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. 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 2019-2020

Estimated Expenses for 2019-2020Graduate and PhD StudentsUndergraduate Students
Non-Resident Tuition and Required Fees$28,674 USD$31,030 USD
Living and Personal Expenses$13,204 USD$13,482 USD
Other Expenses:
- Books and supplies estimated at:
$1,200 USD: Undergraduate
$720 USD: Graduate
- Health Insurance for 1 year estimated at:
$1,610 USD
$2,330 USD$2,810 USD

Estimated Expenses for Dependents for 12 Months

*Costs for dependents should be added to the Estimated Expenses for 2019-2020 totals above, as they apply.
Expense for a Spouse$5,790 USD
Expenses for Each Child$4,932 USD

Estimated Expenses for Graduate/PhD Students on Continuous Registration

12 Months9 MonthsFall 2019Spring 2020Summer 2020
Tuition and Fees$750 USD$600 USD$300 USD$300 USD$300 USD
Living Expenses$17,604 USD$13,204 USD$6,602 USD$6,602 USD$4,400 USD
Health Insurance$1,610 USD$1,160 USD$756 USD$845 USD$0 (included in SP2020)
TOTAL$19,964 USD$14,964 USD$7,658 USD$7,747 USD$4,700 USD


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 on the previous page 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.

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.