Differential tuition is tuition charged to students according to the specific courses they take after they have reached 60 credit hours.  Those 60 credits include any AP or IB credits the student transferred from high school coursework. The exception is courses in the College of Business, for which differential tuition is assessed after 30 credit hours.

Differential tuition is not assessed for any student who is classified as a freshman.

Many universities assess differential tuition beginning the freshman year.  At CSU, we believe that every student needs the flexibility and time to explore possible majors.  Again, for most students except those taking College of Business courses, students have two full years before differential tuition is assessed.

What is Differential Tuition Used For?


Differential tuition amounts are charged according to three variables:  student demand; cost of instruction; and the job market value of the degree.  When student demand is high and the cost of instruction is high (specialized facilities and equipment; need for additional teaching faculty) more pressure is put on the instructional budgets within Colleges.  In addition, classes are smaller at the upper division level and thus more expensive to teach.  And if the degree from a College has higher earning power (using national data on job placement by discipline), the return on investment for a student is greater.

As a result of the above variables, differential tuitions are charged to bring additional revenues to the Colleges in order to better serve and prepare students.  Colleges use these revenues in a variety of ways, but most often to hire additional faculty; improve lab and research facilities; fund career center support; hire additional advisors; increase field and research opportunities; and purchase equipment and innovative technologies that students may use in their future employments.  All in all, differential tuition enhances the student learning experience once they are in their major and better prepares them for their next steps.

Undergraduate Differential Tuition Charges


Undergraduate Differential Tuition

Subject Code Cost per Credit FR SO JR SR
AA 74.00 - - Y Y
AB 57.00 - - Y Y
ACT 98.00 - Y Y Y
AGED 57.00 - - Y Y
AGRI 57.00 - - Y Y
AHS 57.00 - - Y Y
AM 74.00 - - Y Y
AMST 57.00 - - Y Y
ANEQ 74.00 - - Y Y
ANTH 57.00 - - Y Y
AREC 57.00 - - Y Y
ART 74.00 - - Y Y
AS 57.00 - - Y Y
ATS 98.00 - - Y Y
BC 74.00 - - Y Y
BIOM 98.00 - - Y Y
BMS 74.00 - - Y Y
BSPM 57.00 - - Y Y
BTEC 74.00 - - Y Y
BUS 98.00 - Y Y Y
BZ 74.00 - - Y Y
CBE 98.00 - - Y Y
CHEM 74.00 - - Y Y
CIS 98.00 - Y Y Y
CIVE 98.00 - - Y Y
CM 57.00 - - Y Y
CO 57.00 - - Y Y
CON 98.00 - - Y Y
CS 98.00 - - Y Y
CT 98.00 - - Y Y
D 74.00 - - Y Y
DM 74.00 - - Y Y
DSCI 98.00 - - Y Y
E 57.00 - - Y Y
EAP 57.00 - - - -
ECE 98.00 - - Y Y
ECOL 57.00 - - Y Y
ECON 57.00 - - Y Y
EDAE 57.00 - - Y Y
EDCL 57.00 - - Y Y
EDCO 57.00 - - Y Y
EDCT 57.00 - - Y Y
EDHE 57.00 - - Y Y
EDOD 57.00 - - Y Y
EDRM 57.00 - - Y Y
EDUC 57.00 - - Y Y
EGSC 98.00 - - Y Y
ENGR 98.00 - - Y Y
ERHS 74.00 - - Y Y
ESS 57.00 - - Y Y
ETST 57.00 - - Y Y
F 57.00 - - Y Y
FACS 57.00 - - Y Y
FESA 57.00 - - Y Y
FIN 98.00 - Y Y Y
FSHN 74.00 - - Y Y
FTEC 74.00 - - Y Y
FW 57.00 - - Y Y
GEOL 74.00 - - Y Y
GES 57.00 - - Y Y
GR 57.00 - - Y Y
GRAD 57.00 - - Y Y
HDFS 74.00 - - Y Y
HES 98.00 - - Y Y
HIST 57.00 - - Y Y
HONR 74.00 - - Y Y
HORT 57.00 - - Y Y
IDEA 74.00 - - Y Y
IE 57.00 - - Y Y
INST 57.00 - - Y Y
INTD 98.00 - - Y Y
IU 57.00 - - Y Y
JTC 57.00 - - Y Y
KEY 57.00 - - Y Y
LAND 57.00 - - Y Y
LASL 57.00 - - Y Y
LARA 57.00 - - Y Y
LB 57.00 - - Y Y
LCHI 57.00 - - Y Y
LEAP 57.00 - - Y Y
LFRE 57.00 - - Y Y
LGEN 57.00 - - Y Y
LGER 574.00 - - Y Y
LGRK 57.00 - - Y Y
LIFE 74.00 - - Y Y
LITA 57.00 - - Y Y
LJPN 57.00 - - Y Y
LKOR 57.00 - - Y Y
LLAT 57.00 - - Y Y
LRUS 57.00 - - Y Y
LSPA 57.00 - - Y Y
MATH 74.00 - - Y Y
MECH 98.00 - - Y Y
MGT 98.00 - Y Y Y
MIP 74.00 - - Y Y
MKT 98.00 - Y Y Y
MLSC 57.00 - - Y Y
MSE 98.00 - - Y Y
MU 74.00 - - Y Y
NB 74.00 - - Y Y
NR 57.00 - - Y Y
NRRT 57.00 - - Y Y
NSCI 74.00 - - Y Y
OT 57.00 - - Y Y
PBHL 57.00 - - Y Y
PH 74.00 - - Y Y
PHIL 57.00 - - Y Y
POLS 57.00 - - Y Y
PPA 57.00 - - Y Y
PSY 74.00 - - Y Y
REL 98.00 - Y Y Y
RRM 74.00 - - Y Y
RS 57.00 - - Y Y
SOC 57.00 - - Y Y
SOCR 57.00 - - Y Y
SOWK 57.00 - - Y Y
SPCM 57.00 - - Y Y
SPMT 57.00 - - Y Y
STAA 74.00 - - Y Y
STAR 74.00 - - Y Y
STAT 74.00 - - Y Y
SYSE 98.00 - - Y Y
TH 74.00 - - Y Y
TOX 74.00 - - Y Y
VM 74.00 - - Y Y
VMBS 74.00 - - Y Y
VS 74.00 - - Y Y
WR 57.00 - - Y Y
WS 57.00 - - Y Y


Graduate Differential Tuition Charges