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Tuition and Finances

Cost (and Savings) of Attendance 

The CU Denver Financial Aid & Scholarships Office offers more than $21 million in financial assistance to qualified students on the Denver campus each year.  We realize tuition and fees are a critical factor in your decision process. There are many discou​nts or a​id that you may be eligible for upon completion of the proper form or application. 

We’ve detailed three of the most common tuition and fee scenarios. More details can be found on the graduate tuition and fees page and the financial aid page.​

School of Public Affairs Tuition and Fees (graduate)

​Colorado residents
(or wich eligible) taking any combination of on-campus and online courses​
online only
Non Resident, taking any combination of on-campus and online courses​
Tuition per credit hour
Per credit hour course fee
Online course fee
One time, per term fee (regardless of the number of credits you take that term)
Total for each 3 credit course



If your permanent residence is within one of the 15 Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) participating states (shown below), you may be eligible for in-state tuition. Review the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)​​ Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) information to see if you are eligible.

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To qualify for the online only discounted tuition rate, you must submit the Out of State Online Classes Only Tuition Rate Application form​ (no later than the Monday before the first week of classes). 

If you have questions about this discounted tuition rate, please contact Maritza Casillas at 303‐315‐2561 or​ ​


College Opportunity Fund (COF) is Colorado's support for higher education utilizing tax dollars. So with it, your tuition is less, but you must complete the COF application during your CU Denver application process in order to receive it​. Since there is no distinction between online and on-campus courses (some institutions are online only) our in-state undergrads can qualify for this stipend regardless if their courses are on-campus or online. 

More details about COF are available through the Office of the Registrar website​.​


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