CSU-Pueblo Cost Estimate

Estimated Cost of Attendance for Undergraduate Residents

The annual cost for tuition, fees, books, and room and board is approximately $13,654 for full time Colorado residents living in on campus housing. The actual costs of housing may be much different, and the cost for a student from another state will be different as well. Students may also be eligible for various forms of financial aid, thereby reducing the actual cost. Financial need is a factor in determining the financial aid eligibility and actual cost. Financial need is the difference between the Cost of Attendance (COA) and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated by the U.S. Department of Education via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial need can be expressed as an equation: COA minus EFC equals financial need.


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Financial Need

For each student, the COA, EFC, and financial need will be different. Financial aid is offered to help students cover their financial need depending on available funding and specific student characteristics.

So, as an example, if the COA is $13,654 and the EFC is $10,000, the financial need is, thus $3,654. This need may be met by grants, scholarships, work programs, and/or loans.

To determine what the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is, students should complete the FAFSA or FAFSA 4caster at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Below are the steps to take to determine how much it will cost to attend CSU-Pueblo.

  1. Estimate the actual Cost Of Attendance (COA) using tuition and fee information at
    http://www.csupueblo.edu/IR/CSU-PuebloCostEstimate/. Use the figure provided for other expenses, i.e., supplies, transportation, and medical, and use actual housing costs if living off campus.
  2. Find the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  3. Determine the Financial Need by subtracting the EFC from the COA.
    Complete the FAFSA and the CSU-Pueblo scholarship application at
    PAWS each year no later than March 1 to maximize financial aid eligibility.