Provisions of the CSU Employee Fee Waiver and Reduction Program are governed by the language in Collective Bargaining Agreements, or for non-represented employees, Executive Order 712. Provisions may change as a result of collective bargaining negotiations, which may affect your current participation in the program. Please check Collective Bargaining Agreements for provisions concerning the appointment of part-time and permanent employees. CSU fee waiver eligibility criteria for represented and non-represented employee categories are as follow:
Employee Unit / Category
Eligibility / Criteria
Unit 1 (Physicians)
All unit members.
Units 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 9
(CSUEU; Academic Professionals - AP; and Skilled Trades)
Full-Time employees (i.e., permanent, temporary, and probationary) and part-time permanent employees.
Unit 3 (Faculty)
Tenured* and Probationary faculty unit employees (excluding coaches), and temporary faculty unit employees with three-year appointments pursuant to Article 12 of the CBA. Coaches must have at least six (6) years of full-time equivalent service in the department.
Unit 8, C99**, E99**, and M98
(Public Safety, Confidential, Excluded, and Executive)
Full-time or part-time permanent** employees, and full-time probationary employees (no temporary appointments).
M80 (MPP / Management)
Full-Time employees (includes temporary employees).
Employees on authorized leaves of absence who are otherwise eligible and employees of the Chancellor's Office or other CSU campuses who have written authorization from their employer may also participate.
CSU Fee Waiver & Reduction Program eligibility is determined by the campus of employment; however, the campus of enrollment determines fees, deadlines, etc.
*FERP (Faculty Early Retirement Program) employees are considered tenured faculty and are eligible for fee waiver only during the semester in which they are actively employed.
**C99 and E99 employees only attain permanent status in part-time positions as a result of completing a probationary period in a full-time position and, subsequently reducing their time-base.
Classes taken through the Fee Waiver Program may be for Career Development, Work Related, or Personal Enrichment. If your course(s) is Work Related, at the time of enrollment complete and submit the Work Related Enrollment Request form to the Fee Waiver Coordinator, at Mail Drop 8229.
The fee waiver application is on-line and available in your “Human Resources / Employee” self service pagelet accessed through the myNorthridge portal.
The link is different for each term and should be accessed and completed each time you wish to use this benefit.
Fee Waiver requests must be completed online by the appropriate deadline.
An e-mail indicating receipt of request will be sent immediately when the application is submitted. If you do not receive an e-mail, please follow up with Fee Waiver Coordinator to verify your request was received.
For information on how to register for classes, contact Admissions and Records at x3700. The enrollment form is online at https://www.csun.edu/matador/.
Your enrollment with the university may be cancelled if all applicable fees are not paid by the required deadlines.
Employee Category / Bargaining Unit
Student Union Fee
Associated Student Fee
Health Facilities Fee
Student Health Fee
Campus Quality Fee
Total 6 Unit Cost*
Over 6 Units Tuition
Total Full-Time Cost
Units 1 (Physicians), 6 (Skilled Crafts), 8 (Police Services), C99 (Confidential), E99 (Excluded) , M80 (MPP), & M98 (Executive)
Units 2 (Health Care) , 3 (Faculty), 4 ( Academic), 5 (Operations Support), 7 (Clerical Adm Support), & 9 (Technical Support)
*Rates are as of Fall 2014 and are subject to change without notice.
Tuition Fee may be fully waived for a maximum of two (2) courses or six (6) units, whichever is greater, per term. This includes the Tuition Fee charged during state-supported summer term and the Doctorate tuition fee charged for the CSU Ed.D. Program.
Please note: Under the Fee Waiver Program, only one set of fees is waived at the campus in which the eligible dependent enrolls. This includes the waiver/reimbursement of only one Application Fee regardless of the number of applications.
Eligible employees may transfer their fee waiver benefit to a spouse, dependent child or domestic partner, as noted in the table above. Please note that the following criteria also apply:A dependent child for fee waiver eligibility is defined as: (a) your child or stepchild under age 25* who has never been married; (b) a child living with you in a parent-child relationship who is economically dependent upon you, under age 25* and has never been married; or (c) your child or stepchild age 25* or above who is incapable of self-support due to a disability which existed prior to age 25*. Note: * Age limit for dependents in units 1 (Physicians) & 8 (Police) is age 23.
Domestic partners are eligible for fee waiver if their partnership is registered with the California Secretary of State. For information on registering a domestic partnership, click on http://www.sos.ca.gov/dpregistry/
The spouse, domestic partner or dependent child must be matriculated toward a degree or the attainment of a teaching credential in the CSU and the course(s) enrolled in on a fee waiver basis must be for credit toward completion of that degree or teaching credential.
The dependent fee waiver applies only to certain fees incurred by California residents. Thus, spouses, domestic partners and dependent children who do not meet established in-state residency requirements will be responsible for paying non-resident tuition charges based upon the total number of units in which they are enrolled.
Fee waiver eligibility may be transferred to only one person at a time, regardless of whether that individual uses the full entitlement of 2 courses or 6 units. Dependents taking courses in addition to the fee waiver courses shall pay any difference in fees.
If both parents are employees and eligible to transfer their fee waiver benefit to a dependent child, each employee may transfer the benefit. Therefore, it is possible for one child to receive both benefits and be eligible to enroll in up to 4 courses or 12 units, whichever is greater, on a fee waiver basis. Alternatively, each employee could transfer his or her benefit to a different child, and each child would be entitled to up to 2 courses or 6 units of fee waiver eligibility. Dependents taking courses in addition to the fee waiver courses shall pay any difference in fees, per applicable collective bargaining agreement and campus practice. Please note: the full Tuition Fee is waived if a dependent takes two courses that exceed 6.0 units.
Normal academic standards must be maintained by the spouse, domestic partner or dependent child in order to continue participating in the fee waiver program.
An employee who wishes to transfer his or her fee waiver benefit to a spouse, domestic partner or dependent child certifies that the individual using the benefit is in fact a spouse, domestic partner or dependent child.
The following tax-free or taxable benefits are available to CSU employees and their eligible spouses, domestic partners, and/or dependent children.
Please note that it is the level of the course that determines taxability, not the education level of the employee.
Nontaxable up to $5,250 (unless job-related)
Employee’s Domestic Partner