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Frequently Asked Student Questions about Optional Fees

What is ASP?

Associated Students Program (ASP) is a sponsored benefit program that provides discounts and/or FREE services to SRJC enrolled students as a result of their paid membership. A complete list of ASP benefits can be accessed by clicking on the following web link: http://www.santarosa.edu/for_students/as/membership-benefits/

Education Code 76060.5: "{A $1.00 Student Representation Fee}...shall be collected...to provide for the support of governmental affairs representatives who may be stating their positions and viewpoints before city, county, and district governments, and before offices and agencies of the state...the governing body of the association may order an election be held for the purpose of establishing a student representation fee..."

What is a Student Representation Fee?

The Student Representation Fee is a voluntary one dollar ($1.00) donation collected at the time of registration for each enrolled student for purposes of providing student governmental affairs representatives the means to state their positions and viewpoints before city, county, district, state, and federal government as well as other public agencies. The Student Representation Fee was originally initiated in an effort to support a system wide student organization for the California community colleges similar to other system wide student associations, i.e. the University of California Student Association (UCSA) and the California State Student Association (CSSA), as well as other official student representative activities.

The California Education Code was amended by Assembly Bill (AB) 1725 signed by Governor George Deukmejian 1988. The focus of this law is to emphasize the role of Community Colleges in California as a postsecondary institution in addition to establishing an assurance of the students role in the shared governance process to express their opinions and give every reasonable consideration as supported by Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. This law provides and enhances access to governance mechanisms for the purpose of effective representation, accountability and improving communication, coordination and collaborative efforts in the interest of students in the educational process. AB 1725 opened the doors for advocacy at state, county, city and local campus levels, however a lack of funding became an obstacle to do so. The California Education Code was amended to provide a funding source by Assembly Bill (AB) 2756, sponsored by Assemblyman Hayden, in 1987. Since being chaptered, the fee has been sparsely implemented in the 112 campuses that make up our system. Efforts are continually made by the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) and have been by its predecessor the California Student Association of Community Colleges (CalSACC) to aid in the implementation of this fee on campuses system wide for many years since its adoption.

One of the major misunderstandings about the Student Representation Fee has been generated by its name. The Student Representation Fee is not really a fee. It is a completely voluntary contribution made at the time of registration. Any student wishing not to pay the Student Representation Fee for any political, religious, financial, or moral reason should not have to. Administered fairly, the fee is simple, easy to waive, and should be considered a donation rather than a fee.

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