Credential Program Cost and Fees

The cost of attending a credential program at Sonoma State University can vary depending on state legislated university fees and credentialing requirements established by the state of California. Below is a link to the University website where you can find general fee and cost of attendance information. We have also listed possible credential program fees that you would need to budget for in addition to regular fee, books, transportation, etc. expenses.

For general information visit Student Charges and Fees.

Fees Specific to Credential Programs at SSU

The table below lists some of the expenses you will most likely incur when completing a credential program at SSU.

Please Note: These are only estimates; fees incurred by students may be more or less than what has been listed here, depending on the type of credential being pursued; please email the credentials office at with questions about the information listed here.


Fee Amount

University Application Fee (Cal State Apply)


Basic Skills


CSET: Writing Skills (for Multiple Subject and Special Ed. credential programs only)


$30 per section


Subject Matter Exam(s)

$297.00 (approx. depending on exam)


*Applicable to all multiple Subject and some Special Education candidates only



Teacher Performance Assessment


plus $100 per rubric for remediation

Fingerprinting Fee

$75.00-120.00 (approx.)

Certificate of Clearance Fee


Credential Filing Fee


Credential Processing Fee


Financial Aid

Scholarship Office


The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who meet the eligibility criteria and agree to teach for four years at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families. Open to Hutchins: Blended students, Early Childhood Education, Multiple Subject credential candidates, Single Subject: Math, Science, English & Spanish, and Special Education credential candidates. For more information email the Financial Aid office at or call 707-664-2389.

Golden State Teacher Grant (GSTG)

Awards up to $20,000 to students currently enrolled in a professional preparation program approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and working towards earning their preliminary teaching or pupil personnel services credential. For more information contact the Financial Aid Office at or call 707-664-2389 or check the Financial Aid Website.