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Net Cost to Attend California State University Well Below
National Public University Average

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(March 15, 2012) – Despite increases in tuition fees brought on by massive reductions in state funding, the cost of attending the California State University remains well below that of public and private universities across the nation, according to data provided by the website College Portrait for Undergraduate Education.

Last year, full-time CSU undergraduates paid an average "net price" of $2,124 for tuition fees, as compared to the national "sticker price" average of $7,119 for public university students.  That figure jumps to $25,538 at private four-year institutions.  The "sticker price" is the university's average tuition and fees charged to full-time undergrads while the "net" price is the amount actually paid on average.

"Contrary to some recently published reports, a degree from the California State University continues to be one of the most affordable in the country," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.  "Through robust financial aid packages for California's neediest students, half of our undergraduate students pay no tuition at all.  We are also looking at ways to help distribute more financial aid to middle class families."

CSU students also graduate with lower debt than the national average of public university graduates.  Half of CSU graduates have no loan debt at all, and for those that do, average debt is $15,804 as compared with the national average of $21,740.

To see the CSU's value to students, go to: http://www.calstate.edu/value/systemwide/

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