I am reaching out today to inform you of an upcoming change to your tuition rate. On Dec. 7, 2022, the Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase for the 2023 academic year, which will go into effect on July 1, 2023. As you know, costs are increasing across the nation and higher education is not immune. However, we owe it to you to ensure that we do not reduce our level of service or academic quality in response.
Although the change was as limited as possible and isn’t in effect until July 1, we do not take this decision lightly. We wanted to inform you quickly so that you may prepare in advance. We know that no one looks forward to a tuition increase, however we are proud that we continue to be one of the most affordable, completely online, SACSCOC-accredited universities in the nation. In fact, according to College Scorecard’s four-year distance-only U.S. colleges, CSU ranks at the top for affordability based on tuition and fees (December 2022).
I also want you to know that in 2023 we will be providing our students with full access to Microsoft 365 which includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more. We will update you when this becomes available for download. You may use these programs at your convenience through graduation.
2023 Tuition and Fees
The tuition rate for undergraduate courses will increase from $245 to $270 per credit hour. The tech fee for undergraduate courses will increase from $25 to $35 per course. The tuition rate for undergraduate courses will remain $250 per credit hour for all active-duty military members using tuition assistance. The tech fee is waived for all active-duty U.S. service members.
The tuition rate for graduate courses will increase from $335 to $349 per credit hour. The tech fee for graduate courses will increase from $35 to $45 per course. The tuition rate for graduate courses will remain $250 per credit hour for all active-duty military members using tuition assistance. The tech fee is waived for all active-duty U.S. service members.
The tuition rate for currently enrolled doctoral students will increase from $435 to $485 per credit hour. The tech fee for doctoral courses will remain at $60 per course. The tech fee is waived for all 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 LifePace Learning® enrollments received on or after July 1, 2023, will adhere to the new tuition rate and tech fee requirement as well. Please note that all eTextbooks, textbooks and integrated learning resources will continue to be provided at no additional cost.
An affordable education has always been, and will continue to be, a core tenet at CSU. If you are facing financial challenges, I want to assure you that there are resources available to help you manage the cost of your education. Our financial aid office is here to assist and support you.
Should you like to schedule a time to speak to a financial aid representative or ask further questions, please contact your student support specialist or email Students@ColumbiaSouthern.edu.
Thank you for your continued support. It is a privilege to serve you.
Dr. Ken Styron
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