California State University-Bakersfield

Public, Four-years School Located in Bakersfield, CA

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How much is the CSU Bakersfield tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, CSU Bakersfield's tuition & fees is $7,696 for California residents and $19,576 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $26,420 for California residents and $38,300 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

CSU Bakersfield Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
California Residents Tuition & Fees$7,696
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$19,576
Books & Supplies Costs$1,294
On-campus Room & Board$14,230
On-campus Expenses$3,200
Off-campus Room & Board$17,214
Off-campus Expenses$4,678
2023-2024 Projection
California Residents Tuition & Fees$7,608
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$19,488

How Much Does it Cost to Go to CSU Bakersfield for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $78,898 at CSU Bakersfield. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $165,201. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $126,288.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$19,635$38,585$28,901
Sophomore (2024-25)$19,695$40,297$30,583
Junior (2025-26)$19,754$42,153$32,410
Senior (2026-27)$19,814$44,166$34,394
4 Years Total$78,898$165,201$126,288
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$19,695$40,297$30,583
Sophomore (2025-26)$19,754$42,153$32,410
Junior (2026-27)$19,814$44,166$34,394
Senior (2027-28)$19,874$46,349$36,547
4 Years Total$79,136$172,965$133,935
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$19,754$42,153$32,410
Sophomore (2026-27)$19,814$44,166$34,394
Junior (2027-28)$19,874$46,349$36,547
Senior (2028-29)$19,934$48,718$38,887
4 Years Total$79,375$181,386$142,238
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$19,814$44,166$34,394
Sophomore (2027-28)$19,874$46,349$36,547
Junior (2028-29)$19,934$48,718$38,887
Senior (2029-30)$19,994$51,288$41,427
4 Years Total$79,615$190,522$151,255
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$19,874$46,349$36,547
Sophomore (2028-29)$19,934$48,718$38,887
Junior (2029-30)$19,994$51,288$41,427
Senior (2030-31)$20,054$54,078$44,187
4 Years Total$79,856$200,433$161,048

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, CSU Bakersfield' tuition is higher than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is higher than the average tuition of $13,259.
California State University-Bakersfield$7,696$19,576
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
California Four-years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between CSU Bakersfield and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
California State University-BakersfieldBakersfield, CA$7,696$19,576
University of Alaska SoutheastJuneau, AK$6,960$21,096
Utah Valley UniversityOrem, UT$6,270$17,830
Saginaw Valley State UniversityUniversity Center, MI$12,240$28,752
University of Michigan-FlintFlint, MI$14,014$31,274
Lincoln UniversityLincoln University, PA$12,512$19,384
Rutgers University-CamdenCamden, NJ$17,079$35,841
State University of New York at OswegoOswego, NY$8,769$18,679
University of Wisconsin-StoutMenomonie, WI$10,142$18,706
Morehead State UniversityMorehead, KY$9,838$14,706
Southeastern Oklahoma State UniversityDurant, OK$7,200$16,410

Financial Aid and COA

At California State University-Bakersfield, 7,281 students (78%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $9,655.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at CSU Bakersfield is $28,645 for students living on-campus and $33,107 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 1,028 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $10,750 and the average amount of student loans is $5,006.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
California ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$26,420$38,300
COA (off-campus)$30,882$42,762
Tuition & Fees$7,696$19,576
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$18,724$18,724
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$23,186$23,186
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$16,765$28,645
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$21,227$33,107
Average Financial Aid$9,655$9,655
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship7,28178%$9,655
Pell Grants5,56259%$4,848
Federal Student Loan2,17223%$6,485
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid1,02890%-
Grants or Scholarships99588%$10,750
Federal Grants75867%$5,499
Pell Grants75867%$5,364
Other Federal Grants13512%$758
State/Local Grants85375%$2,594
Institutional Grants74265%$5,817
Student Loan Aid24722%$5,006
Federal Student Loans24722%$4,764
Other Student Loans5-$11,940
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level862835$11,219
110,001 or more6138$1,596

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

CSU Bakersfield's acceptance rate is 85.21%. A total of 12,334 applicants applied to and 10,510 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 1,165 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 11.08%.
To apply to CSU Bakersfield, 3 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record and Completion of college-preparatory program.
Acceptance Rate85.21%81.32%87.94%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)11.08%9.73%11.96%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresNeither Required Nor Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Neither Required Nor Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

California State University-Bakersfield has a total of 9,613 students including 8,188 undergraduate and 1,425 graduate students. By gender, there are 3,650 male students and 7,322 female students attending CSU Bakersfield. The school offers online degree programs and 1,893 students enrolled online exclusively (19.69% of all students).
Total10,972 3,6507,322
Undergraduate9,367 3,2476,120
Graduate1,605 4031,202

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address9001 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered59 Programs
Online Program Offered2 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered21 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate86.55%
Student Population9,613
Graduation Rate49%
Transfer-out Rate2%
Retention Rate73% (Full-time), 46% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate19 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties347 (Full-time), 317 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs939 (Full-time), 356 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$85,232
Average Staff Salary$71,774