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Student Involvement & Representation Fee (SIRF)

On January 28, 2015 the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees established a new $2 optional fee, the Student Involvement and Representation Fee, which goes into effect in the Fall 2015. This fee is charged to all students unless they choose to opt out of the fee, which can be done via your student portal. The fee is assessed twice a year in the fall and spring semesters. This is used to support the student leadership, involvement, governance, and advocacy programs managed by the California State Student Association (CSSA).

Purpose of CSSA?

CSSA is an independent, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization comprised of elected student leaders from all of the 23 CSU campuses with the sole purpose of representing CSU students to the university system and to the state and federal government, ensuring students are active participants in the decisions that shape their education.

Revenue from the fee will provide additional funding support for the development of student policy recommendations, participation in system, state, and national governance, involvement in leadership development activities, and program support through student and professional staff administration. Because CSSA is an independent, not-for-profit organization governed by Associated Students leaders, the use of this fee will always be determined by students.

For additional information about CSSA or this specific fee, please use one of the following:
Visit the CSSA Web Site:
Contact the CSSA: (562) 951-4025, or by email at

Will Financial Aid Cover?

It is covered by some financial aid resources, including loans, scholarships and grants, and federal aid, including the Pell grant.

How Do I Opt Out?

Students can opt out after the fee has been added to their student account in the fall and spring semesters. The deadline to opt out of the fee is census date (20th day of instruction) of each semester. After census, students will no longer be able to opt out for the semester. The fee is non-refundable. If a student chooses to, they will need to opt out each semester.

For step by step instructions to opt out, please click here.