Request for a Task Force to Study
CSU Student Tuition Fees and Financial Aid Support

AS-3113-13/AA/FGA (Rev)

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) reaffirm AS-2774-06/AA, Request for a Task Force to Study California State University (CSU) Student Fee Policy (; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU request that the Chancellor’s Office, in conjunction with the ASCSU and the California State Student Association (CSSA), undertake a study of CSU student tuition fees and financial aid support (including Pell grants, Cal Grants and State University Grants, funding levels and eligibility criteria) to determine what changes, if any, may be made to existing policies, procedures, funding levels, and eligibility criteria that results in an allocation of resources that enhances academic achievement, facilitates graduation, and promotes student success; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, the CSU Chancellor, CSU campus Presidents, CSU campus Provosts, CSU campus Senate Chairs, and the California State Student Association.

RATIONALE: Now that the percentage of state support has dipped below 50 percent of the actual costs of attaining a CSU degree, while this system continues to be asked to increase capacity without concomitant state support, it is incumbent to insure that such limited resources be distributed to best serve students while insuring academic quality and integrity. Tuition structures and financial aid support programs currently in place may be too inflexible to do so. Exploring alternative fee structures, such as charging per unit, might begin to restore some of the original intentions of the Master Plan and could well discourage certain counter-productive student behaviors, such as making courseload decisions based on economic incentives rather than on academic priorities.

Approved Unanimously – March 14-15, 2013


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