CSU Offers a Variety of 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.

Affordable Tuition Rates

Offering some of the lowest tuition rates among our competitors, we are committed to helping you achieve your goals through affordable education. CSU Learning Partners receive a tuition discount that is applied to the full tuition rate. For active-duty military rates, please see CSU Military Tuition Information.


$235  Per credit hour

CSU Learning Partner rate: $211.50


$325  Per credit hour

CSU Learning Partner rate: $292.50


$420  Per credit hour

CSU Learning Partner rate: $378

Half the Cost of Competitors

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 2018, Institutional Characteristics component and Winter 2018-2019, Student Financial Aid component.

Payment Options for Everyone

With benefits such as textbooks included, scholarships, and other financing options, CSU helps you save on your investment in education. Use our net price calculator as a guide to assist in early financial planning for college.

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Scholarship Opportunities

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.

Pay as You Learn

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.

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Knight Discount

CSU alumni who are ready to take their success one step further to pursue their master’s or doctoral degree are encouraged to use the Knight tuition discount.

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Textbooks Included

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.

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Learning Partner Benefits

When you join our Learning Partnership program, your members receive the several benefits.

  • 10% Tuition Discount
  • Exclusive Scholarship Opportunities
  • $0 Application Fee
Learning Partner Details

Please note: A learning partner discount cannot be used or combined with any other special discount or scholarship from CSU. This includes another learning partner discount.

Accreditation & Institutional Recognition

Carefully designed and taught by experienced industry experts, CSU's courses have been recognized for their rigorous academic material, high-caliber instruction and commitment to advancing the industries that they serve.