Student Involvement & Representation Fee (SIRF)

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Student Involvement and Representation Fee (SIRF)

On January 28, 2015 the CSU Board of Trustees adopted the Student Involvement and Representation Fee (SIRF), which goes into effect in Fall 2015. Submitted to the CSU by the California State Student Association (CSSA), the fee creates a more stable, independent, and expanded statewide student association. Through a $2 per-term voluntary fee assessed to each CSU student, this new funding model will replace CSSA's long-standing revenue sources that included Associated Students membership dues, fundraising, and Chancellor's Office grants.

What is CSSA?

CSSA is a non-profit student organization founded by student body presidents in 1959. Recognized by the CSU Trustees as the official voice of CSU students, CSSA has long advocated for student access to an affordable, high quality CSU education. CSSA student leaders work with the CSU Chancellor, CSU Trustees, Governor, and State Legislature to positively affect higher education policy in California.

To learn more about what programs CSSA offers and what kind of activities the organization engages in, please visit  or phone (562) 951-4025.

Will Financial Aid cover this $2 fee?

If your financial aid award is sufficient to pay all of your registration charges, the SIRF will be paid by your financial aid when it disburses to your student account.

How do I opt out?

The deadline to opt out of the fee is the census date for each term which is listed on the Academic Calendar. After the census date, students will no longer be able to opt out for the semester and the fee is non-refundable after the census date for each term. If a student chooses to, they will need to opt out each semester. Students can opt out through their Student Center after they register for classes by clicking "Account Inquiry" and selecting the "Activity" tab along the top. The "SIRF" is the only fee that is non-mandatory and has the option to opt out.

How to Opt Out of the Student Involvement & Representation Fee (SIRF)

Step 1. For information on SIRF (Student Involvement Representation Fee), go to your Student Center Main Page and click on the SIRF hyperlink located under "External Links."

Screenshot of Student Center with a red arrow pointing to the SIRF (Student Involvement and Representation Fee) hyperlink.

Step 2. To view your SIRF payment or to opt out of the fee, select “Account Inquiry” listed under “Finances."

Screenshot of from Student Centerof the Finances section with a pointer to the Account Inquiry hyperlink.

Step 3. Within Account Inquiry, click the activity tab.

  • This itemized list of charges will include the Student Involvement Rep Fee.
  • Click the image of theinformation icon " information button." The information button brings up a detailed description of the fee.
  • If you would like to opt out, click the Opt Out icon image of the opt out icon from the charge list.

Screenshot of the Account Activity page with both the information and opt out icons highlighted.

Step 4. Click the Activity Tab. The $2 credit will appear on the "Activity" page.

Another screenshot of Account Activity page with the Student Involvement Representation Fee highlighted.