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CSUSM Tuition & Fees Report

Inexpensive In-State Tuition & Fees
Average Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

How Much Does California State University - San Marcos Cost?

Learn the base cost of California State University - San Marcos by getting details on in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees. Compare tuition and fees to nationwide and state averages to put those costs in context. You can jump to any of the following sections in our CSUSM cost report:

How Much Does CSUSM Charge for Tuition?

$7,727 In-State Tuition & Fees
$19,607 Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

Combined out-of-state tuition and fees at California State University - San Marcos for the 2020-2021 academic year was $19,607 for undergraduates. In-state undergraduates received a discount for tuition and fees at the school and only had to pay $7,727 per year.


CSUSM tuition and fees is for one year of attendance, not including room and board.

Remeber that many students qualify for scholarships and financial aid that will lower the amount they have to pay.

How much does California State University - San Marcos cost for part-time students?

Go to the Cost Per Credit Hour page for details.

How Do CSUSM Tuition & Fees Compare to Other Schools?

Nationwide, out-of-state students pay, on average, $19,933 per year in tuition and fees to attend college. The out-of-state undergraduate tuition and fees cost for California State University - San Marcos ran around $19,607 per year. That's about average when compared to the national rate.

In-state undergrads in California pay an average of $16,784 for tuition and fees. CSUSM only charges $7,727 a year in for in-state undergraduates, making it relatively inexpensive when compared to the national average.

If you want to know how CSUSM compares to other schools in the nation, in the region, and in the state, see the chart below.

NationwideFar Western USCalifornia
Out-of-State Tuition & FeesAverageAverageAverage
In-State Tuition & FeesInexpensiveInexpensiveInexpensive

Remember to also consider financial aid when trying to decide if you can afford to go to a particular school. For more details on that, see: California State University - San Marcos Financial Aid.

CSUSM Tuition & Fees Five Year Projection

0.06% In-State Tuition Increase
0.02% Out-of-State Tuition Increase
$30,974 Est. 4-Year Cost

In-state CSUSM tuition and fees grew with an average annual rate of 0.06% over the past five years. California residents may pay an estimated $7,736 this school year.

If in-state tuition and fees keeps growing at the same pace, the estimated cost for two years at CSUSM would be $15,477, and $30,974 for four years.

Tuition and fees for out-of-state students have grown by about 0.02% in the past five years. This school year, students outside of the state will pay an estimated $19,616.

This would result in a total cost of $39,237 for two years and $78,493 for four years.

The following chart shows projected upcoming tuition and fees for undergraduates at CSUSM.


Don't Ignore Cost Increases

Take note of just how much the tuition and fees are increasing yearlyl. At a log of colleges students will end up paying more for their final year of school than they did for their first.

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