ASI Office and Services Closures Through the End of Fall 2020
Following the university’s extended virtual instructions through Spring 2021, the ASI office has extended their closures through the end of Spring 2020, unless conditions improve and ASI receives the university’s approval to begin reopening. We will maintain constant communication with you via toromail, our website, and social media to keep you informed and up to date. Your health and well-being are our utmost priority, so please continue to care for yourself and your loves.
The ASI Programs and Events page lists all ASI online events including board, commission and committee meetings. Albeit quite different due to the virtual environment, clubs accounts services remain uninterrupted. For updates and contact information regarding club accounts and funding opportunities, please visit the Clubs and Organizations webpage. For general questions and information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 310.243.3686.
The ASI Children’s Center will extend its current closure through the end of fall 2020, unless conditions improve and ASI receives approval to begin reopening. For the status of the ASI Children’s Center, please visit the center’s webpage for updates and additional information.
Information on Tuition and Mandatory Campus-Based Fees
Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Student Success Fee, IRA, Student Activity Fee (ASI), Student Center Fee, Health Services Fee, and Health Facility Fee)
California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) is following the policies and guidance of the California State University Chancellor’s Office governing tuition and fees. While CSUDH made the switch to virtual instructions as mandated by the Chancellor’s Office, our campus remains open for business subject to State of California mandated restrictions, including stay at home, physical distancing protocols, and remote working orders. Instruction was conducted virtually on all CSU campuses for the remainder of the Spring 2020 term as a temporary solution to ensure student and employee health and safety and maintain degree progress despite the current public health crisis. Although instruction in the Fall term will also be largely remote, the CSU has devoted considerable resources to ensuring that students’ education and degree progress is not disrupted.
Additionally, most CSUDH’s programs and services remain available to students virtually or via reduced physical distancing access, as well as new and additional programs and services developed to adapt to and provide virtual instruction support, virtual academic support, telehealth services, virtual career counseling and placement services, and virtual student government and advocacy services, just to name a few. As a result, tuition and campus fees will generally not be refunded or reduced, except in accordance with campus policies and procedures consistent with CSU policy Title 5 CCR § 41802.
Can we get a refund for ASI fees?
The Student Activity Fee (ASI Fee) falls into the category of mandatory campus fees that are deemed non-refundable as they generally cover fixed and ongoing expenses that the university and auxiliary entities continue to incur during the pandemic to maintain instruction, and operate student programs, services and facilities, many of which remain available to students virtually.
You can find the CSU policy here: https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/7826195/latest/
If you have additional questions about the policy, please email email@example.com
Will I be charged fees while the Children’s Center is closed?
Effective March 16, 2020, the ASI Children’s Center suspended the collection of family fees and issued pro-rated refund to private pay families for the remainder of March 2020. Distance learning services were offered to all families from March through August 2020. Effective August 28, 2020, the center closed and suspended all services. Should the center reopen and resume services earlier than anticipated, fees will be waived for all subsidized families receiving distance learning services. The ASI Children’s Center will not be collecting any tuition from families during the closure.
Following the critical impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in our campus community, countless questions are troubling our students’ minds in regard to the relevancy and value of a college education given the current economic crisis. This situation has resulted in increased inquiries about campus tuition and mandatory fees. Let us attempt to provide clarification on the topic of mandatory fees by defining what they are, why do students have to pay them to attend CSUDH, what purpose do they serve, and why do students have to pay them during this virtual learning environment? Let’s break it down together.
What is a mandatory fee?
Mandatory student fees pay for programs, services, and spaces that students decided they wanted and imposed fees on themselves and future students at CSUDH. Traditionally mandatory fees are initiated and adjusted by students through a student referendum. Similar to community-based taxes, all current students vote in a student referendum to self-impose mandatory fees so they can have campus amenities and services e.g., student activity fee for government, services and advocacy, student union, and other services and programs designed and based on students’ needs during their time at CSU Dominguez Hills.
Mandatory fees can also be initiated by Presidential Alternative Consultation, which is a process used when the university president determines a fee referendum is not the best mechanism for appropriate and meaningful consultation with students. For example, in 2014, the Student Success Fee was authorized by Chancellor White following an alternative consultation process initiated by then university president Willie J. Hagan. Additionally in 2018, the ASI fee distribution was adjusted via presidential alternative consultation to better fulfill the needs of the student population.
What purpose do mandatory fees serve?
CSUDH has six mandatory student fees: the student activity fee (ASI), the student union fee, the Health Facilities fee, the Health Services fee, the Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) fee, and the Student Success fee. The student activity fee is managed by Associated Students, Inc., a non-profit corporation governed by a student board and administered by professional staff and part-time student employees. The ASI mandatory fees cover the cost of student representation and governance, funding for student clubs and organizations, student services and programs, and the ASI Children’s Center. Additionally, ASI supports various campus programs, departments and student initiatives including Intercollegiate Athletics, the Toro Learning and Testing Center, the Multicultural Affairs, and Affinity Centers (Rose Black Resource, Queer Culture Resource, and Toro Dreamers Success Centers).
Why do students have to pay mandatory fees during this virtual learning environment?
During the COVlD-19 crisis, ASI has maintained its student representation and governance, student clubs/organizations activities and accounting services, and ASI programs and services have been moved online. These activities continuously require funds and costs to be run and operated even in a virtual environment. Student leaders and employees are working remotely, and student programs and services are available online through virtual platforms accessible to students while learning off campus.
Additionally, ASI’s financial support to the following departments Intercollegiate Athletics, the Toro Learning and Testing Center, the Multicultural Affairs, and Affinity Centers (Rose Black Resource, Queer Culture Resource, and Toro Dreamers Success Centers) provides funds for students’ scholarships, employment, and programming dollars to support the academic and co-curricular development of all CSUDH students. ASI provides $29 per student to Intercollegiate Athletics, $4 per student to the Toro Learning and Testing Center, and $100,000 to the Multicultural Affairs and Affinity Centers.
Associated Students Inc
Toro Learning Center
Each student pays approximately $135 for an ASI Fee. This is taken out of their normal tuition payment and is not an additional payment that needs to be made. This fee is non-optional and is part of what students pay per semester to help fund services provided by the Associated Students, Inc. ASI is your student government corporation, which represents the students’ interests and voice on campus, locally and statewide. This page includes a breakdown of where those dollars are spent within the Associated Students, Inc., and how we use that money to give back to the students.
The Associated Students, Inc. uses their portion of the fee to help fund programs, marketing efforts, operating costs and more. Below is an in-depth breakdown of how these dollars are spent.
Costs associated with event planning and student life support, such as;
Day to day costs of running the corporation, such as;
Costs associated with training BOD members to better represent the student body locally and state wide, such as;
Costs associated with hiring and retaining competent professional staff.
Costs associated with paying student salaries, athletic scholarships and providing additional financial support for selected campus departments such as: