2010 Facts About the CSU

Student holding books

Students Costs

Undergraduate State University Fee Rates

The 2009-10 undergraduate fee for full-time California resident students is $4,026. Credential program students pay $4,674. Graduate students pay $4,962. Out-of-state students pay the State University Fee plus $372 per semester unit or $248 per quarter unit. Campus-based fees add an average of $867 to student costs. Furthermore, a new Graduate Business Professional Fee for all courses required for graduation in an approved masterís degree program in business is established at a rate of $210 per semester unit and $140 per quarter unit. 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 continues to maintain one of the lowest undergraduate fees among comparable institutions.

Cost of Attendance 1999-2010
Cost of Attendance
1999-2010
 99/00 1,428
 00/01 1,428
 01/02 1,428
 02/03 1,507
 03/04 2,046
 04/05 2,334
 05/06 2,520
 06/07 2,520
 07/08 2,772
 08/09 3,048
 09/10 4,026
 

Other Costs

Other Costs
  Living
on campus
Living off campus/
away from home
 Housing/Meals
$9,929 $10,752 
 Transportation
1,071 1,232 
 Books/Supplies
1,624 1,624 
 Personal
2,569 2,624 
 State University Fee
4,026 4,026 
 Average Campus Fees
867 867 
Total
$20,086 $21,125 

Financial Aid

In 2008-09, over $2.3 billion was distributed to more than 269,000 students, more than half of the CSUís total student population. The average award was $8,819. Presidential Scholarsí programs, which provide full scholarships to National Merit and high school valedictorians, are also found at many CSU campuses.