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CSU Fullerton Tuition Information

In 2021, 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, college tuition rises about 3%ba year.

If these numbers seem daunting, remember, the "sticker price" of tuition doesn't give you all the info you need to know how much you will actually have to pay for college. Many students find the actual cost of college is way less than the sticker price after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are applied. Plus, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay out of pocket more manageable until you've finishing school and found a job.

Tuition for international students at California State University, Fullerton is $17,622 per year.

Does CSU Fullerton Offer In-State and Out-of-State Tuition?

California State University, Fullerton is a public, state institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $5,742 for students who qualify as state residents and 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 are eligible for the reduced tuition offered to state residentscan save on the total cost of attending college. Be sure to verify your state's guidelines for how to qualify for in-state tuition. Every state has its own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. The most common requirement is that students must have lived in the state for a full year before starting school. There may be other criteria as well, depending on the state you and your parents currently reside in.

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CSU Fullerton International Student Tuition

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

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

International students usually do not qualify for for federal financial aid, but should research private or school-specific grants, scholarships, and other funding opportunities.. International students with need may be eligible 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.

CSU Fullerton Living Expenses and Other Costs

Tuition is not the only cost of attending college;there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at CSU Fullerton.

Room and Board Costs at CSU Fullerton

Meal-plan costs vary based on on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.

Cost of Books at CSU Fullerton

First-year students are sometimes surprised by how much books and supplies cost–and not in a good way. . The real cost of books depends on the courses you take and the materials required. 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. Full-time undergrads at CSU Fullerton can expect to pay around $1,233 in fees every year they are enrolled.

Keep in mind, there could also be optional fees associated with participating in special activities, like Greek Life, or participating in sports or other extracurriculars. Most colleges have resources so that those who may struggle to participate because of cost can find ways to lower or eliminate these costs.

Transportation costs

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 easy to get around on foot? Do you own a car, or are you planning to use public transportation? All of these questions 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 your transportation budget. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the other hand transportation in an urban area could be costly, but there may be more trains, busses or low-cost flight options to actually get to school. The California State University, Fullerton campus is located in a suburban setting in California, near Los Angeles.

Other College Costs

When creating a budget for college, don’t forget to take into account the cost of things like movies, takeouts, furniture or appliances for your dorm or housing, and essentials like laundry detergent, toothpaste and toilet paper.

Now, let’s go over all of the costs we've covered, to get a better estimate of what is really costs to go to CSU Fullerton.

Total Cost of CSU Fullerton

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
In-state Tuition $5,742
Out-of-State Tuition $17,622
Yearly Fees $1,233
Other expenses $1,480
Total Estimated Costs

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

Financial Aid at CSU Fullerton

The majority of California State University, Fullerton undergrads use financial aid to to cover the cost of tuition. In 2021, 19,275 of the 36,770 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. CSU Fullerton meets 87% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $10,481 a year. Around 80% 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 $6,457 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $6,954
State Loans $0
CSU Fullerton-Specific Loans $0
Private Loans $0
Most Common Loans for CSU Fullerton Students
Federal Loans 79%

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 2021, CSU Fullerton awarded 16,888 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $0 thousand to help students with financial need cover the cost of school.

Net Cost of CSU Fullerton

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 $10,481 in 2021. 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
Out-of-State, On-Campus $11,856

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.

CSU 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 colleges offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even if you qualify for a waiver, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.

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

Learn More About CSU Fullerton

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CSU Fullerton Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$8,977

In State

$20,857

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

CSU Fullerton Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

59%

Average Financial Aid Package

$10,484

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

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

42,051

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

68%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$6,975

Out-of-State

$18,855

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 30
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