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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

     
    2020-21 Undergraduate/Resident/Full-Time Fees
     Fee Living with Parents or Relatives  Living On-Campus Living Off-Campus
    Tuition Fee $5,742 $5,742 $5,742
    Campus 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 $24,070 $29,264

    * Resident full-time tuition fees are based on 7 or more units per term.

  • 2020-21 Undergraduate/Non-Resident/Full-Time

    2020-21 Undergraduate/Non-Resident/Full-Time Fees
     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
    Campus 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

    2020-21 Undergraduate/Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholar/Full-Time Fees
     Fee Undergraduate Living with Parents or Relatives  Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus
    Tuition Fee $8,613 $8,613 $8,613
    Campus 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

    2020-21 Credential/Resident/Full-Time Fees
     Fee Living with Parents or Relatives  Living On-Campus Living Off-Campus
    Tuition Fee $6,660 $6,660 $6,660
    Campus 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

    2020-21 Credential/Non-Resident/Full-Time Fees
     Fee Undergraduate Living with Parents or Relatives  Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus Undergraduate Living On/Off Campus
    Tuition Fee $16,164 $16,164 $16,164
    Campus 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

    2020-21 Graduate/Resident/Full-Time Fees
     Fee Living with Parents or Relatives  Living On-Campus Living Off-Campus
    Tuition Fee** $7,176 $7,176 $7,176
    Campus 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

    2020-21 Graduate/Non-Resident/Full-Time Fees
     Fee Graduate Living with Parents or Relatives  Graduate Living On/Off Campus Graduate Living On/Off Campus
    Tuition Fee** $16,680 $16,680 $16,680
    Campus 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.


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.