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California State University-Northridge Tuition & Cost

Northridge, 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 Northridge
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,486
Other Fees$1,301
Room and Board $11,502
Other Expenses Budget$3,132
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for California State University Northridge
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,486
Other Fees$1,301
Room and Board $11,502
Other Expenses Budget$3,132

In-state tuition at California State University Northridge for undergraduate students residing in California is $5,742. Room and board charges total $11,502 per year. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $1,486 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $1,301 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $3,132 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending California State University Northridge full time should expect a total annual cost of $23,163.

Undergraduate tuition at California State University Northridge is $17,622 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $11,502 for room and board, $1,486 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $1,301. Students are advised to budget $3,132 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $35,043. This figure is 51.3% 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.

Net Price

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending California State University Northridge, 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 Northridge
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$6,266
$30,001 to $48,000$7,103
$48,001 to $75,000$10,780
$75,001 to $110,000$15,380

The average reported annual net price for California State University Northridge for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $8,882 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

Financial Aid

86% of full-time undergrad California State University Northridge received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $10,855 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 $4,657 and 1% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $11,179.

Finanical Aid California State University Northridge
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $10,855 86%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $5,764 60%
Pell Grants $5,410 65%
Other Federal Grants $545 20%
State and Local Grants $2,534 76%
Federal Student Loans $4,657 26%
Other Student Loans $11,179 1%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to California State University Northridge, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $37,356. The loan balance of $37,356 is a four year multiple of the $9,339 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 $396 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 $37,356
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.99%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $396.04
Total Interest Paid $10,168.29
Sum of All Loan Payments $47,524.29

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year California Residents Non Residents
1 $23,163 $35,043
2 $23,392 $35,389
3 $23,622 $35,738
4 $23,856 $36,091

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at California State University Northridge to be $92,652 - 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 Northridge
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 Northridge 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 Northridge versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

California State University Northridge 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=110608 IPEDS survey data for California State University Northridge.