Average Support Cost Per Full-Time Equivalent Student and Sources of Funds

The total support cost per full-time equivalent student (FTES) includes the expenditures for current operations, including payments made to students in the form of financial aid and all fully reimbursed programs contained in state appropriations. The average support cost is determined by dividing the total cost by the number of FTES. The total CSU 2011-2012 budget amounts were $2,141,273,000 from state General Fund (GF) appropriations (not including capital outlay funding) and minus $38.5 million CalPERS retirement adjustment, $1,530,946,000 from Tuition Fee revenue net of financial aid (forgone revenue), and $340,440,000 from other Fee revenues, for a total of $4,012,659,000. The number of 2011-2012 budgeted FTES is 331,716 resident and 13,572 non-resident students. The GF appropriation is applicable to resident students only whereas Fee revenues are collected from resident and non-resident students. FTES is determined by dividing the total academic student load by 15 units per term (the figure used here to define a full-time student’s academic load).

The 2011-2012 average support cost per FTES based on GF appropriation and net Tuition Fee revenue only is $10,889, and when including all sources as indicated below is $11,875. Of this amount, the average net Tuition Fee revenue and other income per FTES is $5,420, which includes all Fee revenue in the CSU Operating Fund (e.g., Tuition Fees, Application Fees and other Vampus Mandatory Fees).

Average Cost
2011-2012 Amount per FTES Percentage

Total Support Cost $4,012,659,000 $11,875 100%
• State Appropriation1 $2,141,273,000 $6,455 55%
• Net Tuition Fee Revenue2 $1,530,946,000 $4,434 37%
• Other Fees Revenue2 $340,440,000 $986 8%

 

 

 

 

1 Represents state GF appropriation in the Budget Act of 2011-2012; GF is divisible by resident students only (331,317FTES).

2 Represents CSU Operating Fund, Tuition Fee and other fees revenue amounts (net of foregone revenue) submitted in campus 2011-2012 final budgets. Revenues are divisible by resident and nonresident students (345,288 FTES).

The average CSU 2011-2012 academic year, resident undergraduate student basic Tuition Fee and other Mandatory Fees required to apply to, enroll in or attend the University is $6,519 ($5,472 Tuition Fee plus $1,047 average Campus Fees). However, the costs paid by individual students will vary depending on campus, program and whether a student is part-time, full-time, resident or non-resident.