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Average Support Cost and Source of Funds Per Full-Time Equivalent Student

The total support cost per full-time equivalent student (FTES) includes the expenditures for current operations, including payments made to students in the form of financial aid, and all fully reimbursed programs contained in state appropriations. The average support cost is determined by dividing the total cost by the number of FTES. The total CSU 2017/18 budget amounts were $3,390,564,000 from state General Fund (GF) appropriations and before adding $39.3 million CalPERS retirement adjustment, $2,477,015,000 from gross tuition revenue, and $594,397,000 from other fee revenues for a total of $6,461,976,000. The 2017/18 resident FTES target is 364,131 and the nonresident FTES based on past-year actual is 24,398 for a total of 388,529 FTES. The GF appropriation is applicable to resident students only whereas fee revenues are collected from resident and nonresident students. FTES is determined by dividing the total academic student load (e.g., 15 units per semester) (the figure used here to define a full-time student’s academic load).

The 2017/18 average support cost per FTES based on GF appropriation and tuition revenue only is $15,687 and when including all three sources as indicated below is $17,217, which includes all fee revenue (e.g., tuition, application fees, and other campus mandatory fees) in the CSU Operating Fund. Of this amount, the average tuition and other fee revenue per FTES is $7,905.

2017/18 Amount Average Cost
per FTES
State Appropriation (GF)1 $3,390,564,000 $9,311 54.1%
Gross Tuition Revenue2 $2,477,015,000 $6,375 37.0%
Other Fees Revenue2 $594,397,000 $1,530 8.9%
Total Support Cost $6,461,976,000 $17,217 100%

1Represents state GF appropriation in the Budget Act of 2017/18; GF is divisible by resident students only (364,131 FTES).

2Represents CSU Operating Fund, gross tuition and other fees revenue amounts submitted in campus August 2017/18 final budgets. Revenues are divisible by resident and nonresident students (388,529 FTES).

The average CSU 2017/18 academic year, resident, undergraduate student basic tuition and other mandatory fees required to apply to, enroll in, or attend the university is $7,216 ($5,742 tuition fee plus $1,474 average campus-based fees). However, the costs paid by individual students will vary depending on campus, program, and whether a student is part-time, full-time, resident or nonresident.