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.


$245  Per credit hour*

CSU Learning Partner rate: $220.50


$335  Per credit hour*

CSU Learning Partner rate: $301.50


$435  Per credit hour*

CSU Learning Partner rate: $391.50

*Columbia Southern University will implement a change to its tuition and fees effective July 1, 2023. The new tuition rate will be $270 per credit hour for undergraduate courses, $349 per credit hour for graduate courses and $545 per credit hour for doctoral courses. The technology fee will be $35 per undergraduate course, $45 per graduate course and will remain $60 per doctoral course. The tuition rate for all active-duty military members using tuition assistance will remain $250. The technology fee will not apply to active-duty U.S. service members. The new tuition rate and tech fees will take effect July 1, 2023, beginning with terms 1A24 and 1B24. All eTextbooks, textbooks and integrated learning resources will continue to be provided at no additional cost.

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, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Winter 2021-2022, 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.

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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 take a toll on your wallet. That’s why CSU provides course materials at no cost to you. CSU carefully selects textbooks, eTextbooks or Integrated Learning Resources for each course, ensuring you have the most effective materials to supplement your learning experience. For more information about textbooks and course materials, including delivery to APO/FPO locations, please refer to the Textbook and Course Material Policy in the student handbook.

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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

Columbia Southern University is recognized for its integrity, rigorous academic material, transparency and high-caliber instruction.