Tuition and Residency

Colorado Law is Affordable

A quality legal education is a sizeable investment in your future and Colorado Law's Office of Admissions & Financial Aid is committed to helping you find resources to make it affordable including scholarships, fellowships, and federal and private student loans.

Colorado residents pay less at Colorado Law compared to other public or private schools in the region. Non-resident students may establish residency after one year.

  • More than 93% of Colorado Law students receive some form of financial aid, including scholarships and loans.
  • The average law school loan amount for 2012 graduates was $86,237.

Cost of Attendance 2015-16*




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*Does not include car expenses, other debt, and rent/utilities more than what is designated in the Cost of Attendance. Student fees are allocated by the CU-Boulder Student Government (CUSG) and payment entitles students to use the Student Recreation CenterCUSG Legal Services, and other services and activities. The CU Board of Regents approves mandatory fees and sets tuition annually, and reserves the right to change the costs for tuition and fees at any time.

Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes

State statute governs residency classification. The admission staff and the CU Tuition Classification Office classify new students as residents or nonresidents for tuition purposes based on admission application information and other documents. Applicants may have to submit evidence substantiating their claim of resident eligibility.

The Admissions Application is for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees or asylees, and certain noncitizens with temporary visas who wish to be considered for in-state (Colorado) tuition and who will be Colorado residents for one year as of the first day of class. Exceptions to the one-year requirement are granted for honorably discharged members of the Armed Forces, active-duty military, Colorado National Guard members, Olympic athletes, faculty members at state-supported colleges, and employees of companies moving to Colorado with State economic incentives. Married applicants under the age of 22 and applicants who are not Colorado residents but who are married to active-duty military personnel who are Colorado residents or who will be stationed in Colorado should seek further information as indicated above. Find details on residency regulations and exceptions at CU-Boulder Office of the Registrar.

Nonresident students may establish Colorado residency by maintaining a legal residence in Colorado for 12 consecutive months. Once they have established Colorado residency, they qualify for the lower resident tuition rates, except for LLM students.

Students who think their classification is incorrect or who have become eligible for a change to resident status must submit a petition with documentation to apply for a change to in-state status. The petition forms, brochure, and an explanation of the Colorado tuition classification statute are available from the Tuition Classification Office.

Tuition Payment

Effective for spring 2015, due dates are the 5th of the month. Payment for the full balance of tuition and fees is due on the first due date of the semester. Tuition and fee bills are generally available the second Wednesday of the month after students register for classes. Please see the Due Date schedule, as well as additional information on payment methods and guidelines at the Bursar's Office website here. Check back often as due dates are subject to change.

Students may elect to enroll in a payment plan. If you sign up for a payment plan, your payments will be processed on the 5th of the month. If the 5th falls on a weekend, your payment will be processed the following business day. Please visit Payment Plans for detailed information, as well as instructions on how to enroll.

Refunds of tuition and fees are available to students who officially withdraw from CU-Boulder. Refer to the Refund Schedule for exact dates and refund amounts.