State University Fee

It costs the CSU more than $11,000 annually to educate a student. Of that amount, the state pays approximately 75 percent, in-state students pay 20 percent and the rest comes from other sources, such as private donations.

At $1,572 annually, the CSU fee is:

  • The lowest among comparable institutions

  • Less than half the average for four-year
    public institutions

  • Less than students paid in 1994
  • Out-of-state students pay the State University Fee, plus $282 per semester unit or $188 per quarter unit.

    The undergraduate fee applies to students with more than six credits. Those taking six units or less play slightly more than half of the full-time fee. In fall 2003, undergraduate fees will rise to $1,968 and graduate fees to $2,082.

    Other Costs

      Living on campus Living off campus/
    away from home
     Housing/Meals $7,075 $7,677 
     Transportation 721 963 
     Books/Supplies 1,132 1,132 
     Personal 1,803 1,997 
     State University Fee 1,572 1,572 
     Average Campus Fees 498 498 
     Total Fees 2,070 2,070 
    Total $12,801 $13,839 

    Financial Aid
    In 2001-2002, nearly $1.3 billion was distributed to more than 193,000 students, half of the total student population. The average award was $6,594 per student.

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    Last Updated: July 1, 2003