What is Differential Tuition?

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 70.00 - - Y Y
ACT 93.00 - Y Y Y
AGED 53.00 - - Y Y
AGRI 53.00 - - Y Y
AHS 53.00 - - Y Y
AM 70.00 - - Y Y
AMST 53.00 - - Y Y
ANEQ 70.00 - - Y Y
ANTH 53.00 - - Y Y
AREC 53.00 - - Y Y
ART 70.00 - - Y Y
AS 53.00 - - Y Y
ATS 93.00 - - Y Y
BC 70.00 - - Y Y
BIOM 93.00 - - Y Y
BMS 70.00 - - Y Y
BSPM 53.00 - - Y Y
BTEC 70.00 - - Y Y
BUS 93.00 - Y Y Y
BZ 70.00 - - Y Y
CBE 93.00 - - Y Y
CHEM 70.00 - - Y Y
CIS 93.00 - Y Y Y
CIVE 93.00 - - Y Y
CM 53.00 - - Y Y
CO 53.00 - - Y Y
CON 93.00 - - Y Y
CS 93.00 - - Y Y
CT 93.00 - - Y Y
D 70.00 - - Y Y
DM 70.00 - - Y Y
E 53.00 - - Y Y
EAP 53.00 - - - -
ECE 93.00 - - Y Y
ECOL 53.00 - - Y Y
ECON 53.00 - - Y Y
EDAE 53.00 - - Y Y
EDCL 53.00 - - Y Y
EDCO 53.00 - - Y Y
EDCT 53.00 - - Y Y
EDHE 53.00 - - Y Y
EDOD 53.00 - - Y Y
EDRM 53.00 - - Y Y
EDUC 53.00 - - Y Y
EGSC 93.00 - - Y Y
ENGR 93.00 - - Y Y
ERHS 70.00 - - Y Y
ESS 53.00 - - Y Y
ETST 53.00 - - Y Y
F 53.00 - - Y Y
FACS 53.00 - - Y Y
FESA 53.00 - - Y Y
FIN 93.00 - Y Y Y
FSHN 70.00 - - Y Y
FTEC 70.00 - - Y Y
FW 53.00 - - Y Y
GEOL 70.00 - - Y Y
GES 53.00 - - Y Y
GR 53.00 - - Y Y
GRAD 53.00 - - Y Y
HDFS 70.00 - - Y Y
HES 93.00 - - Y Y
HIST 53.00 - - Y Y
HONR 70.00 - - Y Y
HORT 53.00 - - Y Y
IE 53.00 - - Y Y
INST 53.00 - - Y Y
INTD 70.00 - - Y Y
IU 53.00 - - Y Y
JTC 53.00 - - Y Y
KEY 53.00 - - Y Y
LAND 53.00 - - Y Y
LARA 53.00 - - Y Y
LB 53.00 - - Y Y
LCHI 53.00 - - Y Y
LEAP 53.00 - - Y Y
LFRE 53.00 - - Y Y
LGEN 53.00 - - Y Y
LGER 53.00 - - Y Y
LGRK 53.00 - - Y Y
LIFE 70.00 - - Y Y
LITA 53.00 - - Y Y
LJPN 53.00 - - Y Y
LKOR 53.00 - - Y Y
LLAT 53.00 - - Y Y
LRUS 53.00 - - Y Y
LSGN 53.00 - - Y Y
LSPA 53.00 - - Y Y
MATH 70.00 - - Y Y
MECH 93.00 - - Y Y
MGT 93.00 - Y Y Y
MIP 70.00 - - Y Y
MKT 93.00 - Y Y Y
MLSC 53.00 - - Y Y
MU 70.00 - - Y Y
NB 70.00 - - Y Y
NR 53.00 - - Y Y
NRRT 53.00 - - Y Y
NSCI 70.00 - - Y Y
OT 53.00 - - Y Y
PBHL 53.00 - - Y Y
PH 70.00 - - Y Y
PHIL 53.00 - - Y Y
POLS 53.00 - - Y Y
PSY 70.00 - - Y Y
REL 93.00 - Y Y Y
RRM 70.00 - - Y Y
RS 53.00 - - Y Y
SOC 53.00 - - Y Y
SOCR 53.00 - - Y Y
SOWK 53.00 - - Y Y
SPCM 53.00 - - Y Y
STAA 70.00 - - Y Y
STAT 70.00 - - Y Y
TH 70.00 - - Y Y
VM 70.00 - - Y Y
VS 70.00 - - Y Y
WR 53.00 - - Y Y
WS 53.00 - - Y Y

Graduate Differential Tuition Charges