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Is CSUSM a Good School for the Money?

Above Average National Value
Unknown In-State Value
$136,228 Avg Total Cost

California State University - San Marcos Value Report

College Factual set out to determine if CSUSM is asking a fair price for the quality of education they provide. Keep reading for the detailed value report.

Above Average Value Nationwide

Top 50% National Value
Top 25% National Quality
Good Price

California State University - San Marcos is ranked #742 out of 2,223 for value nationwide.

Compared to other schools of similar quality, California State University - San Marcos is priced well for the kind of quality provided and is thus a good value according to College Factual's Best for the Money Ranking.

National Value Ranking  742 out of 2223
Great Value
National Value Score  66.89 out of 100
Great Value

Prices of Institutions with Similar Quality Scores

School Total Price Value Grade

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

We're Looking at a Total Cost of $136,228 for a CSUSM Degree

The CSUSM time to graduate is about 4.91 years and will cost an estimated $27,745 per year. This brings the total cost to 136,228.

Average Yearly Cost $27,745
Average Years to Graduate 4.91
Estimated Avg Total Cost of Degree $136,228

Many Factors Affect Net Price

Depending on your personal circumstances, your net price may be well below the average CSUSM net price, which could make this school a better value. You may quality for more financial aid, or be able to complete your degree faster than average. Get more details on CSUSM cost.

Does This School Make Financial Sense To You?

$82,316 In-State With Aid
$162,408 Avg Cost No Aid
4.91 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 CSUSM value for your educational dollar might vary.

Nationwide Value by Aid Group Avg Degree Cost Value Rank Value Grade
Students with no Aid $162,408 #0 F
All Students $136,228 #742 B
Only Students Receiving Aid $121,498 #550 B+
In-State Value by Aid Group Avg Degree Cost Value Rank Value Grade
Students with no Aid $123,226 # F
All Students $97,046 # F
Only Students Receiving Aid $82,316 # F

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

About 83% of CSUSM students receive financial aid. Get more details on what CSUSM financial aid you may qualify for.

How to Finance The Gap

How to Calculate Value

College Factual calculates average total cost by multiplying net price by time to graduation. We then compare the average total cost to other schools of a similar quality to determine value. 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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