College Based Fees
The College Based Academic Fee (CBF) is a mandatory Cal Poly fee, supported by a vote of the students, which is one portion of the overall registration costs each student pays to enroll at Cal Poly. A quarterly fee of $200 beginning fall quarter of 2002, adjusted for inflation, is assessed each student in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) to help support and enhance instruction programs in the five CAED departments (Architectural Engineering, Architecture, City & Regional Planning, Construction Management, and Landscape Architecture). The fee as of Fall Quarter, 2009 with inflation adjustments, was $252 per quarter for full time students, and $126 for part time students.
Fee Allocation & Accountability
In the CAED, the distribution of funds is directed entirely to the departments by major. All five departments in the CAED have established a consultative committee comprised of students and faculty that has a set of bylaws to govern the distribution, uses and accountability of these funds.
The fees are to be used exclusively to support the education of students majoring in the degree programs offered by the five departments. Uses of the fees must be consistent with the university CBF priorities as adopted in 2002: hiring faculty and student assistants to protect or improve course access and progress to degree, purchasing or maintaining and repairing instructional equipment and information technology, and supporting instruction-related activities.