College Based Fees

In 2002, Cal Poly students voted to pass the College Based Fee (CBF) initiative. Indexed for inflation and assessed each student in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, CBF funds are different from tuition in that they remain in the CAED and a portion of them is used to enhance instruction in the Department of Architecture. A set of bylaws govern the distribution, use and accountability of these funds. Uses include: hiring faculty, staff and student assistants; purchasing, maintaining and repairing instructional equipment; and support of instruction-related activities. The allocation of these funds is guided by a CBF Steering Committee comprised of students and faculty. 

CBF Steering Committee

The Department of Architecture has established a Steering Committee comprised of three students from each year of the program (with a faculty ombudsperson) to identify and evaluate needs, facilitate communication among students, and recommend proposals for funding. The Committee meets 3-5 times per quarter.

Students interested in joining the committee can download the Nomination Petition, follow its instructions and submit the petition to the Architecture Department.

2016-17 CBF Steering Committee Representatives:

First Year: Ryan Zhi Heng Lau,
Scout Taylor,

Ezra Zuidema

Second Year: Logan Kozlik
Elijah Williams
Kristin Miller-Nelsen
Third Year: Clark Cyr

Tunmi Da Silva,

Amy Han,

Fourth Year:

Josh Miller

Fifth Year:

Allison Bettencourt

Kealani Jensen

Ian Rivard

CBF Steering Committee Meetings

CBF Steering Committee meetings take place in the Neel Resource Center and are open to all students. Please attend, bring your ideas, share your concerns, and participate in the governance of the Department!

Meeting Schedule:

Meeting will be held Mondays at 6:00PM in the NRC.

Funding Requests

Students and faculty may request CBF funding by submitting a Funding Request Form. Make sure to specify a spending category and provide documentation where required. When complete, upload your Request Form and all documents to the ARCH CBF Committee Course on PolyLearn. You may be asked to present your request in person at a Steering Committee Meeting.

Approved Expenditures 2016-17

Approved expenses are updated on a monthly basis. As the CAED mandated that 100% of the CBF was to be earmarked towards education, the following initiatives are a result of the ingenuity and entrepreneurial ship of the students's leadership.

TBA $0.00
30 Studio Tables $14480.90
Design Village 2016 expenses $1518.65
Teaching Assistants $960.00
Total expenditures $16,959.55


Annual Expenditures

Annual Reports


Updated 04.21.17

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