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College of San Mateo Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$14,018 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$1,344 tuition
$10,962 off campus room & board
$1,638 books
$74 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$18,610 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$5,936 tuition
$10,962 off campus room & board
$1,638 books
$74 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$1,175 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
48% of students receive aid
27% get federal aid ($4,427 avg)
47% get state aid ($1,100 avg)
4% get institn'l aid ($1,175 avg)
0% get loans ($5,474 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Tuition has dropped recently, and we are not sure what it will do next. We decided to play it safe and make our projections equal to our most recent year of data.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $3,712 48%
Federal Grant Aid $4,427 27%
Pell Grants $4,300 27%
Other Federal Grants $429 8%
Institution Grant Aid $1,175 4%
State Grant Aid $1,100 47%
Student Loans $5,474 0%
Federal Loans $5,474 0%
Other Loans - 0%

Merit Aid Available

No known Merit Aid available.

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Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 2
Financial aid deadline: March 2
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Financial Aid Contact Info
1700 W Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402-3784
(650) 574-6161
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $46
Out of State $203


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Elliot from San Franscico, CA
  • Apr-14-2014 I am a current student here

    CSM offers the same level of rigor as a four year university, at an extremely lower price. The professors will make sure you are prepared to move on ready to take on higher level education. CSM gives you all the resources you need to grow and do well. It is incredibely worth it to go here.

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  • 5
  • Ivonne from Redwood City, CA
  • Jan-24-2014 I am a current student here

    Not only am I paying a fraction of most universities, I am learning from professors who have previously attended and/or taught at UC Berkeley, Stanford and many other amazing schools. As a science major, I am learning the same math and science as most other students, and get to fulfill my general education with fun personalized classes. Lastly, the Honors Project on campus allows each student to perform independent research and present it at various symposiums. An opportunity most do not get until their graduate studies!

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  • 1
  • Ekaterina from San Bruno, CA
  • Jan-13-2014 I am a current student here

    Bookstore books can be pretty pricey sometimes, so a friendly suggestion - to check prices online first before coming to Bulldog Bookstore

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  • 5
  • Anna
  • Feb-27-2013 I am a current student here

    $60 units is very affordable compared to many other public colleges in the area.

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