't the Health Center accept my health insurance to offset the fee and therefore make students pay less?

Regulations state that you cannot bill twice for any service. California State University Executive Order 943(opens in new window) indicates that all “basic” services are covered for all health-fee-paying CSU students so all “basic” services are considered covered services and thus cannot be billed to an insurance company. Regulations also indicate that the fee charged to insurance companies has to be the same charged to any non-insured person or “cash-paying” customer. For example, if we were to bill Blue Shield $300 for an elective physical, we would have to charge $300 to a non-insured student. Services that are currently free to all would then be billable to all, even those students who are uninsured, with no exceptions. Further, if we open ourselves up as contracted providers for Blue Shield or another insurance company, we have to be open to the community at large, not exclusively students.

How does our health fee compare to other CSU campuses?

Information regarding tuition and fee rates (PDF) for all campuses in the CSU system can be found on in new window).

How many students used the Health Center last year?

The Student Health Center had 29,479 provider visits last year. That number was down by about 1,800 visits in part due to the staffing shortage but also due to the increase in mental health (MH) visits, which are more complex and take 45-60 minutes. Our MH visits went up during the 2016-2017 year by almost 600 visits compared to the previous year and by almost 2,000 visits since 2011-2012.

How many students used the Counseling and Wellness Center last year?

The Counseling and Wellness Center held 5,868 individual and group counseling visits for 1,453 unique students during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Is the Health Center open to faculty and staff too?

The services provided by Student Health Services at the Student Health Center, Counseling and Wellness Center and Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center are for students only.

How long is the current wait time for walk-in appointments? Planned appointments?

Scheduled appointments at the SHC have on average a 15 day waiting period.

The SHC utilizes a triage system for their walk-in clinic and they have at least 4 dedicated providers daily for this clinic. The walk-in wait time varies depending on the time of year but generally is 2-3 hours and we often go to “emergencies only” by 10:00 am. When we go to “emergencies only” we change our triage protocol to only see critical cases (chest pain, head injuries, mental health crisis, flu symptoms with fever, asthma complications for example).

How long is the current wait time for counseling appointments?

In the fall of 2017 the average wait for an intake appointment was 14 days.

Same-day appointments are available daily but are generally filled within 15 minutes of the phone lines opening. There are also limited, first come first served crisis appointments available daily for those students who are struggling with thoughts of suicide or have recently suffered a significant loss or been the victim of a crime. These slots are heavily utilized and fill up quickly.

Has the cost of health services gone up over the years?

From 1998 to 2015 (last year of data), the cost of health care in the U.S. has risen 129%! In that time, we haven’t had an increase in the student health fee except for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustment.

How is the health center funded?

The health center is funded by student fees and does not receive state support or tuition dollars.

What would extended hours in the SHC and CWC look like?

Extended hours at the SHC would include evening hours for physicals, TB clinics, and travel medicine.  Extended hours at the CWC would include hours during the summer and evening appointments during the academic year.

How many students do we see during the summer in SHC and CWC?

Last summer there were 2,347 check-ins at the SHC and CWC.

How many positions need to be filled in the SHC?

Five positions need to be filled at the SHC.  They include medical providers, nurses, and a lab scientist.

Would the SHC be open on Fridays during the summer?

No, since the campus is closed on Fridays during the summer, the SHC will not be open.

Why is it that we don’t have even more counselors?  If the recommendation is 17, why would having 10 be enough?

10 counselors isn’t enough and this proposed fee increase moves us in the right direction of meeting the goal of 17. 

 Have we considered increasing the pharmacy costs rather than raising the fees?

 Increasing pharmacy costs were considered.  If the price of each item sold at the pharmacy was increased by $1, only about $33,000 in additional revenue would be generated, which would make up less than 2% of the total needed to cover the deficit.

 Is this fee increase a result of mismanagement of funds after the merge between the Student Health Center (SHC) and the Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC)?

No.  The CWC was strategically merged with the SHC when the University was experiencing reductions in state funding.  The purpose of combining the two departments was twofold, to maximize limited general fund resources as well as to develop a more comprehensive student health and wellness center.    

What is family PACT?

Family Pact (PDF)is a state subsidized, comprehensive family planning service for low income women and men. 

Athletics FAQs

How much is the current athletics fee?

The current Athletics Fee is $97/semester for all students, plus an annual increase according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which has ranged from $1 to $2 over the past decade.

How much would the athletics fee change? What type of changes will I see in the future?

The fee is proposed to increase by $51/semester beginning in fall 2018 with an additional $3/semester increase annually for five years. After 2023-24, the fee will increase by the application of the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The funds generated will provide operational funding for Chico State Athletics well into the future and allow for significant enhancements to the Recreational Sports program.

Students can expect the following impacts from the fee adjustment:

  • Continuation of our competitively successful Intercollegiate Athletics with a sustainable operating budget to meet the needs of the program
  • Continued free admission to all home athletic events for regularly enrolled students
  • Expanded Intramural Sports programming including increased night and weekend programming opportunities
  • Increased funding available for Sport Club budgets
  • Increased resources to maintain student employment levels in Recreational Sports
  • Funding for an athletic training position to address the health and safety requirement for Sport Club student-athletes

When was the last time this athletics fee was adjusted?

The last adjustment occurred in 2002 when students voted to approve a one-time base increase of $5. Additionally, a 10 year history of fees at Chico State (PDF) can be found on in new window).

What will happen if the athletics fee adjustment is not implemented?

If the fee adjustment is not made now, Athletic funds will be exhausted and the current funding model will not be enough to sustain the minimum level required for continued NCAA Division II membership. Therefore, our institution will be faced with the decision to entirely eliminate Athletics.

Recreational Sports will have a difficult time keeping up with the cost of increasing student wages, which may result in limiting or reducing programming options now available to all students.

If approved, when will we start seeing changes to the athletics services we receive?

Once the fee adjustment is made, planning for fall program enhancements can begin immediately. Recruitments for some additional staff will begin right away to ensure the staffing is in place by next fall.

Can you break down where the new athletics funds will go?

The funding provided by the fee adjustment for Athletics will be allocated proportionately to each of the 13 varsity sport programs to meet increasing salary and employer benefit costs and to accommodate necessary and safe travel. The addition of a strength and conditioning coach and other training staff will support the performance, health, and safety needs of all student-athletes.

The funding for Recreational Sports will be used to support the expansion of programming options, which in turn will create more student employment opportunities. Increased resources will be allocated to offset costs for Sport Club programs. Hiring a certified athletic trainer to meet the health and safety needs of the Sport Club athletes will be a top priority for this program.

How does our Athletics Fee compare to other CSU campuses?

Across the CSU campuses that offer NCAA Division II athletic programs, the fee that supports intercollegiate athletic programs ranges from $140 to $674 annually. If approved, the adjusted annual Athletics Fee would be $296, which is within the range of CSU campuses with comparable athletic programs.

Information regarding tuition and fee rates (PDF) for all campuses in the CSU system can be found on in new window).

How many students participated in Athletics, Recreational Sports, Intramural Programs and Sport Club Programs year?

  • 359 student-athletes participated in the 13 varsity sports
  • Nearly 10,000 students attended home athletic events throughout the year representing approximately 35% of attendees.
  • 4,000 unique individuals recorded over 22,000 participation opportunities in a variety of in Intramural Sports activities.
  • 1,100 students participated in 20 Competitive and Recreational Sport Clubs.
  • Over 125 students are employed every year by Recreational Sports and Athletics including sports supervisors and officials, program assistants, Sport Club officers, marketing assistants, sports information interns, and event management staff.

Has the cost of Athletics and Recreational Sports gone up over the years?

Costs of running an Intercollegiate Athletic program have steadily risen beyond the rate of increase the Consumer Price Index (CPI) provides and Chico State is not immune to these rising costs. Salary and employer benefit costs alone have increased more than $1.2 million annually since the last fee adjustment in 2002. The cost of necessary travel, supplies, and equipment for all sports has continued to increase as well.

The minimum wage increase has impacted the Recreational Sports program and will continue to affect programming options over the next five years. Currently, Sport Clubs receive approximately 20% of their operating budget from fee funds. Increased travel costs, insurance and athletic training requirements continue to impact these programs.

How is athletics funded?

Student fees provide base funding for all athletic staff salaries, benefits and some operational dollars for the teams. A small allocation of state dollars from the VPSA budget fund administrative staff support for the unit.

Why is the athletics fee more than the student learning fee?

There is no other source of base funding for Athletics to support athletic staff salaries, benefits and operational dollars.  Without a fee adjustment the program cannot continue.  The Student Learning Fee funds opportunities like tutoring, software, equipment, and field trips that are not covered by tuition.  The proposed fees for each area were established independently, based on projected need. 

Student Learning Fee FAQ

How much is the current student learning fee?

The current fee is $38/semester per student; this includes a financial aid set-aside of 33%. The fee increases $4/semester per student.

How much would the student learning fee change?

The proposal is to increase the Student Learning Fee by $40 per semester beginning in academic year 2018-19. The fee will increase by $4 per semester for five years. The financial aid set-aside of 33% would remain.

When was the last time this student learning fee was adjusted?

The SLF was instituted in 2010 at $23/semester and increased by $4/semester. Additionally, a 10 year history of fees at Chico State (PDF) can be found on in new window).

If the student learning fee passes, what changes can I expect to see?

Changes to better prepare students for the demands of today’s professions and disciplines would include:

  • Maintaining tutoring and supplemental instruction programs (college and program specific, as well as general education); Updating computer labs to foster collaboration and teaching
  • Equipment, materials, and software that meet industry and workplace standards
  • Hands-on experiences that enhance learning and engagement in solving real-world problems
  • Field trips to spark passion and curiosity in your area of study

What will happen if the student learning fee adjustment is not implemented?

We will continue to strive to provide the best programming we can with the limited resources we have. Unfortunately, this will keep us at very basic levels with outdated technology, and experiential learning will be reduced as our available funds erode. Our graduates will not enter the workforce with the competitive edge that access to state-of-the-practice equipment and opportunities can provide. We anticipate a reduction in learning support services, such as tutoring, instructional assistance, supplemental instruction, and co-curricular programming.

If approved, when will we start seeing changes to the student learning services we receive?

Recommendations for distribution of Student Learning Fee funds will continue to be made by the Campus Fee Advisory Committee (CFAC) in accordance to EO 1049 (PDF).  Allocations will be guided by a model that recognizes, but is not necessarily limited to: curricula and unit requirements for experiential learning, student enrollment, and costs. Once the model is established, funds will be distributed; enabling departments, colleges, and other units to move quickly to meet needs. CFAC will also establish an annual reporting and review process on SLF use to inform improvements to the allocation model and process.

Can you break down where the new student learning funds will go?

We are recommending that 10% of the available SLF be used to fund innovation proposals such as interdisciplinary, experimental, and pilot programming. We are recommending that the remaining funds be distributed in accordance with EO1049 (PDF) in an allocation model as described above.

How many students benefit from the Student Learning Fee?

Most students will benefit from equipment, support, and other opportunities funded by this fee, and many will experience improved opportunities in multiple settings. New investments will include:

  • State-of-the-art programmatic materials and consumables
  • Cutting-edge equipment and 21 st century technology
  • Expanded tutoring, supplemental instruction, and writing assistance
  • Experiential opportunities such as field trips, campus-wide events, student competitions, and hands-on learning experiences
  • An additional contribution (33% of the fee) to financial aid for qualified students