Miscellaneous Course Fees,
Executive Order 1054
Last Updated: January 14, 2011
Delegation of Authority
By issue of CSU Executive Order 1054, the CSU Board of Trustees hereby delegates authority to campus presidents, following consultation with the campus fee advisory committee, for the establishment, oversight and adjustment of Category IV and Category V fees, and for the oversight and adjustment of Category II and III fees.
Approved Fee Ranges
- From $0 to $150: Fees that supplement the basic complement of classroom and laboratory instruction by providing materials and services that would otherwise be unavailable to students, and which allow students to meet the educational objectives of a given course.
- From $0 to $3,000: Fees for courses that require field trips or travel off-campus in order to meet the educational objectives of a given course.
Miscellaneous Course Fee Policy
Miscellaneous course fees are defined as fees collected for materials, services or use of facilities used in concert with the basic complement of supplies needed for state-supported instruction. Miscellaneous course fees can only be charged for the actual cost of providing exceptional instructional materials, services or use of an off-campus facility. Students must have the option of attaining the materials or services required through alternative means; however, in cases where such alternative means are unavailable, students cannot opt out of utilizing the required material or service and must pay the miscellaneous course fee.
The following rules apply when determining if miscellaneous course fees can be charged for exceptional materials or services in the classroom:
- Miscellaneous course fees can only be charged for the actual cost of the material, service or use of facility being provided.
- A miscellaneous course fee cannot be charged for the basic complement of classroom supplies and materials required for instruction. These include but are not limited to: chalk, erasers, paper clips, pointers, classroom instructional equipment such as projectors (slide, overhead, computer, etc.) and associated supplies (bulbs, transparencies, software, etc.), or any other supplies deemed necessary to equip the instructional space for courses.
- A miscellaneous course fee cannot be charged for the basic complement of laboratory supplies and instructional equipment necessary for classroom lab requirements identified in the course description. These include but are not limited to equipment, test tubes, work stations, computers or any supplies necessary to equip laboratory space to complement classroom course instruction.
- Administrative charges and inflationary factors cannot be added to miscellaneous course fees. Only the actual cost of the material, service or use of a facility can be charged.
- A miscellaneous course fee cannot be charged to fund the basic cost of instruction. Instructional costs are funded through marginal cost dollars, tuition fee revenue, and permanent base budget allocations.