California State University-Long Beach

Long Beach, 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.
$9,423
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$5,704
$30k - $48k
$6,946
$48k - $75k
$10,578
$75k - $110k
$15,005
$110k+
$17,423
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.
$6,798
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.
$18,678
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.
$12,986
Books and Supplies
$2,002
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: disbursements@csulb.edu

Aid & Grants

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100
80%
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.
51%
Average Aid Per Year
$8,454
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.
51%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,804
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$5,507
Students receiving state aid
60%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$2,432
Students receiving federal aid
49%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,804
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.
$11,100,881
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$1,569,945

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.
35%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$5,454
Students receiving federal loans
34%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$4,928
Average Other Loans Per Year
$12,579
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.
$13,000
Loan Default Rate
4%
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.
$159

What Students Are Saying

3.73 Average Rating
CSULB was ranked #10 in the nation for how cheap it is, without depriving students of a quality education. The financial aid office is always ready for any questions, and there are lots of workshops to attend if you still have questions. Need I say more?
Jacky from Lancaster, CA
It's better than the UC because we pay 1/4 of what they pay for a whole year. But you still have to find way to get a bargain for the books.
Visakha from Cerritos, CA
You really do get a complete experience here. The school is enormous and there is so much to do in terms of sports and recreation.
Paul from Long Beach, CA
The amount of money you spend for dorm and tuition is definitely worth it. The experiences you gain from attending Long Beach State makes it all worth while. The education you receive is worth the price of tuition. The memories you make and the friends you make definitely make it worth everything.
Danielle from San Pablo, CA
YES! despite the economic status and budget cuts AND rise in tuition everywhere, it is still one of the least expensive universities in California. The campus is still running many programs which have a big outreach for students (psychological services, scholarship center, career development center, student support service program, student life and development, women's resource center intramural sports and wellness and associated students inc.) Plus they offer book rentals which make accessing GE books cheep and easy.
K. Lamb from Huntington Beach, CA
There is an economic dilemma in California but CSULB, or The Beach as we call it, is still the most affordable CSU in the system. Going to school as a commuter student is extremely affordable. If you live in the dorms as an in state or out of state student you will have to pay more but all of my friends that face this situation say that it is well worth it. Also, with our school being the most affordable in the CSU system we have an assortment of academic and personal support systems
Andrew from Gardena, CA
The value of education is priceless. Having the opportunity to study at an excellent University, I noted that the price was not cheap. However, considering the value of my degree, the cost that I spent to attend the school is insignificant. The university has provided me with skills that I can take with me for the rest of my life; skills that I can apply to anything that I want to pursue. The tuition, if a student is registered for more than 7 units, is a total of $2,985.00 per semester. If a student is attending the university for a graduate program the cost is a bit higher. Clearly, the prices are rising but so is the demand for educated people all around the globe. Knowledge is priceless; one cannot put value on education and should not avoid school because of the cost. Clearly, all schools, no matter the cost to attend, will help any student in need. I give my university four stars because although the cost is increasing every year, it continues to assist all students wanting to attend but are having issues paying.
Heidi from Corona, CA
The only negative thing about this campus is its rediculously high tuition costs and textbook prices. The economy is really suffering, but the students in college are suffering more. It is expensive to go to any cal state, but Long Beach is really worth the cost. You get to enjoy the great classroom benefits, school activities and service learning.
Amanda from Whittier, CA