The budget, effective July 1, also includes a 9-percent tuition increase for resident undergraduates.
CSU’s budget includes state funding and tuition dollars, but does not include self-funded programs or research support. The general budget is $459 million, an increase of 6 percent from last year. The budget for the entire university is about $900 million, up about 4 percent from the previous year.
In addition to the tuition increase for residents, undergraduate nonresident tuition will increase 3 percent from last year.
The worst-case scenario, however, did not materialize, CSU said in its release.
Instead, the improving economy means CSU will be able boost salaries for faculty and staff by 3 percent.
It will be the first salary increase for employees since the 2008-09 fiscal year.
“After three years of some of the toughest budgets in CSU history, we’re very pleased to bring forward a budget that keeps tuition increases in the single digits and provides the first pay increase to our employees in four years,” CSU President Tony Frank said in a statement. “While we’re still taking a reduction in state funding, it’s far less than what we had built into our original budget planning last fall.”
- Resident undergraduate – $6,875
- Non-resident undergraduate – $22,667
- Resident graduate – $8,392
- Non-resident graduate – $20,572
The average cost of room and board at CSU will grow by $558, a 5.8 percent increase.
The total cost of attending CSU – tuition, fees and room and board – is expected to increase 6.6 percent over the prior year, a change of $1,165.
Frank used the news to repeat one of his key messages: The cost of educating a student at Colorado is the same as it was 20 years ago on an inflation-adjusted basis.
But what has changed is that 20 years ago, two-thirds of the cost of a CSU education was paid for by the state. Today, that ratio has flipped — individual students and their families pay for two-thirds of the cost, with the state paying one-third.
“While this budget contains much good news compared to recent years, it continues to reflect the privatization of public higher education in Colorado, with state support declining and students paying a greater share through tuition,” Frank said. “It is a fundamental challenge facing higher education in Colorado and throughout the nation.”