Where Do Your Fees Go?

CSUN Student Union Fee Explained

Group of CSUN Students
BondPaymentsSupportingServicesPrograms& ServicesBuildingMaintenance& CustodialMajor Repair andReplacement$192.54(24%)$132.27(16%)$76.99(10%)$104.35(13%)$94.29(12%)$205.56(26%)StudentRecreationCenter Each CSUN student pays a Student Union Fee of $311per semester and $184 each summer to support themany programs, services and facilities provided tostudents. The USU is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corpoationwith a student-led board of directors.(2021–2022 fiscal year)PerYear$806

Each semester, the CSUN Student Union Fee goes toward funding a wide variety of student-focused services, resources, programs and facilities provided by the University Student Union.

What is a Mandatory Fee?

A fee initiated by students that all enrolled students are required to pay whether they use the service or not. Mandatory fees pay for student-focused programs, services and facilities. All student union fees at CSUN have been approved by a majority vote of students via a referendum.

CSUN Student Union Fee

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Programs & Services

  • Computer Lab
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • DREAM Center
  • Meeting Rooms for the Campus Community
  • Pride Center
  • USU Programs
  • USU Reservations & Event Services
  • Veterans Resources Center
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Building Maintenance & Custodial

The USU keeps its spaces clean and operational to meet the needs of the campus community. The following services are provided:

  • Custodial
  • Utilities
  • Facility and Building Maintenance Expenses
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Student Recreation Center

It’s been proven that a student’s fitness and wellness are directly correlated to academic success. The USU provides a variety of ways for Matadors to connect, play, revive and engage.

  • Aquatics
  • Boxing
  • Esports
  • Fitness & Exercise Programs
  • Games Room
  • Intramural Sports
  • Membership Services
  • Oasis Wellness Center
  • Sunny Days Summer Camp
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Major Repair and Replacement

As a popular destination for Matadors, keeping our facilities in good shape is a must. Contributions to the Major Repair and Maintenance Fund allows for new construction, renovation projects and major equipment-related purchases. This also includes transfers to the Construction Fund to provide a down payment for the New Heart of Campus renovation project.

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Supporting Services

  • Accounting
  • Administration
  • Board of Directors
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Technology Support Services

Support services also includes property insurance and fees charged by the Chancellor’s Office to support their operations.

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Bond Payments

Bond payments are used to repay money borrowed for construction and renovation of USU buildings and facilities. These funds are paid back to bondholders over a 30-year period, similar to a mortgage for a home.

Stewards of Student Fees During COVID-19

Responding to the crisis that impacted a number of students during the height of the pandemic, the USU designated $1 million in student fee funds last spring to specifically support Matadors in need. That support included:

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  • Temporary Emergency Housing
  • Matador Food Pantry Support
  • USU Bookstore Grant for Books and Supplies
  • Matacare Funding
  • Holiday Dinners for Families in Need
  • Care Packages for CSUN Student Communities
  • Quentin Thomas Scholarship for Formerly Incarcerated or Foster Youth Scholars
  • Incentives to Promote Student Engagement
  • Fit Kits

In 2021–22, we will continue to explore options to meet students’ basic needs in addition to offering a variety of programs and services in person and online as a continuing response to the pandemic and a commitment to student success.