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What is “cost of attendance”?

The estimated cost of attendance reflects estimated expenses for the nine-month academic year. Standard expenses include the cost of state tuition fees, books and supplies for two semesters of full-time enrollment, as well as an allowance for room and board and other living expenses based on where you plan to live while in school. See How Cal State Fullerton assigns your COA. If you attend Cal State Fullerton only one semester, or if you attend summer session in addition to the regular semesters, we prorate your costs. Tuition and fees reflect the new tuition fee costs approved by the CSU Board of Trustees and can be subject to change.

*Note: All CSU tuition fees listed are estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the CSU Board of Trustees.

Standard 9 month Student Budget 2014-2015 - Full Time Tuition Fees
(Enrolled in 7 or more units per semester)

Budget
Item

Undergraduate Commuter

Undergraduate Living in Dorm

Undergraduate Living in Off-Campus Apt.

Teacher Credential Living Off Campus Apt. Graduate Student Living Off Campus Apt.

Fees*

$6,196
$6,196
$6,196
$7,072
$7,462
Books & Supplies
1,806
1,806
1,806
1,806
1,806
Room/Board
4,596
13,510
12,924
12,924
12,924
Misc.
1,364
1,364
1,364
1,364
1,364
Transportation
1,490
1,390
1,490
1,490
1,490
Loan Fee
54
54
54
54
54
           
Total
$15,506
$24,320
$24,834
$24,710
$25,100
   

Standard 9 month Student Budget 2014-2015 - Part Time Tuition Fees
(Enrolled in 6 or less units per semester)

Budget
Item

Undergraduate Commuter

Undergraduate Living in Dorm

Undergraduate Living in Off-Campus Apt.

Teacher Credential Living Off Campus Apt. Graduate Student Living Off Campus Apt.

Fees*

$3,898
$3,898
$3,898
$4,408
$4,630
Books & Supplies
1,806
1,806
1,806
1,806
1,806
Room/Board
4,596
13,510
12,924
12,924
12,924
Misc.
1,364
1,364
1,364
1,364
1,364
Transportation
1,490
1,390
1,490
1,490
1,490
Loan Fee
54
54
54
54
54
           
Total
$13,208
$22,022
$21,536
$22,046
$22,268

 

How does Cal State Fullerton assign my COA?

When we receive your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), we check to see if you indicated your housing plans on your FAFSA. If you did, we assign one of these three budgets:

  • At home with parent/relative
  • On-campus (please see below for further information)
  • Off-campus apartment/house

 

What is the policy if I plan to live on campus?

Initially we will establish your cost of attendance based on the housing plans you indicated on the FAFSA when you completed it. Starting in early summer, the Housing and Residential Life Office sends us lists of students who have secured on-campus housing . If you initially indicated on your FAFSA that you planned to live on campus but you do not appear in the on-campus housing records, we will adjust your cost of attendance to "at home" and make any necessary award adjustments due to the change in cost of attendance.

 

What happens if I left my housing plans blank on my Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

If you did not tell us your housing plans on your FAFSA, we assign an "at home" budget. If this is not correct and you will not live at home, with a parent or relative, you need to notify the Office of Financial Aid of this correction.

You may contact the Office of Financial Aid for instructions on how to make this change, or you may download and complete the "Housing Update Form" and attach the appropriate documentation to the form, which is then submitted to the Office of Financial Aid.

 

What if I want my assigned COA to be changed?

A change in COA usually does not affect grant awards but it may affect the amount of loan you may borrow for the year. This is because the “family contribution” determines eligibility for most grant programs. If you need to know whether a change in housing status will affect your awards, please feel free to contact our office. We will be happy to change your COA if necessary. We may require documentation, such as a copy of your lease or rental agreement, before changing your budget from at home to off-campus. If your budget increases your eligibility for financial aid funds, we will adjust your awards according to funding availability at the time you make the request.

 

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