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 72.00 - - Y Y
ACT 95.00 - Y Y Y
AGED 55.00 - - Y Y
AGRI 55.00 - - Y Y
AHS 55.00 - - Y Y
AM 72.00 - - Y Y
AMST 55.00 - - Y Y
ANEQ 72.00 - - Y Y
ANTH 55.00 - - Y Y
AREC 55.00 - - Y Y
ART 72.00 - - Y Y
AS 55.00 - - Y Y
ATS 95.00 - - Y Y
BC 72.00 - - Y Y
BIOM 95.00 - - Y Y
BMS 72.00 - - Y Y
BSPM 55.00 - - Y Y
BTEC 72.00 - - Y Y
BUS 95.00 - Y Y Y
BZ 72.00 - - Y Y
CBE 95.00 - - Y Y
CHEM 72.00 - - Y Y
CIS 95.00 - Y Y Y
CIVE 95.00 - - Y Y
CM 55.00 - - Y Y
CO 55.00 - - Y Y
CON 95.00 - - Y Y
CS 95.00 - - Y Y
CT 95.00 - - Y Y
D 72.00 - - Y Y
DM 72.00 - - Y Y
E 55.00 - - Y Y
EAP 55.00 - - - -
ECE 95.00 - - Y Y
ECOL 55.00 - - Y Y
ECON 55.00 - - Y Y
EDAE 55.00 - - Y Y
EDCL 55.00 - - Y Y
EDCO 55.00 - - Y Y
EDCT 55.00 - - Y Y
EDHE 55.00 - - Y Y
EDOD 55.00 - - Y Y
EDRM 55.00 - - Y Y
EDUC 55.00 - - Y Y
EGSC 95.00 - - Y Y
ENGR 95.00 - - Y Y
ERHS 72.00 - - Y Y
ESS 55.00 - - Y Y
ETST 55.00 - - Y Y
F 55.00 - - Y Y
FACS 55.00 - - Y Y
FESA 55.00 - - Y Y
FIN 95.00 - Y Y Y
FSHN 72.00 - - Y Y
FTEC 72.00 - - Y Y
FW 55.00 - - Y Y
GEOL 72.00 - - Y Y
GES 55.00 - - Y Y
GR 55.00 - - Y Y
GRAD 55.00 - - Y Y
HDFS 72.00 - - Y Y
HES 95.00 - - Y Y
HIST 55.00 - - Y Y
HONR 72.00 - - Y Y
HORT 55.00 - - Y Y
IE 55.00 - - Y Y
INST 55.00 - - Y Y
INTD 72.00 - - Y Y
IU 55.00 - - Y Y
JTC 55.00 - - Y Y
KEY 55.00 - - Y Y
LAND 55.00 - - Y Y
LARA 55.00 - - Y Y
LB 55.00 - - Y Y
LCHI 55.00 - - Y Y
LEAP 55.00 - - Y Y
LFRE 55.00 - - Y Y
LGEN 55.00 - - Y Y
LGER 55.00 - - Y Y
LGRK 55.00 - - Y Y
LIFE 72.00 - - Y Y
LITA 55.00 - - Y Y
LJPN 55.00 - - Y Y
LKOR 55.00 - - Y Y
LLAT 55.00 - - Y Y
LRUS 55.00 - - Y Y
LSGN 55.00 - - Y Y
LSPA 55.00 - - Y Y
MATH 72.00 - - Y Y
MECH 95.00 - - Y Y
MGT 95.00 - Y Y Y
MIP 72.00 - - Y Y
MKT 95.00 - Y Y Y
MLSC 55.00 - - Y Y
MU 72.00 - - Y Y
NB 72.00 - - Y Y
NR 55.00 - - Y Y
NRRT 55.00 - - Y Y
NSCI 72.00 - - Y Y
OT 55.00 - - Y Y
PBHL 55.00 - - Y Y
PH 72.00 - - Y Y
PHIL 55.00 - - Y Y
POLS 55.00 - - Y Y
PSY 72.00 - - Y Y
REL 95.00 - Y Y Y
RRM 72.00 - - Y Y
RS 55.00 - - Y Y
SOC 55.00 - - Y Y
SOCR 55.00 - - Y Y
SOWK 55.00 - - Y Y
SPCM 55.00 - - Y Y
STAA 72.00 - - Y Y
STAT 72.00 - - Y Y
TH 72.00 - - Y Y
TOX 72.00 - - Y Y
VM 72.00 - - Y Y
VS 72.00 - - Y Y
WR 55.00 - - Y Y
WS 55.00 - - Y Y

Graduate Differential Tuition Charges