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CSU Tuition & Cost

Chico, California

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State California Resident Sticker Price
$24,686
In State Costs for California State University Chico
Fee Cost
Tuition$5,742
Books and Supplies$1,148
Other Fees$2,122
Room and Board $13,500
Other Expenses Budget$2,174
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
$36,566
Out of State Costs for California State University Chico
Fee Cost
Tuition$17,622
Books and Supplies$1,148
Other Fees$2,122
Room and Board $13,500
Other Expenses Budget$2,174

Residents of California pay an annual total price of $24,686 to attend California State University Chico on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $5,742 for tuition, $13,500 room and board, $1,148 for books and supplies and $2,122 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $36,566 which is 48.1% higher than California residents. The tuition charge is $17,622 while room and board is $13,500, books and supplies are $1,148 and other fees come in at $2,122.

All price data is sourced from the 2020/2021 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend California State University Chico when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
$16,109
Net Price by Income California State University Chico
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$11,754
$30,001 to $48,000$13,040
$48,001 to $75,000$16,738
$75,001 to $110,000$20,708
$110,000+$24,220

The average reported annual net price for California State University Chico for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $16,109 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

72% of full-time undergrad California State University Chico received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $8,892 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 42% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $4,735 and 3% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $12,921.

Finanical Aid California State University Chico
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $8,892 72%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $5,750 40%
Pell Grants $5,063 42%
Other Federal Grants $1,167 6%
State and Local Grants $2,656 47%
Federal Student Loans $4,735 42%
Other Student Loans $12,921 3%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to California State University Chico, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $45,104. The loan balance of $45,104 is a four year multiple of the $11,276 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $430 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 2.75%.

Example Loan $45,104
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $430.34
Total Interest Paid $6,537.03
Sum of All Loan Payments $51,641.03

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
$98,744
Year California Residents Non Residents
1 $24,686 $36,566
2 $24,930 $36,927
3 $25,176 $37,291
4 $25,424 $37,659

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at California State University Chico to be $98,744 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 1% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at California State University Chico
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
California Residents $0 $0 $0
Out of State Residents $372 $1,116 $1,488

Estimated cost for a class at California State University Chico based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at California State University Chico versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

California State University Chico Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110538 IPEDS survey data for California State University Chico.