Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance

At CSUMB, we rely on a federal formula to review every student's financial circumstances and calculate financial aid eligibility according to the expected family contribution (EFC) and cost of attendance.

For example, a student living on campus and enrolled full-time has a cost of attendance of $26,485. Suppose the EFC (determined by the Department of Education based on the FAFSA) is $3000. In that case, the financial aid office will subtract the EFC from the cost of attendance to determine financial aid eligibility.

Cost of Attendance: $26,485

Expected Contribution: - $3,000

Financial Aid Eligibility: $23,485

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Estimated Cost of Attendance

The 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). 

Below is the estimated cost of attendance breakdown for undergraduate students.

Living With Parents2021-2022 Academic Year (two semesters)
Tuition & Fees $7,147
Books and Supplies $822
Food and Housing $7,078
Transportation $1,772
Personal $2,226
Estimated Cost of Attendance  $19,045
Living On Campus2021-2022 Academic Year (two semesters)
Tuition & Fees $7,147
Books and Supplies $822
Food and Housing $15,984
Transportation $1,524
Personal $1,008
Estimated Cost of Attendance $26,485
Living Off-Campus2021-2022 Academic Year (two semesters)
Tuition & Fees $7,147
Books and Supplies $822
Food and Housing $15,168
Transportation $1,328
Personal $1,894
Estimated Cost of Attendance $26,359

Information on Off-Campus Cost: 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: $1,941
  • Seaside: $2,139
  • Monterey: $2,184
  • Salinas: $1,897

The Food and Housing costs included in the off-campus estimated cost of attendance represent the typical costs for students. Actual costs will vary.