As you review your cost of attendance at Colorado State University, be sure to keep in mind that the expenses presented are estimates for the average cost of attendance for a full-time student during the nine-month academic year.
Cost of Attendance 2020-2021
Factors that may impact your actual expenses include:
- Your academic status at CSU – In addition to Base Tuition and Fees, all junior and senior-level students, and sophomores in the College of Business, are assessed Differential Tuition.
- Your major/program of study – Charges for Technology and Special Course Fees vary by major, as do charges for distance degree programs.
- Your living situation – if you live on campus, the Residence Hall and Meal Plan you select may raise your costs.
- Your lifestyle – the Other Educational Costs category includes personal/miscellaneous expenses and applicable student loan fees. These will vary based on your lifestyle, marital status and living situation.
Select the category that best describes your student status
Undergraduate, Colorado Resident
Graduate, Colorado Resident
Veterinary Medicine, Sponsored
How Your Cost of Attendance is Calculated
This amount is calculated with the assumption of full-time enrollment. A 15 credit hour amount is used for undergraduate students, while a 9 credit hour amount is used for graduate students. Your actual expenses may vary. Tuition and fee amounts are projected for financial aid purposes and subject to change, pending approval by the CSU Board of Governors.
For students residing in CSU housing, an average amount assuming a double-occupancy room under an “Any 14” meal plan is used. Off-campus housing for undergraduates and all graduate/professional students is calculated using rates prescribed by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE). Your actual expenses may vary.
An allowance of $40.00 per credit hour is used for reasonable textbook and course supply expenses and is within guidelines prescribed by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE). The total allowance displayed below represents a rounded number based on the full-time enrollment amount used in approximating tuition & fee expenses (15 credit hours undergraduate/9 credit hours graduate). Your actual expenses may vary.
An allowance of $900 is made for reasonable transportation expenses that may be incurred by students while attending classes in Fort Collins and for occasional trips home; this amount is within guidelines prescribed by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE). Non-resident students are permitted a $700 premium intended to support additional trips to his/her home state during the academic year. Your actual expenses may vary.
This component includes allowances for personal and miscellaneous expenses as prescribed by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) for the nine-month academic year. If you borrow student loans, this amount will increase to account for any applicable loan fees. Graduate and professional students will have an allowance for the CSU Student Health Insurance Plan added to this component.