Cost of Attendance Budgets
The following provides budget information for students who are admitted to the University as California residents, non-residents, or Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program participants.
Eligibility for financial aid is based on one's estimated financial need, which is calculated using a simple formula:
Cost of Attendance (COA) – Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Financial Need
It is important to note that a student is not required to have financial need to be eligible to receive unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, PLUS loans, or merit-based scholarships.
The Cost of Attendance (COA) is a figure calculated annually by financial aid offices that represents an estimate of the total cost (including tuition, fees, books, course materials, supplies, & equipment (est.), food & housing (est.), transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses) for a full-time student to attend their university during the academic year.
Based on a formula approved by Congress, the U.S. Department of Education uses the information you reported on the FAFSA to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This number appears on your Student Aid Report (SAR) and represents the amount the student and his or her family are expected to contribute to the Cost of Attendance (COA).
Your COA and EFC are key factors to determine your financial aid eligibility. However, many factors determine financial aid eligibility. Sometimes a student pays more than their EFC, and sometimes they may pay less. Special circumstances may also affect the amount of financial aid you receive.
View the Tuition Fee Detail.
The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. 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 fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a semester has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).