Best Value in Colorado

Most Affordable Residential Bachelor’s
Degree in Colorado


annual resident tuition and fees 2018-19, Adams state $9,449, Colorado Average $10,919

Adams State Undergraduate Cost Estimates

Undergraduate on-campus estimated annual cost based on 2019-20 academic year. For detailed costs and payment plans visit Tuition Information. Online and correspondence course tuition rates vary.

Please complete a FAFSA for a more complete financial aid award package from Adams State.

SLV Promise

We guarantee tuition and fees will be covered 100% for Pell eligible San Luis Valley students.

Free Tuition & Fees

  • Fall and Spring semesters for full time Pell eligible students
  • Automatically awarded to qualified students based on SLV Promise Criteria

Qualifying SLV-region Counties

  • Alamosa
  • Archuleta
  • Baca
  • Costilla
  • Huerfano
  • Las Animas
  • Mineral
  • Bent
  • Chaffee
  • Conejos
  • Otero
  • Prowers
  • Rio Grande
  • Saguache

farm field in front of Mt. Blanca

Financial Aid Facts

The actual cost is different for each family based on need, merit and other criteria. But to give you an idea, last year 92% of students received financial assistance. The average financial aid package for incoming students was $12,858 for in-state students and $17,430 for non-resident students per year!

Students received aid in the form of grants and scholarships that didn’t have to be paid back for an average of $7,300 for in-state students and $9,680 for non-resident students. 46% of undergraduate students receive federal pell grant up to $6,195 per year. 

With more than 525 work-study and on-campus jobs for students, there are ample ways to further cut costs or just put some extra cash in your wallet.


Adams State students that receive aid


Work-study jobs offered on campus and in the community


Undergraduate students who are Pell eligible

Finish in Four

Tuition Window

Adams State University encourages students to take advantage of our generous tuition window. Full-time, on-campus students have a flat rate for tuition and fees for 12 to 16 credits each semester.

To finish a 120 credit hour bachelor’s degree in four years, our First-Year Advising Center recommends students should average at least 15 credits per semester.