Guaranteed Tuition FAQs

What is Guaranteed Tuition?

Guaranteed Tuition is Adams State University’s commitment to ensure students pay a constant tuition rate for 4 academic years beginning with the fall term in the academic year of the undergraduate student’s initial enrollment as an on-campus degree seeking student at ASU. The guaranteed tuition rates start Fall 2016.

What is the purpose and benefit of a Guaranteed Tuition rate?

The purpose of Guaranteed Tuition is to help make the costs of a college education more predictable for undergraduate students and their families. Guaranteed Tuition protects students and their families from sudden spikes in tuition and enables them to estimate and budget for college expenses more accurately.

Who qualifies for Guaranteed Tuition rate? 

The Guaranteed Tuition rate applies to all on-campus undergraduate students -- resident or non-resident, freshman or transfer -- who enroll in an undergraduate degree program on the ASU campus.

Do I have to sign up for the Guaranteed Transfer Tuition rates?

No. Guaranteed Tuition is the only tuition rate for new undergraduate students. Tuition for continuing students will also be guaranteed based on their original term of entry or the number of remaining credits towards degree completion. Transfer students and re-admitted students must meet with the Transfer Coordinator or the Department Chair in the area of their major to determine the number of remaining credits towards their degree and the end date for Guaranteed Tuition.

Does the Guaranteed Tuition Rate include Fees or Differential Tuition rates?

No. Fees are charged separately and may vary by academic year. Differential tuition applies only to degree programs in Nursing and Business and is in addition to base tuition rates. Differential tuition rates are not guaranteed or included in the base tuition rate.

What if I need to defer my admission and start date?

For students who have deferred admission, the Guaranteed Tuition rate in effect at the time of first enrollment will apply.

What if I need more than eight (8) semesters to complete my degree?

Students needing a fifth year in which to complete their bachelor’s degree would pay the same tuition as the students who first enrolled the year following the student’s first enrollment. Students needing sixth year would pay the rate in effect for new students entering 2 years after the year of their own first enrollment.

For example, students enrolled in fall 2014 at the Guaranteed Tuition rate but who did not complete their degree by spring 2018 AND had not missed more than one semester in the interim would pay the 2015 Guaranteed Tuition rate for their 5th year. Students needing a 6th year would pay the 2016 Guaranteed Tuition rate for that year.

What if I need more than six years to complete my degree?

Students who have had continuous enrollment but who have exhausted the allotted 4 year plus two additional years at the subsequent two years Guaranteed Tuition rate would be placed in the next entering class tuition rate each year until they complete the degree. (For example a student first enrolling in 2014 would pay that rate for 4 years; a fifth year would be assessed at the 2015 rate, a sixth year at the 2016 rate, a seventh at the 2017 rate and so on).

What if I am a part-time degree-seeking student?

Students who enroll as part-time, degree-seeking undergraduates pay the equivalent per credit hour rate assessed to full-time student whose initial enrollment occurred in the same academic year. After 4 years, the student will be assessed following the model for students not completing in 4 years.

What if I am a non-degree-seeking student (part-time or full-time)?

Undergraduate students not seeking a degree will pay the tuition rate established for that current year and for any new tuition increases for future years. If they subsequently switch to degree seeking status the Tuition Guarantee will begin using the rate in place at the time they become degree seeking. The procedures for Transfer students and re-admits will be used to establish an end date for the Tuition Guarantee.

What if I start at Adams State University as a part-time degree-seeking student and then enroll full-time?

If you enroll as a part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate, you will pay a pro-rated per credit rate based on the Guaranteed Tuition rate. You will have four years at the Guaranteed Tuition rate whether you’re part-time or full-time.

Does Guaranteed Tuition rate include classes in the summer sessions?

Yes. Guaranteed Tuition includes all classes in all session occurring within the four year Guarantee period. Non-resident students' summer tuition may differ from the Guaranteed Tuition rate but will not exceed that rate.

What is the tuition rate for students who enroll and attend ASU for the first time during the summer?

Students who first enroll at Adams State University in the summer will pay the rate in effect for that summer. When the student enrolls for fall, the new Guaranteed Tuition rate in effect for that fall will begin and continue for four academic years.

What is the tuition rate for students who enroll and attend ASU for the first time during the spring semester?

Students who first enroll at Adams State University in the spring semester will pay the rate in effect for the fall semester of that academic year. The Guaranteed Tuition rate will continue through the summer session for that academic year plus three more academic years.

I am a Post-Baccalaureate student. Do I qualify for the Guaranteed Tuition rate?

Post-Baccalaureate (Second Bachelor’s Degree) students pay the Guaranteed Tuition rate in effect at the time they begin the post-baccalaureate program. They will be treated in the same manner as Transfer students and readmitted students and will be awarded Guaranteed Tuition for as many academic years as required to complete the degree program.

I am a high school student taking ASU courses concurrently. Does the Guaranteed Tuition rate apply to me?

No. High School Concurrent Students do not qualify for the Guaranteed Tuition Rate. High School Concurrent Students pay the concurrent enrollment tuition rate in effect during the academic year in which they are enrolled as High School Concurrent Students.

How does the College Opportunity Fund (COF) Stipend affect Guaranteed Tuition for Colorado residents? 

Guaranteed tuition rates will not be affected by the COF. COF tuition is included in the total amount of tuition charged to a Colorado undergraduate resident student's account. This portion of the tuition is offset when the COF stipend is paid to the student's account. 

The COF "stipend" is the amount of money per credit hour paid by the State of Colorado on behalf of an eligible undergraduate Colorado resident student who is attending a Colorado institution of higher education. The stipend is not need-based or a grant and does not impact eligibility for student financial aid. If students who are in the four-year guaranteed tuition time frame see a tuition increase, it is due to an increase in COF support from the state. (For example, in 2016-17, the COF stipend paid $75 per credit of a student's tuition and $77 per credit in 2017-18. The COF portion of total tuition increases accordingly but is offset by the stipend.) Visit our COF page for more information.

I am an international student. Does the Guaranteed Tuition rate apply to me?

Yes. International students that are accepted into degree seeking, on-campus programs are treated the same as non-resident students, and the same Guaranteed Tuition rate will apply. International student end date will be determined based on the expected date of completion for the program as specified on the student’s visa. International students requiring more than four academic years to complete will have the rate increase in the same manner as other students requiring additional time to complete.

What if I need to take a fall or spring semester off for any reason?

Students may stop out for up to two consecutive (fall/spring) semesters. They will retain their original Guaranteed Tuition rate; however, the non-enrollment semester(s) does count as part of the four years at that Guaranteed Tuition rate. The Guaranteed Tuition rate will not be extended a semester as a result of non-enrollment.

What if I need to take more than two semesters off for any reason?

Students who do not enroll at Adams State University for more than two consecutive regular (fall/spring) semesters lose their Guaranteed Tuition rate. Students will be re-evaluated upon readmission to determine time remaining towards degree completion. Based on that evaluation an end date will be determined. Students will be assessed the Guaranteed Tuition rate in effect at the time of re-admittance. The Guaranteed Tuition rate will continue until the end date, at which point the subsequent rate will take effect.

I am enrolled in a Distance Education program. Does the Guaranteed Tuition rate apply to me?

No. Students who are enrolled in classes through Extended Studies or Adams Rural Education pay a tuition rate specific to that course or program. They do not qualify for the Guaranteed Tuition rate.

What if I begin as an on-campus student and then switch to Extended Studies for one semester?

Students who begin as on-campus students and then switch to a distance program for one semester can retain their original Guaranteed Tuition rate; however, the distance semester of enrollment is included in the four years. While enrolled in distance programs the student pays the Extended Studies tuition rate.

What if I begin on-campus and then switch to Extended Studies for two or more semesters?

A student enrolling in more than one consecutive semester as a distance student will be considered as a re-admission if they return to the on-campus program. They will return at the rate in effect at the time of their re-admission.

What if I begin as an Extended Campus student and then switch to an on- campus degree program?

Students who begin through Extended Studies and then switch to the on-campus degree will pay the Guaranteed Tuition rate in effect the semester they begin on campus. The student’s four year clock begins the fall of the academic year in which the student enrolls on-campus.

What if I spend one regular (fall/spring) semester as an Extended Studies student and then also stop out for a regular (fall/spring) on-campus semester?

Students who do not enroll in on-campus classes for two or more regular (fall/spring) semesters lose their original Guaranteed Tuition rate.

What if I am placed on academic suspension?

Students who do not enroll at ASU for two or more regular (fall/spring) semesters will be responsible for the tuition rate in effect when the student returns to the ASU. Students will then have four years of this new Guaranteed Tuition rate.

What if I need to withdraw from all my courses one semester?

Students who withdraw from all their ASU regular (fall/spring) semester courses can retain their original Guaranteed Tuition rate; however, the semester does count as one of the part of the four years at the Guaranteed Tuition rate.

How many years of Guaranteed Tuition are transfer students eligible for?

Transfer students will be awarded Guaranteed Tuition based on the number of credits transferred and the remaining credits required for degree completion. Based on this an end date will be assigned. They will be awarded 1-4 years at the Guaranteed Tuition rate in effect at the time of their admission, ending on the designated end date. If they require additional years after the end date they will be treated in the same manner as any students requiring additional time to completion.

Does the 12-20 Credit Hours Tuition Window still apply?

Yes. Students enrolling in 12-20 credits pay the same tuition at the guaranteed base tuition rate. The tuition window and Guaranteed Tuition rate make enrolling in 15 or more credits the fastest and most economical way to earn your degree.

How does participation in National Student Exchange affect someone paying the Guaranteed Tuition rate?

Students participating in National Exchange with enrollment through Adams State University can retain their original Guaranteed Tuition rate.

Students who complete two or more semesters of exchange or study abroad by enrolling through an institution other than Adams State University will lose their original Guaranteed Tuition rate and will be treated in the same manner as Transfer and re-admit students.

What if I have a Graduation Application form on file but do not actually graduate until a later semester? What happens to my Guaranteed Tuition status?

You will have four years at the Guaranteed Tuition rate to complete your baccalaureate degree. If you need a fifth year in which to complete your degree, you will pay the same tuition as the students who first enrolled the year after you. If you need a sixth year, you will pay the prevailing Guaranteed Tuition rate in effect for new students entering two years after you first enrolled.

How does this affect my scholarship?

Because your tuition is the same for four years, the amount of your scholarship will remain the same for that time period as long as you meet the scholarship renewal criteria.

What if I receive orders for Military Deployment?

Students who receive deployment orders while attending classes at ASU are eligible to retain their Guaranteed Tuition rate in effect at the time of their deployment provided they enroll in classes at ASU again, no later than two years following their deployment date. The years during which the student is deployed will NOT count as stop-out/non-enrollment semesters. The student’s existing Guaranteed Tuition rate eligibility will be extended to cover the full deployment period up to two years.