Engineering Course & Program Fees

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A graduate student works on nanotechnology in a lab in mechanical engineering.The Engineering Excellence Fee is charged at the rate of $27 per course. A group of students and faculty oversee the Engineering Excellence Fund and decide where the funds collected from this fee will be spent in any given year. Approximately half of the funds from the Engineering Excellence Fund are used to support the operations of the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory, and smaller portions (about 5 percent) are used to support the Discovery Learning Center and the Herbst Program of Humanities. The rest of the funds are awarded by students to various worthy projects across the college, on a one-time basis.

Additional fees depend on a student's course selection. In spring 2011, the College of Engineering and Applied Science submitted to the Regents of the University of Colorado an update of the 2004 analysis of the costs of the equipment and materials used in engineering courses, and proposed new program fees to replace existing course fees.

Two categories of costs were analyzed: equipment costs and consumables. Equipment costs were calculated on a yearly basis, by allocating the equipment costs over its expected useful lifetime. Not included in course fee calculations were teaching assistant costs and classroom technology (e.g., clicker technology, overhead projectors etc.).

The program fees, while not fully recovering costs incurred, result in a significant source of funding that is totally dedicated to facility improvements. Because program fees are returned in their entirety to the department/program assessing the fee, any revenue resulting from course fees is used solely to improve teaching lab facilities and purchase needed consumable items for our students.

Courses Undergraduate Program Fee Per Credit Hour Graduate Program Fee Per Credit Hour
ASEN $14  
CHEN $5  
AREN/CVEN $12 $12 (excluding MS and PhD thesis hours)
CSCI $3.50 $2.50 (excluding PhD thesis hours)
ECEN $15 $15 for optics courses
MCEN $5 Select graduate courses have course fees. See Bursar's Office web site for the course and fee list.
GEEN 1400/3400 $32  
COEN 1400/1410 $32  

 

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