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San Francisco State Tuition & Cost

San Francisco, California

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State California Resident Sticker Price
In State Costs for San Francisco State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,038
Other Fees$1,264
Room and Board $15,949
Other Expenses Budget$3,152
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for San Francisco State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,038
Other Fees$1,264
Room and Board $15,949
Other Expenses Budget$3,152

Residents of California pay an annual total price of $27,145 to attend San Francisco State University on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $5,742 for tuition, $15,949 room and board, $1,038 for books and supplies and $1,264 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $39,025 which is 43.8% higher than California residents. The tuition charge is $17,622 while room and board is $15,949, books and supplies are $1,038 and other fees come in at $1,264.

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

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income San Francisco State University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$10,705
$30,001 to $48,000$11,862
$48,001 to $75,000$16,065
$75,001 to $110,000$20,159

The average reported annual net price for San Francisco State University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $14,757 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

77% of full-time undergrad San Francisco 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 $9,519 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 34% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,178 and 2% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $13,196.

Finanical Aid San Francisco State University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $9,519 77%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $5,935 48%
Pell Grants $5,259 49%
Other Federal Grants $665 26%
State and Local Grants $2,515 51%
Federal Student Loans $5,178 34%
Other Student Loans $13,196 2%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to San Francisco State University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $41,588. The loan balance of $41,588 is a four year multiple of the $10,397 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 $397 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 $41,588
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $396.80
Total Interest Paid $6,027.45
Sum of All Loan Payments $47,615.45

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year California Residents Non Residents
1 $27,145 $39,025
2 $27,413 $39,410
3 $27,683 $39,799
4 $27,957 $40,192

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at San Francisco State University to be $108,580 - 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 Francisco 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 Francisco 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 Francisco State University versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

San Francisco 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=122597 IPEDS survey data for San Francisco State University.