Estimated Expenses

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 2021-2022

Estimated Expenses for 2021-2022Undergraduate StudentsGraduate and PhD StudentsDoctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Students
Non-Resident Tuition and Required Fees*$31,962$31,108$62,910
Living and Personal Expenses$13,038$13,670$13,670
Other Expenses:
- Books and supplies estimated at:
--- $1,200 - Undergraduate
--- $720 - Graduate
--- $1,680 - DVM

- Other Educational Costs:
--- $1,799 - Undergraduate
--- $1,955 - Graduate
--- $3,137 - DVM

- Health Insurance for 1 year estimated at:
--- $1,431

*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 Months

Costs for dependents should be added to the Estimated Expenses for 2021-2022 totals above, as they apply.**
Dependent TypeEstimated Expense
Expense for a Spouse$6,036
Expenses for Each Child$5,136

**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 Months9 MonthsFall 2021Spring 2022Summer 2022
Tuition and Fees$900$600$300$300$300
Living Expenses$18,228$13,670$6,835$6,835$4,558
Health Insurance$1,431$1,431$686$745$0 (included in SP2022)

Breakdown of Estimated Fees 2021-2022

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate & PhD Students
General Fees$1,778$1,778
University Technology Fee$64$64
University Facility Fee$570$428
University Alternative Transportation Fee$68$68
SEVIS Charge$250$250
Total Estimated fees$2,730$2,588


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

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 full, or you can participate in elective monthly installments with the CSU payment plan. Admitted students may begin paying their bill for the fall term as early as the March before.

To avoid late fees, make plans to pay tuition and fees before the semester deadline. You may pay your bill online through RAMweb and/or FAMweb.