Tuition Fee Waiver


Program Overview

The Tuition Fee Waiver Program is a benefit for eligible faculty, staff and management employees in the California State University. It allows employees to participate in CSU general-fund courses at reduced rates. Eligible employees may transfer their tuition fee waiver benefit to a qualified dependent. 

Tuition fees are waived for a maximum of two courses or 6 units per term, for any of the CSU’s 23 campuses. Additional fees that may be reduced or waived are dependent upon the type of position the employee holds.

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.   


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