Student Fees

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 – 66028.6 of the Education Code.)

More information is available on the CSU Tuition & Fees website.

WHERE DOES YOUR MONEY GO?

As a Cal Poly Pomona student, you pay Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) fees each semester. If you’ve ever been curious about where your hard-earned cash goes, this breakdown is for you!

 

2019-2020 Semester Fees

Fee Amount
Associated Students Inc. (ASI) Fee $61.70
ASI Facilities and Operations Fee $393.73
Total $455.43

ASI Fees Breakdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on many of those in our campus community, including cutbacks and job losses. It’s likely the notion of sacrificing a college education has crossed our students’ minds, or perhaps they’ve considered temporarily postponing college until things get better. At the heart of this issue is money. So why do students have to pay “mandatory” fees such as the ASI fee and the ASI Facilities & Operations fee to attend CPP? Why do such fees exist and what purpose do they serve? And, why do students have to pay mandatory fees when not on campus during this crisis? Let’s break it down together.

WHAT IS A MANDATORY FEE?

Mandatory student fees pay for programs, services, and spaces that students decided they wanted and imposed fees on themselves and future students at Cal Poly Pomona. Traditionally mandatory fees are initiated and adjusted by students through a student referendum. Similar to community-based taxes, all current students vote in a student referendum to self-impose mandatory fees so they can have campus amenities e.g., student representation and governance, student clubs and organizations, non-classroom student buildings, and services and programs designed for them based on their needs during their time at Cal Poly Pomona.

Mandatory fees can also be initiated by Alternative Consultation, which is a process used when the university president determines a fee referendum is not the best mechanism for appropriate and meaningful consultation with students. For example, in 2010, the alternative consultation process was used to determine if students supported funding the construction of the student recreation center, now called the Bronco Recreation & Intramural Complex (BRIC). The alternative consultation process for the Student Recreation Center Initiative was done by giving presentations and polling incoming freshmen at summer orientations in 2010, rather than a traditional referendum of the entire student body, as this was the first group of students anticipated to be affected by the fee increase because the recreation center would take four years to construct. The majority of the polled freshmen were supportive of a fee increase to pay for the facility. The ASI Senate and Fee Advisory Committee recommended a fee increase of $140 per quarter for a new student recreation center effective with its opening in fall 2014.

WHY DO SUCH FEES EXIST AND WHAT PURPOSE DO THEY SERVE?

Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) has six mandatory student fees: the ASI fee, the ASI Facilities & Operations (F&O) fee, the Health Medical Facility fee, Student Health fee, Instructionally Related Activities fee, and the Student Success fee. CPP annually allocates the revenue from the ASI fee and the ASI F&O fee to the Associated Students, Inc., a non-profit corporation governed by a student board and run by part-time student employees and professional staff. The ASI mandatory fees cover the cost of student representation and governance, funding for student clubs and organizations, student services and programs, and debt payments and other expenses to construct and run the ASI-operated facilities: Bronco Student Center (BSC) and Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex (BRIC).

WHY DO STUDENTS HAVE TO PAY MANDATORY FEES WHEN NOT ON CAMPUS DURING THIS CRISIS?

During the COVlD-19 crisis, ASI representation and governance, student club and organization activities, and ASI programs and services have been moved online, which still costs money. Student leaders are working remotely, and student programs and services are available online or through other virtual methods so students can still access them while learning off campus. Beyond staffing, expenses for online programs and services includes contracts with artists, performers, and vendors; software and digital infrastructure; and costs associated with making content accessible.

Additionally, even though ASI facilities are temporarily closed, the operating costs and bond debt payments to cover the cost of construction do not go away. And maintaining clean, safe, and up-to-date spaces is essential for when students return to campus. Funds to pay for these costly projects are planned for and paid from the ASI reserve funds, which is where any unspent revenue is captured. Examples of recent and future projects include: BSC Air Handler Replacement Project $2M, BRIC Swimming Pool Restoration $400K, Games Room Etc. Additional Seating $152K, and July 2020 BSC restoration from water damage caused by a broken pipe during the COVID-19 building closure $TBD.

ASI Fees Timelines

ASI Money Myths

1. The Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex (BRIC) is the reason why tuition keeps going up.

False. The fees that are paid for the BRIC are separate from the General Fund dollars that support the academic program. The BRIC fee revenue cannot be used for classes, professor salaries or instructional materials.

2. Students who do not use the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex or Bronco Student Center (BSC) do not have to pay for it.

False. Per the California Education Code, all enrolled students are subject to mandatory ASI & BSC fees.

3. ASI is out to make a profit.

False. As an incorporated non-profit company and a recognized CSU Auxiliary organization, ASI serves Cal Poly Pomona by managing the BSC and BRIC facilities, overseeing the accounts for student clubs and administering the Instructionally Related Activities accounts. ASI’s revenue covers the cost of programs and services, operations and student employment from student fees and is therefore not out to make a profit.

4. Student leaders are paid a lot of money for their work in ASI.

False. The Senate and Cabinet student leaders are not paid employees of ASI, although, they do receive small scholarships. Student leaders spend a minimum of 20 hours per week supporting ASI programs and services, making it difficult for them to have other jobs on top of their academic coursework. The scholarship they receive helps offset the time they could be working elsewhere.