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California State University-Sacramento Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$20,661 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$5,472 tuition
$12,279 on campus room & board
$1,754 books and supplies
$1,156 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$31,821 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$16,632 tuition
$12,279 on campus room & board
$1,754 books and supplies
$1,156 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$5,298 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
79% of students receive aid
56% get federal aid ($4,708 avg)
54% get state aid ($2,878 avg)
48% get institn'l aid ($5,298 avg)
39% get loans ($5,488 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 9.12% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 2.91% 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 $10,364 65%
Federal Grant Aid $4,708 56%
Pell Grants $4,680 56%
Other Federal Grants $898 2%
Institution Grant Aid $5,298 48%
State Grant Aid $2,878 54%
Student Loans $5,488 39%
Federal Loans $5,235 38%
Other Loans $8,877 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) 278-6011


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • 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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  • Ashia from Sacramento, CA
  • Jan-19-2015 I am a current student here

    For the costs, Sacramento State University is a great place. It has been very affordable for me and financial aid has been a great help to my college career.

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  • Erika from Somerset, CA
  • Dec-22-2014 I am a current student here

    Sacramento State has pretty low tuition that can also apply to abroad programs, which is very nice. The only reason I am not giving it five stars is because of their incredibly expensive bookstore. Go to any other store and you will find better prices for every single one of their items.

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  • Rachel from Elk Grove, CA
  • Jul-20-2014 I am a current student here

    If you love junk food, then the convenience store has all those goodies, plus some campus gear, school supplies, and personal items such as cold medicine. For vegetables, bread, and produce, a farmer's market is held every two weeks right in front of the campus bookstore. Speaking of which, always compare the textbook prices (including sell back value) with other sites like Amazon (I've had a couple of textbooks that were cheaper at the bookstore). The best bang for your buck is the 50-cent-coffee sold at the bookstore. It's not fancy, but the caffeine will keep you up come finals week (the bookstore also sells caffeinated chocolate bars).

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