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CSU Long Beach Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time students at California State University, Long Beach was $5,742 a year for in-state students and $16,038 a year for out-of-state students. On average, colleges raise tuition about 3 percent each year.

If these numbers sound high, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't necessarily what you will have to pay to attend a school. 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, Long Beach is $16,038 per year.

Does CSU Long Beach Offer In-State and Out-of-State Tuition?

California State University, Long Beach 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 $16,038 a year.

Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. 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. Every state has their 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

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CSU Long Beach International Student Tuition

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

International students at California State University, Long Beach can expect to pay around $16,038 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. International students with need may be eligible for the following types of financial support:

Athletic Awards

CSU Long Beach-specific scholarships

International Students Tuition Waivers

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

CSU Long Beach 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 Long Beach

Room and board at CSU Long Beach is $14,270 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 $8,222.

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

Cost of Books at CSU Long Beach

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. At CSU Long Beach, you can expect to pay about $1,070 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 Long Beach pay $1,104 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, Long Beach campus is in a suburban setting in California, not far from Los Angeles. First-year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

For CSU Long Beach students, $1,094 is good ballpark for transportation costs for on-campus students. $5,136 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.

Total Cost of CSU Long Beach

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
In-state Tuition $5,742
Out-of-State Tuition $16,038
Room and Board $14,270
Board Only $5,136
Books and Supplies $1,070
Yearly Fees $1,104
Transportation $1,094
Other expenses $1,892
Total Estimated Costs

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

CSU Long Beach’s tuition and fees change based on: Academic program for both full and part-time students Course load for both full and part-time students Course level for both full and part-time students

California State University, Long Beach Financial Aid

The majority of California State University, Long Beach undergrads use financial aid to help pay for school. In 2021, 20,606 of the 33,919 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. CSU Long Beach meets 53 percent of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $14,718 a year. Around 43 percent of CSU Long Beach undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. CSU Long Beach graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $18,427 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $17,096
State Loans $0
CSU Long Beach-Specific Loans $2,500
Private Loans $26,225
Most Common Loans for CSU Long Beach Students
Federal Loans 43%
Private loans 2%

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 Long Beach financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at CSU Long Beach

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 Long Beach awarded 19,735 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $1,003,261,532 to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $4,162,403 in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

California State University, Long Beach 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 Long Beach 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 Long Beach was $14,718 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of CSU Long Beach seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
Net In-state, Off-campus $866
Out-of-State, On-Campus $19,656

What will attending CSU Long Beach 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 Long Beach's net cost calculator on their website.

CSU Long Beach Tuition Payment Plans

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

CSU Long Beach does not have guaranteed tuition.

The school offers a Prepaid Tuition Plan, which is a type of college savings plan that enables people to purchase future credits for their children at today's rate. It is best for people who are sure they or their child will attend a public school in their state.

CSU Long Beach offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.

CSU Long Beach 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

CSU Long Beach has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: International Students Employees or Children of Employees

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

CSU Long Beach Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$22,186

In State

$32,482

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$5,742
$16,038
Fees
$1,104
$1,104
Housing
$14,270
$14,270
Books
$1,070
$1,070

CSU Long Beach Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

69%

Average Financial Aid Package

$14,683

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

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

39,360

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

42%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$6,846

Out-of-State

$17,142

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