As state funding falls below five percent of total revenues, CU Boulder depends increasingly on the different sources listed below, including student tuition and fees, research contracts and grants, private fundraising and fee-for-service operations to cover its expenses and to make strategic investments in its educational mission.

The Current Funds Budget is the current overall operating budget at CU Boulder and is broken up between education and general funds, restricted funds, auxiliary funds and direct state funding.
Breakdown of FY 2018 CU Boulder Current Funds Budget. The total FY18 budget of 1.69 billion dollars is broken up into four areas. The first and largest area of 44.3% is all education and general funds, followed by 27.4% for restricted funds, 24% for auxiliary funds, and lastly, 4.3% for direct state funding.

For a more detailed breakdown, view the current and historic CU Boulder Current Funds Budgets file (Excel).

The education and general funds budget makes up the majority of the Current Funds Budget at CU Boulder and is comprised of student tuition and fees, direct state appropriations and indirect cost recovery (ICR).
Breakdown of FY 2018 CU Boulder Education and General Budget. The total FY18 budget of 1.69 billion dollars is broken up into four areas. The first and largest area of 44.3% is all education and general funds. This area totals 823.8 million dollars and is broken into five areas. The first with 53% is non-resident tuition, next with 27% is resident tuition, followed by direct state funding with 9% and ICR, also known as Indirect Cost Recovery, with 8% and lastly, fees and other at 3%.

Revenues from activities conducted primarily to provide facilities or services for students, faculty, and staff.

  • Athletics
  • Continuing education
  • Housing and dining
  • Parking
  • Bookstore
  • Sales and services of educational departments

Restricted revenue consists of funds restricted by donors or outside agencies for specific purposes, such as research funding and philanthropy.

  • Gifts and donations
  • Contracts and grants
  • Endowment and investments
  • Federal financial aid programs