Human Resources Service Center

Employee Fee Waiver Program

Take Courses at any CSU for Reduced Rates

The CSU, Chico Employee "Fee Waiver" (fee reduction) Program allows eligible staff employees to attend California State University (CSU) courses at reduced rates. The program is designed to assist employees in improving current job skills or in preparing for a new career.

Courses are taken for credit, and must be state-funded (so the program does not apply to Open University, Special Session, January Intersession, or most Summer courses).

Application Period

The CSU, Chico Employee Fee Waiver application filing period for Spring (& Winter) 2022 terms is September 1 to November 5, 2021.

New Process for Fee Waiver Form Submissions

We are keeping our virtual process and accepting only electronic fee waiver form submittals.

Our employee and dependent fee waiver forms have updated instructions and will route for signature using email addresses you input. Please use these new forms, rather than re-using a previous form. We hope you find this process improvement easier to use!

Other forms, such as the Career Development Plan and the Job Related/Career Advancement applications can be completed and emailed to If you need assistance routing for e-signatures, please let us know and we can route on your behalf using AdobeSign.

Start Here

We've done our best to describe what the fee waiver program is and how it works. That said, getting signed up can be a confusing process so please do not hesitate to reach out and ask for help!

New to the program?  Review slides(opens in new window) from an October 2020(opens in new window) info session (presentation expands to full screen after 3 mins.).

Fee Waiver Deadlines

Important: Please pre-pay estimated reduced fees before the fee payment deadline.

Fee Waiver Application Deadlines(opens in new window) are the first Friday as noted below:

  • Winter* = Sept 1 - Nov 1
  • Spring = Sept 1 - Nov 1
  • Summer* = Mar 1 - May 1
  • Fall = Mar 1 - May 1

*Most or all courses during this term at CSU, Chico or other CSU campuses may not be state-funded and therefore not covered by the fee waiver program.

Recent Changes to the Program

Important Changes: Two major changes to the Fee Waiver Program became effective in 2019:

  1. Taxation Changes
  2. One-Time CSU Application Fee Refund Process