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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

$6,569,742
Annual Aid Awarded
Aid/Loans
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
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Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 2
  • 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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  • 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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