Any student who completes registration agrees to pay the University of Colorado Boulder according to the payment terms documented in this section and the Bursar's Office website. The student is responsible for payment by the published due date, regardless of payment source (e.g., parent, third party, scholarship, etc.). Late payment results in late and finance charges being applied to the student’s account.
Tuition and fee rates are at the Bursar's Office website. Expenses vary depending on your program of study, your residency classification, and the number of credit hours in which you are enrolled. Students in a double-degree program are assessed tuition for the college or school with the higher tuition rate. View the sample budget of estimated expenses. You can also use the online bill estimator to estimate tuition and fee costs.
Tuition and fee bills are only online. Bill availability dates and due dates are listed below and on the Bursar’s Office website. When bills are issued, students receive an e-mail notification at their Colorado.edu e-mail address. They can click the link in the e-mail to view the bill and pay online with e-check. We do not accept credit or debit cards. Students can sign up their parents or others to view and pay the bill. For instructions on how to authorize payers, see Authorized Payers below.
If you do not receive an e-mail notification or do not check your Colorado.edu e-mail, you are still responsible for paying your bill on time. Find out more about CUBill&Pay on the Bursar's Office website.
Students can designate up to five people as authorized payers. Authorized payers can view, print, and pay the bill online and they also receive e-mail notifications when bills are available online. Students are responsible for making sure their bill is paid regardless of who is authorized as a payer. Authorized payers access CUBill&Pay via the Bursar’s Office website or by clicking on the link in the e-mail that is sent to them.
All payments are expected to be made on time on the due date (see below). Online payments can be made on the due date up until midnight Mountain Daylight Time, while other payments must be received in the Bursar’s Office by close of business. Postmarks are not honored. All late payments are subject to a late charge (up to $50) and finance charges of 1 percent per month on the unpaid balance. See Failure to Make a Payment section for more details. All checks containing restrictive endorsements are null and void and nonbinding on the university.
You can pay online, in person, by mail, or wire transfer. We accept cash, checks, and e-checks (Internet payments from conventional checking or savings accounts).
We do not accept credit or debit cards.
For details on payment methods, go to the Bursar's Office website.
Due dates correspond to your registration date, not the first day of classes. These dates are tentative and subject to change. See the Bursar's Office website for the most up-to-date information.
If you do not receive the e-mail notification about your bill, you are still responsible for finding out how much you owe and paying on time.
Note: The two-payment plan is not available during the summer.
|If you register by or between||Your bill is available online||Your tuition and fees are due*|
|April 26 for session M (Maymester)||April 30
(Maymester tuition only)
|May 24 for any session or after April 26 for session M||May 29||June 19|
|May 25-May 31||June 4||June 19|
|June 1-7||June 11||June 19|
|June 8-21||June 25||July 17|
|Or if you have new charges|
|June 22-July 5||July 9||July 17|
|July 6-15||July 17||July 31|
|*The payment deadline is 4:30 pm Mountain Daylight Time if paid in person, placed in drop box, or mailed; or before midnight if paid online with e-check.|
If your payment is returned from the bank for any reason, regardless of the amount, it is considered nonpayment and nonpayment penalties will be applied. You are subject to late fees and finance charges and a financial hold will be placed on your account. You may also be dropped from your classes. Accounts with repeated return payment transactions will require payment with cash, certified funds, or money orders only. A $20 returned payment charge is assessed, in addition to the amount due to the university. You also may be responsible for collection costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees allowed by the laws of the state of Colorado. Specific inquiries concerning returned payments should be directed to the Student Debt Management department in the Bursar’s Office at 303-492-5571 or toll free at 800-925-9844.
If you do not pay your bill, miss payment deadlines, or write bad checks to the university, you are subject to late fees, finance charges, and financial holds. In addition, if you are registered for a future term, you are at risk of being dropped from those future classes.
Financial holds prevent you from adding classes, registering for any future terms, receiving a diploma, or receiving an academic transcript of work at the university.
A late payment charge per semester in addition to a finance charge of 1 percent per month on the unpaid balance is assessed according to the following schedule:
|Balance Due||Late Charge|
|$99.99 or less||$5|
|$900 and over||$50|
All past due accounts are referred to the Student Debt Management (SDM) department for collection after the end of the semester. Past due finance charges of 1 percent continue to accrue monthly as long as the debt is unpaid, and additional collection costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees may be assessed.
To dispute a tuition and mandatory fee debt, you must make a formal appeal to the Bursar’s Office by the last day of finals. Disputes will only be considered under extenuating circumstances, such as natural disaster (fire, flood), death in the family, medical, or unexpected financial crisis. Official documentation must be provided to substantiate the circumstances. For more information, go to the Bursar's Office website, call 303-492-5381, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colorado law requires the university to place all delinquent accounts with a third-party collection agency. The SDM department places delinquent accounts after one year, unless payments are being made or there exists a satisfactory repayment agreement with SDM in the Bursar’s Office. The collection agency reports all past due accounts to national credit bureaus. Financial holds remain on your student account until the balance is paid in full. Establishing a repayment agreement does not result in removal of holds. If your account is referred to a collection agency, you may be responsible for collection costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees as allowed by the laws of the state of Colorado.
Refunds can result from dropping classes, getting financial aid, or other adjustments to your account. Refunds are directly deposited into your bank account within 2–3 business days (processing times vary depending on the bank). Always check with your bank to confirm the deposit before spending your refund. Students provide their bank account information when signing up for mandatory direct deposit. For more information, go to the Bursar's Office website.
Note: You may be billed after receiving a refund if you add classes, enroll in a wait-listed class, or receive a financial aid adjustment.
If you are expecting a financial aid refund at the beginning of the semester, a refund will be deposited into your bank account approximately three days prior to the first day of classes, provided you have signed up for direct deposit and financial aid processing is complete. First summer financial aid refund dates are as follows. These dates are tentative and subject to change.
|Session||Credit Balance On||Refund in Bank
(on or around)
|Maymester (session M) plus other sessions||May 5||May 10|
|A, C, D||May 27||May 31|
|B only||June 30||July 5|
You are charged for all added credit hours. You are not charged for wait-listed classes. Be aware of the deadlines for dropping and adding to avoid being charged for classes you wish to drop. See the Drop/Add Deadlines chart for details.
Note: If you are dropping all your courses, refer to the following withdrawal information.
Financial penalties may be assessed for withdrawing from all of your summer courses. Nonattendance does not constitute withdrawal and you may still be charged for your classes unless you officially withdraw before the published deadlines. See the Summer Withdrawal Assessment Schedule for details.
An act of the Colorado State Legislature established the way the state of Colorado provides state tax dollar support for higher education at the undergraduate level. The state no longer appropriates monies to institutions for undergraduate education, but provides direct funding to undergraduate students through the College Opportunity Fund (COF).
This program is also known as vouchers or stipends. An undergraduate in-state student needs to complete two steps in order to receive the stipend: (1) apply on the College Opportunity Fund website (once) and (2) authorize use of the stipend on MyCUInfo. If both of these steps are taken, the $62 per credit hour COF stipend will be applied to the student’s university bill.
Visit the Registrar's Office College Opportunity Fund website for information about applying and authorizing.
In addition to tuition, students must pay fees each semester. For a detailed description and a list of these fees, go to the Bursar's Office website.
Mandatory student fees include:
Note: Graduate students who are B, D, or E status are charged base fees and do not have access to the Recreation Center.
In addition to student fees, some departments may charge course or program fees. For a list of these fees, see the Bursar's Office website. These rates are for the Boulder main campus. Visit the Continuing Education website for ACCESS and Continuing Education tuition .
Expenses for Summer Session at CU-Boulder vary, depending on your residency, where you live, and your personal needs and interests. The table shows estimated expenses for an undergraduate student taking 6 credit hours in the College of Arts and Sciences during the summer 2013 10-week summer session.
Note: If you are an undergraduate Colorado resident, this tuition figure assumes that you are eligible for, have applied for, and have authorized the use of the College Opportunity Fund (COF).
For payment options, go to the Bursar's Office website.
|University Educational Expenses (2013 Estimates)||Resident1||Nonresident1|
|Estimated Additional Expenses (2013 actuals)|
|Room and Board Off Campus||$1,978.00||$1,978.00|
|Books and Supplies||$450.00||$450.00|
|1Classification of students as in-state or out-of-state for tuition purposes is governed by state law. Detailed information is available from the tuition classification coordinator in the Office of the Registrar.
2Tuition figures are based on 6 credit hours of course work in the College of Arts and Sciences. In-state rates assume application of the $62/credit hour College Opportunity Fund stipend. Out-of-state student rate varies depending on the year of entry to CU (see Out-of-State Tuition Guarantee). See the tuition charts for rates for other colleges and schools at the Bursar's Office website.
3A nonrefundable new student fee for new degree students is assessed at the time of initial registration only and is not included in the sample budget.
4Out-of-pocket estimate for 10 weeks. Continuing students who have student health insurance for spring semester 2013 are automatically covered for summer session. A separate summer session health insurance plan is available to students not already covered.