Can You Afford California State University - Bakersfield?

Concerned about paying for college? Take a look at CSUB’s financial aid options, including grants, scholarships, and student loans, then calculate the net price based on your income level to determine if you can afford to attend this school.

Attendance Costs in 2020 - 2021 Varied Between $11,558 & $36,675

Worried about paying the full cost of $36,675 to attend California State University - Bakersfield? That number can be deceiving, as the net amount most students will pay varies significantly.

For students living in California, the university offers a discount of 61.3% off tuition and fees. Also, 88.7% of freshmen receive some form of financial aid, with the average amount totaling $10,599. Students from low-income families receive an average of $13,237 in aid during their first year.

Cost for Residents of California (no aid)

Tuition and fees$7,499
+ Room and board$12,900
+ Other expenses$4,396
Total cost$24,795
Affordability Score (54 out of 100)
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Net Price for Residents of California (with average aid)

Total cost$24,795
- Grants and scholarships$10,599
Net price$14,196
Affordability Score (72 out of 100)
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Average Net Price for Low Income Residents of California

Total cost$24,795
- Grants and scholarships$13,237
Net price$11,558
Affordability Score (75 out of 100)
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Cost for Non-Residents (no aid)

Tuition and fees$19,379
+ Room and board$12,900
+ Other expenses$4,396
Total cost$36,675
Affordability Score (37 out of 100)
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Net Price for Non-Residents (with average aid)

Total cost$36,675
- Grants and scholarships$10,599
Net price$26,076
Affordability Score (37 out of 100)
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Average Net Price for Low Income Non-Resident Undergraduates

Total cost$36,675
- Grants and scholarships$13,237
Net price$23,438
Affordability Score (35 out of 100)
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Learn more about tuition and fees, room, board and other expenses, and financial aid options at CSUB.

Projected Costs Between $43,286 and $202,587 For a Four Year Degree. Between $22,051 and $101,294 For a Two Year Degree.

It can be a bit scary to look at the total projected cost of a college education over the course of a multi-year degree, however, doing so will help you better understand the financial commitment you are making.

The overall cost for on-campus, in-state students to attend California State University - Bakersfield in 2020 - 2021 was $24,795. To calculate future costs, we looked at the prior five years of data and determined that this cost remained constant.

If this trend continues, we expect the full cost for incoming freshmen to be $24,795 during their first year. By their senior year, that cost will be approximately $24,795, for a bachelor degree candidate ($24,795 for an associate degree candidate) for a total of $99,180 over the course of four years ($49,590 over the course of two years). These numbers do not take into consideration financial aid, which reduces this overall cost by varying amounts per student.

The cost for out-of-state students is more, with an overall expected four-year cost of $146,700 based on a yearly growth rate of 0.0%. The expected two-year cost is $73,350.

Remember, the full costs quoted above are not what most students will pay, and the net price varies quite a bit based on individual circumstances.

Average Net Price at California State University - Bakersfield

Cost With Interest for Residents of California

The tables below outlines how the overall degree net cost can vary depending on your situation. This table also highlights the impact student loans can have on the overall cost of college.

Projected 2-Year Net CostsLow Income w/ Aidw/ Average AidNo Aid
Annual growth rate*0.0%0.0%
Freshman year$11,130$14,202$24,795
Senior year$10,922$14,205$24,795
Total 2-year net price$22,051$28,406$49,590
10-year loan interest @ 6.8%$8,401$10,822$18,892
Total monthly payment$254$327$571
Total amount paid$30,452$39,228$68,482
Projected 4-Year Net CostsLow Income w/ Aidw/ Average AidNo Aid
Annual growth rate*0.0%0.0%
Freshman year$11,130$14,202$24,795
Senior year$10,517$14,210$24,795
Total 4-year net price$43,286$56,824$99,180
10-year loan interest @ 6.8%$16,490$21,648$37,784
Total monthly payment$498$654$1,141
Total amount paid$59,776$78,472$136,964

Cost With Interest for Out-Of-State Residents

The tables below outlines how the overall degree net cost can vary depending on your situation. This table also highlights the impact student loans can have on the overall cost of college.

Projected 2-Year Net CostsLow Income w/ Aidw/ Average AidNo Aid
Annual growth rate*0.3%0.0%
Freshman year$22,972$26,243$36,675
Senior year$22,742$26,327$36,675
Total 2-year net price$45,713$52,570$73,350
10-year loan interest @ 6.8%$17,415$20,027$27,944
Total monthly payment$526$605$844
Total amount paid$63,129$72,598$101,294
Projected 4-Year Net CostsLow Income w/ Aidw/ Average AidNo Aid
Annual growth rate*0.3%0.0%
Freshman year$22,972$26,243$36,675
Senior year$22,289$26,496$36,675
Total 4-year net price$90,517$105,478$146,700
10-year loan interest @ 6.8%$34,484$40,183$55,887
Total monthly payment$1,042$1,214$1,688
Total amount paid$125,001$145,661$202,587

Visit net price and financial aid to learn more about the total cost of attending California State University - Bakersfield.

Further Questions to Consider

  • Do you know your deadlines?

    Meeting application deadlines for both the college and the FAFSA is crucial to getting financial aid.

  • When can you expect to begin receiving bills from the college?
  • Is there an option to make payments in monthly installments?

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