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Cal State Fullerton Tuition & Cost

Fullerton, California

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State California Resident Sticker Price

In State Costs for California State University Fullerton
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,203
Other Fees$1,234
Room and Board $16,703
Other Expenses Budget$3,133

Out of State Resident Sticker Price

Out of State Costs for California State University Fullerton
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,203
Other Fees$1,234
Room and Board $16,703
Other Expenses Budget$3,133

In-State Tuition

In-state tuition at California State University Fullerton for undergraduate students residing in California is $5,742. Room and board charges total $16,703 per year. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $1,203 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $1,234 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $3,133 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending California State University Fullerton full time should expect a total annual cost of $28,015.

Out-of-State Tuition

Undergraduate tuition at California State University Fullerton is $17,622 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $16,703 for room and board, $1,203 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $1,234. Students are advised to budget $3,133 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $39,895. This figure is 42.4% higher than what California residents pay.

All price data is sourced from the 2021/2022 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.
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Net Price

The average reported annual net price for California State University Fullerton for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $8,322 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending California State University Fullerton, once common grants and scholarships have been taken into account. It's important to note that this net price can fluctuate based on factors such as family income and individual financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020

Net Price by Income California State University Fullerton
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$4,590
$30,001 to $48,000$5,821
$48,001 to $75,000$9,017
$75,001 to $110,000$12,977

Financial Aid

79% of full-time undergrad California State University Fullerton received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $9,115 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 26% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $4,824 and 2% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $12,308.

Finanical Aid California State University Fullerton
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $9,115 79%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $5,617 45%
Pell Grants $5,110 50%
Other Federal Grants $994 8%
State and Local Grants $2,712 61%
Federal Student Loans $4,824 26%
Other Student Loans $12,308 2%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to California State University Fullerton, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $17,176. The loan balance of $17,176 is a four year multiple of the $4,294 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 $182 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 4.99%.

Example Loan $17,176
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.99%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $182.09
Total Interest Paid $4,675.30
Sum of All Loan Payments $21,851.30

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price

Year California Residents Non Residents
1 $28,015 $39,895
2 $28,291 $40,289
3 $28,571 $40,686
4 $28,853 $41,088

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at California State University Fullerton to be $112,060 - 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 Fullerton
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 Fullerton 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 Fullerton versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

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

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110565 IPEDS survey data for California State University Fullerton.