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California State University-Sacramento Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$22,608 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$5,472 tuition
$13,916 on campus room & board
$1,792 books and supplies
$1,428 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$33,768 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$16,632 tuition
$13,916 on campus room & board
$1,792 books and supplies
$1,428 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$5,734 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
82% of students receive aid
54% get federal aid ($4,896 avg)
70% get state aid ($2,516 avg)
46% get institn'l aid ($5,734 avg)
35% get loans ($5,120 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 1.36% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 0.509% 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 $9,086 78%
Federal Grant Aid $4,896 54%
Pell Grants $4,824 54%
Other Federal Grants $705 6%
Institution Grant Aid $5,734 46%
State Grant Aid $2,516 70%
Student Loans $5,120 35%
Federal Loans $4,936 35%
Other Loans $9,861 1%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
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Does California State University-Sacramento offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
6000 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819-2694
(916) 278-6566
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State -
Out of State $372


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Heather from Rocklin, CA
  • Oct-13-2017 I am a current student here

    As a California State school, Sacramento State is a much more affordable university than many other (non-community college) options in the Sacramento area such as UC Davis, which is more than double the tuition per year.

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  • Joshua from Fresno, CA
  • Mar-04-2017 I am a current student here

    You could be paying more for tuition at a UC or private school, and Sacramento is more affordable than much of the rest of california.

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  • Susan from Roseville, CA
  • Dec-26-2015 I am a current student here

    We get lots of job/internship offers here at Sacramento State. There will be lots of job fairs that happen on campus each semester and tons of people have the option to sign up. The time is flexible because they know students are in class, so they do it from the morning up to the early evening. They have a federal work study and honors program that gains interest for students all around and they are open to cultures which they hold events specifically towards all kinds of ethnicity around.

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  • Harsharan from Sacramento, CA
  • Oct-14-2015 I am a current student here

    Sac State is a commuter campus, meaning most of the students that attend the university either went to high school and/or junior college in the area or were already living here prior to enrolling. This means most students drive to school which creates a problem because the number of students greatly outnumbers the amount of parking spaces on campus. But as far as what you get for your money, Sac State is actually a pretty great value. Tuition is only a few thousand dollars per semester, which is nothing compared to a lot of other CSUs, UCs and private universities. That gets you at least 12 units and no more than 18 units per semester, access to The Well which is a fantastic, state of the art, workout facility with basketball courts, an indoor track, plenty of cardio equipment, weight machines, free weights, conditioning equipment, a rock climbing wall, locker rooms with showers, free equipment rentals, racquetball courts, free towel rentals, and access to student health services, a pharmacy, and wellness programs. Parking permits are about $160 per semester which doesn't seem like a lot but it definitely feels like a lot considering most of the parking is a long walk to the heart of the campus and it can be quite difficult to find parking at certain times of the day. For a lot of programs, you get a good education here and the few thousand per semester won't seem too bad once you get your degree. Students also get free access to campus wifi and to all of the computer labs on campus, and some majors (particularly engineering and computer science majors) get access to a lot of free software to download and can access computer lab machines from their personal computers at home so they don't have to download programs to their own computers! The first couple of semesters here, you'll probably feel like you're getting ripped off because of the difficulty getting into classes and having to take a bunch of GE's but by sophomore year you'll be all good.

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