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Cost is the start of the financial fit conversation, but it should never be the end. Be sure to consider the whole picture when considering the cost of attendance at Colorado State or any university. What kind of experience are you looking for? Can you offset the cost with other factors to make a financial fit?

How we approach financial aid

Colorado State is dedicated to creating one of the best higher education experiences in the nation. That’s why the Office of Financial Aid uses financial aid as a tool to intentionally craft a community with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and goals.

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Your financial fit

At Colorado State, we approach the financial decision as a combination for four distinct and important factors: cost, aid, strategies, and outcomes.


The cost of attending CSU varies based on several factors, including whether you are a Colorado resident or not, your living plans once at CSU, and more. However, for all students, the cost of higher education enables the experiences and learning that are unique here.

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Financial aid comes in several shapes and sizes. At CSU, we consider aid as any scholarshipgrantloan, or work study opportunity a student takes advantage of. Each student should work to find the right balance of financial aid to help reduce the cost of higher education.

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Family savings, summer jobs, smart budgeting, payment plans, college credits earned at other institutions or through advanced placement programs — there are a lot of ways to reduce the cost of your education and impact the bottom line.



Your college investment might be the biggest investment you ever make. It needs to be worth it. Ask the tough questions about your education. Where are alumni working? What future salary can you expect from your major? What does the university do to prepare you to find work?

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It is important to determine state residency when applying for aid and determining cost of attendance. Students who do not initially qualify can petition for residency in certain circumstances.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

The Western Undergraduate Exchange, or WUE, is a program that significantly reduces the cost of tuition for non-Colorado residents who live in select Western states and territories.

Merit-based scholarships

CSU offers several merit-based scholarship opportunities, which are distributed according to academic and personal achievements. Learn more about merit scholarships if you live in Colorado and merit scholarships if you live out of state.

Applying for aid

There are often several steps that must be taken to qualify and receive financial aid, which vary depending on the specific program or aid you are applying for. It all starts with filling out the FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

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