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CSU System Board of Governor's Approves Zero Tuition Increase for In-State Undergraduates at CSU-Pueblo

Release Date: May 14, 2019

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Tuition will remain unchanged next year for Colorado resident undergraduate students at Colorado State University-Pueblo as part of the newly approved incremental budget and tuition proposals for the CSU System. The Board of Governors of the CSU System approved the proposals for the System’s three campuses and System Office for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019, at the May 7, CSU Board of Governor’s Board Meeting.

Not only does this approval effect CSU-Pueblo, the other institutions of the CSU System will reap the same benefits at CSU and CSU-Global.  Tuition remaining flat for Colorado resident undergrad students comes with a 3% increase for non-resident and graduate students.  This came as welcomed news to President Dr. Timothy Mottet.

“We are thankful for the strong support of the CSU Board of Governors.  We are also pleased that the General Assembly has invested in higher education to keep the cost of attendance low,” Mottet said. 

This means CSU-Pueblo undergraduate tuition will remain at $6,349 for the coming year for Colorado residents taking 12 credit hours.  This ranks below in-state tuition rates at peer institutions such as Washburn University, University of Tennessee-Martin, and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

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Annualized based on 12 credit hours/semester

Student FY-19 Tuition FY-20 Tuition Dollar Increase Percent Change
Resident, Undergraduate $9,426 $9,426 $0 0%
Non-Resident Undergraduate $27,227 $28,147 $820 3%
Resident, Graduate $10,214 $10,520 $306 3%
Non-Resident Graduate $25,040 $25,791 $751 3%



Student FY-19 Tuition FY-20 Tuition Dollar Increase Percent Change
Undergraduate - Per Credit Hour $350 $350 $0 0%
Graduate- Per Credit Hour $500 $500 $0 0%



Annualized based on 12 credit hours/semester

Student FY-19 Tuition FY-20 Tuition Dollar Increase Percent Change
Resident, Undergraduate $6,349 $6,349 $0 0%
Non-Resident Undergraduate $19,086 $19,658 $572 3%
Resident, Graduate $7,316 $7,535 $219 3%
Non-Resident Graduate $21,751 $22,404 $653 3%
  • University of Tennessee-Martin: $9,374
  • Washburn University: $8,594
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs: $8,523.52
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo: $8,407 (tuition + fees)

The decision by the CSU Board of Governors allows CSU-Pueblo to keep the cost of attendance low in Colorado, which also aligns with the Vision 2028 values of “inclusion, access, and affordability as a gateway to the world.”  Dr. Mottet said this budget also allows the University to leverage partnership within the CSU System also in a manner that greatly influences salaries for staff and faculty along with academic programs.  

“With these funds, the CSU-Pueblo budget is balanced, and we were able to do so without an increase in resident undergraduate tuition,” said Mottet.  “During the past year, we were required to make difficult decisions to align expenses and revenues.  Despite these challenges, CSU-Pueblo is committed to investing in our future.  To that end, the FY20 budget includes funds for institutional aid for our students, academic programs, and adjustments to the compensation for our faculty and staff as we continue building on the outstanding value of a degree from CSU-Pueblo.”

Other budget line items approved by the CSU System Board of Governors included a 0.95% increase for student fees at CSU-Pueblo.  This will improve many areas for the campus community which are supported by student fees. 

CSU Campus FY20 Tuition FY20 Student Fees FY20 Tuition + Fees Dollar Increase Percent Change
CSU $9,426 $2,351 $11,777 $70 0.6%
CSU-Pueblo $6,349 $2,058 $8,407 $80 0.95%

Additionally, the budget included $11.6 million for the collective CSU System institutions per the vision of the Board of Governors.  This will be allocated for the restoration of a full-time chancellor and chief financial officer, legal, audit and information technology resources.  The National Western Center, another new program initiative will also be funded.  These resources collectively enhance each of the CSU, CSU-Pueblo, and CSU-Global institutions, yet are housed out of the CSU System Office. 

The projected budgets for each institution and office for FY20 in comparison to FY19 are below:

Campus FY20 FY19
CSU $1.32 billion $1.22 billion
CSU-Global Campus $109.8 million $94.5 million (revised)
CSU-Pueblo $86.0 million $86.0 million
CSU System Office $11.6 million $7.9 million


Colorado State University-Pueblo is a comprehensive regional university with an enrollment of 4,000 students. With more than 25 percent of its students Hispanic, it is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS), and a military friendly university. The university is dedicated to interdisciplinary learning and entrepreneurship that elevates its people and community, creates educational opportunities, fosters unique collaborations, and supports inclusion, access, and affordability as a gateway to the world.

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