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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
$26,987
In State Costs for San Francisco State University
Fee Cost
Tuition$5,742
Books and Supplies$2,002
Other Fees$1,524
Room and Board $15,151
Other Expenses Budget$2,568
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
$38,867
Out of State Costs for San Francisco State University
Fee Cost
Tuition$17,622
Books and Supplies$2,002
Other Fees$1,524
Room and Board $15,151
Other Expenses Budget$2,568

Residents of California pay an annual total price of $26,987 to attend San Francisco State University on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $5,742 for tuition, $15,151 room and board, $2,002 for books and supplies and $1,524 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $38,867 which is 44% higher than California residents. The tuition charge is $17,622 while room and board is $15,151, books and supplies are $2,002 and other fees come in at $1,524.

All price data is sourced from the 2019/2020 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.
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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 2018/2019
$15,166
Net Price by Income San Francisco State University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$11,123
$30,001 to $48,000$12,517
$48,001 to $75,000$16,661
$75,001 to $110,000$21,027
$110,000+$23,892

The average reported annual net price for San Francisco State University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $15,166 in 2018/2019. 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

70% 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 $9,433 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 36% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $4,983 and 2% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $14,264.

Finanical Aid San Francisco State University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $9,433 70%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $5,703 44%
Pell Grants $5,036 48%
Other Federal Grants $590 25%
State and Local Grants $2,487 63%
Federal Student Loans $4,983 36%
Other Student Loans $14,264 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
$107,948
Year California Residents Non Residents
1 $26,987 $38,867
2 $27,253 $39,251
3 $27,522 $39,638
4 $27,794 $40,029

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 $107,948 - 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.