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California State University-San Marcos Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$19,897 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$5,472 tuition
$11,708 on campus room & board
$1,737 books
$980 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$31,555 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$17,130 tuition
$11,708 on campus room & board
$1,737 books
$980 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$4,823 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
70% of students receive aid
42% get federal aid ($4,416 avg)
33% get state aid ($2,529 avg)
45% get institn'l aid ($4,823 avg)
38% get loans ($5,244 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 12.4% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.69% 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 $8,914 54%
Federal Grant Aid $4,416 42%
Pell Grants $4,365 42%
Other Federal Grants $461 5%
Institution Grant Aid $4,823 45%
State Grant Aid $2,529 33%
Student Loans $5,244 38%
Federal Loans $4,854 37%
Other Loans $12,579 1%

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


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 1
  • Maria
  • Feb-13-2014 I am a current student here

    This is a community college education with university prices.

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  • 4
  • Brent from Escondido, CA
  • Dec-25-2013 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
  • Nov-13-2013 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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  • 4
  • Shemaiah from Riverside, CA
  • Jun-29-2013 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    San Marcos is a expensive school to attend but they are very helpful when it comes to financial aid money and grants.

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  • 5
  • Shayla from Oceanside, CA
  • Feb-19-2013 I am a current student here

    Not any different than any other CSU. Its still expensive but the education you get is quality and the resources available make it worth it.

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