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Our Tuition Is 31% Below the National Average 1

Dreams of Greatness, Not Great Debt

Cal State Fullerton is an exceptional value: the No. 4 public school in the West2 with one of the lowest public university tuitions in the nation. A CSUF degree opens the door to upward mobility – with lower student debt.

The CSUF Pledge

Cal State Fullerton reaffirms our commitment to expand opportunities for students to access financial aid options and services to support their academic journeys. With these seven steps, We pledge to ensure the transformative promise of a college education is possible with these seven steps.

Financial Facts

  • top 5 best college for your money

    Cal State Fullerton ranks...
    in the top 5% of “Best Colleges for Your Money” 3
    No. 3 in the Pacific region on least student debt per borrower 4
    third in the top 10 universities for social mobility.5

  • Financial Aid Chart

    of students receive financial aid 6

  • Scholarship icon

    $337 million
    in loans, grants and scholarships to students in 2023-24 7


Low Cost For Students



CSUF annual tuition (based on fall 2020 tuition of $3,478)



National average cost to attend public, 4-year college (in-state) 8



National average cost to attend private, 4-year college 8


1U.S. News & World Report’s national average tuition for 4-year public colleges, 2019-20 school year

2U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Top Public Schools, Regional Universities West

3Money, Best Colleges in America, ranked by value, August 2020

4"The Top 75 Colleges in the Pacific with the Least Student Debt Per Borrower," LendEDU, Jan. 2021

5Education Reform Now report, Dec. 2020

6CSUF Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, CSUF Facts: Fall 2020

7CSUF Office of Financial Aid

8US News & World Report 2019-20

9Average student loan debt per borrower, LendEDU, Jan. 2021

Low Student Indebtedness 9

Low Student Indebtedness
Average % of freshmen assuming loans
CSUF $14,965 42
California Average $22,530 55
National Average $29,076 60

Cost of Attendance

Important Notice: The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees approved a multi-year tuition increase beginning the 2024-2025 academic year. More information


For latest updates on tuition and fees, visit Student Business Services or visit Financial Aid updates



Spring 2024 Tuition and Campus-Based Fees



  • $3,539.17 enrolled in 7 or more units
  • $2,333.17 enrolled in 6 or fewer units


Note: $270 additional cost per unit for graduate students in the College of Business and Economics

  • $4,256.17 enrolled in 7 or more units
  • $2,750.17 enrolled in 6 or fewer units


  • $3,998.17 enrolled in 7 or more units
  • $2,600.17 enrolled in 6 or fewer units


  • $6,587.17 enrolled in Education Doctorate Program (Ed.D.)
  • $8,303.17 enrolled in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Non-Resident Tuition Fee

$396.00 per semester unit
If you are not a resident of California, you must add $396.00 to your registration and tuition fees for each unit of credit you take.


The 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).