State University Fee
The 2004-05 undergraduate fee for full-time California resident students is $2,334. Credential program students pay $2,706. Graduate students pay $2,820. Out-of-state students pay the State University Fee, plus $339 per semester unit or $226 per quarter unit. Campus-based fees add an average of $582 to student costs.

Student fees cover less than a third of the more than $11,000 that it costs the CSU to educate a student each year. Despite recent increases, the CSU’s undergraduate fee is the lowest among comparable institutions nationwide.

Other Costs

  Living on campus Living off campus/
away from home
 Housing/Meals $7,790 $8,354 
 Transportation 793 1,024 
 Books/Supplies 1,236 1,236 
 Personal 1,915 2,099 
 State University Fee 2,334 2,334 
 Average Campus Fees 582 582 
Total $14,650 $15,629 

Financial Aid
In 2003-04, more than $1.5 billion was distributed to more than 211,000 students, more than half of the total student population. The average award was $7,420. Presidential Scholars’ programs, which provide full scholarships to National Merit and high school valedictorians, are also found at many CSU campuses.

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Last Updated: March 17, 2005