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SDSU Tuition & Fees Report

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

How Much Does San Diego State University Cost?

See current and projected in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees for San Diego State University, and how those expenses constrast to nationwide and regional averages. If you're looking for specific information on SDSU costs, you can go to any of the following sections:

How Much Does SDSU Charge for Tuition?

$8,136 In-State Tuition & Fees
$20,016 Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

At San Diego State University the average out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates was $20,016 in 2020-2021. In-state undergraduates received a discount for tuition and fees at the school and only had to pay $8,136 per year.


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

The numbers quoted on this page are all sticker price and don't include any financial aid or scholarships students may qualify for.

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

Go to the Cost Per Credit Hour page for details.

How Do SDSU Tuition & Fees Compare to Other Schools?

The national out-of-state average for tuition and fees is $19,933 a year. The yearly tuition and fees for out-of-state undergrads at San Diego State University is $20,016, making it relatively average when compared to the countrywide figure.

Undergraduates who attend school in the same state they live in pay around $16,784 in yearly tuition and fees. In-state undergraduates at SDSU pay about $8,136 a year, which is significantly less than the countrywide average.

The chart below shows how SDSU compares to other schools nationwide, in the region, and in the state.

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: San Diego State University Financial Aid.

SDSU Tuition & Fees Five Year Projection

2.83% In-State Tuition Increase
1.11% Out-of-State Tuition Increase
$35,896 Est. 4-Year Cost

In-state SDSU tuition and fees grew with an average annual rate of 2.83% over the past five years. California residents may pay an estimated $8,602 this school year.

If in-state tuition and fees keeps growing at the same pace, the estimated cost for two years at SDSU would be $17,448, and $35,896 for four years.

For out-of-state students, tuition and fees have increased by about 1.11% in the past five years. This year, out-of-state students will be paying approximately $20,461 if the percentage increases stay the same.

For two years This means an estimated $41,149 for two years of out-of-state tuition and fees at SDSU, and $83,214 for four years.

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


Don't Ignore Cost Increases

Unless your school has advertised price freezes, it is likely the cost of tuition and fees will go up every year. Make sure you factor this into your budget.

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