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About 2006-07 Tuition

GENERAL TUITION INFORMATION

This web site provides general information about changes in tuition rates and major features of the 2006-07 rates. Tuition rates for all campuses of the University of Colorado were set in early June 2006 by Board of Regent action. Detailed tables of tuition rates and required fees are at the Bursar’s Office website.

We are committed to offering a quality education to all students. The tuition we collect is invested in these efforts. Besides substantial increases in financial aid to maintain accessibility for Colorado students, tuition covers 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, and more.

2006-07 TUITION RATE CHANGES

Colorado residents

Rates for all undergraduate students who are Colorado residents increased an average of 2.51% from the 2005-06 rates. This increase reflects inflation.

The above information reflects the student share of undergraduate 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 $86 per credit hour in FY07.

Rates for all graduate students who are Colorado residents, increased an average of 9% from 2005-06, excluding any special tuition differential.

Out of state students

Tuition rates for new undergraduates not classified as Colorado residents for tuition purposes increased an average of 2.50% over the 2005-06 rates, with an average increase of .99% for new graduate level students.

Academic year 2005-06 marked the first year of the Non-resident Undergraduate Tuition Guarantee Program. Each year returning out-of-state undergraduates will pay the published rates for 2005-06, with those rates guaranteed through summer 2009.

CU-Boulder also implemented two financial aid programs for non-resident undergraduates in 2006-07.

  • The Chancellor's Achievement Scholarship offers $15,000 over four years to 25% of the out-of-state admitted new freshmen. Started in 2005-06, the Chancellor's Achievement Scholars receive $5,000 per year during the freshmen and sophomore years and $2,500 per year during the junior and senior years.
  • The President's Scholarship began in 2006 and awards $40,000 to a select group within those top students eligible for the Chancellor’s Achievement Scholarship.

BY-COLLEGE TUITION DIFFERENTIALS

Differences in tuition by-college at CU-Boulder support the cost of education in the specific college -- faculty, student programs, and other expenses. College differentials also reflect differences in 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 greater because the need for higher faculty salaries often reflects their viable employment opportunities outside academia at increased salaries.
  • The market worth of the degree is greater, with larger starting salaries for graduates.
  • The popularity of the college is substantial, 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 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 are administration, student-activity, course-specific, program (instructional), and academic facilities capital construction.

A double room with full meal plan in campus residence halls increased 4.0%. For more information see Housing and Dining Services.

PROCESS

Tuition is set within the campus budget planning process and in conjunction with external entities including the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE). A budget timetable highlights this process. The timetable shows activities of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, 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 tuition purposes."

Last revision 08/16/13


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