Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC)
Statement of Philosophy
A fundamental responsibility of the state government is to provide access and financial support to public higher education. The amount of funding the California State University is allocated directly affects how many students will be able to access the CSU system. To ensure the maximum level of access to public higher education, it is imperative that the state continually renews and reinforces CSU funding through legislation.
Whenever students enroll into the CSU system and throughout their educational career, tuition fees, local campus fees and miscellaneous fees are assessed.
Fee revenue facilitates our ability to offer programs and services that elevate the student experience and help our university further its mission.
In fulfilling its role to provide advisement concerning student fees, the Student Fee Advisory Committee is committed to engaging in respectful discussions and seeking consultation to remain: mindful of the cumulative affects student fees have on the student experience; considerate of how student fees affect student financial aid options; and ensuring student fees do not represent a barrier to access education.
Units, academic departments and other departments requesting approval for a new fee or for allocation of student fees are expected to honor the shared governance process guiding these decisions. As such, no submission or application shall be regarded as an entitlement, and units/departments making such requests should expect that applications or submittals may potentially be denied, returned for further clarification and revision, or otherwise delayed. Therefore, units and departments should not rely on potential fee revenue until they have received formal notification of final approval by the President’s Office.
Next SFAC Meeting: Friday 4/23/2021 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
via Zoom Web Conference - Please email email@example.com for zoom information.
Please contact Brian Sharber at: firstname.lastname@example.org for reasonable accommodations and for general questions about the committee.
Student Fee Advisory Committee
The Student Fee Advisory Committee is a shared governance body comprised of students, faculty and administrators that considers proposals for the establishment and/or adjustment of Category II (campus mandatory fees) and Category III (miscellaneous course fees) and makes recommendations to the president. Modeling our deep commitment to the principles of shared governance, the SFAC at SF State also considers proposals for Category IV fees. For your reference fee categories are fully defined in section II of California State University Executive Order 1102, the CSU Student Fee Policy, which governs and guides the actions of the Student Fee Advisory Committee.
The committee is Chaired by the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, co-chaired by the President of Associated Students, and the majority of voting members of the SFAC are students. Please see the current full committee roster.
SF State's SFAC has developed procedures to implement the CSU student fee policy. Click on the link below to download these procedures in a PDF document.
The committee meets a minimum of four times per academic year, and as often as necessary to address matters pertinent to the committee in a timely manner. Meetings are open to the public, with advance registration required. SF State students and members of the campus community may attend meetings and address items on the meeting agenda in accordance with the SFAC Public Comment Guidelines and Virtual Meeting Guidelines.
Meeting Dates for Academic Year 2020-2021
- September 11, 2020 3:00PM - 5:00PM: Agenda; Notes
- November 13, 2020 3:00PM - 5:00PM: Agenda; Notes
- February 12, 2021 3:00PM - 5:00PM: Agenda; Notes
- March 19, 2021 3:00PM - 5:00PM: Agenda
- April 23, 2021 3:00PM - 5:00PM: Agenda
Academic Year 2019-2020
- October 4, 2019: Agenda; Notes
- November 15, 2019: Agenda; Notes
- December 6, 2019: Agenda; Notes
- February 28, 2020 3:00PM - 4:30PM SSB 401: Agenda; Notes
- April 17, 2020 3:00PM - 5:00PM via Zoom Web Conference: Agenda; Notes
- May 7, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM via Zoom Web Conference: Agenda; Notes
- June 8, 2020 3:00PM - 4:30PM via Zoom Web Conference: Agenda; Notes
Deadlines for Submitting Fee Action Requests
Units/departments submitting fee proposals are asked to submit them as early as possible to maximize the amount of time SFAC members can devote to adequate consultation and thorough consideration of each request. However, to ensure there is adequate opportunity to notify affected students in a timely manner, and allow for effective administrative implementation, the SFAC has established the following deadlines for submission
- Fees intended to go into effect in the Fall semester of any given year should be submitted no later than February 1st (or the next business day) of the same calendar year.
- Fees intended to go into effect in the Spring semester of any given year should be submitted no later than September 1st (or the next business day) of the prior calendar year.
- Fees intended to go into effect in the Summer semester of any given year should be submitted no later than November 1st (or the next business day) of the prior calendar year.
Applications, complete with required signatures, must be received in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management by the close of business per the above dates. Completed applications may be submitted two weeks prior to a scheduled SFAC meeting to be considered at the upcoming scheduled meeting for the appropriate semester per the deadlines listed above. Please email proposals for Category II fee actions as a PDF attachment addressed to the Chair and Co-Chair of the Student Fee Advisory Committee. These as well as Category III and Category IV Fee Action Request submittals should be emailed to: email@example.com. Submissions via DocuSign are also permitted.
New Category III Fee Requirement - Student Input
Effective Spring 2021, Category III Fee Action Requests now require input from students studying in the program that is requesting the fee action. Departments are also required to provide a written response to the student input. Input from the students impacted by the fee may serve as further justification and lend validity to the fee being charged/requested. Departments may solicit input from former and/or current students using the platform of their choice (ie. Qualtrics survey, open comment forums, etc.). The platform used to solicit input, data reflecting the student input and, a departmental response to the input are all required on the updated Category III Fee Action request form found below.
Additional Important Documents
- SF State Schedule of Fees
- CSU Executive Order 429: Instructionally Related Activities
- California Education Code section 89230: Instructionally Related Activities
- Interim CSU Refund Policy for Tuition and Fees
- California State University Executive Order 1102, the CSU Student Fee Policy
- CSU Viewpoint Neutrality Statement