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About 2009-2010 Tuition
This website provides general information about changes in tuition
rates and major features of 2009-2010 tuition and financial aid.
Tuition rates for all campuses of the University of Colorado were
approved in May 2009 by Board of Regent action.
Detailed tables of tuition and required fees are at the
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,
Colorado resident undergraduates
Tuition rates for Colorado resident (in-state) undergraduates
changed from 2008-09 with
The full-time rate increase of 8.8% reflects both the per-hour increase
and the change in its multiplier from 10.5 to 11.
- an increase in the full-time rate of 8.8% or $524 per academic year
- an increase of 3.9% (equal to inflation), or $33 per credit hour, in the part-time or per credit-hour-rate,
for students taking fewer than 11 hours
- a .5 credit hour adjustment so the full-time rate is now 11 (instead of 10.5) times the per credit hour rate
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 $68 per credit hour
initially in FY10.
To maintain accessibility, CU-Boulder has several financial
aid programs for resident undergraduates. These programs are for
Boulder campus degree-seeking and teacher licensure students.
They are based on credits taken on the main campus only; continuing
education hours are not included. All aid applicants who
demonstrate at least $200 of need are awarded an institutional grant to
ensure that the effective tuition increase from 2008-09 is no more than
Programs include the UCB Tuition Grant and the CU Promise,
part of CU's performance contract with the
Colorado Commission on Higher Education. The CU Promise covers
Colorado undergraduates 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 plus a work-study award will cover the cost
of tuition, required fees, and estimated books. About 60 new
students are covered by the CU Promise each year.
For more information on financial aid, see
More than 20% of revenues from increased tuition
rates (over inflation) will be used for need-based grants.
Colorado resident graduate and professional students
Resident graduate tuition rates increased 8.1% from 2008-09, with an
increase in college differentials for Engineering and Law. See the section
By-college tuition differentials,
Out of state undergraduates
Tuition rates for undergraduates not classified as Colorado residents
for tuition purposes have been covered by the non-resident undergraduate
tuition guarantee program since 2005-06. Rates for students entering summer 2009
through spring 2010 are 5.1% higher than those for students
entering the prior year, with
an increase in the differential for Engineering.
Click here for details of the non-resident undergraduate tuition
guarantee. See also the section
By-college tuition differentials,
Chancellor's Achievement Scholarship offers $15,000 over four
years to the top 25% of out-of-state admitted new freshmen. The
program, started in 2005-06, awards $5,000 per year during the
freshman and sophomore years and $2,500 per year during junior and
are a select group drawn from Chancellor's Achievement Scholars. Beginning in fall
of 2009-10, Presidential Scholars receive $55,000 over four years. These select students
are awarded $15,000 per year during their freshman and sophomore years and $12,500 per
year during their junior and senior years.
The Presidential Scholars program began in 2006-07.
For the 2009-10 academic year only, the UCB Buffalo Scholarship
was awarded to over 2,000 incoming non-resident freshmen and transfer students in
the amount of $800 ($400/semester) to
help defray the first-year costs of books and supplies. This
scholarship was awarded to all incoming students who did not receive a Presidential Scholars
Scholarship or Chancellor's Achievement Scholarship.
Out of state graduate and professional students
Tuition rates for graduate students not classified as Colorado
residents for tuition purposes increased 2.5% from 2008-09, with an
increase in the differential for
Engineering. See the section
By-college tuition differentials,
Financial aid for all undergraduates
The maximum Pell grant increased from $4,731
in 2008-09 to $5,350 in 2009-10, an increase of $619. The maximum expected family financial
contribution for the student (EFC, from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA)
to receive a Pell grant in 2008-09 was $4,041; this increased to
$4,617 in 2009-10.
By-college tuition differentials
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. The 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 higher pay.
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
The 2009-10 tuition rates reflect greater
percentage increases for in-state
graduate Engineering students and Law students; and
for out-of-state Engineering students (undergraduate and graduate).
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
Individual fees are detailed at the
Office website. All fees follow the
Institutional Plan for Student Fees. Fees covered by this plan
include administrative, student activity, course-specific, program
(instructional), and academic facilities capital construction fees.
Mandatory student and administrative fees for full-time students
increased 9.6% or $130 per year from 2008-09.
The New Student Fee (formerly known as the "matriculation fee")
is a one-time, nonrefundable fee assessed at time of first registration.
This fee varies depending upon degree and international status.
It covers services such as the Buff OneCard (the student's official university
identification card), immunization reporting management,
registration/transcript services, and undergraduate orientation program.
In 2009-10 this fee was increased by $70 to include lifetime Forever
Buffs Alumni Membership.
A double room with full meal plan in campus residence halls increased
5.3% or $518 per year. For more information see
Housing and Dining Services.
Tuition is set within the campus budget planning process and in
conjunction with external entities including the Colorado Department of
Higher Education (with its Colorado Commission on Higher Education or CCHE),
the legislature and the University of Colorado Board of Regents.
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