FAFSA School Code: 001146

Cost of Attendance

Each college calculates its own Cost of Attendance (COA) or student budget. At CSU, Chico the student budget is based on the estimated cost of a typical student's tuition fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses for a nine–month academic year (fall and spring semesters). The COA will vary depending on:

  • where you live -- on or off campus, or with your parents
  • whether you are an undergraduate, graduate, or credential student
  • whether you are enrolled at least half-time or less than half-time

Knowing the Cost of Attendance is important because the budget helps determine your Financial Need and your financial aid award. Financial Need is defined as the difference between your Expected Family Contribution and the standard Cost of Attendance calculated for each academic year. This is an important point of comparison between colleges.

Use the NET PRICE CALCULATOR to receive a rough estimate of your eligibility for grants and need-based loans.  This calculator assists you in estimating your costs after taking into account your need-based financial aid eligibility.

If you have additional expenses, such as childcare, out-of-town educationally related travel, or non-reimbursed medical expenses you may want to consider submitting an Exceptional Circumstances Appeal. In most cases increasing the cost of attendance will result in additional loans.

CSU, Chico Cost of Attendance

The estimated budgets below represent a moderate standard of living, or Cost of Attendance, for full-time students attending CSU, Chico.

Estimated Standard Full-Time Budgets for 2017/2018
(nine-month academic year)*

Undergraduates     Postbaccalaureate
Off-Campus  On-Campus With Relatives    Off-Campus        On-Campus   With Relatives
Tuition/Fees** $7,348 $7,348 $7,348 $8,634 $8,634 $8,634
Books/Supplies $1,854 $1,854 $1,854 $1,854 $1,854 $1,854
Room/Board $11,862 $12,712 $5,248 $11,862 $12,712 $5,248
Transportation $1,056 $1,056 $1,056 $1,056 $1,056 $1,056
Personal $1,450 $1,450 $1,450 $1,450 $1,450 $1,450
TOTAL $23,570 $24,420 $16,956 $24,856 $25,706 $18,242

*Note: Undergraduate budgets reflect estimated amount of State University Fee; other costs are averaged. Postbaccalaureate budgets reflect weighted averages of estimated Credential and Graduate fees, and an average for other costs.

* Budgets are for a nine–month academic year. One–semester budgets are half the above amounts. Budgets include direct university charges (fees and on-campus room and board) and discretionary expenses (transportation, books and supplies, personal expenses, and off-campus room and board).

** Loan origination fees are added for Stafford and PLUS loans. Fees are averaged amounts from previous year. Breakdown: UGRD = $58; GRAD programs = $132; other PBAC = $76; PLUS = $534; Grad PLUS = $172; PBAC (CRED, CCCRD) PLUS = $460

** Non–resident students add to regular tuition fees listed above an additional $396 per unit.
Western University Exchange (WUE) students pay 150 percent State University Tuition Fee, 100 percent campus fees.

** Additional $270 per unit per semester for M.B.A. and for M.S. in Accountancy, Business Administration, Health Care Management, Business and Technology, Information Systems, and Taxation

** Tuition Fees are based on full–time enrollment. All fees are subject to change based on Board of Trustees action. See Student Financial Services for fees and deadlines.

For additional information on how Cost of Attendance helps determine your financial aid award, see Understanding Your Award.

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