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costs & aid

The Financial Picture

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An Essential Investment

Attaining a higher education degree is likely one of the most important investments you will make. For some, college is a person’s first significant financial investment and obligation. With smart planning at the start of your education, no matter your background or income level, you can help position yourself well for the future.Compared to a University of California school, tuition savings are $25,520 for in-state students and $97,200 for out-of-state students spanning four years. San Diego State’s Office of Financial Aid is here to help.

Cost of Attendance

Estimates for registration fees, books and supplies, housing and other costs of attendance for first-year student’s 2020-2021 academic year can be found below. For a more detailed breakdown of financial aid, costs of attendance for transfers and other students and how to apply can be found on the San Diego State Financial Aid webpage.

Listing of estimated costs (2020-2021):

CA Resident

  • Tuition and registration
    $7,720
  • Room and meals
    $18,531*
  • Books and supplies
    $1,079
  • Transportation
    $1,121
  • Other miscellaneous expenses
    $1,789
  • TOTAL $30,240

Out-of-State / International Students

  • Tuition and registration
    $19,600
  • Room and meals
    $18,531*
  • Books and supplies
    $1,079
  • Transportation
    $1,121
  • Other miscellaneous expenses
    $1,789
  • TOTAL $42,120
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Financial Aid

SDSU has over 850 scholarship opportunities to support students educational goals. Our application portal, “Aztec Scholarships,” allows students to apply for university scholarships through one application that is both simple and fast. The general application in Aztec Scholarships is open from March 1, 2021 to August 15, 2021, for awards in the upcoming academic year (summer, fall and spring).

Visit the Financial Aid & Scholarships website for more information or check your personalized financial aid award by logging into AidLink.

We recommend that you file the FAFSA or Dream Act Application in October (the year prior to your attendance). If you have not filed the FAFSA or Dream Act Application, and would like an estimate of your financial aid eligibility, please use our Net Price Calculator to get your estimated eligibility.

If you have any questions please contact us.

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7436
Phone: (619) 594-6323

An Affordable Degree