CSU System approves 4 percent tuition hike at CSU–Pueblo

At its meeting on Wednesday, the Colorado State University System Board of Governors approved a tuition rate increase of just four percent for resident undergraduate and graduate students at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

President Joseph Garcia explained that the four percent increase helps preserve access for the student body, a significant number of who come from low-income households. Given the numerous enhancements to facilities on campus, Garcia said students will be getting even more for their money when they enroll for the fall semester. CSU-Pueblo welcomed the largest freshmen class in University history in Fall of 2008 and anticipates an overall enrollment increase this fall.

The tuition plan includes a four percent increase, or about $68.40 per semester for resident undergraduates taking 12 hours at the Pueblo campus. The undergraduate residence tuition rate will increase $5.70 per credit hour, from $142.60 per credit hour to $148.30 for up to 12 hours.

“This tuition increase preserves access for our ambitious but under resourced students,” said President Joseph Garcia. “I’m proud to say we’re also giving students more for their money as evidenced by the substantial improvements to facilities and programs over the last few years.”

The minimal tuition increase is notable given the current economy; it does not begin to cover the loss of state dollars from the Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF), which will decline next year from $92 to $68 per credit hour. The University aims to make up the difference by charging for credit hours taken beyond 12 hours, which used to be included for free. Those who take from 13-18 hours will pay only $28.75 per hour for these credit hours over 12 credit hours. Full-time tuition for resident students will be $3,559 per year, compared to $3422.40 in 2008-09, an increase of $137. Full-time tuition for nonresidents will remain at $13,543 per academic year. The tuition rate for business, computer information science, engineering, and nursing students is slightly higher. Resident graduate tuition rates will increase by four percent as well.

Despite experiencing a 19.31% reduction in state funding, CSU-Pueblo will not reduce its overall education and general budget because of its continued strong enrollment growth. However, the loss of state resources resulted in a significant reduction in the University’s plans to add staff, faculty and programs to meet the needs of the increased number of students.

Over the last two years, the University has invested heavily in adding facilities and programs to improve the students’ collegiate experience. Recently added are a new student recreation field, a state of the art student recreation center, and a football/track stadium and fieldhouse. A $12 million renovation to Massari Arena was completed in 2008 with a $24 million renovation to the University Library scheduled for completion in 2011. The first of three new 250-bed residence halls will open this fall.

Proposed and initiated by students and approved by the Student Fee Governing Board and Associated Students’ Government, an increase in student fees will support increased services and programming in Student Affairs, athletics, instructional technology, and health services. Full-time students will pay an additional $7.75 per credit hour for mandatory student fees, which include the following per credit hour increases for the 2009-10 academic year: Technology, $2.45; Athletics, $3.50; Health Services, .50; and Student Affairs, $1.30.

Room and board rates in the Belmont Residence Hall will increase approximately 10 percent and 4.2 percent respectively, from $3150 a semester to $3375 on average. Only 17 percent of the total student population will be affected by these increases. Students living in the new Crestone Residence Hall will pay from $750-1450 higher, depending on the type of room selected.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.