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. The 2022 conference will be held virtually on Sunday, March 13 from 8:00AM-5:00PM. ASI encourages Sac State students to attend the California Higher Education Student Summit at no cost. Registration for CHESS is due no later than February 25, 2022 at 11:59PM. 

Register for the CHESS conference here

For more information on the conference go the CSSA website here

If you have any questions, please reach out to ASI Civic Engagement Coordinator Lexie Tesch at asi-ogacec@csus.edu

More Information

CSSA Liaison Notes

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


CSSA Representatives

Samantha Elizalde, ASI President

Karina Arroyo, California State Student Association Liaison