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CSU Fee Waiver Program

This educational assistance program allows eligible employees to enhance job skills or prepare for a future career by taking classes at any of the 23 CSU campuses, waiving the greater of two courses or 6 units per semester/quarter. Courses must be job-related and/or part of an individual career development plan.

Winter session and Extended Education courses are generally excluded at most campuses.

The Fee Waiver Program is a negotiated benefit and is subject to change.

The Deadline to turn in Spring 2020 Fee Waiver applications to the University Personnel office is January 3, 2020. For more detailed information, please see below under Registration/Payment Deadlines for Spring 2020.


The following employees are eligible to participate subject to management approval: full-time or part-time permanent staff employees; full-time probationary employees; full-time managers; tenured, probationary, and temporary faculty with three-year appointments; coaches with six (6) consecutive years of service in the department. One year of service is defined as one (1) semester or two (2) quarters in the bargaining unit on a single CSU campus during a single academic year. Please see the Fee Waiver Eligibility Guidelines for more information.

Additional Fee waiver provisions may be found in the collective bargaining agreements as follows:

  • Units 2, 5, 7, 9 (CSUEU) - Article 22
  • Unit 3 (Faculty) - Article 26
  • Unit 4 (Academic Professionals) - Article 16
  • Unit 6 (Skilled Trades) - Article 27
  • Unit 8 (Public Safety) - Article 20

Eligible faculty and staff employees may also transfer their fee waiver benefit entitlement to a spouse, registered domestic partner or dependent child. Eligibility is based upon provisions of the collective bargaining agreements.

University Personnel

(831) 582-3389
Tide Hall