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Undergraduate Costs - Current Students

Cost of Attendance, or a budget, is broadly defined as the average cost to attend CSULB for one academic year, which consists of the Fall and 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. Below are the Cost of Attendance figures as of February 11, 2019.

Cost of Attendance Components

  • Tuition & Mandatory Fees: Cost paid to CSULB for courses, includes mandatory campus fees
  • Room and 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 (on-campus, off-campus, living at home)
    • Commuter Room and Board reflect the lower costs of living at home
    • On-Campus Room and Board is the average housing contract amount plus the 21-meal option
    • Off-Campus Room and Board assume a roommate
  • Books and Supplies: The average amount students spend on books and educational supplies
  • Transportation: The average transportation cost of travelling to and from CSULB
    • Amount does not include car payments, insurance, parking, or vehical maintenance
  • Personal Expenses: The average amount for personal expenses—from clothing and laundry to going to a movie or buying a pizza—each year

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   

 

Cost of Attendance - California Residents

2019 - 2020 Cost of Attendance for California Residents

Expenses

Commuter

On-Campus
Housing

Off-Campus
Housing

Tuition & Mandatory Fees

$6,834

$6,834

$6,834

Room and Board

$6,096

$13,158

$15,056

Books and Supplies

$2,058

$2,058

$2,058

Transportation

$1,620

$1,504

$1,578

Personal Expenses
(Includes loan fees)

$1,774

$1,774

$1,774

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).

Cost of Attendance - Non CA Residents

2019 - 2020 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

$6,834

$6,834

$6,834

Room and Board

$6,096

$13,158

$15,056

Books and Supplies

$2,058

$2,058

$2,058

Transportation

$1,620

$1,504

$1,578

Personal Expenses
(Includes loan fees) 

$1,774

$1,774

$1,774

TOTAL

$28,678

$35,624

$37,596

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.

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.