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
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.