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Cost of Attendance

Every aid year, the financial aid office develops a basic budget based on the expenses that all students are expected to have during a year. This budget is not an amount that the college charges, but an estimate of how much it costs to live for a typical nine-month school year. This estimate is used during the awarding process to determine your unmet financial need; many types of awards use unmet need as a criterion for eligibility or as a factor in determining award amounts.

Note: federal regulations require us to reduce a student’s budget when they enroll in less than six units in a term.

For the 2021-22 aid year, the financial aid office has used state averages provided by the California Student Aid Commission to develop the following nine-month budgets:


2021-22 Budget Components Living Off-Campus Living at Home
Tuition 1,170 1,170
Books and Supplies 1,125 1,125
Food and Housing 17,253 9,081
Transportation 918 999
Personal Expenses 3,843 3,276
Total 24,309 15,651