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California: Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver and Discount


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This is a comprehensive guide for all senior citizen tuition waivers, discounts, and auditable classes in the state of California.  I am working hard to get the information up-to-date covering all fifty states, which is quite a feat.  To stay informed on all free classes for seniors near me, check back often for the most recent updates.

 According to Executive Order 0734 California State University allow admission of eligible senior citizen 60+ and residents tuition waivers and discounts at their discretion.  These waiver can include application fee, state university fee, health services fee, and instructionally related activities fee.  They also offer reduced rates for other school related fees.

SeniorNet  This is an international, volunteer-based nonprofit organization that provides low to no-cost computer courses to seniors that are 50 and over.  Their membership is $40.00 a year or $30.00 for renewal.  They have a large number of Learning Centers throughout the US and internationally.  They have developed an extensive curriculum of over 30 courses ranging from healthcare to graphic and multimedia design.  With a membership they provide discounted prices for these courses.

Admissions - 707-654-1330

Financial Services - 707-826-4407

Cal Poly Pomona
Discontinuing this program as of the fall of 2023 

California Polytechnic State University
Contact Info : 805-756-2311

Financial Services - 530-898-5936

Admissions - 510-885-3500

Contact Info -831-582-3000

60+ can audit an open university course.
Continuing Education Contact - 916-278-4433

Program suspended 3/10/2011

Over 60 Program
Contact 408-924-1000

*Register online 2 days before class.

Financial Aid Contact -209-667-3406 

Sea Country Computer Learning Center, Laguna Niguel
(949) 425-5151

Eastmont Community Center, Oakland
(510) 382-0555

Ethel Macleod Hart Senior Center
(916) 264-5462

Senior Net Learning Center of Almaden
(408) 268-1133

Senior Net Learning Center of Cypress
no phone listed

Willows Senior Center
(408) 448-6400


  1. - California State University waivers for Senior Citizens (60 and above)

  2. San Francisco State University had a program for over 60 year olds but have cancelled it now and will only honor current students.

  3. I had looked forward to taking advantage of free or low cost courses when I retired in 2012. I found that they are few and far between in my area of California. The best I have found are offered by the Center for Lifelong Learning, associated with Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara. Courses are many and varied and of excellent quality, but are no longer free. Tuition for most classes is $5 hour, not including lab and materials fees, if indicated. Costs end up being $30 - $150 per course, depending on length. I drive 60 miles RT a couple of times a week to take advantage of this unique offering.

  4. Couldn't find a direct link to a program. What I did find was this mention, in a larger discussion about the CSU budget, here:

    "Waivers for seniors over 60 is the only age-based tuition waiver offered within CSU. These waivers are generally offered on a space-available basis (meaning there is an unfilled seat within the class of interest), so it is unlikely there is a significant “cost” or revenue loss to CSU associated with the provision of these waivers."

    1. West's Ann.Cal.Educ.Code § 89332
      § 89332. Fee waiver for disadvantaged students
      Fee waivers authorized pursuant to this article shall not be in place of fee waivers for disadvantaged students.
      (Added by Stats.1979, c. 246, p. 535, § 2, eff. July 11, 1979.)
      West's Ann. Cal. Educ. Code § 89332, CA EDUC § 89332
      Current with urgency legislation through Chapter 893 of 2016 Reg.Sess., Ch. 8 of 2015-2016 2nd Ex.Sess., and all propositions on 2016 ballot.


    2. West's Ann.Cal.Educ.Code § 89330

      § 89330. Admission and regular session registration; fee waiver


      The Trustees of the California State University may authorize at any of the institutions of the California State University the establishment of a program which allows persons 60 years of age or older to enroll in regular credit courses without requiring the payment of the application for admission fee and regular session registration fees.

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    1. Why r u wasting column space?

  6. Do this! I will be walking with my BA In Liberal Studies in 6 weeks. Began in 2012, bringing with me 6 classes from my Cal State studies in the 1980s and my AA from a community college in 1979. Ive paid $5 per quarter, so my degree was under $100. The academics are a very rigorous regimen but well worth the struggle. Do this and it will keep you young. Guaranteed you'll finish at the top of the class! One of the benefits of being over 60...the work ethic you'll bring.

    1. My email is Which college did you attend? Thank you. Patricia

  7. CSU East Bay has an over 60 program. I know two ladies who used this to get their Masters.

  8. Patricia,
    I, too, and interested in finding a college that will waive my fees as a senior. Did you get a response or any other current info?

  9. Hi, I would like to know whether anyone else is retired and looking for info on free tuition at the California community colleges. I'm looking at Las Positas, in Livermore, in particular. Thank you to anyone who replies!


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