Instructional Related Activities (IRA)

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California Education Code 89230

Per the California Education Code 89230, the Instructionally Related Activities Fee was established to provide support for essential educational experiences and activities that aid and supplement the fundamental educational mission of the institution.

"Instructionally related activities" are those activities and laboratory experiences, which are at least partially sponsored by an academic discipline or department and which are in the judgment of the President, integrally related to its formal instructional offerings.

Activities which are considered to be essential to a quality educational program and an important instructional experience for any student enrolled in the respective program may be considered instructionally related.


  • To reduce the demand on the Associated Student Body funds for instructionally related activities so that the Student Body Fee can be used to underwrite authorized programs and services based on student priorities.
  • To Supplement General Fund appropriated instructionally related activity funds
  • To ensure stable and adequate funding for instructionally related activities as defined herein

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If you have any questions regarding IRA, please contact the Office of the Provost at (310) 243-3307 or send an email to

What is an Instructionally Related Activity fee?

Instructionally Related Activities include the Student Research Conference, class trips, university athletic and performing arts events, and the student newspaper. They enrich the campus community and enhance the educational value of our degrees, but they aren’t covered by tuition or individual course fees. Instead, students support these activities by paying an “IRA Fee” each semester.

How much is the IRA fee now?

Currently each student pays $5.00 per semester to support Instructionally Related Activities. This results in a total budget of around $200,000 each academic year. Next year the fee will go to $15 a semester. 

Who decides which programs to support?

Each year’s allocations are decided by the president, using recommendations developed by a committee of eight people: two faculty, two administrators, and four students, appointed by student government.

When is the last time the fee was raised?

The CSUDH IRA fee was established in 1979 at $5 per semester and has not increased since that time.

How does the IRA fee at Dominguez Hills compare to others?

The average IRA fee at CSU campuses is $229 per semester, with Humboldt assessing the highest IRA fee at $337 per semester followed by Sonoma at $274 per semester.