Legislative Affairs


CSSA sponsors and advocates for and against bills in the legislature on behalf of CSU students. The organization’s legislative affairs committee reviews, researches and makes recommendations to the CSSA Board of Directors on pertinent higher education legislation originating from the state and federal levels.

Statement of Legislative Principles

These principles provide basic parameters to guide positions taken by the California State Student Association and the Associated Students member organizations on matters pending before the California legislature and Congress. Legislation brought to the Board of Directors and its committees for consideration must meet at least four out of six principles.

The following constitute the core principles that guide CSSA’s recommendations on legislation:

  1. Maintain affordability and access to a quality CSU education.
  2. Seek adequate funding for ongoing operations, increased enrollment, and state-mandated programs.
  3. The restoration and expansion of financial aid programs at the state and federal levels.
  4. Provide the authority and flexibility necessary for the university to respond to the needs of students and the state.
  5. Seek to provide for representation of students on appropriate boards, commissions, task forces, study groups, etc., that may have an impact on higher education.
    1. Student appointment to the California State University Board of Trustees.
    2. Student appointment to the California State Aid Commission.
    3. Student appointment to all CSU System wide Committees.
  6. Remain neutral on matters in which have no direct impact the CSU System, CSU students, and Higher Education.

Past Accomplishments

1972: Student Presidents Association sponsors successful legislation authorizing the expenditure of student body fees to fund a lobbyist for CSU students (Ed Code ยง 89300). This is why CSSA is able to employ a director of government relations.

1974: Student leaders successfully advocate students’ interests to the legislature and university administration, setting the foundation of student leadership that exists today.

1975: Student Presidents Association successfully passes legislation to place the first student trustee on the CSU Board of Trustees. The legislation also recognized the student association’s role in nominating the student trustee to the Governor.

1987: Sponsored bill to repeal state law penalizing student financial aid in response to protests

1975-1979: Repeatedly killed an annual tuition bill intended for CSU students

1989-1990: Effectively lobbied the governor to change student fee increase from 10% to 3.6%

1992: Sponsored AB 3294, allowing fee installment plans for public university students

2000-2006: Participated in national student effort to change credit-card marketing practices on public college campuses

2007: Sponsored AB 2813, raising the Cal Grant age eligibility from 24 to 27 years of age.

2012: CSSA joins efforts with UCSA to successfully pass AB 970, The Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act.

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