Estimated Cost of Attendance

The total estimated cost of attendance includes tuition expenses for which you are billed, housing expenses, which include food and housing, and transportation, and additional expenses, such as books, supplies, and personal expenses.

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 2021–22 academic year (9 months):

Domestic Undergraduate

  California Residents Nonresidents
(Out-of-State)
Tuition Expenses
Basic Tuition and Fees $8,136 $8,136
Nonresident Tuition* $0 $11,880
Living Expenses
Housing and Food $19,330 $19,330
Additional Expenses
Transportation $1,113 $1,113
Books and Supplies $1,091 $1,091
Miscellaneous and Personal $1,814 $1,814
Total $31,484 $43,364

Domestic Graduate

  California Residents Nonresidents
(Out-of-State)
Tuition Expenses
Basic Tuition and Fees†† $9,570 $9,570
Nonresident Tuition* $0 $7,128
Living Expenses
Estimated Off-Campus Housing and Food $15,375 $15,375
Additional Expenses
Books, Supplies, Transportation, Personal Expenses $4,745 $4,745
Total $29,690 $36,818

International Undergraduate

  First-Year Students Upper-Division Transfers
Tuition Expenses
Basic Tuition and Fees $8,136 $8,136
Nonresident Tuition* $11,880 $11,880
Living Expenses
Housing and Food $19,330 $15,375
Additional Expenses
Books, Supplies, Transportation, Personal $4,018 $4,745
Health Insurance* $1,703 $1,703
Total $45,067 $41,839

International Graduate

  Graduate Programs Graduate Business Programs
Tuition Expenses
Basic Tuition and Fees $9,570 $14,430
Nonresident Tuition* $7,128 $7,128
Living Expenses
Estimated Off-Campus Housing and Food $15,375 $15,375
Additional Expenses
Books, Supplies, Transportation, Personal $4,745 $4,745
Health Insurance* $1,703 $1,703
Total $38,521 $43,381

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

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.

†First-years 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 $1,091, transportation to be $1,113, and personal expenses to be $1,814. For domestic graduate students, we estimate the average annual cost of books and supplies to be $1,091; transportation to be $1,120, and personal expenses to be $2,534. For international first-years, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,091, transportation is $1,113. For international upper-division transfers, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,091, transportation is $1,120. For international graduate students, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,091, transportation is $1,120.

*†Based on one academic year of JCB student health insurance during the 2020-21 academic year.

††Basic tuition and fees for first-time teacher credential students are $8,428. 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.