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Business School Differential Tuition


Tuition and Financial Resources: Differential Tuition

In the fall of 2016 the CU Denver Business School will start differential tuition.

Undergraduate enrollment in the business school has increased 20% since 2005, however, budgets for faculty and staff have not kept pace. The market demand for qualified faculty has increased so the Business School has higher instructional costs than other colleges. This gives additional resources to recruit and retain top faculty which will secure the delivery of a quality CU Denver business degree to our students.

Students taking graduate business classes will pay an extra $50 per credit hour, while students taking undergraduate business classes will pay an extra $25 per credit hour. The additional tuition cost will be used for enhancements to the learning experience of business students.

Differential tuition at CU Denver is not new. Differential tuition for many majors at other institutions is also not new. About two-thirds of business programs at public institutions accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) incorporates differential tuition including CU Boulder and CSU. The use of differential tuition is part of the university’s strategic efforts to continue to be able to provide quality educational programs to all students.​ 

 What is differential tuition?

Differential tuition is an additional tuition charge over and above what the university charges. The funds will be used for enhancements to the learning experience of business students. ​

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 When does this take effect?

The program begins in the Fall of 2016.​

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 How much is differential tuition?

Beginning in the fall of 2016, students taking graduate business classes would pay an extra $50 per credit hour. Students taking undergraduate business classes would pay an extra $25 per credit hour.​

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 Will the cost for out-of-state students be higher than this?

The increased cost for all graduate business classes, both in-state and out-of-state, will be $50 per credit hour. The increased cost for undergraduate business classes, both in-state and out-of-state will be $25 per credit hour.​

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 How will the money raised from differential tuition be used?

  • New and enhanced professional development opportunities for students, including stronger employer relations activities focused on emphasizing the importance of internships and early career development.
  • Resources to retain current and attract new talented faculty who will continue the tradition of research and to provide an exceptional, relevant and engaging learning experience for our students.
  • Funding for continued operation of Business School computer labs and further development of technology in the classrooms.
  • Assistance for students seeking leadership, study abroad, service-learning, and related co- and extra-curricular opportunities that both enhance the classroom experience and position our students for even greater success as professionals and global citizens.
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 Why is The Business School doing this?

  • Undergraduate enrollment in the business school has increased 20% since 2005. However, budgets for faculty and staff have not kept pace. In addition to enrollment, the market demand for qualified faculty has also increased. The Business School has higher instructional costs than other colleges. Additional resources to recruit and retain top faculty are needed to secure the delivery of a quality CU Denver business degree.
  • The use of differential tuition for some courses at CU Denver and the use of differential tuition for a number of majors at other institutions is not new. About two-thirds of business programs at public institutions accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) incorporate differential tuition including CU Boulder and CSU. The use of differential tuition is part of the university’s strategic efforts to continue to be able to provide quality educational programs to all students.
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 Will there be another increase?

This is hard to predict. We don’t control state funding and the state budget is tight. We can’t promise that there will not be an additional increase sometime in the future. Our focus is on our mission to deliver an outstanding business education to our students. ​

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 What about private funding?

The Business School works diligently to obtain private funding. The college has two development officers whose work to is to attract and engage private donors who are passionate about business education.​

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 How are you communicating this change to the student body and parents?

The Business School has communicated to students via email. The change will also be communicated via the Website, Linked In, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. ​

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 Do other colleges charge differential tuition?

A growing number of universities have differential tuition rates in place. The supplemental tuition is most often applied to business, engineering, nursing, and architecture programs. Both CSU and CU Boulder incorporate differential tuition for their business schools.​

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 Describe the approval process for differential tuition.

  • In Spring of 2015 the Business School submitted a proposal to campus administration to set up a competitive differential tuition model for the Business School. The proposal was presented and approved by the University of Colorado Board of Regents on April 6, 2016.
  • The university will continue to engage with multiple groups on campus in meaningful, intentional and productive discussions on the impact of differential tuition on our campus, and to work with campus partners to make modifications and plan as needed to achieve its goals.
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 What is the Business School doing to help students pay for the cost of higher education, including differential tuition?

The Business School offers a number of different scholarships to qualified applicants. The Business School also works closely with the students to provide them paid internship opportunities.​

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 How will this differential tuition affect the affordability of the CU Denver degree?

The Business School offers an outstanding business education at a competitive tuition. Individuals earning a degree from the Business School do so from a globally recognized, AACSB institution. The newly established tuition rates remain competitively priced in comparison to the CU Boulder and CSU business schools.​

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