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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is based on estimated student expenses that include direct costs such as tuition and fees, as well as indirect costs such as housing, books/supplies and personal/ miscellaneous expenses. The COA assumes you will be enrolled full-time usually for a two or three semester academic year. These estimated budgets are used to award financial aid and are published annually.

In addition to the estimated COA, CU Denver offers a Net Price Calculator​, designed to offer individual student/family estimates of the cost to attend CU Denver.


Estimated budgets reflect a modest-but-adequate expense pattern of CU Denver students based on research by the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office and the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Enrollment level, number of completed credits, major field of study and housing options all determine individual costs. Estimated costs should help you plan your own college budget. Actual expenses will depend upon lifestyle and enrollment level.


Tuition and Fees: Tuition and fees are based on full-time enrollment for both fall and spring semesters. Tuition and fees for the summer semester are based on actual enrollment. Current full- and part-time tuition and fees for all are available from the Bursar's Office​.


Housing (Room & Board):

  • Living on campus in Campus Village
  • Living off campus alone or with a roommate/spouse: The financial aid budget allows for off-campus rent, utility, and food costs up to the estimated cost for single-occupancy apartment based on recent market prices. Your costs will depend on housing arrangements and lifestyle, so carefully evaluate your options. Plan accordingly, since you will have about four months of rent to pay for each semester (fall/spring) and three months of rent for summer. If you live off-campus, you may save money by having roommates.
  • Living with parents: Students living with their parents will reduce room and board costs significantly. Therefore, the allowance provided will be considerably lower than for students living alone or with a roommate/spouse.

Books & Supplies

Costs vary by program, course load, and selected classes. You may reduce your costs by comparing prices, buying used books or renting books.


This component is to provide an allowance for local transportation expenses such as parking and routine operation of an automobile.

Personal & Miscellaneous

This is the most variable part of a student's budget and includes other student expenses such as food, utilities, clothes, personal hygiene, and entertainment. Set an allowance, track expenses and stick to your budget.


We strongly encourage students to limit their borrowing to the amount of the standard Cost of Attendance or ideally even less. However, we understand you may incur expenses that are either greater than the amounts included in the standard COA or no included at all. In these Students with expenses not included in the standard estimated COA may appeal to increase their COA. You may review our Professional Judgment page for information on types of appeals that may be considered.