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California State University, Fullerton

Fullerton, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate59%
Acceptance Rate59%

CSU Fullerton Tuition Information

In 2022, tuition for full-time students at California State University, Fullerton was $5,742 a year for in-state students and $17,622 a year for out-of-state students.

On average, colleges raise tuition about 3% each year.

Remember, the advertized cost of tuition does not tell the full story. Many students pay far less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are applied. Plus, student loans can make thecost of college more manageable until you're done with college.

International students can expect to pay 17,622 per year for tuition at California State University, Fullerton.

California State University, Fullerton: In-state vs. Out-of-State Tuition

California State University, Fullerton is a public, state institution, which means 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 $17,622 a year.

Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency.

Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state status can cut the cost of college tuition. Don't forget to confirm your state's guidelines for how to qualify for as an in-state resident. Every state has its own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. In many states, students must have lived in the state for 12 months before starting school to qualify for in-state tuition. There may be other criteria too, depending on where you live.

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Is California State University, Fullerton's Tuition Different for International Students?

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

International students at California State University, Fullerton can expect to pay around $17,622 per year, before any scholarships or financial aid.

Students from outside of the U.S. usually do not qualify for for federal financial aid, but may be eligible for private or school-specific aid and scholarships. International students with need may qualify for the following types of financial support at CSU Fullerton:

•CSU Fullerton-specific scholarships

International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships.


California State University, Fullerton Living Expenses, Fees, and More


Tuition is not the only cost of attending college; room and board, books, transportation and fees are also costs it consider when planning for college. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at CSU Fullerton.

Room and Board Costs at CSU Fullerton

Room and board at CSU Fullerton is $17,304 a year. This covers the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, and a meal plan that allows you to eat in the school dining facilities.

Board costs can depend on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.

How Much Do Books Cost at CSU Fullerton?

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The real cost of books and supplies depends on the courses you take and what kinds of books and materials they require. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy used textbooks and materials.

Annual Fees

The majority of colleges charge some yearly fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the computer labs and libraries, athletic facilities, and more.

There may be additional fees associated with participating in special activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team. Many schools have ways for students who may struggle to participate because of cost can find ways to lower or eliminate these costs.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Transportation costs at CSU Fullerton

The cost of getting around in college depends on a few key factors. Will you drive, fly, or take public transportation to school? Will you need to pay to park on-campus? Is the campus small enough that you can easily walk from class-to-class?? Do you plan to bring a car or will you need to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these factors can drastically impact your transportation budget. Keeping in mind, first-year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

A school's location can impact transportation costs. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the flip side, getting around in a city is often expensive, but there may be more trains, busses and low-cost flight options to actually get to school. California State University, Fullertonis located in a suburban setting in California, not far from Los Angeles.

Other Costs

When creating a budget for college, be sure to factor in the cost of things like going out to eat or see shows, furnishing your living space, and things like haircuts, clothes and, yes, even toilet paper and shampoo.


Financial Breakdown for California State University, Fullerton


Now, let’s do a rundown of all of the costs associated with college, to get a better idea of how much students can expect to shell out for CSU Fullerton.

How Much Does CSU Fullerton Cost?

What will the cost of attending CSU Fullerton be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.

2022 Total Tuition and Expenses
In-state Tuition $5,742
Out-of-State Tuition $17,622
Room and Board $17,304
Other expenses $1,480

The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.

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


California State University, Fullerton Financial Aid


The majority of CSU Fullerton undergrads use financial aid to finance their education. In 2022, 19,162 of the 35,401 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. CSU Fullerton meets 86% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $12,076 a year. Around 76% of CSU Fullerton undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. CSU Fullerton graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $6,710 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $6,426
Private Loans $0
Most Common Loans for CSU Fullerton Students
Federal Loans 74%

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 Fullerton financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at California State University, Fullerton

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 2022, CSU Fullerton awarded 17,297 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $208.9 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $15.69 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

California State University, Fullerton Net Cost

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 Fullerton 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 Fullerton was $12,076 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of CSU Fullerton seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
In-State, On-Campus $3,609
Net In-state, Off-campus $-3,099
Out-of-State, On-Campus $27,565

Note: a negative number can indicate that a refund will be given to use toward other expenses such as housing, fees, and books. In such cases, be sure to reach out to the school directly for any clarification or questions.

What will attending CSU Fullerton 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 make more informed decisions about the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the CSU Fullerton's net cost calculator on their website.

California State University, Fullerton 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 Fullerton Tuition Waivers

Schools sometimes waiver tuition for certain groups, to make attending more affordable. Some schools offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even if you qualify for a 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.


Learn More About California State University, Fullerton


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CSU Fullerton Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$26,281

In State

$38,161

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$5,742
$17,622
Fees
$1,233
$1,233
Housing
$17,304
$17,304
Books
$2,002
$2,002

CSU Fullerton Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

58%

Average Financial Aid Package

$11,372

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

40,738

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

59%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$6,975

Out-of-State

$18,855

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 30
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