Tuition and Fees

All international students must submit the International Student Financial Affidavit of SupportPDF File Opens in new window  showing proof of funding for the fees below. The I-20 is not issued until a student has accepted admission and this affidavit has been approved. U.S. residents can find fee information on the CSU Residency websiteOpens in new window .

Below is an estimated budget for education and living expenses for international students for one academic year (two semesters). Fees are subject to change.

Please note:

  • Bachelors / Undergraduate students must enroll in at least 12 units per semester (about 4 courses)
  • Students may enroll in more classes, but the fees will increase
  • Masters / Graduate students enroll in 9 units per semester (about 3 courses)
  • Students may enroll in summer classes, but those fees are not included below, except for AMSE

Annual Education and Living Costs for International Students


Type of Degree Tuition and Fees
(two semesters)
Living Expenses
(includes health insurance)
Undergraduate $16,399 $24,167 $40,566
MBA/Graduate Business  1 $20,317 $24,167 $44,484
Graduate 2 $15,457 $24,167 $39,624
Credential  3 $14,941 $24,167 $39,108
Doctorate $19,327 $24,167 $43,494
Accelerated MS in Software EngineeringOpens in new window 3 $24,460 $20,063 $44,523

1 Graduate Business includes MS in Accountancy, Information Systems and Taxation

2 Other graduate programs\

3 Based on 9 units per semester.

4 Tuition and fees based for three semesters in one academic year


Explanation of fees for each semester of enrollment

  • Tuition and Campus Fees: International students pay non-resident fees. The amount to pay is calculated on a per-unit basis. Most classes have 3 units. So, a bachelor’s student enrolling in 12 units will pay a full-time undergraduate registration fee plus 12 units of non-resident tuition.
  • Registration Fee: This fee is defined by either part-time (0 to 6 units of enrollment) or full-time (7 or more units). See program costs here.
  • Non-Resident Tuition Fee: An additional $396 per unit of enrollment
  • Graduate Business Professional Fee: An additional $270 per unit of enrollment applied to MBA, M.S. Accountancy, Information Systems or Taxation majors. An international MBA student registering for 9 units will pay a graduate full-time registration fee plus 9 units of non-resident tuition and 9 units of professional fee.
  • Forms of Payment: Online with credit cards, debit cards, U.S. checks, and International Transfers; in-person and by mail in the U.S.
The California State University (CSU) keeps student costs to a minimum. However, fees published may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. The CSU reserves the right, even after initial fee payments, to increase or modify listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester has begun.

Health Insurance: all international students must carry health insurance while matriculated at CSUF. For more information, visit the ISS Health Insurance pageOpens in new window .