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Nationally, most students attending a public university take an average of six years to graduate, costing an estimated $46,000 in additional tuition and $90,000 in lost wages. At CSU, you’ll be able to take advantage of our student-focused initiatives to keep you on track to graduation while preparing you to thrive in your career. 

Merit-Based Scholarships

Our tuition is made even more affordable through a range of scholarships. In addition, CSU even has an Honors Program that offers generous scholarship, plus several other merit-based awards that range between $2,000 and $10,000 per year.

Need-Based Grants

Students with demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), may qualify for grants at CSU. In order to be considered for loans and grants, students must complete the FAFSA. The application opens every year on October 1 and is available now at It’s quick, easy and free!

Find more information on completing the FAFSA here.

Benefit from Guaranteed Tuition Rates

We’re one of Ohio’s most competitively priced universities. Now, thanks to the CSU Guarantee, you’ll be better positioned to manage the costs associated with completing your degree because our rates are guaranteed for four years for new freshmen beginning Fall 2018. The program also applies to eligible new undergraduate transfer students — the transfer guarantee period is a proportional period of time based on the student’s transferrable credits.

Contact Campus411 All-in-1 Enrollment Services at 216.687.5411 or for more information.  

Be Rewarded with a Competitive Scholarship

In addition to our merit-based scholarships, there are several donor-specific and other scholarships available. See the full list of available scholarships and instructions on how to apply. 

Take Four Courses and Get Two Free

We charge the same tuition for 18 credit hours as we do for 12. This means you can take up to six three-credit courses for the same cost as four — a savings of more than $2,500 per semester. Plus, by taking additional credit hours each semester you can position yourself to graduate ahead of schedule, shaving even more off the cost of your four-year degree. 

Monitor Your Progress

We make it easy to monitor your academic progress with our online advising tool that lets you work with your academic advisor to plan your schedule, register for classes and complete your degree. You’ll track your progress in meeting the requirements in three of the main components that make up any degree at CSU: university, college and major/minor. CSU’s tool outlines each requirement and shows the courses that you’ve taken that meet the requirement while allowing you to instantly see a list of courses that can be used to satisfy any incomplete requirements.

Align Class Schedules with Life Schedules

We understand that you have real-life obligations like work and family. We make it easier to align your class schedule with other obligations through multi-term registration, which lets you secure your schedule for the entire academic year at once. Get answers to commonly asked questions regarding multi-term registration. 

Get the Classes You Need

Don’t get shut out of required courses. With demand-driven enrollment, you’ll have an opportunity to be placed on a waitlist and alerted as soon as a spot opens or another class section is added. 

Personalized Attention Makes a Difference

CSU’s Academic Advising Office provides a supportive atmosphere that empowers you to develop and implement educational strategies that are consistent with your values, goals and career plans. In recent years, a focus on freshman success — complete with intensive advising, extra support for those in remedial courses and a focus on monitoring attendance — has resulted in higher GPAs, more credits earned and better academic standing for CSU freshmen and transfer students.

Chart showing CSU grads have 14.9 percent higher salaries at the mid-career level


On average, our graduates enjoy a $10K salary boost. According to the Brookings Institution, the mid-career salaries of CSU grads are 14.9% higher than similar graduates from other Ohio colleges and universities. 

Student Resources

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    Student Center
    A Hub of Campus Activity

    This 138,000-square-foot living room for students is home to the campus bookstore, student club offices, a commuter lounge, game room, computer lab, multiple eateries, a ballroom and more!

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    Campus 411: All-in-1 Enrollment Services
    One Stop for All of Your Enrollment Questions

    Everything you need for a smooth enrollment process is right here. Our cross-trained All-in-1 professionals can help you with Financial Aid, Registration, Admissions, Student Records and Student Accounts.

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    Veteran Student Success Program
    A Designated “Military Friendly School”

    The Veteran Student Success Program serves more than 600 veterans attending CSU, providing a range of services to all veterans, serving military personnel and military family members. We help ease the transition from military to college life through admissions assisting and counseling, academic advising, VA benefits counseling, tutoring and more. 

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    Counseling Center
    Empowering Our Students

    Accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services Incorporated (IACS), CSU’s Counseling Center offers a wide range of services to students, including counseling and training on various topics, from interpersonal communication and testing anxiety to stress reduction and managing a chronic illness.  

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    Disability Services
    Individualized Student Accommodations

    We provide individualized accommodations to students who may be facing a number of challenges, from learning disabilities and chronic health issues to attention deficit disorders and visual impairments. All accommodations through Disability Services are designed to ensure students have equal access to and participation in the CSU community.