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California State University-San Marcos Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$20,924 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$5,472 tuition
$12,565 on campus room & board
$1,710 books and supplies
$1,177 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$32,084 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$16,632 tuition
$12,565 on campus room & board
$1,710 books and supplies
$1,177 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$5,008 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
73% of students receive aid
45% get federal aid ($4,581 avg)
37% get state aid ($2,531 avg)
44% get institn'l aid ($5,008 avg)
45% get loans ($5,652 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 10.5% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.30% 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 $9,038 57%
Federal Grant Aid $4,581 45%
Pell Grants $4,495 45%
Other Federal Grants $623 7%
Institution Grant Aid $5,008 44%
State Grant Aid $2,531 37%
Student Loans $5,652 45%
Federal Loans $5,107 44%
Other Loans $10,297 3%

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
  • 5
  • Sarah from Santa Ysabel, CA
  • Jun-27-2015 I am a current student here

    It is so much more affordable at CSUSM than it was for me to attend any other 4 year college in the San Diego area, even with academic aide! And to top it all off, there is great academics here; great classes, great teachers, great resources! Tuition cost includes the extensive online databases and access to the library! It also includes the use of the Clark, which is basically a full service gym. It is definitely worth the cost of tuition.

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  • Brianna from San Jacinto, CA
  • Dec-16-2014 I am a current student here

    Is the debt worth the knowledge? Yes because no matter where you go you are going to have to pay for the learning and overall the education at CSUSM is great. Yes for quality of actual learning However, student tuition and fees rising ridiculously and the money we are having to pay is not being put into making more classes, or accommodating more students. This is making it increasingly difficult to get the good quality education. No for the quality of availability and accommodations for students. It is a commuter school but the school does not make good accommodations for commuters (lack of parking, high costs of parking, limited class options, etc.)

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  • 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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