CSU hikes tuition 9 percent

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Colorado State University will increase undergraduate in-state tuition by 9 percent next year at its Fort Collins and Pueblo campuses.

In-state graduate tuition will rise 15 percent at the Fort Collins campus and 9 percent at CSU-Pueblo.

The CSU System Board of Governors approved the tuition hikes yesterday.

The decision was made based on likely state funding cuts and the end of federal stimulus money that has bolstered the university’s bottom line.

On June 17, CSU announced a tuition discount program for Colorado students from low- and middle-income families, called “Commitment to Colorado.”

Under the program, state-resident students seeking their first bachelor’s degree and whose families earn income of $57,000 or less a year will pay half CSU’s standard tuition rate. About 21 percent of CSU enrollees are eligible for the program at current income levels, officials said.