When a student begins researching higher education institutions, tuition
is often the first stop. Undergraduate tuition costs are different for
in-state students – students who have Colorado residency – and
out-of-state students – those attending CU Denver from outside of
Colorado. Tuition and fees are based largely on the classes you take,
and which school or college is offering your classes, as well as your
resident status. It is important that you
understand your residency status because it impacts more than
just tuition rates.
Tuition is the amount a student pays for instruction per course at a college or university. Tuition costs are often listed along with additional fees that all students must pay. These fees cover anything from the student wellness center and other facility maintenance costs to technology upgrades and transportation expenses.
Tuition and fees are approved by the University of Colorado Board of Regents, the governing body of the University of Colorado, and may change from those shown here without prior notice. Where appropriate, the rates reflect the College Opportunity Fund discounted rate.
The College Opportunity Fund (COF) is a stipend offered to eligible Colorado residents attending a public college or university or a participating private institution in Colorado. It isn’t considered financial aid and doesn’t figure into any financial aid packages offered by the college or university. The stipend pays a portion of your total in-state tuition and is paid directly to your institution on a per-credit-hour basis. This means that you will not receive a check in the amount of the COF, rather, you will see a deduction on your tuition bill. The credit-hour amount is set annually by the Colorado General Assembly. Please check the official state College Opportunity Fund website for the current amount.
Your main cost of attending college is tuition and fees. Our tuition rates are calculated by credit hour and your cost per credit hour is based on what kind of student you are. Undergraduate or graduate student, which school or college you attend and your residency status.
Sometimes a student will need to withdraw from classes due to circumstances behind their control, including health conditions or a death in the family. When that happens, students can file for a tuition appeal. Be sure to know the guidelines, process, and deadlines for filing the application.
Graduate students, like undergraduate students, are charged both tuition and fees. Tuition is charged per credit hour and is calculated based on the rate per credit hour that’s been determined by each school or college. Tuition rates are also based on residency status.
If you’re an out-of-state student who resides in a state that participates in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WUE), you’re in luck. WUE students receive a tuition discount of up to $11,000. This includes all undergraduate programs but only applies to on-campus classes.
So, what will it cost you to attend CU Denver? We can help you figure out an estimate for a semester or for the nine-month academic year. Check the Cost of Attendance Calculator to add up direct costs, like tuition, and indirect costs like books and personal expenses.
Bills and payments, tuition and fees. It's all part of attending college. The key is staying on top of deadlines and understanding the billing cycle. The semester billing calendar outlines it all, starting before the semester begins and continuing until the final payment due date.