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Credential Costs Overview

The average expense to attend CSULB (or Cost of Attendance) is broadly defined as the average cost to attend CSULB for one 9-month academic year (the Fall & Spring semesters). The Cost of Attendance budget helps you and the Financial Aid Office determine approximately how much money you need to attend CSULB, and how much financial aid you need to meet that goal.

Budgets include tuition and an estimate of average costs for books and supplies, room and board, transportation and personal expenses. Remember, the figures below are estimates -- your actual costs may differ. And of course, the amount anyone spends depends greatly on his or her own personal situation and individual choices.

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 systemwide 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 systemwide 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).

 

California Residents

Below are the tuition and cost estimates for an academic year (Fall and Spring semesters), as of March 23, 2017.  These figures reflect the tuition increase that was approved by the Board of Trustees at their March 22, 2017 board meeting.  Details about the increase can be found at www.calstate.edu/tuition-increase

Amounts below are based on full-time enrollment (12 units per semester). Less than full-time enrollment may change your costs. All costs are subject to change without notice.

2017-18 CSULB Costs of Attendance (for estimating purposes only)
  Live with Family
(Commuter)
Live On
Campus
Live Off
Campus
Tuition & Fees $7,716 $7,716 $7,716
Additional Costs ** $10,306 $17,592 $15,504
Total $18,022 $25,308 $26,220

Tuition & Fees

The average cost of tuition and fees for the academic year, based on 7+ units per semester enrollment.
(*Non-Resident students are assessed the CA Resident Tuition and Fees, plus an additional $372 per unit in Non-Resident Tuition. The figure above is based on enrollment in 26 units for the academic year - 13 units per semester.)

Additional Costs**
The following items are included in the “Miscellaneous Expenses” listed in the chart above.

Room & Board
The average cost per academic year to live in Long Beach while attending CSULB. Actual costs may vary by individual choices related to location and circumstances. All amounts for Off-Campus assume a roommate.

Books & Supplies
The average cost of books and supplies per academic year.

Transportation
The average cost of travelling to allowance provided to assist students who require transportation to campus from out of town and vice versa, not to maintain a vehicle.

Personal Expenses
The average amount for personal expenses—from clothing and laundry to going to a movie or buying a pizza—each year.

Non CA Residents

Below are the tuition and cost estimates for an academic year (Fall and Spring semesters), as of March 23, 2017.  These figures reflect the tuition increase that was approved by the Board of Trustees at their March 22, 2017 board meeting.  Details about the increase can be found at www.calstate.edu/tuition-increase.

Amounts below are based on full-time enrollment (12 units per semester). Less than full-time enrollment may change your costs. All costs are subject to change without notice.

2017-18 CSULB Costs of Attendance (for estimating purposes only)
  Live with Family
(Commuter)
Live
On Campus
Live
Off Campus
Tuition & Fees $17,220 $17,220 $17,220
Additional Costs ** $10,306 $17,592 $15,504
Total $27,526 $34,812 $35,724

Tuition & Fees

The average cost of tuition and fees for the academic year, based on 7+ units per semester enrollment.
(*Non-Resident students are assessed the CA Resident Tuition and Fees, plus an additional $396 per unit in Non-Resident Tuition. The figure above is based on enrollment in 24 units for the academic year - 12 units per semester.)

Additional Costs**
The following items are included in the “Miscellaneous Expenses” listed in the chart above.

Room & Board
The average cost per academic year to live in Long Beach while attending CSULB. Actual costs may vary by individual choices related to location and circumstances. All amounts for Off-Campus assume a roommate.

Books & Supplies
The average cost of books and supplies per academic year.

Transportation
The average cost of travelling to allowance provided to assist students who require transportation to campus from out of town and vice versa, not to maintain a vehicle.

Personal Expenses
The average amount for personal expenses—from clothing and laundry to going to a movie or buying a pizza—each year.