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Colleges / California State University, Bakersfield

CSU Bakersfield Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time students at California State University, Bakersfield was $5,742 a year for in-state students and $15,246 a year for out-of-state students. On average, colleges raise tuition about 3 percent each year.

If these numbers seem daunting, remember, the "sticker price" of tuition doesn't give you enough information to determine the actual cost. Many students pay far less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts kick in. Plus, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay for college more manageable.

Tuition for international students at California State University, Bakersfield is $15,246 per year.

In-state vs. Out-of-state Tuition at CSU Bakersfield

California State University, Bakersfield is a public, state institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $5,742 for in-state students who attend full-time. For students who are not considered California-residents, out-of-state tuition is $15,246 a year.

Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. These institutions offer reduced tuition for students who are residents of that state.

Attending a school where you qualify for in-state tuition can save significant money on the overall cost of college. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. In many states, students must have lived in the state for 12 months before starting school to qualify for in-state tuition

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CSU Bakersfield International Student Tuition

CSU Bakersfield has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.

International students at California State University, Bakersfield can expect to pay around $15,246 per year, before any scholarships or financial aid.

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but may be eligible for school-specific aid and scholarships.

CSU Bakersfield Living Expenses and Other Costs

In addition to tuition, there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies.

Room and Board at CSU Bakersfield

Room and board at CSU Bakersfield is $13,200 a year. This includes the cost of living in dorms or other campus housing, plus a meal plan that allows you to eat in the school dining facilities. Students who live off campus but still want to use the dining facility can pay for a meal plan. The cost of board-only is $10,190.

Board costs may vary depending on how many meals are included in the meal plan you choose.

Cost of Books at CSU Bakersfield

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. At CSU Bakersfield, you can expect to pay about $1,266 a year for books and supplies. This does not count the initial cost of a computer or other technology. The actual cost of books depends on the courses you take and the materials required.

Yearly Fees

Most schools also have fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs. Full-time undergrads at CSU Bakersfield pay $1,840 in fees each academic year.

There may also be optional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team, may mean additional fees.

Transportation costs

The total cost of transportation in college can really vary. It depends on if you drive or fly to get to school, own a car, or if you prefer to walk or take public transportation to get around campus.

A school's location can impact transportation costs. The California State University, Bakersfield campus is in a urban setting in California.

For CSU Bakersfield students, $1,076 is good ballpark for transportation costs for on-campus students. $5,274 is a good estimate for transportation costs for students who live off campus.

Other College Costs

When creating a budget for college, don’t forget to leave some room in your budget for personal expenses, like entertainment, clothes, furnishings and toiletries.

Let’s look at the breakdown of all expenses, which can add up for both on-campus and off-campus students.

How much does CSU Bakersfield cost?

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
In-state Tuition $5,742
Out-of-State Tuition $15,246
Room and Board $13,200
Board Only $5,274
Books and Supplies $1,266
Yearly Fees $1,840
Transportation $1,076
Other expenses $2,056
Total Estimated Costs

Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

Financial Aid at CSU Bakersfield

The majority of California State University, Bakersfield undergrads use financial aid to to cover the cost of tuition. In 2021, 7,018 of the 9,979 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. CSU Bakersfield meets 58 percent of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $11,919 a year. Around 42 percent of CSU Bakersfield undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. CSU Bakersfield graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $17,417 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $17,471
State Loans $2,250
CSU Bakersfield-Specific Loans $0
Private Loans $15,581
Most Common Loans for CSU Bakersfield Students
Federal Loans 41.6%
State loans 1%
Private loans 1%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on CSU Bakersfield financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at California State University, Bakersfield

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2021, CSU Bakersfield awarded 6,502 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $72,343,462 to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $3,512,475 in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Net Cost of CSU Bakersfield

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for CSU Bakersfield students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at CSU Bakersfield was $11,919 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of CSU Bakersfield seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
In-State, On-Campus $266
Net In-state, Off-campus $5,013
Out-of-State, On-Campus $21,689

What will attending CSU Bakersfield really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families understand the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the CSU Bakersfield's net cost calculator on their website.

CSU Bakersfield Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

Students cannot pay tuition in installments. Contact the financial aid office to verify this and discuss options.

CSU Bakersfield Tuition Waivers

Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups to cover some or all of the cost of tuition. Some schools offer them for employees and their family, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

CSU Bakersfield Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$7,419

In State

$19,299

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$5,742
$17,622
Fees
$1,677
$1,677
Housing
Unknown
Unknown
Books
Unknown
Unknown

CSU Bakersfield Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

78%

Average Financial Aid Package

$11,365

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

11,745

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

78%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$7,419

Out-of-State

$19,299

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 30
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