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Colleges / California State University, Northridge

California State University, Northridge

Northridge, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate88%
Acceptance Rate88%

CSU Northridge Tuition Information

In 2022, tuition for full-time students at California State University, Northridge 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.

If this information makes going to college seem daunting, remember, the "sticker price" of tuition does not tell the full story. Many students owe a lot less than the sticker price after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are awarded. Plus, student loans can make thecost of college feel more doable until after graduation.

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

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

California State University, Northridge is a public, state institution, which means 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 colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. 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 check your state's requirements for in-state residency. 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 additional requirements too, depending on the state you and your parents currently live in.

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Tuition for International Students at California State University, Northridge

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

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

Students from outside of the U.S. usually do not qualify for for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but should research private or school-specific grants, scholarships, and other funding opportunities..


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


In addition to the cost of tuition, room and board, books, transportation and fees are also costs it consider when budgeting for college. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at CSU Northridge.

Room and Board Costs at CSU Northridge

Housing and campus dining at CSU Northridge is $18,962 a year. This number covers the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, plus a meal plan that allows you to eat in the school dining halls. Students who do not live on-campus but would like to be able to eat in the campus dining can choose to be on a meal plan. The cost of board-only is $18,962.

Board costs can depend on the numnber of meals you intend to eat on-campus

Cost of Books at CSU Northridge

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The real cost of books and supplies 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

Most schools also have 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 certain activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or participating in sports or other extracurriculars. Most colleges offer ways for students with financial need to get help covering these costs.

The Cost of Transportation at CSU Northridge

The cost of transportation 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 walkable? 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.

A school's location can impact the amount you'll have to spend just to get around. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the other hand getting around in a city is sometimes costly, but cities may offer more buses, trains and low-cost flight options to actually get to school. California State University, Northridgeis in a urban setting in California, near Los Angeles.

Other Costs

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


Financial Breakdown for California State University, Northridge


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

How Much Does CSU Northridge Cost?

What will the cost of attending CSU Northridge 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 $18,962
Other expenses $3,132

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.


Financial Aid at California State University, Northridge


The majority of California State University, Northridge undergrads use financial aid to help pay for school. In 2022, 23,796 of the 34,275 undergrads enrolled received financial aid.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $12,183 a year.

Most Common Loans for CSU Northridge Students

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

Scholarships at California State University, Northridge

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 Northridge awarded 20,186 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $240 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $10.78 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

California State University, Northridge 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 Northridge 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 Northridge was $12,183 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of CSU Northridge seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
In-State, On-Campus $6,191
Net In-state, Off-campus $646
Out-of-State, On-Campus $30,254

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

California State University, Northridge 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.

Does CSU Northridge Offer Tuition Waivers?

Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups, to make attending more affordable. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition 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 California State University, Northridge


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CSU Northridge Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$19,965

In State

$31,845

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$5,742
$17,622
Fees
$1,235
$1,235
Housing
$11,502
$11,502
Books
$1,486
$1,486

CSU Northridge Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

69%

Average Financial Aid Package

$11,799

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

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

38,551

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

88%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$6,977

Out-of-State

$18,857

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 30
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