Tuition Fee Waiver

Program Overview


The Tuition Fee Waiver Program allows eligible faculty and staff to participate in CSU operating fund programs at a reduced rate, or transfer their benefit to a qualified dependent. The program is designed to assist employees in improving current job skills or in preparing for a new career. See the Eligibility page on the CSYou website (requires SJSUOne/CSU login) for eligibility requirements.

Courses are taken for credit, and the program is not available for Open University or Special Session courses. Employees can take either two (2) courses or six (6) units, whichever is greater, per term.

There are 4 types of Tuition Fee Waivers:


  • Job Related – Employees may take courses specifically to improve their performance in their current job or to acquire additional skills needed to perform newly-assigned duties and responsibilities.
  • Career Development – Employees must apply to SJSU and be matriculated students working toward a degree. Employees may complete more than one degree through fee waiver.
  • Dependent Fee Waiver – Eligible staff employees may transfer their fee waiver benefit to a spouse, domestic partner, or dependent child. The qualified dependent needs to be matriculated toward a degree or attainment of a teaching credential in the CSU.
  • Teaching Associate – Applies to matriculated graduate students appointed as Teaching Associates at San José State University.   

Contact the Tuition Fee Waiver program coordinator for more information.