Fees and Charges

Tuition (Basic Fee)

Tuition (also known as the basic fee) covers the cost of courses you will take, but does not cover books and supplies. Tuition is established annually by the State System of Higher Education board of governors, usually in July, after the state legislature determines support levels for higher education in the commonwealth. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provides approximately $4,421 per full-time equivalent student to the State System of Higher Education in support of each student's education and the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition reflects this support. Tuition is the same for all State System of Higher Education universities.

Pennsylvania residency - The State System of Higher Education has established a policy to determine whether a student is a "resident" or "non-resident." Residency is determined by the location of one's "domicile" (for most students, where their family legally resides) and is proven through such means as income tax returns, vehicle registration, ownership or lease of residency, voter registration, etc. Details about how residency can be proven are available from the university's business office.

Full-time, Part-time Students

An undergraduate student enrolled with 12 or more credits per semester or an graduate student enrolled with nine or more credits per semester is considered "full-time."

An undergraduate student enrolled with fewer than 12 credits per semester or a graduate student enrolled with fewer than nine credits per semester is considered "part-time." Tuition is calculated per credit.

Full-time undergraduate students enrolled with more than 18 credits per semester or full-time graduate students enrolled with more than 15 credits pay additional tuition at the per-credit rate.

Student Fees

Explanation of student fees for Commonwealth University - Bloomsburg

At Commonwealth University, student success is our top priority. The Academic Enhancement fee is used to expand academic excellence by supporting instructional operations, equipment, learning materials, and academic facility upgrades to ensure you have everything you need to excel in and out of the classroom.

The Information Technology fee helps our students access the latest emerging technology in the classroom and supports our campus network infrastructure to enhance learning while ensuring you have cutting edge preparation for technological skills needed in your future career.

At Commonwealth University, your education goes beyond academics. The Student Services fee supports many of the other unique aspects of campus life to help you make the most of your college experience. 

  • Student Government: At CU, students have a voice. Your student government representatives work hard to represent you, and use these fees to set rates, allocate funds, and oversee budgets for a wide variety of campus activities, clubs, and organizations to help make your campus experience what you and your classmates envision.  
  • Health and Wellness: Part of being a successful student is making sure you are healthy. This fee includes access to the health center, counseling services, educational and preventative programs, and wellness initiatives to help you thrive. 
  • Student Recreation Center: Work hard, play hard. Everyone needs to blow off steam. Plus, physical activity can help your brain! The Rec Center fee supports campus fitness and recreation centers and their programming, including classes and intramural sports. 
  • Student Union: This on-campus facility belongs to students and student groups. It's your go-to location to host conferences, study groups, club and organization meetings, and more. The Student Union fee helps support student spaces on campus to make the most of your college experience. 
  • Student Success: Going to college can be challenging. We make sure that you have access to all the resources you need to be workforce ready. Your success is our success. This fee supports services such as academic advisement, supplemental learning, and tutoring. 
  • Student Transportation: The Student Transportation fee helps maintain a fleet of modern, safe, and reliable campus vehicles to provide convenient transportation for all students throughout the academic year and includes shuttle buses to transport you in and around your campus and surrounding community.  

Housing Fees

Housing fees for on-campus residence are established annually by the university Council of Trustees.

Meal Plans

Our meal plans are very cost effective and offer several options of "traditional" and "block" meal plans for students to choose from.