What is CSSA?

“It is the mission of the California State Student Association to maintain and enhance the accessibility of an affordable, quality education for the people of California.”

The California State Student Association provides a unified voice for over 430,000 students in the California State University system. The Association represents each of the system’s 23 campuses, which range in diversity from the northern California redwood campus of Humboldt State University to the southernmost campus of San Diego State University.

CSSA facilitates and coordinates communication among campus student associations to bring about unity by addressing campus and statewide issues affecting the students of the California State University system. CSSA is an officially-recognized governing entity representing students of the CSU system to the Governor, State Legislature, and the CSU Board of Trustees.

For more information visit: http://calstatestudents.org/Volunteer and Attend Events with CSSA

Want to get involved with CSSA? Find out about volunteer opportunities and the events that CSSA holds throughout the year to connect with students and the state to get out the word about higher education.

Sacramento State’s Role in CSSA

Sacramento State Students support CSSA’s work in advocating for CSU students through SIRF contributions. SIRF, or the Student Involvement and Representation Fee, is an optional Two Dollar attachment to Fall and Spring tuition, and it ensures that CSSA is empowered to advocate for greater consideration of student issues during our State Budget Season, among other things. CSSA holds monthly meetings to address issues affecting students on CSU Campuses, and Sacramento State sends voting representatives to every monthly CSSA meeting.

Interested in Attending CHESS (California Higher Education Student Summit)?

The California Higher Education Student Summit (CHESS) is an annual conference hosted by CSSA in downtown Sacramento.  The 2021 conference will be held in virtually online Sunday, March 7 from 10:00am-3:00pm.  Registration for this conference which is FREE for all Sac State students may be found at the link below and are due no later than February 28, 2021.

Register for the CHESS conference here – FREE to all Sac State students 

More Information

CSSA Liaison Notes

Plenary Date Notes
July 9-11, 2021 July Plenary
August 7, 2021 August Plenary
September 11, 2021 September CSSA Plenary
October 9, 2021 October Plenary
November 6-7, 2021  
January 22-23, 2022  
February 12-13, 2022  
March 12, 2022  
April 9-10, 2022  
May 7-8, 2022  


CSSA Representatives

Samantha Elizalde, ASI President

Kathryn Webb, California State Student Association Liaison