2020-21 Costs

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The Cost of Attendance (COA), also referred to as the student budget, is a standard estimated total of a student’s expenses while attending school.

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

The Schedule of actual Mandatory Registration Charges is published on the Student Charges/Fees page once it's available.

For Informational Purposes Only: In accordance with California Assembly Bill 990, the University provides the typical market cost of a one bedroom apartment in the Rohnert Park area.

1 Bedroom: $1,716 per month (as of January 2019)

The Food and Housing expenses included in the Off Campus Cost of Attendance represent the assumed costs students pay based on the results of a recent state-wide survey. In the survey, students enrolled at Sonoma State University reported lower average costs of $13,432. Actual costs of food and housing will vary. The estimated cost of living off campus assumes a student will have roommates, not live alone in a one bedroom apartment.

If you decide to live on campus at SSU, your actual housing cost will vary from the estimate below, depending on your room assignment. The housing cost below is an average of all first-year accommodations on campus with mandatory meal plan. To find specific room rates, visit Housing Service's website.

The 2020-2021 estimated Cost of Attendance is as follows:

2020-2021 Cost of Attendance
Cost Item At Home On Campus Off Campus
Mandatory Registration Charges $7,880* $7,880* $7,880*
Books & Supplies 986 986 986
Food & Housing 6,806 14,282 16,580
Transportation 1,458 1,191 1,282
Personal & Miscellaneous 1,900 2,313 2,020
Total $19,030 $26,652 $28,748

Graduate Mandatory Registration Charges
$9,314* Academic Year
Non-resident Student Additional Tuition Charge
  • For non-resident students, add $11,880 to the Mandatory Registration Charges, for a total of $19,760 (assuming enrollment in 15 units per semester).
  • For non-resident Western University Exchange (WUE) participants, add $2,872 to the Mandatory Registration Charges, for a total of $10,752. (WUE participants receive a discount of $9,008 assuming enrollment in 15 units per semester).

*Note:Approved 2019-2020 Tuition and Fee rates. This figure will be updated when rates are approved for 2020-2021.

For more information on charges, visit the Student Charges/Fees when it becomes available.