Paying for California Lutheran

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
$44,382
Graduate Tuition & Fees
$19,556
On-campus Living Costs
$17,917
Off-campus Living Costs
$19,458
Undergraduate Tuition per Credit Hour
$1,420
Graduate Tuition per Credit Hour
$809

2020 Cost of Attendance

The 2020 tuition & fees of California Lutheran University are $44,382 for undergraduate programs. For graduate programs, the tuition & fees are $44,382 for graduate programs.
Compare to Private (not-for-profit), 4-Years Colleges in California, the undergraduate tuition & fees are expensive and the graduate tuition & fees are average.
Compared to similar schools in rankings such as California Baptist University and California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, tuition & fees of California Lutheran University is very expensive where the average tuition & fees of the schools are $21,167.
The average living cost of the school is $17,917 when a student lives in on-campus housing. When a student lives off-campus, the average living cost is $19,458.

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2020 Tuition & fees

The 2020 undergraduate tuition & fees at California Lutheran University are $44,382 on average over undergraduate programs. The undergraduate tuition & fees have increased by 3.96% from last year.
The 2020 graduate tuition & fees are $19,556 on average. The graduate tuition & fees have increased by 1.77% from last year.
The following table and chart show the 2020 tuition & fees and the tuition trends over the last 5 years.

Tuition Trends Table

2020 Tuition & fees
YearUndergraduateGraduate
TuitionFeesTuitionFees
2016$37,980 $450$37,980 $450
2017$39,310 $483$39,310 $483
2018$40,880 $483$40,880 $483
2019$42,210 $482$42,210 $482
2020$43,900 $482$43,900 $482

Tuition Trends Chart

2020 Living Costs

The 2020 average on-campus living costs is $17,917 including room & board and other living expenses (a student lives in on-campus housing such as dormitory and school-owned apartment). For students living in off-campus housing, the average living cost is $19,458.
The living cost at the school has increased by 5.46% from last year.
The following table and chart show the living costs changes over the last 5 years.

Living Costs Trends

2020 Living Costs
YearOn-CampusOff-Campus
Room & BoardOther ExpensesRoom & BoardOther Expenses
2016$12,740$3,277$11,970$4,267
2017$13,060$3,268$12,492$4,258
2018$13,320$3,340$13,293$4,339
2019$13,650$3,340$13,779$4,348
2020$14,100$3,817$15,084$4,374

Living Costs Trends Chart

2020 Books & Supplies Costs

The 2020 average cost for purchasing books & supplies is $1,971 at California Lutheran University. The books & supplies cost has increased by 2.82% from last year.
The following table and chart show the 2020 books & supplies costs and the trends over the last 5 years.

Books & Supplies Costs Trends

California Lutheran University 2020 Books & Supplies Costs
YearBooks & Supplies Costs
2016$1,764
2017$1,791
2018$1,854
2019$1,917
2020$1,971

Books & Supplies Costs Trends Chart

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2020 Tuition Per Credit Hour

The 2020 undergraduate tuition per credit hour at California Lutheran University is $1,420 on average over undergraduate programs. The undergraduate tuition per credit hour has increased by 4.03% from last year.
The 2020 graduate tuition per credit hour is $809 on average. The graduate tuition per credit hour has increased by 2.41% from last year.
The following table and chart show the 2020 tuition per credit hour and its trends over the last 5 years.

Tuition Per Credit Hour Trends Table

2020 Tuition per Credit Hour
YearUndergraduateGraduate
2016$1,220 $715
2017$1,265 $729
2018$1,315 $730
2019$1,365 $790
2020$1,420 $809

Tuition Per Credit Hour Trends Chart