CSU Facts 2007
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Costs

State University Fee
The 2006-07 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 $679 to student costs.

Proposed fees for 2007-08 »

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.

State University Fees 1996-2006

Cost of Attendance 1996-2006
 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
 06/07 $2,520

Other Costs
  Living
on campus
Living off campus/
away from home
 Housing/Meals $8,529 $9,071 
 Transportation 941 1,095 
 Books/Supplies 1,281 1,281 
 Personal 2,217 2,345 
 State University Fee 2,520 2,520 
 Average Campus Fees 679 679 
Total $16,167 $16,991 

Financial Aid
In 2005-06, more than $1.7 billion was distributed to more than 220,000 students, more than half of the total student population. The average award was $7,887. 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: June 07, 2007