California State University-Chico

Public, Four-years School Located in Chico, CA

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How much is the Chico State tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Chico State's tuition & fees is $8,064 for California residents and $19,944 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 $26,820 for California residents and $38,700 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

Chico State Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
California Residents Tuition & Fees$8,064
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$19,944
Books & Supplies Costs$1,210
On-campus Room & Board$15,212
On-campus Expenses$2,334
Off-campus Room & Board$12,724
Off-campus Expenses$2,848
2023-2024 Projection
California Residents Tuition & Fees$7,972
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$19,852

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Chico State for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $80,705 at Chico State. 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 $155,875. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $119,646.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$20,036$38,067$29,073
Sophomore (2024-25)$20,129$38,659$29,623
Junior (2025-26)$20,223$39,264$30,186
Senior (2026-27)$20,316$39,884$30,764
4 Years Total$80,705$155,875$119,646
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$20,129$38,659$29,623
Sophomore (2025-26)$20,223$39,264$30,186
Junior (2026-27)$20,316$39,884$30,764
Senior (2027-28)$20,410$40,520$31,357
4 Years Total$81,079$158,327$121,930
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$20,223$39,264$30,186
Sophomore (2026-27)$20,316$39,884$30,764
Junior (2027-28)$20,410$40,520$31,357
Senior (2028-29)$20,505$41,170$31,965
4 Years Total$81,454$160,838$124,273
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$20,316$39,884$30,764
Sophomore (2027-28)$20,410$40,520$31,357
Junior (2028-29)$20,505$41,170$31,965
Senior (2029-30)$20,600$41,836$32,589
4 Years Total$81,832$163,410$126,675
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$20,410$40,520$31,357
Sophomore (2028-29)$20,505$41,170$31,965
Junior (2029-30)$20,600$41,836$32,589
Senior (2030-31)$20,696$42,519$33,228
4 Years Total$82,211$166,045$129,140

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Chico State' 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-Chico$8,064$19,944
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 Chico State 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-ChicoChico, CA$8,064$19,944
Eastern Kentucky UniversityRichmond, KY$10,130$20,820
Central Washington UniversityEllensburg, WA$9,192$26,771
Frostburg State UniversityFrostburg, MD$9,998$25,180
University of Central OklahomaEdmond, OK$8,522$19,409
Murray State UniversityMurray, KY$9,708$19,452
Montana State University BillingsBillings, MT$6,706$21,347
California State University-Channel IslandsCamarillo, CA$6,817$18,697
McNeese State UniversityLake Charles, LA$8,460$9,960
Lock Haven UniversityLock Haven, PA$10,878$20,702
Nicholls State UniversityThibodaux, LA$8,173$9,266

Financial Aid and COA

At California State University-Chico, 8,650 students (60%) 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 $8,953.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Chico State is $29,747 for students living on-campus and $27,773 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 1,356 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 $9,162 and the average amount of student loans is $5,538.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
California ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$26,820$38,700
COA (off-campus)$24,846$36,726
Tuition & Fees$8,064$19,944
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$18,756$18,756
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$16,782$16,782
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$17,867$29,747
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$15,893$27,773
Average Financial Aid$8,953$8,953
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship8,65060%$8,953
Pell Grants5,98241%$4,837
Federal Student Loan4,72733%$5,648
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid1,35672%-
Grants or Scholarships1,16562%$9,162
Federal Grants72439%$5,405
Pell Grants72339%$5,215
Other Federal Grants1277%$1,128
State/Local Grants1,01554%$2,468
Institutional Grants76341%$5,576
Student Loan Aid71238%$5,538
Federal Student Loans70037%$4,764
Other Student Loans493%$12,405
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level1,076938$9,188
110,001 or more237118$1,052

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Chico State's acceptance rate is 85.47%. A total of 19,990 applicants applied to and 17,086 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 1,929 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 11.29%.
To apply to Chico State, 3 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record and Completion of college-preparatory program.
Acceptance Rate85.47%81.43%88.42%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)11.29%12.57%10.43%
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-Chico has a total of 14,183 students including 12,981 undergraduate and 1,202 graduate students. By gender, there are 7,003 male students and 8,699 female students attending Chico State. The school offers online degree programs and 1,703 students enrolled online exclusively (12.01% of all students).
Total15,702 7,0038,699
Undergraduate14,462 6,5867,876
Graduate1,240 417823

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
AddressFirst and Normal Sts, Chico, CA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered118 Programs
Online Program Offered1 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered36 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate94.00%
Student Population14,183
Graduation Rate64%
Transfer-out Rate3%
Retention Rate80% (Full-time), 38% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate20 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties510 (Full-time), 409 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs1,454 (Full-time), 459 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$86,141
Average Staff Salary$63,218