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California State University-San Marcos Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$22,383 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$5,472 tuition
$13,000 on campus room & board
$2,000 books and supplies
$1,911 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$33,543 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$16,632 tuition
$13,000 on campus room & board
$2,000 books and supplies
$1,911 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$5,153 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
77% of students receive aid
48% get federal aid ($4,979 avg)
62% get state aid ($2,443 avg)
41% get institn'l aid ($5,153 avg)
39% get loans ($5,604 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.59% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 1.36% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $8,617 70%
Federal Grant Aid $4,979 48%
Pell Grants $4,815 48%
Other Federal Grants $584 14%
Institution Grant Aid $5,153 41%
State Grant Aid $2,443 62%
Student Loans $5,604 39%
Federal Loans $4,927 36%
Other Loans $12,512 2%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 2
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: April 16
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Does California State University-San Marcos offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
(760) 750-4000
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State -
Out of State $372


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Sarah from Santa Ysabel, CA
  • I am a current student here

    It is so much more affordable at CSUSM than it was for me to attend any other 4 year college in the San Diego area, even with academic aide! And to top it all off, there is great academics here; great classes, great teachers, great resources! Tuition cost includes the extensive online databases and access to the library! It also includes the use of the Clark, which is basically a full service gym. It is definitely worth the cost of tuition.

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  • 2
  • Brianna from San Jacinto, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Is the debt worth the knowledge? Yes because no matter where you go you are going to have to pay for the learning and overall the education at CSUSM is great. Yes for quality of actual learning However, student tuition and fees rising ridiculously and the money we are having to pay is not being put into making more classes, or accommodating more students. This is making it increasingly difficult to get the good quality education. No for the quality of availability and accommodations for students. It is a commuter school but the school does not make good accommodations for commuters (lack of parking, high costs of parking, limited class options, etc.)

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  • 1
  • Maria
  • I am a current student here

    This is a community college education with university prices.

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  • 4
  • Brent from Escondido, CA
  • I am a past student here

    It's cheap for in state but getting a job all depends on what degree you choose. If your go accounting or computer science you won't have a problem but it just depends how you apply yourself so just be a driven and determined.

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  • 5
  • Tamara from Lake Elsinore, CA
  • I am a current student here

    For the price of a public school you get the education of a private school! Smaller classes meaning better professor student relationships.

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