Each college calculates its own Cost of Attendance or student budget. At CSU Channel Islands, the student budget is based on the estimated cost of a typical student's tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses for the academic year (Fall and Spring semesters). Knowing the Cost of Attendance is important because the budget helps determine your Financial Need and your financial aid award. Financial need is defined as the difference between your Expected Family Contribution and the standard Cost of Attendance calculated for each academic year. The estimated budgets below represent a moderate standard of living, or Cost of Attendance, for full-time students attending CSU Channel Islands.

Estimated Standard Full-Time Budgets for
2019-2020 (nine-month academic year)

  • Housing PlansWith ParentOn-CampusOff-Campus
    Tuition & Fees$6,802$6,802$6,802
    Books & Supplies$2,002$2,002$2,002
    Room & Board$6,096$16,954*$16,188**
    Transportation$1,620$1,504$1,578
    Personal$1,704$1,704$1,704
    Loan Fees$70$70$70
    Total$18,294$29,036$28,344
  • Housing PlansWith ParentOn-CampusOff-Campus
    Tuition & Fees$7,720$7,720$7,720
    Books & Supplies$2,002$2,002$2,002
    Room & Board$6,096$16,954*$16,188**
    Transportation$1,620$1,504$1,578
    Personal$1,704$1,704$1,704
    Loan Fees$84$84$84
    Total$19,226$29,968$29,276
  • Housing PlansWith ParentOn-CampusOff-Campus
    Tuition & Fees$8,236$8,236$8,236
    Books & Supplies$2,002$2,002$2,002
    Room & Board$6,096$16,954*$16,188**
    Transportation$1,620$1,504$1,578
    Personal$1,704$1,704$1,704
    Loan Fees$150$150$150
    Total$19,808$30,550$29,858

To view your actual charges, go to the myCI Student Center look at the Finances section under the financial account summary.

  • Tuition & Fees are based on full–time enrollment
  • Non-resident students pay tuition & fees plus $396 per unit

The California State University (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, the CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory system wide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory system wide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

Official university Tuition & Fees can be found on the Student Business Services (SBS) website.

*On- Campus Room & Board

The above on-campus room and board rates are averages and are used by the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office for the purpose of packaging financial aid. Actual on-campus room and board rates are available on the Housing & Residential Education website.

**California Assembly Bill 990 Disclosure

In accordance with California Assembly Bill 990, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the Camarillo area is $1,864 per month. (Updated February 2019)

The Room and Board expenses included in the off-campus Cost of Attendance represent the typical costs students pay when enrolled at CSU Channel Islands. A particular student's actual room and board costs may vary. Many students living off-campus have roommates, which decreases their housing costs.

Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator provides an early approximation of what a new first-year, undergraduate student can expect to pay to attend Channel Islands. It is not intended for use by graduate, transfer, readmitted, continuing, international or part-time students, who should contact the Financial Aid & Scholarships office for more information.

The amount you should expect to contribute will also depend on the amount of federal student and/or parent loans you plan to borrow. Your financial aid award will include a federal student loan and a Parent PLUS loan.

Note: Using this online calculator is not an application for, nor an offer of, financial aid. If you find that the format of this Net Price Calculator is not accessible, or for any other accessibility difficulties, please contact the Financial Aid & Scholarships office directly for assistance.

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