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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.

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.

 

 2017-18 Cost of Attendance - Full Year (Fall/Spring)


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.