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San Diego State University

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Cost of Attendance

The California State University (CSU) makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

Official university tuition and fees can be found on the Student Account Services website.

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The average monthly rent for off campus housing in the College Area is $1,682 per month. Many students at SDSU who live off campus have roomates to decrease their overall housing costs. 

What is cost of attendance?

Cost of Attendance (COA) is the estimated cost to attend SDSU during the 9-month academic year.

While your individual costs may vary, the COA reflects a modest, adequate living allowance. Your individual circumstances, discretionary expenses, or spending styles may not be the same as the standard COA.

Your financial aid award will be based on the standard COA. 

 

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Postponing payments

You must pay each semester’s basic tuition and fees before registering for your classes, unless you qualify to postpone (delay) the payment until your financial aid is available. (Learn more about postponing payments.)

  • Note: If you are not a California resident, out-of-state tuition is an additional cost and is due at the beginning of the semester.