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Cost of Attendance

At CSUMB, financial aid is defined as federal, state, local and private funds to help meet a student's cost of attendance. Financial aid funds are limited in many programs, with funding going to the earliest eligible applicants. As a result, deadlines are heavily enforced.

At CSUMB, we rely on a federal formula to carefully review every student’s financial circumstances and calculate financial aid awards according to one's expected family contribution (EFC). Our overall goal is to help students meet their cost of attendance. For additional information, please visit the following Financial Aid Eligibility section of our website.

Example: a full time student living on campus has a cost of attendance of $24,294. If the student's and family's expected contribution (which is determined by the Department of Education based on FAFSA) is $3000, the Financial Aid office will subtract the expected family contribution from the cost of attendance to determine financial aid eligibility.

Cost of Attendance: $25,758

Expected Contribution: - $3,000

Financial Aid Need: $22,758

Cost of Attendance

At CSUMB, cost of attendance is based on the estimated cost of a typical student's tuition fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation and personal expenses for a nine-month academic year (fall and spring semester). Please see the estimated cost of attendance for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

For 2020-21 the campus is including the cost of a computer purchase for all students in the Cost of Attendance due to the online nature of the academic year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Living With Parents 2020-2021 Academic Year (two semesters)
Total Fees
$7,147
Books and Supplies
$1,080
Food and Housing
$8,780
Transportation$469
Personal$3,225
Computer$2,292
Total Budget$22,993
Living On Campus 2020-2021 Academic Year (two semesters)
Total Fees
$7,147
Books and Supplies
$1,080
Food and Housing
$10,895
Transportation$162
Personal$2,609
Computer
$2,292
Total Budget$24,185
Living Off Campus 2020-2021 Academic Year (two semesters)
Total Fees
$7,147
Books and Supplies
$1,080
Food and Housing
$16,580
Transportation$429
Personal$3,784
Computer
$2,292
Total Budget$31,312
Use our Cost of Attendance Calculator

For Informational purposes: In accordance with California Assembly Bill 990, CSUMB provides the typical market cost of a one-bedroom apartment in the cities where students commonly reside.

  • Marina: $1726 per month
  • Seaside: $1562 per month
  • Monterey $1822 per month
  • Salinas $1527 per month

The room and board expenses included in the off-campus cost of attendance represent the typical costs students pay when enrolled at Cal State Monterey Bay. Actual costs of room and board will vary. Many students living off-campus have roommates, which decreases their housing costs.

Financial Aid

Phone
(831) 582-5100
Fax
(831) 582-3782