Aurora Public Schools is excited to engage in a new partnership with Colorado State University-Global to provide recent APS graduates and staff members the opportunity to pursue postsecondary education and certificate programs at significantly discounted rates. CSU-Global is a completely online, regionally accredited university designed for working adults and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate and continuing education opportunities.
Recent APS graduates (Class of 2012 or later) are now eligible for an exclusive tuition rate of $250 per credit hour to earn their bachelor’s degree online**. This discount can save families approximately $2,400 per year on tuition (based on a typical course load). That means students pursuing an undergraduate degree can save approximately $9,600 over the course of their postsecondary education!
Students who qualify for Federal Pell Grants can apply, on average, an additional $3,500 per year. This means an APS graduate's annual tuition at CSU-Global would be about $2,500. By comparison, the average undergraduate annual tuition at an accredited four-year university was more than five times that amount ($13,265) in the 2016-17 school year.
APS staff can also take advantage of discounted tuition rates. Current APS employees pursuing an undergraduate degree will also receive the rate of $250 per credit hour**. Staff members pursuing graduate degrees will receive a discounted rate of $335 per credit hour**.
“We are thrilled to offer these significantly discounted rates for recent APS graduates and staff members,” said APS Board of Education President Marques Ivey. “While we recognize that an online experience may not be right for every student, we want to continue to pursue partnerships that expand offerings and reduce barriers to earning postsecondary certificates and degrees. This partnership is another significant effort toward achieving our vision that every APS student shapes a successful future.”
These exclusive discount rates are available as APS and CSU-Global continue to work toward a long-term partnership thanks to the successful passage of APS’ 2016 bond measure. An agreement will fund construction of a new building for CSU-Global’s main offices. In turn, APS would receive in-kind lease payments including free and more affordable postsecondary options for APS students, recent graduates and staff. To learn more, visit aurorak12.org/csu-global/.
**Please note that these rates are effective for students who enroll prior to July 31, 2018 as APS and CSU-Global work toward a long-term partnership. After July 31, 2018, these rates are subject to change under a new agreement including modest annual increases.