Tuition & Financing
Columbia Southern University Tuition and Costs
When comparing quality and cost, CSU is your best option. Our tuition is competitively priced to make achieving a quality education affordable and realistic for the average person.
Per Credit Hour
*Effective September 17, undergraduate courses will increase to $210 per credit hour, and graduate courses will increase to $275 per credit hour. The increase to graduate courses will not affect the tuition rate for active-duty military students as that rate is capped at $250 per credit hour.
** The tuition rate for graduate courses per-credit hour is $250 for all active-duty military members using military tuition assistance (not applicable for CSU Learning Partners). The lower rate is offered to keep the tuition rate at the DoD cap of $250. CSU Learning Partners receive a tuition discount that is applied to the full tuition rate.
Tuition and fees are payable in U.S. funds. CSU accepts checks, money orders, and credit cards.
View information on Federal Student Aid Eligible/Ineligible Programs.
Book Grant / Loan-a-Book Policies
Textbooks are provided for all programs at no cost through the Columbia Southern University Book Grant or Loan-a-Book. Select courses or programs, determined by the University, will utilize the Book Grant or Loan-a-Book. Books may be in new or used condition and may be in print or electronic format.
The Book Grant provides textbooks for select courses, at no cost. Textbooks are not required to be returned with the Book Grant; however, students must meet course completion requirements. Successful course completion is defined as earning a passing grade or not dropping/withdrawing from the course in which the textbook was granted. When a student drops, withdraws, or fails a course, a charge for the textbook and shipping will be posted to the student’s account. The student may return the text within 30 days to have the charge reversed. The charge will be based on the textbook price listed at the CSU website and $12 for shipping and handling. Alternatively, the student may re-enroll in the same course for the next consecutive term or enrollment period and indicate on the course re-take form that the previously provided text will be used. As long as the next course is submitted within 30 days of the course failure or drop/withdrawal, the text charge will be reversed. Students enrolled in Term Enrollment Programs or Flexible Enrollment Programs for Veterans should return the text if the course is not available in the next consecutive term. Students not successfully completing a course will be provided a textbook return form to print and enclose with the returned text. Students who return textbooks without the proper paper work to identify themselves will not receive credit for the return. Students who do not return the text and do not pay the text charge, may not be allowed to enroll in future courses.
Loan-a-Book provides textbooks for select courses, at no cost. Textbooks are required to be returned to Columbia Southern University through the provided return label, upon course completion. Students will be provided detailed textbook return instructions via e-mail. Textbooks not returned will be charged to the student’s account.
Textbook information can be found on the course description pages of the CSU website. Course descriptions are accessible from the degree program web pages.
Federal Financial Aid, also known as Federal Student Aid, offers grant and loan programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education. CSU participates in several grant and loan programs available through Federal Student Aid. Most CSU students who meet the following criteria may be eligible to receive financial aid.
U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen
Enrolled in an Eligible Degree Program
Enrolled on at least Half-Time Status
Statement: All financial aid applicants are encouraged to file federal income tax returns for applicant, parent and/or spouse as applicable, prior to completing their 2013 - 2014 FAFSA. This will allow students and prospective students to use the IRS Data Retrieval Process when completing the FAFSA. This tool will save you time and increase the accuracy of your FAFSA information. The IRS Data Retrieval tool is also the fastest and most secure solution for meeting verification requirements if applicable.
CSU is approved to offer Military Tuition Assistance (TA) and Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. Additional education funding is available to those approved for TA and eligible for MGIB-Active Duty benefits. In most cases, these benefits cover the entire cost of your program. You can complete seven undergraduate courses or six graduate courses annually without exceeding the Department of Defense (DoD) annual ceiling of $4,500. The CSU tuition rate for undergraduate and graduate courses is below the DoD semester hour cap of $250.
All military men and women receive a waived application fee and those using Military Tuition Assistance also receive a waived library fee. Spouses or children of active duty or veterans will receive the application fee waiver and a 10 percent tuition discount.
Established in loving memory of Dr. Robert Mayes (1945 - 2005), CSU founder and president, the Robert G. Mayes Memorial Scholarship $5,000 alumni scholarship is awarded annually to a CSU graduate. Candidates must have graduated from CSU with a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher to be eligible for consideration. You must also complete the scholarship application accompanied by a 300-word essay and letter of recommendation from a CSU faculty member.