California State University-Los Angeles

Public, Four-years School Located in Los Angeles, CA

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How much is the Cal State LA tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Cal State LA's tuition & fees is $6,818 for California residents and $18,698 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 $30,702 for California residents and $42,582 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

Cal State LA Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
California Residents Tuition & Fees$6,818
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$18,698
Books & Supplies Costs$1,253
On-campus Room & Board$17,998
On-campus Expenses$4,633
Off-campus Room & Board$19,392
Off-campus Expenses$6,276
2023-2024 Projection
California Residents Tuition & Fees$6,972
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$18,852

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

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $74,922 at Cal State LA. 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 $199,514. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $159,059.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$18,711$44,328$34,225
Sophomore (2024-25)$18,724$47,721$37,611
Junior (2025-26)$18,737$51,560$41,443
Senior (2026-27)$18,750$55,904$45,780
4 Years Total$74,922$199,514$159,059
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$18,724$47,721$37,611
Sophomore (2025-26)$18,737$51,560$41,443
Junior (2026-27)$18,750$55,904$45,780
Senior (2027-28)$18,763$60,820$50,688
4 Years Total$74,974$216,005$175,523
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$18,737$51,560$41,443
Sophomore (2026-27)$18,750$55,904$45,780
Junior (2027-28)$18,763$60,820$50,688
Senior (2028-29)$18,776$66,382$56,244
4 Years Total$75,026$234,666$194,155
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$18,750$55,904$45,780
Sophomore (2027-28)$18,763$60,820$50,688
Junior (2028-29)$18,776$66,382$56,244
Senior (2029-30)$18,789$72,676$62,531
4 Years Total$75,079$255,782$215,243
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$18,763$60,820$50,688
Sophomore (2028-29)$18,776$66,382$56,244
Junior (2029-30)$18,789$72,676$62,531
Senior (2030-31)$18,802$79,800$69,647
4 Years Total$75,131$279,677$239,110

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Cal State LA' 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-Los Angeles$6,818$18,698
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 Cal State LA 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-Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA$6,818$18,698
Saginaw Valley State UniversityUniversity Center, MI$12,240$28,752
California University of PennsylvaniaCalifornia, PA$11,108$15,726
Northwestern State University of LouisianaNatchitoches, LA$8,864$19,652
Texas A&M University-Central TexasKilleen, TX$6,627$16,419
University of Wisconsin-River FallsRiver Falls, WI$8,606$16,887
California State University-NorthridgeNorthridge, CA$7,095$18,975
Marshall UniversityHuntington, WV$8,942$20,294
Towson UniversityTowson, MD$11,306$28,326
Nicholls State UniversityThibodaux, LA$8,173$9,266
University of Wisconsin-PlattevillePlatteville, WI$8,315$17,274

Financial Aid and COA

At California State University-Los Angeles, 20,060 students (85%) 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 $10,096.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Cal State LA is $32,486 for students living on-campus and $35,523 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 3,590 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 $10,907 and the average amount of student loans is $5,227.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
California ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$30,702$42,582
COA (off-campus)$33,739$45,619
Tuition & Fees$6,818$18,698
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$23,884$23,884
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$26,921$26,921
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$20,606$32,486
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$23,643$35,523
Average Financial Aid$10,096$10,096
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship20,06085%$10,096
Pell Grants15,59266%$5,019
Federal Student Loan4,43319%$6,853
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid3,59092%-
Grants or Scholarships3,52791%$10,907
Federal Grants2,84373%$5,354
Pell Grants2,84273%$5,295
Other Federal Grants2236%$776
State/Local Grants3,07379%$2,331
Institutional Grants2,98977%$5,381
Student Loan Aid67217%$5,227
Federal Student Loans66917%$4,702
Other Student Loans251%$14,686
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level3,0833,030$11,625
110,001 or more13894$1,797

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Cal State LA's acceptance rate is 90.54%. A total of 29,223 applicants applied to and 26,459 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 4,095 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 15.48%.
To apply to Cal State LA, 3 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record and Completion of college-preparatory program.
Acceptance Rate90.54%87.74%92.39%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)15.48%16.76%14.67%
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-Los Angeles has a total of 26,460 students including 22,737 undergraduate and 3,723 graduate students. By gender, there are 11,007 male students and 16,506 female students attending Cal State LA. The school offers online degree programs and 1,227 students enrolled online exclusively (4.64% of all students).
Total27,513 11,00716,506
Undergraduate23,536 9,56013,976
Graduate3,977 1,4472,530

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, CA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered165 Programs
Graduate Program Offered62 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate86.94%
Student Population26,460
Graduation Rate51%
Transfer-out Rate2%
Retention Rate73% (Full-time), 39% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate22 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties696 (Full-time), 855 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs1,765 (Full-time), 879 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$90,598
Average Staff Salary$69,481