Cost of Attendance

While a college degree is an investment in your future, it is important to understand the amount of that investment up front. At CU Denver tuition and fees are considered fixed costs. They are set by the University of Colorado Board of Regents and depend on your course level, number of credit hours, and your residency classification. The Cost Calculator can help you estimate the exact amount you will pay.

CU Denver’s Cost of Attendance Calculator 

CU Denver’s Cost of Attendance Calculator provides an estimate of your cost for the upcoming school year and the gift aid you will likely be awarded. Estimates are based on the most current available information.

U.S. Department of Education’s Net Price Calculator

The U.S. Department of Education’s Net Price Calculator provides an estimate of the amount an undergraduate student would pay based on costs and financial aid provided to students in a previous year. 

Important Dates

Find important dates for billing and financial aid, and learn what you need to do and when.

Approximate Tuition Costs

The figures below are based on average rates for the current academic year. For more information about tuition and billing, please visit the Student Finances site. The amounts shown are estimates only and your figure may be higher or lower based on your program of study and additional fees.

Undergraduate Students

Resident Tuition & Fees:
$9,330 per year (Fall and Spring)

For an undergraduate student with Colorado residency taking 12 credit hours each term after you apply for the College Opportunity Fund. You must apply for the College Opportunity Fund.


Non-Resident Tuition & Fees:
$25,818 per year (Fall and Spring)

For an undergraduate student without Colorado residency taking 12 credit hours each term.

Graduate Students

Graduate Resident Tuition & Fees: $10,458 per year (Fall and Spring)

For a graduate student with Colorado residency taking 12 credit hours each term.


Non-Resident Graduate Tuition & Fees: $31,530 per year (Fall and Spring)

For a graduate student without Colorado residency taking 12 credit hours each term.

International Students

Undergraduate (Bachelor) Tuition & Fees:
$27,342 per year (Fall and Spring)

For an international undergraduate student taking 12 credit hours each term (24 hours total over two semesters). Learn more on international undergraduate costs.


Graduate (Master or Doctoral) Tuition & Fees:
$16,592 per year (Fall and Spring)

For an international graduate student taking 6 credit hours each term (12 hours total over two semesters). Learn more on international graduate costs.

International Student Costs & Financial Aid

Colorado Residency

Your residency status is initially determined by the completeness and accuracy of the information you provide in the residency section of the CU Denver admissions application. 

The requirements for establishing residency for tuition purposes are defined by Colorado law and apply to all state-funded institutions in Colorado. Institutions are not free to make exceptions to the rules. The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) also has information regarding the residency classification rules.

Western Undergraduate Exchange

Students from many of Colorado’s neighboring Western states can attend CU Denver at a discounted tuition rate through the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. This cost is lower than non-resident tuition, but higher than resident tuition. If you are from a participating WUE state (based on your permanent address), you will automatically receive this tuition rate.

Learn more about the states that participate in WUE at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education website.

Map of Western US states