Career Staff Reduced Fee Program


Career Staff Reduced Fee Program is available for eligible employees of UC Santa Cruz who are seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree. Participants must apply for admission and be accepted into a UC Santa Cruz program.

A discount to attend Summer Session classes is also available for UC Santa Cruz employees. Employees who wish to participate in the Staff Summer Session Discount do not need to apply for admission or be seeking a degree.


Career staff employees who have worked 6 months or more and completed probation; faculty and non-senate academic appointees who have worked at least 50% time for 6 months or more; and former University employees who have retired within four months of the date of separation from University service and who are annuitants of a retirement system to which the University contributes.

Please note:

  • Employees enrolled in self-supporting academic programs are not eligible for the Reduced Fee Program. 
  • Eligibility is based on employment status, not program enrollment. If someone is in the middle of a program, but does not maintain eligible employment through UC Santa Cruz, they are no longer eligible for the Reduced Fee Program.
  • Reduced Fee Enrollment will affect an undergraduate student’s Financial Aid package, please consult directly with the Financial Aid Office for more information.
  • Applications must be submitted to Learning & Development at least two weeks before the posted registration fee deadline.

Program Information

Regular Admission

Employee must be an admitted UC Santa Cruz student seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree. Fee reduction is 2/3. Employee pays 1/3 of Student Services Fee and Educational Fee—other campus fees waived. Visit the Registrar's website for the current fee schedule.

Maximum of three classes, or 9 units (whichever is greater) per quarter.


  • Employees who are also admitted UC Santa Cruz students should complete the Reduced Fee Application Form 
  • After you sign the form and have your Unit Head/Supervisor's signature and date, please scan the form or send via campus mail to Learning & Development - Staff Human Resources ( Learning & Development will forward the application to the Registrar's Office.
  • Email or call 831-459-1216 for more information about the program. A Reduced Fee Form must be submitted each quarter.

Summer Session

Take classes at half price! Staff and faculty receive a 50% tuition discount* on Summer Session classes and the campus fee is waived. Course material fee(s) may apply. 

Check out over 250 summer courses to find what appeals to you, including online, evening and two credit classes. Staff and faculty do not need to be in a degree-seeking matriculated program to take Summer Session.

For details, call the Summer Session office at 831-459-5373 or see their website.

[We're sorry - there are no audits or OLLI in Summer Session. *Discount not applicable for student workers.]