2009 Facts About the CSU

Student holding books

Students Costs

State University Fee

The 2008-09 undergraduate fee for full-time California resident students is $3,048. Credential program students pay $3,540. Graduate students pay $3,756. 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 $789 to student costs. Student fees cover about 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.

Cost of Attendance 1998-2009
Cost of Attendance 1998-2009
 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
 08/09 3,048
 

Other Costs

Other Costs
  Living
on campus
Living off campus/
away from home
 Housing/Meals
$9,321 $10,165 
 Transportation
1,039 1,185 
 Books/Supplies
1,533 1,533 
 Personal
2,432 2,466 
 State University Fee
3,048 3,048 
 Average Campus Fees
789 789 
Total
$18,162 $19,186 

Financial Aid

In 2007-08, more than $2 billion was distributed to more than 239,000 students, more than half of the total student population. The average award was $8,460. Presidential Scholars’ programs, which provide full scholarships to National Merit and high school valedictorians, are also found at many CSU campuses.