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Tuition Update

On Nov. 10, 2010, the California State University Board of Trustees increased undergraduate, credential and graduate state university tuition by 5 percent effective Spring 2011.

The move will support higher enrollments -- 30,000 in the CSU system overall and 3,000 at Sacramento State -- and achieve the funding levels projected in the 2010-11 state budget.

The state budget passed by the California Legislature and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger assumed a tuition increase, and no funding was included to compensate for this increase, so tuition was raised. The mid-year increase will allow campuses to add additional course sections, reduce class sizes and expand services for the larger number of students we will enroll.

The increase was assumed in the governor's Jan. 8, 2010 budget proposal:

“The Budget reflects an increase in fee revenue of $237.2 million in 2009-10 and $390.7 million in 2010-11. These changes reflect a 20 percent fee increase in the current year (in addition to the budgeted 10 percent increase) that was approved by the Trustees … and an additional 10 percent anticipated increase in the budget year, based upon the estimated funded level of full-time equivalent students.” Source: California Department of Finance

New tuition rates for Spring 2011, reflecting the 5 percent increase, are as follows:
(Rates are subject to change)




CSU Undergraduate Tuition


Spring 2011

CSU Post-Baccalaureate


Spring 2011

CSU Credential Program


Spring 2011

Campus Fees


The board also voted for a 10 percent increase, beginning with the 2011-12 academic year, which will provide the CSU greater financial certainty in the year ahead.

The CSU needs to ensure it can provide adequate courses and services to current students, as well as the additional influx coming to the campus in spring. Moreover, given the current economic climate, setting tuition now will allow students and parents to plan for future expenses.

The CSU hopes it can avoid implementing the 10 percent tuition increase for 2011-12 and will ask the Governor and legislature to “buy out” the increase – provide additional funding to compensate for the revenue – when the CSU submits its request for state support.

Even with the increase in student tuition, the California State University continues to be one of the lowest-costing public university systems in the country.

Budget facts

Although the CSU received a $260 million budget restoration for 2010-11, state support for the system is at the same level as 2005-06, and the system is serving more students now than it was then.

The CSU received $106 million in one-time federal stimulus funding to increase spring enrollment. Although the system plans to add 30,000 students with this one-time funding, those who enroll will not be one-time students, and they will need classes and services.