State University Fee

It costs the CSU almost $11,000 annually to educate a student. Of that amount, the state pays approximately 70 percent, in-state students pay 25 percent, and the rest comes from sources such as private donations, grants and contracts.

The CSU undergraduate fee is the lowest among comparable institutions nationwide.

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The 2003-04 undergraduate fee of $2,046 applies to students with more than six credits. Those taking six units or less pay slightly more than half of the full-time fee. Graduate fees are currently $2,256. Out-of-state students pay the State University Fee, plus $282 per semester unit or $188 per quarter unit.

Other Costs

  Living on campus Living off campus/
away from home
 Housing/Meals $7,470 $8,061 
 Transportation 736 970 
 Books/Supplies 1,195 1,195 
 Personal 1,852 2,055 
 State University Fee 2,046 2,046 
 Average Campus Fees 504 504 
Total $13,803 $14,831 

Financial Aid
In 2002-03, almost $1.4 billion was distributed to more than 200,000 students, half of the total student population. The average award was $6,853.

Presidential scholar programs, which provide full scholarships to National Merit finalists and high school valedictorians, are also found at many CSU campuses.

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Last Updated: June 8, 2004