Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance (COA) is the estimated cost to attend SJSU during the 9-month academic year (August to May). 

While your individual costs may vary, the COA reflects a modest living allowance.  Your individual expenses and personal spending styles may not be reflected in our standard COA.  Figures are from the CSU’s recommended standard student budgets in conjunction with CSAC’s Student Expense Budgets.

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).

Official university tuition & fees can be found on the Bursar’s website.

  • 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.

CSU Cost Calculator

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

AB990 Disclosure

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 January 2019, based on a listing of about 60 one-bedroom apartments in Downtown San Jose,  the average monthly rent is $2,276 per month ($20,484 for a nine-month academic year) per  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.    

2020-2021 Cost of Attendance (Student Budget)

2019-2020 Cost of Attendance (Student Budget)


For students in the following graduate business programs:

  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A)
  • Master of Science in Accountancy
  • Graduate Business Professional Fee: $270 per unit