San Francisco State University

Public, Four-years School Located in San Francisco, CA

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How much is the San Francisco State tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, San Francisco State's tuition & fees is $7,424 for California residents and $19,304 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 $29,025 for California residents and $40,905 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

San Francisco State Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
California Residents Tuition & Fees$7,424
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$19,304
Books & Supplies Costs$1,099
On-campus Room & Board$17,955
On-campus Expenses$2,547
Off-campus Room & Board$18,999
Off-campus Expenses$4,203
2023-2024 Projection
California Residents Tuition & Fees$7,522
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$19,402

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

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $76,226 at San Francisco 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 $174,656. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $139,457.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$19,205$41,231$32,363
Sophomore (2024-25)$19,106$42,770$33,948
Junior (2025-26)$19,007$44,431$35,654
Senior (2026-27)$18,909$46,224$37,492
4 Years Total$76,226$174,656$139,457
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$19,106$42,770$33,948
Sophomore (2025-26)$19,007$44,431$35,654
Junior (2026-27)$18,909$46,224$37,492
Senior (2027-28)$18,812$48,157$39,471
4 Years Total$75,833$181,582$146,565
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$19,007$44,431$35,654
Sophomore (2026-27)$18,909$46,224$37,492
Junior (2027-28)$18,812$48,157$39,471
Senior (2028-29)$18,715$50,243$41,601
4 Years Total$75,443$189,055$154,218
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$18,909$46,224$37,492
Sophomore (2027-28)$18,812$48,157$39,471
Junior (2028-29)$18,715$50,243$41,601
Senior (2029-30)$18,618$52,490$43,893
4 Years Total$75,054$197,114$162,456
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$18,812$48,157$39,471
Sophomore (2028-29)$18,715$50,243$41,601
Junior (2029-30)$18,618$52,490$43,893
Senior (2030-31)$18,522$54,913$46,360
4 Years Total$74,667$205,804$171,325

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, San Francisco 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.
San Francisco State University$7,424$19,304
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 San Francisco 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.
San Francisco State UniversitySan Francisco, CA$7,424$19,304
California State University-FresnoFresno, CA$6,980$18,860
California State University-FullertonFullerton, CA$7,073$18,953
University of California-RiversideRiverside, CA$14,170$44,947

Financial Aid and COA

At San Francisco State University, 14,039 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 $8,914.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at San Francisco State is $31,991 for students living on-campus and $34,691 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 2,297 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 $9,830 and the average amount of student loans is $5,550.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
California ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$29,025$40,905
COA (off-campus)$31,725$43,605
Tuition & Fees$7,424$19,304
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$21,601$21,601
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$24,301$24,301
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$20,111$31,991
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$22,811$34,691
Average Financial Aid$8,914$8,914
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship14,03960%$8,914
Pell Grants9,74242%$5,060
Federal Student Loan5,60424%$6,801
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid2,29778%-
Grants or Scholarships2,13772%$9,830
Federal Grants1,45049%$5,742
Pell Grants1,42348%$5,413
Other Federal Grants75926%$820
State/Local Grants1,86263%$2,480
Institutional Grants1,36146%$5,924
Student Loan Aid83128%$5,550
Federal Student Loans82228%$5,071
Other Student Loans341%$13,062
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level1,7811,660$10,697
110,001 or more252146$1,335

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

San Francisco State's acceptance rate is 92.92%. A total of 27,777 applicants applied to and 25,809 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 3,149 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 12.20%.
To apply to San Francisco State, 3 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record and Completion of college-preparatory program.
Acceptance Rate92.92%91.00%94.19%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)12.20%12.77%11.84%
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

San Francisco State University has a total of 25,282 students including 21,961 undergraduate and 3,321 graduate students. By gender, there are 11,635 male students and 15,264 female students attending San Francisco State. The school offers online degree programs and 3,034 students enrolled online exclusively (12.00% of all students).
Total26,899 11,63515,264
Undergraduate23,424 10,43012,994
Graduate3,475 1,2052,270

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered229 Programs
Graduate Program Offered79 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate94.20%
Student Population25,282
Graduation Rate54%
Transfer-out Rate6%
Retention Rate85% (Full-time), 52% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate19 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties840 (Full-time), 825 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs2,289 (Full-time), 958 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$96,918
Average Staff Salary$75,840