Cost of Attendance

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› How cost of attendance relates to the types and amounts of aid awarded.

› The estimated cost to attend SDSU for an academic year for—
   undergraduate students, out-of-state students, graduate students, and teaching credential students.

› Be aware of your specific cost for the campus housing room type and meal plan you select.

› How to calculate the approximate net price that you and your family should expect to pay using your own funds.

Cost of Attendance Definition

Cost of Attendance (COA) is the estimated cost to attend SDSU during the nine-month academic year.

While your individual costs may vary, the COA reflects a modest, adequate living allowance. Your individual circumstances, discretionary expenses, or spending styles may not be the same as the standard COA.

Your financial aid award will be based on the standard COA. In some cases, certain documented expenses can be considered for an adjustment to increase your student or parent loan. Refer to how to request an increase.

University Housing Costs

Be aware of the costs for the choices you make. Your selection of room type (single or double) and meal plan may affect how much you or your parents must borrow or pay using your own funds.

The COA for living in university housing reflects a standard allowance for living with a roommate for the nine-month academic year.

Some residents, returning for another year, receive a special discounted rate. Their standard allowance for room and meals is substantially reduced and their financial aid award is adjusted to reflect the discounted cost.

Cost of Attendance Tables

The California State University (CSU) makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Tuition and fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after initial tuition and fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees.

Official university tuition and fees can be found on the Student Account Services Web site.

Amounts shown are for full-time enrollment for the nine-month academic year.

Less than full-time enrollment may change your award amount.

Undergraduate Students 2014-15 Standard Costs
for
California Residents
updated April, 2014
Living with Parents Living in
University Housing
Living Off Campus
Basic Tuition and Fees* $6,866 $6,866 $6,866
Books, Supplies $1,762 $1,762 $1,762
Food, Housing $4,099 $14,745 $11,176
Transportation $1,464 $1,420 $1,819
Miscellaneous/Personal $1,365 $1,365 $1,365
Total Academic Year $15,556 $26,158 $22,988
*Out-of-state tuition: add $372 per unit to the basic tuition and fees listed above.
*Imperial Valley Campus: subtract $1,160 from the basic tuition and fees listed.
All costs are subject to change without notice.

Undergraduate Students 2014-15 Standard Costs
for
Out-of-State (Nonresidents for Tuition Paying Purposes)
updated April, 2014
Living in
University Housing
Living Off Campus
Basic Tuition and Fees* $6,866 $6,866
Out-of-State Tuition** $11,160 $11,160
Books, Supplies $1,762 $1,762
Food, Housing $14,745 $11,176
Transportation $1,420 $1,819
Miscellaneous/Personal $1,365 $1,365
Total Academic Year $37,318 $34,148
*Imperial Valley Campus: subtract $1,160 from the basic tuition and fees listed.
**Out-of-state tuition: based on 15 units each semester at $372 per unit.
All costs are subject to change without notice.

Graduate Students 2014-15 Standard Costs
for
California Residents
updated April, 2014
Living with Parents Living in
University Housing
Living Off Campus
Basic Tuition and Fees* $8,132 $8,132 $8,132
Books, Supplies $1,762 $1,762 $1,762
Food, Housing $4,099 $14,745 $12,408
Transportation $1,670 $1,620 $2,071
Miscellaneous/Personal $1,365 $1,365 $1,365
Total Academic Year $17,028 $27,624 $25,738
*Doctoral programs have different tuition and fees costs. For official costs, check the Student Account Services Web site.
*Add $254 per unit for graduate business students in selected degree programs.
*Out-of-state tuition: add $372 per unit to the basic tuition and fees listed.
*Imperial Valley Campus: subtract $1,160 from the basic tuition and fees listed.
All costs are subject to change without notice.

Teaching Credential Students 2014-15 Standard Costs
for
California Residents
updated April, 2014
Living with Parents Living in
University Housing
Living Off Campus
Basic Tuition and Fees* $7,742 $7,742 $7,742
Books, Supplies $1,762 $1,762 $1,762
Food, Housing $4,099 $14,745 $11,176
Transportation $1,464 $1,420 $1,819
Miscellaneous/Personal $1,365 $1,365 $1,365
Total Academic Year $16,432 $27,034 $23,864
*Out-of-state tuition: add $372 per unit to the basic tuition and fees listed above.
*Imperial Valley Campus: subtract $1,160 from the basic tuition and fees listed.
All costs are subject to change without notice.

Net Price

The net cost to you, or net price of attending, is the approximate cost you and your family should expect to pay from your own funds.

The amount you should expect to contribute will depending on the amount of financial aid available to award you after you complete your application and provide the requested documentation. Your contribution will also depend on the amount of federal student and/or parent loans you plan to borrow. Your financial aid award will include a federal student loan estimate and may include a Parent PLUS loan estimate.

California State University Net Price Calculator

Go to the California State University Net Price Calculator Web site and complete the online form. Based on your answers, you will be able to estimate how much grant and loan you may be eligible to receive if you attend SDSU assuming you are a first-time degree undergraduate student attending full time.

Note: Using this online calculator is not an application for, nor offer of, financial aid.

 

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