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 Student Budget estimates posted below.  Figures are from the CSU’s recommended standard student budgets in conjunction with CSAC’s Student Expense Budgets.

2021-2022 SJSU Cost of Attendance (Student Budget):

2020-2021 SJSU Cost of Attendance (Student Budget):

2019-2020 SJSU Cost of Attendance (Student Budget):

Students in the following graduate business programs pay an additional Graduate Business Professional Fee of $270 per unit.

  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Master of Science in Accountancy

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.

For updated Tuition & Fees information, please visit the Office of the Bursar website.

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).

  • Note: Additional fees or materials pertaining to a particular course may be required. These fees are determined by the department/college offering the course.

How to Estimate Your Costs

The CSU Cost Calculator is designed to allow high school and college students to estimate cost of attendance and student financial aid eligibility.


AB 990 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 February 1, 2021, based on a listing of about 30 one-bedroom apartments in Downtown San Jose, the average monthly rent is $1,606 per month ($14,454 for a nine-month academic year) per various websites. 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.