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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Colorado State University Fort Collins tuition is $9,152 per year for in-state residents. This is 30% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 39% cheaper than the average Colorado tuition of $15,087 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 13th in Colorado amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 28th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $26,660 which represents a 191% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,243 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $11,395.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,974 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Fort Collins should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $1,360 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $1,360 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Colorado residents to go to Colorado State University-Fort Collins is $25,929 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Colorado residence can expect a one year cost of $43,437.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Colorado State University Fort Collins and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Colorado State University Fort Collins
Estimated Budgets
Colorado Resident Total Budget $25,929
   In-State Tuition$9,152
   Other Fees$2,243
   Room and Board$11,974
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,360
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Non-Resident Total Budget $43,437
   Out-of-State Tuition$26,660
   Other Fees$2,243
   Room and Board$11,974
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,360
   Books and Supplies$1,200

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What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $25,929 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Colorado State University-Fort Collins net price for in-state students is $14,511* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

54% of Colorado State University Fort Collins students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $7,530. 22 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,032. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Colorado State University Fort Collins, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Colorado State University Fort Collins
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$14,511*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid54%
Average Total Grant Aid$7,530
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants22%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,032

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$10,449
$30,001 to $48,000$9,998
$48,001 to $75,000$14,905
$75,001 to $110,000$20,987
$110,000+$22,394

Average Financial Aid Mix - $25,929 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $25,929. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

31%
22%
47%

Grants and Scholarships

 31% - $7,530

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Colorado State University Fort Collins or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 22% - $5,425

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 47% -  $11,614

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.


*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Colorado State University Fort Collins
University of Utah15.9% less expensive
University of New Mexico Main Campus34.9% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Colorado State University Fort Collins.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Colorado State University-Fort Collins is $103,716 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $12,465 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $49,860**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $129,645 or $62,325 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Colorado State University Fort Collins.

Colorado Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,576
Colorado Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,964
Non-Colorado Resident Tuition Per Semester$13,330
Non-Colorado Resident Total Cost Per Semester$21,718

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Colorado State University Fort Collins are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Colorado State University Fort Collins
Price per credit hour for Colorado residents$416
Cost for one class for Colorado residents (3 credit hours)$1,248
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,333
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$3,999
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$5,332

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Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 44% of Colorado State University Fort Collins students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,425. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $23,726.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Colorado State University Fort Collins? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $49,860, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $61,864.83. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Colorado State University Fort Collins. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 54% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $12,465. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Colorado State University Fort Collins student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Colorado State University Fort Collins Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$515.54
Amount Borrowed$49,860.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$12,004.83
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$61,864.83

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Colorado State University-Fort Collins? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Colorado State University Fort Collins, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $61,864.83 would be needed to afford a $515.54 monthly payment in the example $49,860.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Colorado State University Fort Collins in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,875 to $9,152. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 6.6%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $103,716.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Colorado State University Fort Collins.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$35,658$142,634
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$45,510$182,041
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $58,084$232,335
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $67,239$268,957

Tuition History

What was tuition at Colorado State University-Fort Collins five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$6,307$22,007 20%
2011$5,256$21,366 -16.8%
2010$6,318$22,240 7.6%
2009$5,874$21,590 8.4%
2008$5,419$18,859 14.9%
2007$4,717$16,245 3.4%
2006$4,562$15,524 20.4%
2005$3,790$14,377 1.2%
2004$3,744$14,216 9%
2003$3,435$12,705 5.6%
2002$3,252$11,694 3.8%
2001$3,133$11,153 2.6%
2000$3,054$10,740 2.3%
1999$2,986$10,472 2.1%
1998$2,925$10,147 2.7%
1997$2,847$9,783 2.7%
1996$2,771$9,379 2.6%
1995$2,701$8,989 5.6%
1994$2,558$8,184 1.9%
1993$2,511$7,677 6.3%
1992$2,362$7,065 6.3%
1991$2,223$6,589 6.4%
1990$2,090$6,102 10.5%
1989$1,891$5,577 5.1%
1988$1,799$5,120 6%
1987$1,697$4,939

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Colorado State University Fort Collins to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 214 29% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 201 13% costlier
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management Bachelor's Degree 106 15% costlier
Biomedical Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 79 13% costlier
Restaurant/Food Services Management Bachelor's Degree 72 14% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 68 2% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 44 10% costlier
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 42 9% costlier
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 33 11% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 32 5% cheaper
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 31 12% costlier
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 28 6% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Bachelor's Degree 25 17% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 20 7% cheaper
Environmental Health Bachelor's Degree 19 20% costlier
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 17 1% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 17 4% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 16 6% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 15 3% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 14 5% costlier
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 13 9% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 13 5% costlier
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Bachelor's Degree 11 45% costlier
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 11 17% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 11 7% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 10 7% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 10 19% costlier
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management Bachelor's Degree 9 19% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 8% costlier
Soil Science and Agronomy, General Bachelor's Degree 9 11% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 8 12% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 6 15% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 3% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 6 9% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 5 1% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 6% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 4 5% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 4 2% costlier
Engineering Science Bachelor's Degree 4 9% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 4 18% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 4 8% costlier
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management Bachelor's Degree 4 22% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 4 4% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 4 4% cheaper
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 4 10% costlier
Natural Sciences Bachelor's Degree 3 7% costlier
Equestrian/Equine Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 11% costlier
Forest Sciences and Biology Bachelor's Degree 2 2% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 2 20% costlier
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree 2 8% costlier
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 2 14% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 2 2% costlier
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 2 29% costlier
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 2 18% costlier
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 12% cheaper
Human Nutrition Bachelor's Degree 2 3% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 2% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 37% costlier
Range Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 1 32% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
Wildlife Biology Bachelor's Degree 1 29% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 31% costlier
Fire Services Administration Bachelor's Degree 1 49% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 1 28% costlier

Calculators

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About Colorado State University Fort Collins

Colorado State University Fort Collins is a four year public college located in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Full time enrollment is 25,113 and part time is 6,743.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Address
Colorado State University Fort Collins
102 Administration Building
Fort Collins, Colorado
80523-0100

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Colorado State University Fort Collins is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Colorado State University Fort Collins cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=126818 IPEDS survey data.