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About 2014-2015 Tuition
This website provides general information about changes in tuition rates and
major features of 2014-2015 tuition and financial aid. Tuition rates for
all campuses of the University of Colorado were approved in March 2014 by Board
of Regent action.
Detailed tables of tuition and required fees are at the
Bursar's Office website.
We are committed to offering a quality education to all students. 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, and more.
Colorado resident undergraduates
Tuition rates for Colorado resident (in-state) undergraduates changed from
an increase in the full-time rate of 3.3% or $288 per academic year
an increase of 3.3%, or $12 per credit hour, in the part-time or per
credit-hour-rate, for students taking fewer than 12 hours
The above information reflects the student share of tuition for an Arts and
Sciences student. 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
$75 per credit hour initially in FY15.
Fall 2014 marks the second year of the CU-Boulder Esteemed Scholars Program.This scholarship
program recognizes top
Colorado resident students for their outstanding academic achievements.
Students applying as freshmen for the fall semester are automatically
considered for the program upon submission of an admissions application
to CU-Boulder. Named for CU-Boulder's first presidents, the scholarships
include the President Joseph A. Sewall Award ($20,000, paid over 4
years; $5,000 per year), the President Horace M. Hale Award ($14,000,
paid over 4 years; $3,500 per year), and the President James H. Baker
Award ($10,000, paid over 4 years; $2,500 per year). The program is
merit based; scholarships will be awarded to a select group of entering
Colorado resident freshman students based on a combination of grade
point average and ACT or SAT test scores. See
http://www.colorado.edu/finaid/scholars.html for details.
In response to the White House initiative to expand college opportunities for American
students, the CU-Boulder campus has committed to expanding the CU Promise program to include all Pell eligible students beginning
in the fall of 2014. Eligible CU Boulder students who enter as a new freshman or transfer student
are awarded grants plus a work-study award to cover the cost of tuition, required fees
and estimated books. We anticipate 550 to 600 new students in this program.
To maintain accessibility, CU-Boulder has several additional financial aid
need-based 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.
For more information on finances, see
Colorado resident graduate and professional students
Resident graduate tuition rates increased 3.1% from 2013-14.
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
through spring 2015 are 2.9% higher than those for students entering the prior
Click here for details of the non-resident undergraduate tuition guarantee. See also the
By-college tuition differentials,
Chancellor's Achievement Scholarship (introduced in 2005-06) now offers $25,000 over four years to the top 25% of out-of-state admitted new
Presidential Scholars are a select group drawn from Chancellor's Achievement Scholars. 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
Out of state graduate and professional students
Tuition rates for graduate students not classified as Colorado residents for
tuition purposes increased 3.0% from 2013-14.
Financial aid for all undergraduates
The maximum Pell grant is $5,730 in 2014-15, an increase of $85 from
the $5,645 maximum Pell Grant award in 2013-14. 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 2014-15 is $5,157, compared with $5,081 in 2013-14.
In the summer of 2014, the campus formally created the CU Achieve Grant which
provides summer need-based financial aid assistance to students who do not have
sufficient credits to progress to the junior level at the end of their sophomore year.
This program was established as part of CU-Boulder's response to the White House
initiative to expand college opportunities for U.S. students. Students eligible for the grant may take one or more classes during the summer to catch up.
Students are awarded a $1,000 grant if they enroll in 3-5 credit hours or $2,000 if
they enroll for 6 or more credit hours. This program is expected to provide 125 low-income
students the support necessary to stay on track for a timely degree completion.
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, Leeds 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
The popularity is higher, with more applicants per entering-class slot than
in other colleges.
Note: In this text the term "college" refers to both colleges (e.g., College of
Engineering and Applied Science) and schools (e.g., Leeds School of Business, Law School).
Fees and housing
Individual fees are detailed at the
Bursar's 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 in fall 2014 increased 9.7% or $154 per year from 2013-14.
Effective in spring 2014, mandatory fees increased by $214 per
term to support an extensive renovation and expansion of the student
recreation center. In spring 2011 more than 70% of 10,207 student body voters approved the
fee increase, which will span a period of 25 years.
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.
A double room with full meal plan in campus residence halls increased
$552 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 tuition purposes."
for tuition classification rules and procedures, including exceptions for
various military affiliations.