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All 23 California State University campuses, including San Diego State and CSU San Marcos, will begin accepting early applications for admission to the fall 2022 term starting Friday.

Freshman, transfer, graduate and international students interested in attending any CSU campus can apply online at the university’s application portal: Cal State Apply.

Applying early is encouraged for CSU’s most in demand campuses, most of which will stop accepting applications after Nov. 30.

The fee to apply to each school is $70; however, CSU officials said they expect that about half of this year’s undergraduate applicants will qualify to have the application fee waived based on income criteria.

Due to COVID-19, the university has temporarily suspended the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining eligibility for all campuses for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Created in 1960, CSU is the largest system of four-year higher education schools in the country, and half of the CSU’s students transfer from California community colleges. Each year, the CSU awards nearly 129,000 degrees — meaning one in every 20 Americans with a college degree is a graduate of the CSU system.

In the spring of 2021, CSU campuses awarded a record number of 132,617 degrees.

CSU has one of the lowest tuition fees in the nation and overall financial aid totaling more than $4.5 billion per year. Roughly 80% of all CSU students receive some type of financial aid, and 60% of undergraduates receive grant and scholarship financial aid to cover the full cost of tuition.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.