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Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$19,674 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$5,472 tuition
$11,118 on campus room & board
$1,666 books
$1,418 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$31,332 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$17,130 tuition
$11,118 on campus room & board
$1,666 books
$1,418 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$4,437 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
63% of students receive aid
38% get federal aid ($5,364 avg)
36% get state aid ($2,458 avg)
36% get institn'l aid ($4,437 avg)
43% get loans ($5,081 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 9.31% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.02% 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 $9,200 49%
Federal Grant Aid $5,364 38%
Pell Grants $4,489 37%
Other Federal Grants $941 37%
Institution Grant Aid $4,437 36%
State Grant Aid $2,458 36%
Student Loans $5,081 43%
Federal Loans $4,702 42%
Other Loans $10,137 2%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
- Y R R R
$12,000 Y N N
$5,500 N Y
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 2
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Does California State University-Chico offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
First and Normal Sts
Chico, CA 95929-0150
(530) 898-6116


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Jose from Colton, CA
  • Feb-28-2014 I am a current student here

    Considering that it is a CSU, you wont have to pay as much as a private or UC school. Everything around campus is sold with students in mind where you can get discounts with your student ID and even use money on your student ID to buy food at certain locations.

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  • 4
  • Robert from Orland, CA
  • Feb-08-2014 I am a current student here

    Chico wasn't very expensive and the cost of living was fairly cheap, especially if you have a costco card.

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  • 4
  • Natalie from Fair Oaks, CA
  • Jan-15-2014 I am a current student here

    Chico seems to be one of the more affordable schools in California. I definitely feel I have gotten my money's worth so far with the on-campus housing and education.

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  • Kayci from Los Angeles, CA
  • Oct-27-2013 I am a current student here

    There is a high party reputation here, but don't let that discourage you from learning. Only you make your chico experience the way you want it. Don't let it influence you. You can find your balance because not every one here adds to that reputation. That's why chico is great on teaching you how to make better and responsible choices.

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