San Jose State University
San Jose, 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.
$14,627
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$10,130
$30k - $48k
$11,898
$48k - $75k
$15,953
$75k - $110k
$19,412
$110k+
$21,912
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.
$7,796
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.
$19,676
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.
$16,442
Books and Supplies
$2,002
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: [email protected]

Aid & Grants

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100
81%
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.
41%
Average Aid Per Year
$8,545
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.
41%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,923
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$6,392
Students receiving state aid
53%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$2,545
Students receiving federal aid
41%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,923
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.
$6,053,542
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$151,858

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.
39%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$5,680
Students receiving federal loans
38%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,156
Average Other Loans Per Year
$12,904
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.
$12,866
Loan Default Rate
3%
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

3.71 Average Rating
In my eyes, paying for college is too much money no matter what school you go to. However SJSU provides plenty of services that can further your education along with that make you realize what your money is being put towards. Being able to access the library, receiving student discounts on concerts held at the event center, and transportation to various locations around the area are only a few things that SJSU provides to make you feel that bang for your buck. Let's just say it is cheaper than going to a university and you basically receive the same things if you would choose to go there.
Kaela from Fairfield, CA
Even though SJSU is a CSU school, it offers more than just a CSU. Its amazing engineering, business, and nursing program prepares students for their career. It has a really great music program and Occupational Therapy program (which is what I'm involved in! )
KalinaA from Riverside, CA
Since Cal states are experiencing a lot of budget cuts, it is extremely difficult to get the classes you want or need. Other than this, I believe that SJSU is affordable.

Also if you have a meal plan, you get unlimited access to the cafeteria (unlike many other schools).

We also get VTA passes. With these passes we can ride any bus or light rail in San Jose for free. You can go anywhere from the mall to surrounding cities.
Tatiana from San Francisco, CA
I think tuition is ridiculous at any school. I've never opened a book for ANY of my classes (so if you want - go ahead and save a few bucks there). That being said.... teachers/classes are decent. YES there are a few shitty teachers - you will probably have one each semester. BUT a majority are pretty decent - as long as you remember they are human too, they are there to teach you, and you RESPECT them.
Ashley from San Jose, CA
Even though SJSU is a CSU school, it offers more than just a CSU. Its amazing engineering, business, and nursing program prepares students for their career. Located at the heart of Silicon Valley, engineers are provided with many advantages to job/internship opportunities. And if you are living at home and commuting, you save a LOT of money from dorming and food.
Nancy from San Jose, CA
The cost of tuition highly reasonable compared to other public colleges and much more affordable compared to private colleges. For the most part, all of the teachers are highly knowledgable and approachable thus creating a great learning environment. The hands-on teaching styles are great being that it keeps the students active in the lessons being taught. The reason for a 4 of 5 is due to the high cost of living on campus. The cost of living on campus is easily two times the cost of tuition and is causes most of the financial hardship.
Nicholas from San Leandro, CA
Students with the transportation sticker on their student IDs get free access to any VTA vehicles!!! Get student discounts around downtown.
Daisy from Morgan Hill, CA