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Undergraduate Cost Overview

When considering the cost of college, it’s important to look at the value of the education you will get. CSULB consistently ranks as one of the top 100 best values in public colleges, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

Cost of Attendance is broadly defined as the average cost to attend CSULB for one 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).  

 

Cost of Attendance - 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
 

2017-18 CSULB Costs of Attendance (for estimating purposes only)

CA Residents 

Live with Family (Commuter)

Live on Campus

Live off Campus

Tuition and Fees

$6,798

$6,798

$6,798

Additional Costs**

$10,280

$17,556

$18,478

Total 

$17,078

$24,364

$25,276

Tuition & Fees
The average cost of tuition and fees for the academic year, based on 7+ units per semester enrollment.

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.
 

 

Cost of Attendance - 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

2017-18 CSULB Costs of Attendance (for Estimating Purposes Only)

Non- CA Residents* 

Live with Family (Commuter)

Live on Campus

Live off Campus

Tuition and Fees

$17,094

$17,094

$17,094

Additional Costs**

$10,280

$17,556

$18,478

Total 

$27,374

$34,660

$35,572

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 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.

Cost Tools

CSULB provides several tools to help you estimate the costs associated with earning your degree. We encourage students to use them in order to have a better understanding of the true cost of attendance.

Net Price & Cost Calculator
By answering a few simple questions, the CSULB Net Price & Cost Calculator (CSUNPCC) will present you with an early estimate of your full-time cost of attendance and financial aid at CSULB.

College Scorecard
With the College Scorecard, you can see annual costs at CSULB that factor in room & board, student aid, and your family income.

CSULB Tuition website
Review the current Tuition & Fees information for CSULB.

Housing and Food Services
Research the room and meal rates for On-Campus Housing.