Cost of Attendance

Estimate Cost of Attendance (Budget) used by San Jose State University for students living at home, on campus or off-campus housing (all fees and charges are subject to change without notice):

2018-2019 Student Budget

2017-2018 Student Budgets:

(Non-Resident Fees: Additional $396 per unit) 

Loan fees could average from $80 - $190 depending on one's career 


For students in the following graduate business programs:

  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A)
  • Master of Science in Accountancy
  • Misc. Course Fees: Additional fees or materials pertaining to a particular course may be required. These fees are determined by the department/college offering the course.
  • Graduate Business Professional Fee: $270 per unit 

Tuition & Other Fees

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees.

All listed fees, other than systemwide mandatory fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028-66028.6 of the Education Code).


CSU Cost Calculator

Designed to allow high school & college students to estimate student financial aid eligibility information.


Per Assembly Bill 990, approved August 7, 2017, all public California colleges are required to provide information about the market cost of one-bedroom apartments in the areas surrounding the campus where students commonly reside.  As of December 2017, based on a listing of about 60 one-bedroom apartments in Downtown San Jose,  the average monthly rent is $2086 per month ($18774 for a nine-month academic year) per www.zillow.com  Actual costs of room and board will vary.  Our students who live off campus may choose to live with multiple roommates in an effort to reduce costs.