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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. Below are the tuition and cost estimates for an academic year (Fall and Spring semesters), as of February 11, 2019. 

A Cost of Attendance, or budget, is broadly defined as the average cost to attend CSULB for one academic year. A budget includes tuition and an estimate of average costs for books and supplies, room and board, transportation and personal expenses. 

For informational purposes only: In accordance with California Assembly Bill 990, California State University, Long Beach provides the typical market cost of a one bedroom apartment in the Long Beach area: 1 Bedroom: $1,824 per month 

 

California Residents

2019-2020 CSULB Costs of Attendance, based on 7+ units per semester enrollment

CA Residents 

Live with Family (Commuter)

Live on Campus

Live off Campus

Tuition and Fees

$6,834

$6,834

$6,834

Additional Costs**

$11,548

$18,494

$20,466

Total 

$18,382

$25,328

$27,300

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). 

Non-California Residents

2019-2020 CSULB Costs of Attendancebased on 7+ units per semester enrollment

Non- CA Residents* 

Live with Family (Commuter)

Live on Campus

Live off Campus

Tuition and Fees

$17,130

$17,130

$17,130

Additional Costs**

$11,548

$18,494

$20,466

Total 

$28,678

$35,624

$37,596


*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.

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). 

What are my additional costs?


The following items are included in the "Additional Costs” listed in the charts 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 housing 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 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.