Paying for Cal Poly

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
$25,971 ($10,071)
Graduate Tuition & Fees
$20,881 ($11,377)
On-campus Living Costs
$17,043
Off-campus Living Costs
$17,541
Undergraduate Tuition per Credit Hour
$264
Graduate Tuition per Credit Hour
$264

2020 Cost of Attendance

The 2020 tuition & fees of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are $10,071 for California residents and $25,971 for out-of-state students. For graduate programs, the tuition & fees are $11,377 for California residents and $20,881 for out-of-state students.
Compare to Public, 4-Years Colleges in California, the undergraduate tuition & fees are relatively expensive and the graduate tuition & fees are average.
Compared to similar schools in rankings such as California Baptist University and California Lutheran University, tuition & fees of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is average where the average tuition & fees of the schools are $23,536.
The average living cost of the school is $17,043 when a student lives in on-campus housing. When a student lives off-campus, the average living cost is $17,541.

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2020 Tuition & fees

The 2020 undergraduate tuition & fees at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are $10,071 for California residents and $25,971 for out-of-state students. The undergraduate tuition & fees have increased by 9.85% from last year.
The 2020 graduate tuition & fees are $11,377 for California residents and $20,881 for out-of-state students. The graduate tuition & fees have increased by 0.61% 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
California ResidentsOut-of-StateCalifornia ResidentsOut-of-State
2016$9,001$20,161$10,267$19,195
2017$9,075$20,235$10,341$19,269
2018$9,432$21,312$10,866$20,370
2019$9,816$21,696$11,250$20,754
2020$9,943$23,833$11,377$20,881
2021$10,071$25,971-$2-$2

Tuition Trends Chart

2020 Living Costs

The 2020 average on-campus living costs is $17,043 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 $17,541.
The living cost at the school has increased by 3.01% 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$12,009$2,592$12,009$2,592
2017$12,507$2,646$12,507$2,646
2018$13,134$2,703$13,134$2,703
2019$13,770$2,775$13,770$2,775
2020$14,208$2,835$14,706$2,835
2021$15,694$2,190$15,694$2,190

Living Costs Trends Chart

2020 Books & Supplies Costs

The 2020 average cost for purchasing books & supplies is $1,941 at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. The books & supplies cost stays same as 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 Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo 2020 Books & Supplies Costs
YearBooks & Supplies Costs
2016$1,812
2017$1,848
2018$1,884
2019$1,941
2020$1,941
2021$888

Books & Supplies Costs Trends Chart

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2020 Tuition Per Credit Hour

The 2020 undergraduate tuition per credit hour at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is $264 on average over undergraduate programs. The undergraduate tuition per credit hour stays same as last year.
The 2020 graduate tuition per credit hour is $264 on average. The graduate tuition per credit hour stays same as 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$248 $248
2017$248 $248
2018$264 $264
2019$264 $264
2020$264 $264
2021$264 $264

Tuition Per Credit Hour Trends Chart