The CSU Board of Governors reserves the right to increase tuition and fees at any time. All amounts below are estimated CSU tuition and fees, living and personal expenses, and expenses for dependents and presented in USD. These estimates may vary according to your living arrangements, major, marital status, and lifestyle.
Estimated expenses are calculated using Cost of Attendance estimates from the Office of Financial Aid.
Estimates Expenses to Attend CSU 2020-2021
|Estimated Expenses for 2020-2021||Undergraduate Students||Graduate and PhD Students||Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Students|
|Non-Resident Tuition and Required Fees*||$30,785||$28,305||$62,910|
|Living and Personal Expenses||$12,440||$13,266||$13,266|
- Books and supplies estimated at:
--- $1,200 - Undergraduate
--- $720 - Graduate
--- $1,680 - DVM
- Other Educational Costs:
--- $1,790 - Undergraduate
--- $1,922 - Graduate
--- $2,404 - DVM
- Health Insurance for 1 year estimated at:
|TOTAL ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF FUNDING NEEDED||$47,652||$45,650||$81,697|
*Tuition and fee amounts represent fees required for all CSU students. Some departments and courses will charge additional fees. CSU assistantships do not cover fees, so students receiving CSU assistantships should budget accordingly. See table below for a breakdown of estimated fees.
Estimated Expenses for Dependents for 12 MonthsCosts for dependents should be added to the Estimated Expenses for 2020-2021 totals above, as they apply.**
|Expense for a Spouse||$5,928|
|Expenses for Each Child||$5,028|
**These are minimum estimated expenses required to get an immigration document from CSU. The actual expenses of your family members may vary.
Estimated Expenses for Graduate/PhD Students on Continuous Registration
|12 Months||9 Months||Fall 2020||Spring 2021||Summer 2021|
|Tuition and Fees||$750||$600||$300||$300||$300|
|Health Insurance||$1,437||$1,437||$688||$749||$0 (included in SP2021)|
Breakdown of Estimated Fees 2020-2021
|Undergraduate Students||Graduate & PhD Students|
|University Technology Fee||$64||$64|
|University Facility Fee||$374||$498|
|University Alternative Transportation Fee||$68||$68|
|Total Estimated fees||$2,515||$2,639|
Calculating Your Cost of Attendance
The estimated expenses are the minimum amount the average student needs to attend Colorado State University. We are only able to create an immigration document for you after you show the minimum funding level required. For the most accurate estimate of the cost of your program, please refer to the CSU tuition calendar. You may also use the CSU Tuition and Fees Calculator, based on your program of study and personal demographics, to estimate your expenses.
Differential tuition is tuition charged to students according to the specific courses they take after they have reached 60 credit hours. The College of Business charges differential tuition after 30 credit hours.
Those 60 (or 30) credits include any credits the student transferred from a previous institution, such as credits obtained at one of our strategic partner universities.
Differential tuition is not assessed for any student who is classified as a freshman. Students who enter CSU with enough transfer credits to be classified as upperclassmen will be charged differential tuition in their first semester.
The average semester-long course at CSU is three credits. Most students at CSU will not reach 60 credit hours until they have reached their third year of study. College of Business students generally reach 30 credit hours in their second year of study.
Please visit the Office of Financial Aid website for more information about differential tuition.
Special Course and Program Fees
The tuition and fees estimates in the tables above are base tuition and fees for all students. Some classes and programs require additional special course and program fees.
You can find additional information about those fees on the Office of Financial Aid website.
Paying Your Tuition and Fees
You may pay your current year’s bill in elective monthly installments with the CSU pre-payment plan. Admitted students may begin paying their bill for the fall term as early as the March before.