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San Diego State Tuition & Cost

San Diego, California

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State California Resident Sticker Price
$30,240
In State Costs for San Diego State University
Fee Cost
Tuition$5,742
Books and Supplies$1,079
Other Fees$1,978
Room and Board $18,531
Other Expenses Budget$2,910
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
$42,120
Out of State Costs for San Diego State University
Fee Cost
Tuition$17,622
Books and Supplies$1,079
Other Fees$1,978
Room and Board $18,531
Other Expenses Budget$2,910

Residents of California pay an annual total price of $30,240 to attend San Diego State University on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $5,742 for tuition, $18,531 room and board, $1,079 for books and supplies and $1,978 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $42,120 which is 39.3% higher than California residents. The tuition charge is $17,622 while room and board is $18,531, books and supplies are $1,079 and other fees come in at $1,978.

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 San Diego State University when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
$13,192
Net Price by Income San Diego State University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$7,169
$30,001 to $48,000$9,274
$48,001 to $75,000$14,698
$75,001 to $110,000$18,957
$110,000+$22,318

The average reported annual net price for San Diego State University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $13,192 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

58% of full-time undergrad San Diego State University received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $9,431 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 27% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,152 and 3% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $21,405.

Finanical Aid San Diego State University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $9,431 58%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $7,471 25%
Pell Grants $5,481 26%
Other Federal Grants $1,178 5%
State and Local Grants $2,744 41%
Federal Student Loans $5,152 27%
Other Student Loans $21,405 3%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to San Diego State University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $34,108. The loan balance of $34,108 is a four year multiple of the $8,527 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 $325 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 $34,108
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $325.43
Total Interest Paid $4,943.35
Sum of All Loan Payments $39,051.35

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
$120,960
Year California Residents Non Residents
1 $30,240 $42,120
2 $30,538 $42,536
3 $30,840 $42,955
4 $31,144 $43,379

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at San Diego State University to be $120,960 - 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 San Diego State University
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 San Diego State University 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 San Diego State University versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

San Diego State University 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=122409 IPEDS survey data for San Diego State University.