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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

California State University Dominguez Hills tuition is $5,742 per year for in-state residents. This is 19% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 75% cheaper than the average California tuition of $23,377 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 4th in California amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 141st most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $17,622 which represents a 207% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,095 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $6,837.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,404 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Carson should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,850.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,300 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,970 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to CSUDH is $22,391 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $34,271.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for California State University Dominguez Hills and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for California State University Dominguez Hills
Estimated Budgets
California Resident Total Budget $22,391
   In-State Tuition$5,742
   Other Fees$1,095
   Room and Board$11,404
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,300
   Books and Supplies$1,850
Non-Resident Total Budget $34,271
   Out-of-State Tuition$17,622
   Other Fees$1,095
   Room and Board$11,404
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,300
   Books and Supplies$1,850

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What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $22,391 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported CSUDH net price for in-state students is $1,640* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

77% of California State University Dominguez Hills students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $10,780. 73 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,851. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend California State University Dominguez Hills, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for California State University Dominguez Hills
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$1,640*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid77%
Average Total Grant Aid$10,780
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants73%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,851

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$511
$30,001 to $48,000$2,002
$48,001 to $75,000$5,991
$75,001 to $110,000$10,831
$110,000+$12,331

Average Financial Aid Mix - $22,391 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $22,391. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

54%
19%
27%

Grants and Scholarships

 54% - $10,780

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, California State University Dominguez Hills or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 19% - $3,851

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 27% -  $5,460

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.


*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at California State University Dominguez Hills.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at CSUDH is $89,564 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $2,520 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $10,080**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $111,955 or $12,600 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at California State University Dominguez Hills.

California Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,871
California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,196
Non-California Resident Tuition Per Semester$8,811
Non-California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$17,136

Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 27% of California State University Dominguez Hills students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,851. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $10,662.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for California State University Dominguez Hills? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $10,080, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $12,506.97. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at California State University Dominguez Hills. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 77% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $2,520. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our California State University Dominguez Hills student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

California State University Dominguez Hills Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$104.22
Amount Borrowed$10,080.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,426.97
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$12,506.97

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend CSUDH? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending California State University Dominguez Hills, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $12,506.97 would be needed to afford a $104.22 monthly payment in the example $10,080.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to California State University Dominguez Hills in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,472 to $5,742. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 1%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $89,564.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for California State University Dominguez Hills.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$30,793$123,171
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$39,300$157,201
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $50,158$200,633
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $58,065$232,258

Tuition History

What was tuition at CSUDH five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$5,472$16,632 0%
2010$4,645$15,805 26.8%
2009$3,663$13,833 8.5%
2008$3,377$13,547 12.2%
2007$3,011$13,181 0.7%
2006$2,991$13,161 7.9%
2005$2,771$12,941 11.6%
2004$2,483$10,576 34.6%
2003$1,845$9,826 1.1%
2002$1,825$9,205 5.2%
2001$1,735$8,672 0%
2000$1,735$9,115 -0.7%
1999$1,748$9,128 -2.4%
1998$1,791$9,171 -7.4%
1997$1,935$9,315 2.3%
1996$1,891$9,271 2.1%
1995$1,853$9,233 10.7%
1994$1,674$9,054 19.7%
1993$1,399$7,471 49.5%
1992$936$5,904 7.5%
1991$871$6,150 10.3%
1990$790$5,670 3.1%
1989$766$4,680 7.6%
1988$712$4,352 0%
1987$712$4,044

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at California State University Dominguez Hills to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 188 5% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 176 15% cheaper
Human Services, General Bachelor's Degree 87 2% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 83 14% cheaper
HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS Bachelor's Degree 63 10% cheaper
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 56 0% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 47 5% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Bachelor's Degree 36 19% cheaper
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 34 13% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 32 1% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 21 19% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 16 4% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 14 18% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 13 16% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 11 24% cheaper
Labor Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 0% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 8 24% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 1% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 6 17% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 19% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 6 7% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 23% cheaper
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 27% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 20% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 5 15% cheaper
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 4 26% cheaper
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 29% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 4 17% cheaper
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Bachelor's Degree 3 35% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 3 13% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 15% cheaper
Behavioral Sciences Bachelor's Degree 2 32% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 2 18% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 1% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 2 17% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 1% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 2 18% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 1 15% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 1 16% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 22% cheaper
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Quality Control Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 1 17% costlier

Calculators

Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for California State University Dominguez Hills or model a student loan.

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Plan and Save for College

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Estimate Loan Payments

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About California State University Dominguez Hills

California State University Dominguez Hills is a four year public college located in Carson, California.  Full time enrollment is 10,489 and part time is 4,242.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Address
California State University Dominguez Hills
1000 E Victoria St
Carson, California
90747-0005

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

California State University Dominguez Hills is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

California State University Dominguez Hills cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110547 IPEDS survey data.