Ways to Save

Being an adult learner can be challenging—but with CSU, it is possible. We pride ourselves on delivering quality educational services as well as affordable learning options and discounts for our students to achieve their goals.

Below are some of the many ways that you can save money while earning your degree:

Offering some of the lowest tuition rates among our competitors, we are committed to helping you achieve your goals through affordable education.

CSU Tuition Comparison Chart

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.

Columbia Southern University offers affordable, accessible education with weekly, biweekly, monthly and full payment plan options to make sure education fits into your life and budget.

Pay As You Learn Options Chart

*Based on undergraduate-level and graduate-level tuition rate for one course using LifePace Learning Option taking 10-weeks to complete a course. Credit card only.

As a CSU Learning Partner, companies can invest in the future of their employees. With a 10% tuition discount and exclusive scholarship opportunities, employees and their families can invest even more.

A large number of our students are active-duty or veterans of the armed forces. We are keenly aware of the unique challenges faced by military members and their families. We will assist with military-affiliated resources like Tuition Assistance and GI Bills, and offering military specific scholarships and discounts to members and their spouses.

CSU offers scholarships for military members and public safety personnel, as well as degree- specific and general scholarships. Every student attending CSU is eligible to apply for, and earn, one of our various scholarships and get even closer to achieving their academic dreams.

Join the CSU Alumni Association at no cost to become eligible to earn special tuition discounts, scholarships and gain connections with other CSU students and alumni across the country.

You’ve done the work so you should get the credit. At CSU, we can transfer up to 75 percent of undergraduate courses and 50 percent of graduate courses into most degree programs, potentially reducing your total tuition cost. We also work with students to apply professional experience and certifications towards their degree.

The cost of textbooks can be a financial burden in higher education. We don’t believe you should foot the bill. CSU offers textbooks at no cost to students as well as eTextbook courses and textbook-free courses. We can also ship textbooks to APO/FPO locations.