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Undergraduate Costs - Current Students

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.

A CSU Long Beach education has consistently been recognized as one of the “Best College Values” in the nation. There are many factors to weigh when choosing a college – with cost being one of the many considerations. 

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. 

Tuition and fees are paid directly to CSULB, but are only a part of your total education costs.  You also have to budget for room and board (housing and food), books, and transportation. Below are the estimated costs for these items – which, when combined – are your total estimated cost of attendance for one year at CSULB. 

Learn about what is included in the cost of college and ways to reduce college costs.

Below are the tuition and cost estimates for an academic year (fall and spring semesters), as of March 23, 2017. Keep in mind that these estimated amounts will probably differ from the amount you actually pay, as these expenses are not paid directly to CSULB (with the exception of CSULB On-Campus Housing).  You have some control over what your actual costs may be based on the choices you make.

 

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

Cost of Attendance for California Residents

Expenses

Commuter

On-Campus
Housing

Off-Campus
Housing

Tuition & Mandatory Fees

$6,798

$6,798

$6,798

Room and Board

$5,246

$12,644

$13,486

Books

$1,948

$1,948

$1,948

Travel

$1,566

$1,454

$1,524

Miscellaneous
(Includes loan fees)

$1,520

$1,520

$1,520

TOTAL

$17,078

$24,364

$25,276

Definitions:

Tuition & Mandatory 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 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.

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 - 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

Cost of Attendance for Non-California Residents

Expenses

Commuter

On-Campus
Housing

Off-Campus
Housing

Non-Resident Tuition

$10,296

$10,296

$10,296

Tuition & Mandatory Fees

$6,798

$6,798

$6,798

Room and Board

$5,246

$12,644

$13,486

Books

$1,948

$1,948

$1,948

Travel

$1,566

$1,454

$1,524

Miscellaneous
(Includes loan fees) 

$1,520

$1,520

$1,520

TOTAL

$27,374

$34,660

$35,572

Definitions:

Non-Resident Tuition
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.

Tuition & Mandatory 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 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.

  • 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 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.

CSU Net Price & Cost Calculator
By answering a few simple questions, the California State University 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.