The cost for California-resident undergraduates to attend San Francisco State University for Fall 2018 and Spring 2018 includes direct educational costs (tuition fees, books, supplies) and living costs (meals, housing, transportation, and personal expenses).
Undergraduate Full-Time Attendance For Two Semesters
Fall 2018 & Spring 2018
|Expense||Off/On Campus||Living with Parents|
|Tuition fee (7 units or greater)||$7,254||$7,254|
|Books & supplies||$1,948||$1,948|
|Food & housing||$14,502||$5,247|
If you are a high school student under age 19 and you and/or your parents currently live in California, or your family has recently moved to California and plans to stay here, you may be considered a resident for tuition purposes. Your parents must have citizenship, legal immigration or visa status in the U.S. and demonstrate they intend to make California their permanent home to be considered a California resident.
If you are a transfer student who has been a California resident for at least one year prior to September 20 for Fall semester or January 25 for Spring semester, you may be considered a resident for tuition purposes. You must have citizenship, legal immigration or visa status in the U.S. and demonstrate you intend to make California your permanent home to be considered a California resident.
If you are an undocumented student and meet the following requirements, you can be considered a California resident for tuition purposes — according to California Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) which became law in 2001:
- Attend a California high school for three or more years OR attain credits from a California high school equivalent to three or more years and attend a combination of California elementary, middle and/or high schools for three or more years
- Graduate from a California high school and pass the California High School Proficiency Exam OR get a GED (General Equivalency Diploma)
- File a “Non-Resident Tuition Exemption” Affidavit (you can learn more at our Dream Resource Center)
If you are a nonresident of California, an out-of-state or international student, you pay additional tuition fees of $396 per unit or fractional unit (Fall 2017).
For more information about tuition and fees, visit bursar.sfsu.edu/students_services.
Money shouldn’t come between you and a great education. At San Francisco State University, there are many resources to assist you. Sixty-six percent of our students receive financial aid. San Francisco State offers several forms of public and private financial aid including grants, work-study awards and loans. Students may be eligible for need-based grants made possible by generous donations from alumni and friends of the University.
San Francisco State students have more than 700 campus and external scholarship opportunities. We encourage you to apply for as many scholarships as possible. Each scholarship has its own criteria, annual amount, and application deadline.