Tuition and Fees

The cost of studying at CSU San Marcos for 2012-13 is $7,298 per year for undergraduates and $7,862 per year for second bachelor's degree and graduate students in university fees, plus $372 per unit in nonresident tuition. In order to remain in visa status, international students are required to take a full course load, which is 12 units per semester for undergraduate and second bachelor's degree students and 9 units per semester for graduate students.

The following table provides an estimate of the cost for a full-time international student. These totals should be used as the basis for the financial affidavit on the application form. (Please note that fees are subject to change without notice):

Estimated Expenses for International Students Per Academic Year, 2012-13

Undergraduate Second Bachelor's Graduate
Nonresident Tuition* $8,928 $8,928 $6,696
State and Campus Fees** $7,298 $7,862 $7,862
Books and Supplies $1,665 $1,665 $1,665
Room and Board $11,708 $11,708 $11,708
Health Insurance*** $933 $933 $933
Transportation $893 $893 $893
Personal Expenses $2,521 $2,521 $2,521

Total

$33,946 $34,510 $32,278


*The nonresident tuition rate is $372 per credit unit. The amounts shown represent the minimum required to maintain full-time student status. International undergraduate (including second bachelor's) students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits per semester, and graduate students must register for a minimum of 9 credit units. **Includes all mandatory campus fees, but not optional vehicle parking fee of $338 per semester.

***Health Insurance premium is for 12 months.

If you plan to stay in the U.S. during the summer break and/or take classes during the summer session, you will need additional funds to cover your expenses.

If dependents will accompany you in the U.S. the minimum amount required to support them is $6,000 for a spouse and $4,000 per child. The Affidavit of Financial Support must include these additional amounts.

Financial assistance in the form of scholarships and tuition waivers is available on a limited basis for international students.

Total Costs for Extended Learning and Other Special Programs

PSM Biotechnology 

(21 months)

ABSN Nursing

(24 months)

MBA

(18 months)

Mandatory Tuition* $27,930 $37,775 $31,692
Mandatory Fees* $1,910 $2,292 $14,508
Books and Supplies $3,750 $5,610 $3,330
Room and Board $27,300 $31,200 $23,400
Health Insurance*** $1,866 $1,866 $1,497
Transportation $2,084 $2,381 $1,786
Personal Expenses $5,885 $6,723 $5,042
Total for Program $70,722 $87,847 $78,853
Total First Year**** $42,120 $42,385 $56,564
*Tuition rate per unit varies depending on program:
PSM: Tuition rate is $645 per unit
ABSN: Tuition rate for lecture classes is $345 per unit and for clinical/lab classes is $445 per unit
MBA: Tuition rate is $372 per credit unit.
**Includes all mandatory campus fees, but not optional vehicle parking fee of $338 per semester in spring and fall, $195 in summer.
***Health insurance premium is mandatory for 12 months
Additional required amounts must be documented for dependents: $6,000/spouse and $4,000 per child.
****Financial guarantee documents must reflect sufficient funds to cover total first year program costs, listed in the last row of the table above.