Graduate & Undergraduate
Tuition Rates

Tuition Rates Data
Per Credit Hour
Learning Partners
Per Credit Hour
Undergraduate Courses $220.00 $198.00
Graduate Courses* $290.00 $261.00
Doctoral Courses $350.00 $315.00
Textbooks Included

*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.
Most courses are 3 credit hours. Tuition and fees are payable in U.S. funds. Tuition rates are subject to change.


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Our yearly tuition is, on average, less than half the cost of our competitors.*

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Tuition reports include tuition and required fees per academic year for full-time beginning students.

‡Source: U.S. Department of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Fall 2013, Institutional Characteristics component and Winter 2013-14, Student Financial Aid component.

CSU’s promise is to deliver a quality education that allows you the opportunity to achieve your dreams of an education without having to mortgage your future to attain it. To help you reach your dream of a college degree, we offer affordable tuition rates and flexible enrollment options.

Still not sure you can afford an online education? There are many financing options available including:

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CSU participates in several grant and loan programs through federal student aid.

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CSU offers a variety of scholarships to help students meet their financial needs in obtaining a degree.

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The CSU tuition rate for undergraduate and graduate courses is at the DoD semester hour cap of $250.

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CSU has partnered with more than 2,500 corporations and organizations to offer a 10% tuition discount to their employees/members.

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At CSU, we never forget where we came from and what led us to becoming one of the first online universities. We can relate to people in varying situations of need. Talk to one of our representatives about the affordability of CSU.


Columbia Southern University will be increasing current tuition rates, effective January 1, 2018. New tuition rates are as follows:

  • Undergraduate Courses: $225.00 per credit hour
  • Graduate Courses: $300.00 per credit hour
  • Doctoral Courses: Increase to $375 per credit hour