CSU Facts 2008
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Costs

State University Fee
The 2007-08 undergraduate fee for full-time California resident students is $2,772. Credential program students pay $3,216. Graduate students pay $3,414. 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 $704 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.

State University Fees 1997-2008

Cost of Attendance 1997-2008
 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
 07/08 2,772

Other Costs
  Living
on campus
Living off campus/
away from home
 Housing/Meals
$9,042 $9,492 
 Transportation
1,027 1,153 
 Books/Supplies
1,351 1,351 
 Personal
2,298 2,399 
 State University Fee
2,772 2,772 
 Average Campus Fees
704 704 
Total
$17,194 $17,871 

Financial Aid
In 2006-07, more than $1.8 billion was distributed to more than 228,000 students, more than half of the total student population. The average award was $8,050. 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: May 22, 2008