Columbus State University

Columbus, GA, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$11,334
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$10,121
$30k - $48k
$10,850
$48k - $75k
$13,989
$75k - $110k
$15,008
$110k+
$15,277
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$7,200
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$20,682
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$9,380
Books and Supplies
$1,350
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: financial_aid@columbusstate.edu

Aid & Grants

0
100
71%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
86%
Average Aid Per Year
$5,127
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
86%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,968
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$7,535
Students receiving state aid
58%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$4,550
Students receiving federal aid
50%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,968
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$15,335,398
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$10,831,179

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
60%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$5,886
Students receiving federal loans
60%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,678
Average Other Loans Per Year
$4,755
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$25,768
Loan Default Rate
9%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$274

What Students Are Saying

3.71 Average Rating
CSU has some of the lowest tuition in the state, which is good for many students who cannot afford tuition at a larger school. However, the low tuition is traded for some programs and luxuries. For instance, there is no Economics, Physics, Philosophy, or Journalism major. There is also the problem of under-staffing. Many of CSU's administrative departments are understaffed, making offices such as Student Enrollment Services and Financial Aid somewhat inefficient. Additionally, some Academic functions of the school, such as the Math and Science lab, are understaffed. However, when a student is able to gain the attention of a Math or Science tutor, they almost always convey information clearly and concisely. However, CSU is currently expanding and more classes will be available in the near future.
Alex from Stockbridge, GA
columbus state is very affordable in comparison to many large universities, but as scholarships become harder to obtain and with the state of the economy, student loans are necessary. thankfully, with some perseverance, you can receive generous loans and grants from financial aid.
Jessica from Senoia, GA
Definitely a very cost efficient school with many extra curricular activities that are affordable for college students.
Chloe from Tyrone, GA
I definitely feel like I'm getting my money's worth. The facilities are in good shape, the professors are attentive when you need help, and there's always something to do. If you don't have a car, you can easily get to the downtown campus and back on one of the shuttle buses. Dr. Mescon is extremely involved with the students and faculty; I can actually point him out to you (and I'm sure most of my friends at other universities can't say the same thing about their president). I would like to see more options for food, but I can always run over to the mall (which is two blocks over) to grab a bite.
Kelly from Columbus, GA
Tuition is always a problem when it comes to college; however, I do think you get your money's worth at CSU. The cost of tuition here is much lower than many other schools in Georgia.
Taylor from Columbus, GA
CSU is very affordable compared the academics you are getting. Especially if you are going for the music program, nursing or Education program.
Gudbjorg from Columbus, GA
I do feel that it is a bit pricey to attend CSU but there are ways to offset the cost. Choose your meal plan wisely. It may be better to cook than to go out.
Current CSU Student
It is actually a very good deal and worth the money.
Definitely worth the money to go there especially for how much effort they put back into the school.
Michael from Hamilton, GA

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