CSU FACTS 2006

STUDENTS COSTS

State University Fee
The 2005-06 undergraduate fee for full-time California resident students is $2,520. Credential program students pay $2,992. Graduate students pay $3,102. 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 $644 to student costs.

Student fees cover less than a third of the more than $12,000 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.

Bar graph illustrates the average cost for a California resident to attend the CSU as a full-time undergraduate student each year from 1995 to 2005

Cost of Attendance 1995-2005
 95/96 $1,584
 96/97 1,584
 97/98 1,584
 98/99 1,506
 99/00 1,428
 00/01 1,428
 01/02 1,428
 02/03 1,572
 03/04 2,046
 04/05 2,334
 05/06 2,520

Other Costs
  Living on campus Living off campus/
away from home
 Housing/Meals $8,009 $8,622 
 Transportation 904 1,046 
 Books/Supplies 1,220 1,220 
 Personal 2,141 2,229 
 State University Fee 2,520 2,520 
 Average Campus Fees 644 644 
Total $15,438 $16,281 


Financial Aid
In 2004-05, more than $1.6 billion was distributed to more than 216,000 students, more than half of the total student population. The average award was $7,770. Presidential Scholars’ programs, which provide full scholarships to National Merit Scholars and high school valedictorians, are also found at many CSU campuses.


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Last Updated: June 28, 2006