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Costs and Financial Aid Information


The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees approved tuition increases for fall 2017 on March 22, 2017. Annual tuition (fall and spring) for resident credential students will increase by $312 for annual tuition costs of $6, 660. Semester tuition fees are $3, 3000. The tuition increases are the system's first since 2011.

The university remains committed to keeping costs as low as possible for students. Through the university's financial aid program, more than 60 percent of all CSU undergraduate students receive grants or waivers to cover the full cost of tuition. This results in more than 255,000 students not paying tuition. The increase will have no financial effect on this same group of students. In total, 80 percent of CSU students receive some form of financial aid--the university distributed more than $4 billion in aid in 2015-16.

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 initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, 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. Visit for more information.

The following fees are required for each term of the program starting in fall 2017. (These fees are based on the Tuition Fee authorized by the California State University Board of Trustees.) Tuition fees for summer 2017 are $3, 174 plus a $1000 materials fee for Term 1.

Regular Fee Schedule * (Starting in fall 2017)
Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Tuition Fee $3,330 $3,330 $3,330
Instructional Materials $1,000** $0 $0
Total Fees $4,330 $3,330 $3,330

Optional Split-Term Fee Schedule *
Term 1A Term 1B Term 2A Term 2B Term 3
Tuition Fee $3,330 $3,330 $3,330 $3,330 $3,330
Instructional Materials $1,000** $0 $0 $0 $0
Total Fees $4,330 $3,330 $3,330 $3,330 $3,330

* Nonresidents must pay out of state tuition fees of $396 per credit unit plus a one time $1000 materials fee starting in fall 2017. Summer 2017 is $372 per credit unit.

** See Materials for additional costs.

Testimonial Portrait

Donna Sharpe

4th Grade Teacher

I am amazed at the very reasonable program cost. Since I am geographically
challenged here in Catalina Island, CalStateTEACH also saves me travel
costs. In a traditional program, I would have to pay to take the boat or
helicopter to the mainland to attend class and sometimes I would need to pay
to stay overnight.

TPA Test Fees
Starting Fall 2017, CalStateTEACH will not reimburse for TPA retakes. Starting Spring 2018, CalStateTEACH candidates will pay for their EdTPA exam ($30).

Payment of Fees
Fees are due prior to the start of each term. Fee deadlines are published in registration materials available from your regional center. Fees may be paid by check, money order, or credit card.

Applying for Financial Aid
Any student may apply for financial aid. Financial aid may include grants (such as Federal Pell Grants or State University Grants) or loans. To apply for financial aid, go to and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

When applying for financial aid, there are specific questions that most often cause a delay in awarding financial aid. Below are the questions that you will see on the FAFSA application. Be sure to answer the following questions according to the instructions below:

FAFSA Student Eligibility Question:
When you begin the school year
, what will be your grade level?
Students should select "5th yr./other undergraduate". This response will be critical to establishing eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant.

FAFSA Student Eligibility Question:
When you begin the school year, what degree or certificate will you be working on?

Students should select "Teaching degree program (nondegree program)".

FAFSA School Selection Question:

Students must enter the federal school code for the CSU campus and regional center that serves the school or school district in which they are employed or where they live. (If you are seeking employment, enter the code(s) for the area(s) in which employment is anticipated.) Review the list below to determine the federal school code for your region.

Central Regional Center (CSU, Fresno - Code: 001147)
If your teaching assignment or home is in any of the following counties, you will be assigned to the Fresno Regional Center: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba.

Northern Regional Center (TBD)
If your teaching assignment or home is in any of the following counties, you will be assigned to the Northern Regional Center: Alameda, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma.

IMPORTANT: Summer and Fall 2017 applications for the Northern region will be processed by the Central and Southern regions. See the Regions page for details.

Southern Regional Center (CSU, Los Angeles - Code: 001140)
You will be assigned to the Los Angeles Center if you are employed in a teaching position or live in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, or San Diego County.

FAFSA Follow Up Procedure

Applicants who wish to use a federal loan to pay their CalStateTEACH fees should follow this procedure:

  1. Complete the online FAFSA at
  2. A "Student Aid Report" or SAR will be sent to you after your application has been processed. You will need to verify to the federal processor that the information is or is not complete and accurate. You will also need to provide a signature. The SAR will arrive 4 to 6 weeks after your application.
  3. About 10-14 days after you have verified the accuracy of your SAR and submitted your signature to the federal processor, your FAFSA will be sent electronically to the universities listed on your federal school code list.
  4. When you have been admitted to CalStateTEACH, you will be asked to include a copy of your SAR showing the proper federal school code for your geographic location with your registration form for term one.
  5. You will then be allowed to register.
  6. At the beginning of the term, you will need to contact the campus financial aid office to complete all necessary forms unless you have already received the forms directly.
  7. After your aid has been processed by the campus associated with your regional center, a disbursement will be made to you. You then must pay your fees.

Note: Some campuses will deduct your CalStateTEACH fees from your disbursement and send them directly to the program.

Loan Cancellation Resources

U.S. Department of Education Information

CSU Mentor

California Student Aid Commission

FinAid! The "SmartStudent" Guide to Financial Aid

Edwise Online Financial Planning Guide

Online Student Loan Comparison Tool