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About 2005-06 Tuition
Tuition rates for all campuses of the University of Colorado were set
in early June 2005 by Board of Regent action.
Detailed tables of tuition and required fees are at the Bursar site,
Here we provide information about changes in tuition rates and major
features of the 2005-06 rates.
We are committed to offering a quality education to all students. The
tuition we collect will be invested in these efforts. Besides
substantial increases in financial aid to maintain accessibility for
Colorado students, new revenues will be used to cover ongoing operating
costs and increases in those costs. Tuition revenues pay for
recruiting and retaining an outstanding faculty, library materials and
resources, academic advisors, writing and other courses, undergraduate
research opportunities, classrooms, buildings and campus infrastructure,
Rates for all students who are Colorado residents, undergraduate and
graduate, increased 28% from 2004-05 rates. This larger-than-usual
- Low state funding
- CU-Boulder has experienced a $30 million cut in funding from
state tax dollars since 2002, making this the fifth straight year
with flat or declining support from state tax dollars. In that
period, enrollment has increased by 2,300 degree-seeking resident
- State tax dollar funding per resident student in 2004-05 was 50%
of the level in fiscal year 1990, after correction for inflation.
- At $3,110 per resident full-time-equivalent student, our state
tax dollar funding was 71% below the average for public research
- Historically low tuition and fees. In 2004-05
Boulder's tuition and fees for resident undergraduates were $2,100
under the average at public research universities nationally.
Even with the increase, 2005-06 rates will still be under the average.
Regarding undergraduate tuition, the above information reflects
the student share of tuition. In addition to the student share of tuition,
the state of Colorado provides state tax dollar support for higher education
at the undergraduate level through the "College Opportunity Fund" or "COF."
COF is neither a loan nor financial aid. It is reflected as tuition on the
student's bill. The COF voucher amount is worth $80 per credit hour in FY06.
To maintain accessibility, CU-Boulder and the other CU campuses have
implemented three financial aid programs for resident undergraduates for
2005-06. These supplement ongoing aid programs. The new programs
- 20% of revenues from increased tuition rates will be used for
- The Arts and Sciences adjustment moderates the effective tuition
increase for Arts and Sciences undergraduates to 15% for freshmen and
sophomores, 20% for juniors and seniors. This program is for
2005-06 only. Details...
- The adjustment is applied to student bills as follows:
- Freshmen and sophomores
Juniors and seniors
- $222/term for full-time (9+ homs)
- $44/term for part-time
- $135/term for full-time
- Zero for part-time
- The Arts & Sciences adjustment was approved by the Board of Regents on June 30, 2005. The award is
applicable only to undergraduate students whose primary college is Atts & Sciences. The award is not
applicable to Continuing Education students or Study Abroad students. Continuing Education courses will
not be considered in determining full-time or part-time status.
- Students do not need to apply to receive this financial aid award. The award is applicable only for
the fall 2005 and spring 2006 semesterS. The award will appear on the student bill as A&S ADJUSTMENT 05-06.
- The CU Promise, part of CU's performance contract with the
Colorado Commission on Higher Education, covers students from families
at or below the federal poverty line who enter CU-Boulder as new
freshmen or transfers from Colorado community colleges. For these
students, grants and work-study up to 12 hours a week will cover the cost
of tuition, required fees and estimated books.
Out of state students
Tuition rates for undergraduates not classified as Colorado residents
for tuition purposes increased 6.5% over 2004-05 rates, with a 4.5%
increase for graduate level.
2005-06 marks the first year of the non-resident undergraduate
tuition guarantee program. Rates published for 2005-06 will be
held constant through summer 2009 for all students enrolled as
degree-seeking non-resident undergraduates any term spring 2006 and
earlier. For details see
CU-Boulder also implemented two financial aid programs for
non-resident undergraduates in 2005-06.
- The Chancellor's Achievement Scholarship offers $15,000 over four
years to the top 25% of out-of-state admitted new freshmen.
- Ralphie Rewards will award $250 per term to non-resident
undergraduates who first enrolled spring 2005 or earlier, $125 per
term to those first enrolling in summer or fall 2005 or spring 2006.
This program is for 2005-06 only.
The by-college tuition
differentials at CU-Boulder have been in place for many years. The
revenue from the differentials supports the cost of education in the
college -- faculty, student programs, and other expenses.
differentials reflect differences in the cost of education, the market
worth of the degree, and the popularity of the college.
On all three counts,
Law, Business, and Engineering top other colleges at CU-Boulder, and
their differentials are accordingly higher.
The cost of
education is higher because faculty salaries in these fields are
higher at CU-Boulder and across the country because these faculty
often have viable employment opportunities outside academia at much
The market worth of
the degree is higher, with higher starting salaries for graduates.
The popularity is
higher, with more applicants per entering-class slot than in other
Note: In this text the term "college" refers to
both colleges (e.g., College of Engineering) and schools (e.g., Leeds
School of Business, Law School).
Fees and housing
Required fees increased 7.5% over 2004-05. These are detailed
at the Bursar site,
A double room with full meal plan in campus residence halls increased
5.5%. For more information see
Tuition is set within the campus budget planning process. A
budget timetable highlights this process. It shows
activities of the campus, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE),
the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) of the legislature, the legislature,
the governor, and the Board of Regents.
The campus Tuition and
Aid Advisory Board, established in 2004-05, includes representatives
from the faculty, administration, student government, the alumni
association, and outside the University. It reviews financial,
enrollment, state, and peer information and recommends tuition and
financial aid alternatives to the Chancellor.
Note: The terms "resident" and "in-state" are used interchangeably
here, and mean Colorado resident for tuition purposes.
"Non-resident" and "out-of-state" mean "not a Colorado resident for