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Cost of Attendance

The estimated cost of attendance reflects estimated expenses for the nine-month academic year. Standard expenses include the cost of tuition fees, books and supplies for two semesters of full-time enrollment, as well as an allowance for room and board and other living expenses based on where you plan to live while in school.

Please Note: All CSU fees listed are estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the CSU Board of Trustees.

2020-21 Cost of Attendance - Full Year (Fall/Spring)

Using the student’s corresponding cost of attendance figures below, parents and students may Estimate your Cost of Attendance to help determine approximate costs.

  • 2020-21 Undergraduate/Resident/Full-Time

     
     Fee Living with Parents or Relatives  Living On-Campus Living Off-Campus
    Tuition Fee $5,742 $5,742 $5,742
    Local Fees $1,970 $1,970 $1,970
    Books $1,072 $1,072 $1,072
    Room & Board $8,518 $13,150 $16,180
    Transportation $2,010 $1,504 $1,578
    Personal/Misc. $2,460 $2,058 $2,388
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $21,850 $25,164 $29,264
    * Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 7 or more units per term.
  • 2020-21 Undergraduate/Non-Resident/Full-Time

     Fee Undergraduate Living with Parents or Relatives  Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus
    Tuition Fee $15,246 $15,246 $15,246
    Local Fees $1,970 $1,970 $1,970
    Books $1,072 $1,072 $1,072
    Room & Board $8,518 $13,150 $16,180
    Transportation $2,010 $1,094 $1,834
    Personal/Misc. $2,460 $2,058 $2,388
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $31,354 $34,668 $38,768
    ** Non-Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 12 units per term.
  • 2020-21 Undergraduate/Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholar/Full-Time

     Fee Undergraduate Living with Parents or Relatives  Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus
    Tuition Fee $8,208 $8,208 $8,208
    Local Fees $1,970 $1,970 $1,970
    Books $1,072 $1,072 $1,072
    Room & Board $8,518 $13,150 $16,180
    Transportation $2,010 $1,094 $1,578
    Personal/Misc. $2,460 $2,058 $2,388
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $24,316 $27,630 $31,474
  • 2020-21 Credential/Resident/Full-Time

     Fee Living with Parents or Relatives  Living On-Campus Living Off-Campus
    Tuition Fee $6,660 $6,660 $6,660
    Local Fees $1,970 $1,970 $1,970
    Books $1,072 $1,072 $1,072
    Room & Board $8,518 $13,150 $16,180
    Transportation $2,010 $1,094 $1,834
    Personal/Misc. $2,460 $2,058 $2,388
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $22,768 $26,082 $30,182
    * Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 7 or more units per term.
  • 2020-21 Credential/Non-Resident/Full-Time

     Fee Undergraduate Living with Parents or Relatives  Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus
    Tuition Fee $15,588 $15,588 $15,588
    Local Fees $1,970 $1,970 $1,970
    Books $1,072 $1,072 $1,072
    Room & Board $8,518 $13,150 $16,180
    Transportation $2,010 $1,094 $1,834
    Personal/Misc. $2,460 $2,058 $2,388
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $31,696 $35,010 $39,110
    ** Non-Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 12 units per term.
  • 2020-21 Graduate/Resident/Full-Time

     Fee Living with Parents or Relatives  Living On-Campus Living Off-Campus
    Tuition Fee** $7,176 $7,176 $7,176
    Local Fees $1,970 $1,970 $1,970
    Books $1,072 $1,072 $1,072
    Room & Board $8,518 $13,150 $16,180
    Transportation $2,010 $1,094 $1,834
    Personal/Misc. $2,460 $2,058 $2,388
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $23,284 $26,598 $30,698
    * Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 7 or more units per term.                
    ** Graduate Professional Business Fees are an additional $270 per units in addition to the fees listed.
  • 2020-21 Graduate/Non-Resident/Full-Time

     Fee Graduate Living with Parents or Relatives  Graduate Living On/Off Campus Graduate Living On/Off Campus
    Tuition Fee** $18,640 $18,640 $18,640
    Local Fees $1,970 $1,970 $1,970
    Books $1,072 $1,072 $1,072
    Room & Board $8,518 $13,150 $16,180
    Transportation $2,010 $1,094 $1,834
    Personal/Misc. $2,460 $2,058 $2,388
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $34,748 $38,062 $42,162
    ** Non-Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 12 units per term.
    ** Graduate Professional Business Fees are an additional $270 per units in addition to the fees listed.

2019-20 Cost of Attendance - Full Year (Fall/Spring)

Using the student’s corresponding cost of attendance figures below, parents and students may Estimate your Cost of Attendance to help determine approximate costs.

  • 2019-20 Undergraduate/Resident/Full-Time

     
     Fee Living with Parents or Relatives  Living On-Campus Living Off-Campus
    Tuition Fee $5,742 $5,742 $5,742
    Local Fees $1,960 $1,960 $1,960
    Books $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
    Room & Board $6,096 $13,000 $16,188
    Transportation $1,620 $1,504 $1,578
    Personal/Misc. $1,704 $1,704 $1,704
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $19,200 $25,988 $29,250
    * Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 7 or more units per term.
  • 2019-20 Undergraduate/Non-Resident/Full-Time

     Fee Undergraduate Living with Parents or Relatives  Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus
    Tuition Fee $15,246 $15,246 $15,246
    Local Fees $1,960 $1,960 $1,960
    Books $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
    Room & Board $6,096 $13,000 $16,188
    Transportation $1,620 $1,504 $1,578
    Personal/Misc. $1,704 $1,704 $1,704
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $28,704 $35,492 $38,754
    ** Non-Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 12 units per term.
  • 2019-20 Undergraduate/Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholar/Full-Time

     Fee Undergraduate Living with Parents or Relatives  Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus
    Tuition Fee $8,208 $8,208 $8,208
    Local Fees $1,960 $1,960 $1,960
    Books $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
    Room & Board $6,096 $13,000 $16,188
    Transportation $1,620 $1,504 $1,578
    Personal/Misc. $1,704 $1,704 $1,704
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $21,666 $28,454 $31,716
  • 2019-20 Credential/Resident/Full-Time

     Fee Living with Parents or Relatives  Living On-Campus Living Off-Campus
    Tuition Fee $6,660 $6,660 $6,660
    Local Fees $1,960 $1,960 $1,960
    Books $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
    Room & Board $6,096 $13,000 $16,188
    Transportation $1,620 $1,504 $1,578
    Personal/Misc. $1,704 $1,704 $1,704
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $20,118 $26,906 $30,168
    * Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 7 or more units per term.
  • 2019-20 Credential/Non-Resident/Full-Time

     Fee Undergraduate Living with Parents or Relatives  Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus
    Tuition Fee $15,588 $15,588 $15,588
    Local Fees $1,960 $1,960 $1,960
    Books $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
    Room & Board $6,096 $13,000 $16,188
    Transportation $1,620 $1,504 $1,578
    Personal/Misc. $1,704 $1,704 $1,704
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $29,046 $35,834 $39,096
    ** Non-Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 12 units per term.
  • 2019-20 Graduate/Resident/Full-Time

     Fee Living with Parents or Relatives  Living On-Campus Living Off-Campus
    Tuition Fee** $7,176 $7,176 $7,176
    Local Fees $1,960 $1,960 $1,960
    Books $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
    Room & Board $6,096 $13,000 $16,188
    Transportation $1,620 $1,504 $1,578
    Personal/Misc. $1,704 $1,704 $1,704
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $20,634 $27,422 $30,684
    * Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 7 or more units per term.                
    ** Graduate Professional Business Fees are an additional $270 per units in addition to the fees listed.
  • 2019-20 Graduate/Non-Resident/Full-Time

     Fee Graduate Living with Parents or Relatives  Graduate Living On/Off Campus Graduate Living On/Off Campus
    Tuition Fee** $18,640 $18,640 $18,640
    Local Fees $1,960 $1,960 $1,960
    Books $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
    Room & Board $6,096 $13,000 $16,188
    Transportation $1,620 $1,504 $1,578
    Personal/Misc. $1,704 $1,704 $1,704
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $32,098 $38,886 $42,148
    ** Non-Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 12 units per term.
    ** Graduate Professional Business Fees are an additional $270 per units in addition to the fees listed.

2018-19 Cost of Attendance - Full Year (Fall/Spring)

Using the student’s corresponding cost of attendance figures below, parents and students may Estimate your Cost of Attendance to help determine approximate costs.

  • 2018-19 Undergraduate/Resident/Full-Time

     Fee Living with Parents or Relatives  Living On-Campus Living Off-Campus
    Tuition Fee $5,742 $5,742 $5,742
    Local Fees $1,906 $1,906 $1,906
    Books $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
    Room & Board $5,418 $13,000 $15,150
    Transportation $1,568 $1,132 $1,250
    Personal/Misc. $1,480 $1,480 $1,480
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $18,192 $25,338 $27,606
    * Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 7 or more units per term.
  • 2018-19 Undergraduate/Non-Resident/Full-Time

     Fee Undergraduate Living with Parents or Relatives  Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus
    Tuition Fee $14,670 $14,670 $14,670
    Local Fees $1,906 $1,906 $1,906
    Books $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
    Room & Board $5,418 $13,000 $15,150
    Transportation $1,568 $1,132 $1,250
    Personal/Misc. $1,480 $1,480 $1,480
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $27,120 $34,266 $36,534
    ** Non-Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 12 units per term.
  • 2018-19 Undergraduate/Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholar/Full-Time

     Fee Undergraduate Living with Parents or Relatives  Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus
    Tuition Fee $8,208 $8,208 $8,208
    Local Fees $1,906 $1,906 $1,906
    Books $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
    Room & Board $5,418 $13,000 $15,150
    Transportation $1,568 $1,132 $1,250
    Personal/Misc. $1,480 $1,480 $1,480
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $20,658 $27,804 $30,072
  • 2018-19 Credential/Resident/Full-Time

     Fee Living with Parents or Relatives  Living On-Campus Living Off-Campus
    Tuition Fee $6,348 $6,348 $6,348
    Local Fees $1,906 $1,906 $1,906
    Books $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
    Room & Board $5,418 $13,000 $15,150
    Transportation $1,568 $1,132 $1,250
    Personal/Misc. $1,480 $1,480 $1,480
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $18,798 $25,944 $28,212
    * Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 7 or more units per term.
  • 2018-19 Credential/Non-Resident/Full-Time

     Fee Undergraduate Living with Parents or Relatives  Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus
    Tuition Fee $15,276 $15,276 $15,276
    Local Fees $1,906 $1,906 $1,906
    Books $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
    Room & Board $5,418 $13,000 $15,150
    Transportation $1,568 $1,132 $1,250
    Personal/Misc. $1,480 $1,480 $1,480
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $27,726 $34,872 $37,140
    ** Non-Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 12 units per term.
  • 2018-19 Graduate/Resident/Full-Time

     Fee Living with Parents or Relatives  Living On-Campus Living Off-Campus
    Tuition Fee** $6,738 $6,738 $6,738
    Local Fees $1,906 $1,906 $1,906
    Books $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
    Room & Board $5,418 $13,000 $15,150
    Transportation $1,568 $1,132 $1,250
    Personal/Misc. $1,480 $1,480 $1,480
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $19,188 $26,334 $28,602
    * Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 7 or more units per term.                
    ** Graduate Professional Business Fees are an additional $254 per units in addition to the fees listed.
  • 2018-19 Graduate/Non-Resident/Full-Time

     Fee Undergraduate Living with Parents or Relatives  Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus
    Tuition Fee** $15,666 $15,666 $15,666
    Local Fees $1,906 $1,906 $1,906
    Books $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
    Room & Board $5,418 $13,000 $15,150
    Transportation $1,568 $1,132 $1,250
    Personal/Misc. $1,480 $1,480 $1,480
    Loan Fee $78 $78 $78
    Total $28,116 $35,262 $37,530
    ** Non-Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 12 units per term.
    ** Graduate Professional Business Fees are an additional $254 per units in addition to the fees listed.

 


For Informational purposes only: In accordance with California Assembly Bill 990 the California State University San Marcos provides the typical market cost of a one bedroom apartment in the San Marcos area.

 1 Bedroom: $1,483 per month

The Room and Board expenses included in the off-campus Cost of Attendance represent the typical costs students pay when enrolled at California State University San Marcos. Actual costs of room and board will vary.  Many students living off-campus have roommates, which decreases their housing costs.