Student Success Fee | FAQs
- Student Survey
- Alternative Consultation
- Executive Order 1054
- Category II Fee Initiative (PDF).
- How will I benefit from the Student Success Fee (SSF)?
- Where will the funds generated by the SSF go?
- Why is this fee being put forward?
- When would students start paying the SSF?
- Would SSF be covered by financial aid?
- Why is this fee being considered now, when students are under pressure from increased tuition?
- Are there similar fees at other CSUs?
- How will the SSF be monitored?
- What happens if the SSF initiative isn’t approved?
- Can the SSF be added to a payment plan?
How will I benefit from the Student Success Fee (SSF)?
It is anticipated that added support will increase the likelihood that students will continue their education and be able to graduate in a timely manner, thus saving tuition, while also receiving improved placement services to help them enter and succeed in their chosen careers. The goal of the proposed initiative is to provide support for services that will dramatically improve academic advisement and increase student retention; increase services for students’ personal development; and improve career exploration and planning, while assisting students in finding rewarding careers and/or opportunities for graduate school. Additionally, new and emerging technology will be incorporated in ways to support both face-to-face and virtual teaching and learning experiences.
Where will the funds generated by the SSF go?
Key areas receiving added support will include advisement, writing and tutorial services, career and alumni mentoring support programs. Other areas include undergraduate and graduate research support, and an expansion of the scope of technology available for students. Additional services to be enhanced include veterans services, Summer Bridge, and services for students with disabilities. An annual reassessment of evolving needs will see that SSF funds are targeted toward the areas most positively impacting student success.
Why is this fee being put forward?
Cal State L.A. is dedicated to building the strongest level of academic support toward helping students achieve their academic goals. The University’s current six-year 34% freshman graduation rate shows that there is an urgent need to strengthen the academic support services and tools that can empower students toward successful progress -- vital not only for success toward graduation and degree, but for continuing achievement through life.
When would students start paying the SSF?
If approved, it is anticipated that the SSF would be implemented in fall 2012.
Would SSF be covered by financial aid?
Yes, financial aid would apply to the SSF.
Why is this fee being considered now, when students are under pressure from increased tuition?
There is no good time to increase fees, but with this SSF Initiative, projections are that students will actually be able to save on the total amount spent over their college career. Strengthening academic support services for students is projected to ultimately reduce the time to graduation, resulting in a reduced overall cost.
Are there similar fees at other CSUs?
Yes, over the past few years, CSUs Long Beach, East Bay, Northridge, and San Bernardino have all instituted such fees. Within the CSU system, Cal State L.A. currently has the second lowest in total costs.
How will the SSF be monitored?
Provisions include that:
- Guidelines will be developed to determine the priorities for SSF funding. These draft guidelines will be reviewed by ASI, Academic Senate, and the Vice Presidents before final review and approval by the President.
- A proposed budget will be developed based on these guidelines. The proposed budget is also subject to review and approval by the President.
- The budget approval process will be integrated into the current University Resource Allocation Advisory Committee (RAAC) process.
- There will be a year-end accounting of how the funds are allocated. Any carry-forward will be rolled forward in support of SSF activities. The information will be available on the University website.
- All student fees are annually reviewed by the Student Fee Advisory Committee. The SSF would be subject to that review.
- The SSF will be indexed to the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI). http://www.commonfund.org/CommonfundInstitute/HEPI/Pages/default.aspx
What happens if the SSF initiative isn’t approved?
If the SSF initiative is not approved, students would not see added support for advisement, writing and tutorial services, career and alumni mentoring support programs, and additional technology tools that provide an enriched virtual and physical learning environment. The funds provided through the SSF initiative would enable the University to provide these enhancements beyond what can be supported by state funding or existing student fees.
Can the SSF be added to a payment plan?
Yes, it can be part of an installment payment plan.