CSU Financial Aid

Students attending the CSU should be focused squarely on their college education and experience, not whether they can pay tuition and fees or afford to attend the next semester. That’s why the CSU strives to keep costs to a minimum by offering institutional aid programs in addition to federal and state grant and loan programs.

In 2016-17, 80 percent of the CSU’s total student population received some form of financial aid and 63 percent of all undergraduate students paid $0 in systemwide tuition. CSU systemwide tuition is one of the lowest in the nation, at $5,742 per year for a resident undergraduate student. 

These programs help mitigate the cost of attendance for our lowest income students and keep student debt as low as possible. In fact, CSU bachelor's degree recipients have lower average debt ($16,625) than California ($22,744) and national ($28,350) averages.