Estimated Costs of Attendance

We want you to understand what your costs will be so that you can make informed choices as you and your family prepare for the next step in your education. With advanced planning and a little bit of creativity, you can make this investment affordable for your family. Visit the Financial Aid & Scholarships page to determine how these can assist with the costs of attendance.

For the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and fees refer to the Student Account Services website.

Costs of attendance are subject to change by the Trustees of the California State University without prior notice. The amounts indicated are the estimated minimum costs required to attend SDSU full time for the 2019–20 academic year (9 months):

Domestic

  California Residents Nonresidents Out-of-State
Basic Tuition and Fees $7,510 $7,510
Nonresident Tuition* 0 $11,880
On-Campus Food and Housing $17,752 $17,752
Books, Supplies, Transportation, Personal Expenses $5,260 $5,260
Total $30,522 $42,402
  California Residents Nonresidents Out-of-State
Basic Tuition and Fees†† $8,944 $8,944
Nonresident Tuition* 0 $7,128
Estimated Off-Campus Food and Housing $15,025 $15,025
Books, Supplies, Transportation, Personal Expenses $5,989 $5,989
Total $29,958 $37,086

International

  First-Year Freshman Upper-Division Transfer
Basic Tuition and Fees $7,510 $7,510
Nonresident Tuition* $11,880 $11,880
Food and Housing $17,752 $13,533
Books, Supplies, Transportation $3,556 $4,007
Health Insurance* $1,454 $1,454
Total $42,152 $38,384
  Graduate Programs Graduate Business Programs
Basic Tuition and Fees $8,944 $13,804
Nonresident Tuition* $7,128 $7,128
Off-Campus Food and Housing $15,025 $15,025
Books, Supplies, Transportation $4,285 $4,285
Health Insurance* $1,454 $1,454
Total $36,836 $41,696

Cost of Attendance Note

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 system wide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter 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 system wide 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).

*Undergraduate nonresident tuition is based on 15 units each semester at $396 per unit. Graduate nonresident tuition is based on 9 units each semester at $396 per unit.

†Freshmen from outside SDSU's local admission area are required to live on campus for two years. Be sure to review the on-campus food and housing payment schedule on the Rates web page of the Housing and Residential Education website. Your total cost and payments will vary depending on the meal plan and room type (double, single) you request. The cost listed for an upper-division transfer is based on a student living off campus.

‡Plan for additional expenses that will increase your cost of attendance. For domestic undergraduates, we estimate the average annual cost of books and supplies to be $1,915, transportation to be $1,544, and personal expenses to be $1,480. For domestic graduate students, we estimate the average annual cost of books and supplies to be $1,854; transportation to be $2,180, and personal expenses to be $1,450. For international freshmen, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,915, transportation is $1,544. For international upper-division transfers, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,915, transportation is $1,982. For international graduate students, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,915, transportation is $2,253.

*†Based on one academic year of JCB student health insurance.

††Basic tuition and fees for first-time teacher credential students are $8,406. Graduate business students in selected degree programs pay an additional $270 per unit. Doctoral programs have different tuition and fee costs, check the Student Account Services website.