California State University-Chico
Chico, CA, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$14,843
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$9,967
$30k - $48k
$11,280
$48k - $75k
$15,420
$75k - $110k
$19,385
$110k+
$22,795
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$10,038
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$19,542
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$13,500
Books and Supplies
$1,148
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: [email protected]

Aid & Grants

0
100
66%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
46%
Average Aid Per Year
$9,216
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
46%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,165
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$5,686
Students receiving state aid
61%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$2,529
Students receiving federal aid
44%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,165
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$90,715,552
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$911,720

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
47%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$5,436
Students receiving federal loans
46%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$4,766
Average Other Loans Per Year
$10,716
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$14,297
Loan Default Rate
6%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$175

What Students Are Saying

3.87 Average Rating
You have to manage your money well because no one else manages it for you and though Chico State is kind of expensive, its worth it.
First Year Student
I would have to say that the best bang for you buck place in town in the Upper Crust Bakery where they have sweets of all kinds and it is located fairly close to campus. Broadway Heights is a great lunch place also located right downtown next to campus.
Michael from Chico, CA
Chico State offers a very beautiful gym aka the WREC! Personally, this is the gem that took my heart. Two stories, huge weight room, indoor track, outdoor pool, indoor basketball courts, indoor hockey courts. It's just amazing. The wrec also has events throughout the year, my favorite is during finals week. They offer massages, petting zoos, massage chairs, acupuncture, pool parties. If I could, I would want to live at the WREC.
Juan from Chico, CA
Despite hikes in tuition, I do not think I could get a better deal. I know my professors, I learned a lot, and I get to live in lovely Chico, California. All of this for a fraction of what someone at a UC spends.
Elizabeth from Sacramento, CA
Bear Hole: a swimming hole in chico that has the setting of a lake. Some great rocks you can dive from.

The Bear: A very famous restaurant in Chico, if you want a 5 star burger, and a set of fries that is place to go and they are fair on their prices. I recommend getting The JIF burger. A peanut butter hamburger with bacon on it.

Peekings Chinese Food: Makes great homemade Chinese food and a fool plate of it. You will never go hungry when coming back from this restaurant

- BIDWELL PARK: I cant stress enough how much of a fun place this park really is. A recreational pool in which people of all ages can jump in. Miles and miles of trails to run, hike and bike on. Upper Bidwell is where all the mountains are there are some beautiful sights to see while up there.
Jeffery from Tracy, CA
With tuition prices on the rise it's hard to say that any kind of education is worth such a cost. However, when I consider the massive size of the dorm rooms, the great food, the gym membership, the hot tub 3 yards from my door, the free bus rides, all the free social events, and the effort that gets put into making students feel welcome, I'm definitely getting more than I paid for.
Stacey from Dublin, CA
The education is well worth the price. I feel like I am able to leave class each day knowing a lot more about the subject, and if not then teachers are more than willing to help you before or after classes.
Jessica from Manteca, CA
This town is green friendly. So you get more for your buck if you invest in an environment pollution-free form of transportation. Walking and riding a bike is the norm, is good for your health and great for your wallet.
Jessica from Victorville, CA
Chico is not just a wonderful campus with the most knowlegable professors, it is also a beautiful town and great place to live. There are really nice dog parks to go to and the local swimming holes that are popular as well. All colleges are going to be expensive, but it feels better to be paying for an education AND a great local community and town with the same check!
Bruck from San Carlos, CA

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