Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

California University of Pennsylvania tuition is $7,716 per year for in-state residents. This is 7% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 72% cheaper than the average Pennsylvania tuition of $27,215 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 6th in Pennsylvania amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 124th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $11,574 which represents a 50% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $3,392 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $11,108.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,186 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in California should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,000.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $4,350 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,350 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Pennsylvania residents to go to California University of Pennsylvania is $26,644 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Pennsylvania residence can expect a one year cost of $30,502.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for California University of Pennsylvania and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for California University of Pennsylvania
Estimated Budgets
Pennsylvania Resident Total Budget $26,644
   In-State Tuition$7,716
   Other Fees$3,392
   Room and Board$10,186
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,350
   Books and Supplies$1,000
Non-Resident Total Budget $30,502
   Out-of-State Tuition$11,574
   Other Fees$3,392
   Room and Board$10,186
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,350
   Books and Supplies$1,000


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 $26,644 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 California University of Pennsylvania net price for in-state students is $17,755* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

64% of California University of Pennsylvania students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,761. 47 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 $4,476. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend California University of Pennsylvania, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for California University of Pennsylvania
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$17,755*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid64%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,761
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants47%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,476

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$15,819
$30,001 to $48,000$16,296
$48,001 to $75,000$20,404
$75,001 to $110,000$22,943

Average Financial Aid Mix - $26,644 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $26,644. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 30% - $6,761

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

Federal Loans

 27% - $5,994

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

Out of Pocket

 43% -  $9,539

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.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. California University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Main Campus24% more expensive
Clarion University of Pennsylvania0% less expensive
Penn State Shenango61.7% more expensive
Shepherd University27.6% less expensive
Cleveland State University34.6% more expensive

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 University of Pennsylvania.

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 California University of Pennsylvania is $106,576 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 $16,880 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $67,520**

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 $133,220 or $84,400 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 University of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,858
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,322
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,787
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$15,251

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at California University of Pennsylvania are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at California University of Pennsylvania
Price per credit hour for Pennsylvania residents$322
Cost for one class for Pennsylvania residents (3 credit hours)$966
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$482
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,446
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,928


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. 83% of California University of Pennsylvania students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,994. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $28,812.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for California University of Pennsylvania? 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 $67,520, 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 $83,776.84. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at California University of Pennsylvania. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 64% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $16,880. 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 University of Pennsylvania 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 University of Pennsylvania Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$698.14
Amount Borrowed$67,520.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$16,256.84
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$83,776.84

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend California University of Pennsylvania? 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 University of Pennsylvania, 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 $83,776.84 would be needed to afford a $698.14 monthly payment in the example $67,520.00 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 University of Pennsylvania in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,428 to $7,716. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4%. 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 $106,576.00. 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 University of Pennsylvania.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$36,642$146,567
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$46,765$187,061
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $59,685$238,742
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $69,093$276,374

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at California University of Pennsylvania 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
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 150 19% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 125 14% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 91 10% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 40 23% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 33 25% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 30 15% cheaper
Engineering Technologies Bachelor's Degree 22 7% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 22 26% cheaper
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 21 52% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 19 26% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 19 17% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 18 29% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 17 21% cheaper
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 17 19% cheaper
Legal Professions and Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 16 27% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 16 27% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 14 25% cheaper
Social Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 10 35% cheaper
Gerontology Bachelor's Degree 9 14% cheaper
Commercial and Advertising Art Bachelor's Degree 7 20% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 7 29% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 7 37% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 5 28% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 5 17% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 4 32% cheaper
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 40% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 31% cheaper
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 2 78% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 2 27% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 55% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 2 51% costlier
Accounting Associate's Degree 1 51% costlier
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 1 56% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 1 24% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 1 25% cheaper
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 1 60% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 1 24% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 1 22% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 32% cheaper
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 1 46% costlier


Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for California University of Pennsylvania or model a student loan.

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About California University of Pennsylvania

California University of Pennsylvania is a four year public college located in California, Pennsylvania.  Full time enrollment is 4,999 and part time is 2,311. Learn more about getting accepted at California University of Pennsylvania at CollegeSimply.

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

California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Ave
California, Pennsylvania

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

California University of Pennsylvania 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 University of Pennsylvania cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=211361 IPEDS survey data.