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Is Sac State a Good School for the Money?

California State University - Sacramento Value Report

College Factual's Best for the Money Rankings compare the quality of a Sac State degree with its cost to determine if the school is asking a fair price. Read the Sac State annual value report below.

Within California, Sac State Offers Average Quality for a Good Price.

Top 50% California Value
Average California Quality

California State University - Sacramento is ranked #66 out of #116 in California for quality and #35 out of #90 for California value.

This makes it average quality for a good price in the state.

State Value Ranking  35 out of 90
Great Value
State Value Score  61.11 out of 100
Great Value

Live in-state? You may qualify for a reduced price. Check the Sac State financial aid page to be sure.

Below Average Value Nationwide

Below Average National Value
Top 50% National Quality

California State University - Sacramento is ranked #1,133 out of 1,472 for value nationwide.

Based on our analysis of other colleges at similar price points, we believe California State University - Sacramento is overpriced for the quality education it provides. (This takes into account average financial aid and may not apply to you if you have further scholarships, grant or aid provided to you.)

National Value Ranking  1133 out of 1472
Great Value
National Value Score  23.03 out of 100
Great Value

Prices of Institutions with Similar Quality Scores

School Total Price Value Grade
Mount Vernon Nazarene University $85,071 A
Missouri State University - Springfield $112,330 A-
University of South Florida - St. Petersburg $118,881 B
Kent State University at Kent $125,319 B-
Walsh University $126,907 B-
Central Connecticut State University $147,034 D-
Pennsylvania State University - Mont Alto $147,356 D-
California State University - Sacramento $147,814 D-
Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton $150,044 D-
St. Thomas Aquinas College $165,598 F
Elms College $166,636 F

*Total price is determined by multiplying average annual cost by time to graduate.

Bottom Line: You'll Spend an Estimated $147,814 For That Piece of Paper

The Sac State time to graduate is about 5.12 years and will cost an estimated $28,870 per year. This brings the total cost to 147,814.

Average Yearly Cost $28,870
Average Years to Graduate 5.12
Estimated Avg Total Cost of Degree $147,814

Many Factors Affect Net Price

There are many ways you can lower the cost of a college education. Consider taking advantage of in-state tuition, or shortening the length of your degree by taking summer classes. Learn more about Sac State cost for other factors that may affect net price such as the financial aid you qualify for that is largely based on your family's income.

Does This School Make Financial Sense To You?

$94,986 In-State With Aid
$179,871 Avg Cost No Aid
5.12 Years to Graduate

Most students will not pay the full sticker price and few students fit perfectly into averages.

Look at the table below to get a sense of how Sac State value for your educational dollar might vary.

Nationwide Value by Aid Group Avg Degree Cost Value Rank Value Grade
Students with no Aid $179,871 #706 C
All Students $147,814 #1,133 D-
Only Students Receiving Aid $135,951 #1,121 D-
In-State Value by Aid Group Avg Degree Cost Value Rank Value Grade
Students with no Aid $138,906 #28 B
All Students $106,844 #35 B-
Only Students Receiving Aid $94,986 #37 C+

Note: the Value Grade for in-state students is calculated by looking only at other schools in the state of California.

About 87% of Sac State students receive financial aid. Get more details on what Sac State financial aid you may qualify for.

How to Calculate Value

College Factual calculates value by calculating average Sac State cost multiplied by time to graduate, and then compares that number to other schools of a similar quality ranking. If the school is priced fairly based on the educational quality it receives a fair ranking. If it is underpriced it receives a good or excellent value.

Read the full Best for the Money Ranking Methodology.


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