Your total cost to attend CU Denver includes more than your tuition & fees - you will also need to consider your housing, food, travel, health insurance, textbooks, etc. Before you can apply for your US student visa, you must prove to CU Denver that you have the necessary funding to support your first year of study.
Utilize our International Undergraduate planning spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel required) to help you estimate your budget while attending CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus.
The total estimated cost includes both direct expenses like tuition and fees, and indirect expenses such as standard estimates for housing, meals, books and supplies, travel, health insurance, and incidental expenses. This is an estimate. Actual expenses may vary depending on the student’s choice of housing and lifestyle.
Please note that actual costs will likely increase for the 2024-2025 academic year and are otherwise subject to change without notice and may not reflect all costs for every program. Taking more credit hours may increase the cost of the program. Students should add $6,750 per year for each dependent family member (spouse and/or unmarried children under the age of 21) who will accompany them to the United States.
*** For cost estimates for Anschutz Medical Campus programs please contact email@example.com
Note: Estimated Costs are for a 9-month period and based on 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduates.
|School/College/Program||Tuition & Fees||Living Expenses||Books & Insurance||Total/Year|
|College of Architecture and Planning||$31,034||$17,952||$4,460||$53,446|
|College of Arts & Media||$31,092||$17,952||$4,460||$53,504|
|College of Arts & Media (Digital Animation)||$33,468||$17,952||$4,460||$55,880|
|College of Engineering, Design and Computing||$32,638||$17,952||$4,460||$55,050|
|College of Liberal Arts and Sciences||$30,641||$17,952||$4,460||$53,053|
|School of Education & Human Development||$30,482||$17,952||$4,460||$52,894|
|School of Public Affairs||$30,653||$17,952||$4,460||$53,065|
The University of Colorado Denver offers a wide variety of financial aid and scholarship opportunities for international undergraduate students. We are committed to supporting your long-term academic and personal success at CU Denver, including your financial well-being.
International Admissions offers automatic merit-based scholarships and additional funding through donor awards and need-based grants. Additionally, students can apply for program-specific and external scholarships. Scholarships can be combined with employment opportunities and other financial resources to contribute to your cost of attendance.
|Scholarship Option||Application Requirement|
Aid Year: Fall 2022 - Summer 2023
|Automatic Merit Scholarship||No||$5,000 - 10,000|
per academic year
|Additional Merit Scholarship ||Yes||Up to $5,000|
per academic year
|GPA and scholarship application||CLOSED|
The application opens August 1st.
|ESL Academy Graduate Scholarship||No||$1,000 - $5,000|
per academic year
|Completion of 1 to 5 levels of the ESL Academy before Admission||OPEN|
|$500 - $2,500||Varies||VARIES|
* Students in partnership programs are not eligible for these scholarships as they are based on the Downtown Denver campus international student tuition rate.
|3.0 - 3.29||$5,000 per year|
|3.3 - 3.69||$7,500 per year|
|3.7+||$10,000 per year|
* Awards of varying amounts are available for other residency types. Please contact International Admissions with any questions about your residency type.
Students who successfully complete level 5 at CU Denver’s ESL Academy and continue with CU Denver for their undergraduate degree studies are guaranteed a scholarship of $1,000 per year, for each level completed at the ESL Academy.
|ESL Levels Completed||Level Entered into ESL Academy||Annual Award Amount|
|One Level||Level 5||$1,000|
|Two Levels||Level 4||$2,000|
|Three Levels||Level 3||$3,000|
|Four Levels||Level 2||$4,000|
|Five Levels||Level 1||$5,000|
Note: Students who complete the LynxDirect Pathway Program are eligible for the ESL Academy Graduate scholarship. The non-degree portion of LynxDirect counts as one additional level of ESL study for the purposes of determining the scholarship amount. The scholarship will start in the first term of degree-seeking study (after completing LynxDirect).