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CSU San Marcos: Cost and Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office

Financial aid officer:Julie Lindenmeier,
Director​
Contacting the office:760 750-4850
760 750-3047 (fax)
finaid@csusm.edu
FAFSA number:030113​
​Financial aid homepage:www.csusm.edu/finaid/

Expenses

Undergraduate tuition:$14,400 out-of-state​
Comprehensive tuition/room/board fees:$23,162​
Tuition notes:comprehensive tuition/room/board fees, no tuition for state residents​
Additional required fees:$7,264​
Book fees:$1,764​
Miscellaneous expenses:$3,454​
Other expenses:Personal and transportation.​
Combined room and board expenses:$13,240

Applying for Aid

Required formPriority dateRolling?​​Closing date
FAFSA​March 2noN/A
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Date award notification beginsApril 16
Applied for financial aid:
  • 98% of first-year students 
  • 94% of full-time undergraduates 
  • 94% of part-time undergraduates
Determined to have financial need:
  • 81% of first-year students 
  • 87% of full-time undergraduates 
  • 90% of part-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any financial aid:
  • 98% of first-year students 
  • 98% of full-time undergraduates 
  • 95% of part-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any need-based gift aid:
  • 79% of first-year students 
  • 80% of full-time undergraduates 
  • 75% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial​​ aid who received need-based self-help aid:
  • 98% of first-year students 
  • 99% of full-time undergraduates 
  • 96% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid whose need was fully met (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
  • 0% of full-time undergraduates 
  • 0% of part-time undergraduates
Average percent of need that was met of students who received any need-based aid (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
  • 56% for first-year students 
  • 61% for full-time undergraduates 
  • 45% for part-time undergraduates
Average financial aid package (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
  • $5,044 for first-year students 
  • $5,307 for full-time undergraduates 
  • $3,872 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based gift award:
  • $5,954 for first-year students 
  • $4,867 for full-time undergraduates 
  • $3,109 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based self-help award (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
  • $1,003 for first-year students 
  • $4,289 for full-time undergraduates 
  • $1,487 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based loan (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
  • $1,003 for first-year students 
  • $1,289 for full-time undergraduates 
  • $1,487 for part-time undergraduates
Students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):0% of full-time undergraduates
Average award to students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):$375 for full-time undergraduates
Students who received a non-need-based athletic award:
  • 1% of first-year students 
  • 0% of full-time undergraduates
Average non-need-based athletic award:
  • $1,705 for first-year students 
  • $1,705 for full-time undergraduates
School participates in Federal Work-Study Program:yes

Types of Aid Available

Parent loans packaged to meet need:
  • Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
  • Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • Direct PLUS Loans
  • FFEL PLUS Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • College/University Loans
Percent of undergraduates who have borrowed through all loan programs: 47%​
Average student debt upon graduation: $20,637​
Need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • need-based (general)
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • SEOG
  • state scholarships/grants
  • college/university scholarships/grants (institutional funds)
  • private scholarships/grants
Non-need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • non-need-based (general)
  • state scholarships/grants
  • academic merit scholarships/grants
  • athletic scholarships

Additional Information

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees."