This website provides general information about changes in tuition rates and major features of 2014-2015 tuition and financial aid. Tuition rates for all campuses of the University of Colorado were approved in March 2014 by Board of Regent action. 

Detailed tables of tuition and required fees are at the Bursar's Office website.

We are committed to offering a quality education to all students. 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.

Tuition rates for Colorado resident (in-state) undergraduates changed from 2013-14 with

  • an increase in the full-time rate of 3.3% or $288 per academic year
  • an increase of 3.3%, or $12 per credit hour, in the part-time or per credit-hour-rate, for students taking fewer than 12 hours

The above information reflects the student share of tuition for an Arts and Sciences student. 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 $75 per credit hour initially in FY15.

Fall 2014 marks the second year of the CU Boulder Esteemed Scholars Program.This scholarship program recognizes top Colorado resident students for their outstanding academic achievements. Students applying as freshmen for the fall semester are automatically considered for the program upon submission of an admissions application to CU Boulder. Named for CU Boulder's first presidents, the scholarships include the President Joseph A. Sewall Award ($20,000, paid over 4 years; $5,000 per year), the President Horace M. Hale Award ($14,000, paid over 4 years; $3,500 per year), and the President James H. Baker Award ($10,000, paid over 4 years; $2,500 per year). The program is merit based; scholarships will be awarded to a select group of entering Colorado resident freshman students based on a combination of grade point average and ACT or SAT test scores. 

In response to the White House initiative to expand college opportunities for American students, the CU Boulder campus has committed to expanding the CU Promise program to include all Pell eligible students beginning in the fall of 2014. Eligible CU Boulder students who enter as a new freshman or transfer student are awarded grants plus a work-study award to cover the cost of tuition, required fees and estimated books. We anticipate 550 to 600 new students in this program.

To maintain accessibility, CU Boulder has several additional financial aid need-based programs for resident undergraduates. These programs are for Boulder campus degree-seeking and teacher licensure students. They are based on credits taken on the main campus only; continuing education hours are not included.

For more information on finances, see

Resident graduate tuition rates increased 3.1% from 2013-14.

Tuition rates for undergraduates not classified as Colorado residents for tuition purposes have been covered by the non-resident undergraduate tuition guarantee program since 2005-06. Rates for students entering summer 2014 through spring 2015 are 2.9% higher than those for students entering the prior year. For details regarding the non-resident undergraduate tuition guarantee, visit the Bursar's Office website. See also the section below titled "By-college tuition differentials".

The Chancellor's Achievement Scholarship (introduced in 2005-06) now offers $25,000 over four years to the top 25% of out-of-state admitted new freshmen.

Presidential Scholars are a select group drawn from Chancellor's Achievement Scholars. Presidential Scholars receive $55,000 over four years. These select students are awarded $15,000 per year during their freshman and sophomore years and $12,500 per year during their junior and senior years. The Presidential Scholars program began in 2006-07.

Tuition rates for graduate students not classified as Colorado residents for tuition purposes increased 3.0% from 2013-14.

The maximum Pell grant is $5,730 in 2014-15, an increase of $85 from the $5,645 maximum Pell Grant award in 2013-14. The maximum expected family financial contribution for the student (EFC, from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA) to receive a Pell grant in 2014-15 is $5,157, compared with $5,081 in 2013-14.

In the summer of 2014, the campus formally created the CU Achieve Grant which provides summer need-based financial aid assistance to students who do not have sufficient credits to progress to the junior level at the end of their sophomore year. This program was established as part of CU Boulder's response to the White House initiative to expand college opportunities for U.S. students. Students eligible for the grant may take one or more classes during the summer to catch up. Students are awarded a $1,000 grant if they enroll in 3-5 credit hours or $2,000 if they enroll for 6 or more credit hours. This program is expected to provide 125 low-income students the support necessary to stay on track for a timely degree completion.

The by-college tuition differentials at CU-Boulder have been in place for many years. The revenue from the differentials supports the cost of education in the college -- faculty, student programs, and other expenses. The differentials reflect differences in the cost of education, the market worth of the degree, and the popularity of the college.

On all three counts, Law, Leeds Business, and Engineering top other colleges at CU Boulder, and their differentials are accordingly higher.

  • The cost of education is higher because faculty salaries in these fields are higher at CU Boulder and across the country because these faculty often have viable employment opportunities outside academia at higher pay.
  • The market worth of the degree is higher, with higher starting salaries for graduates.
  • The popularity is higher, 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 Applied Science) and schools (e.g., Leeds School of Business, Law School).

Individual fees are detailed at the Bursar's Office website. All fees follow the Institutional Plan for Student Fees. Fees covered by this plan include administrative, student activity, course-specific, program (instructional), and academic facilities capital construction fees. Mandatory student and administrative fees for full-time students in fall 2014 increased 9.7% or $154 per year from 2013-14. Effective in spring 2014, mandatory fees increased by $214 per term to support an extensive renovation and expansion of the student recreation center. In spring 2011 more than 70% of 10,207 student body voters approved the fee increase, which will span a period of 25 years.

The New Student Fee (formerly known as the "matriculation fee") is a one-time, nonrefundable fee assessed at time of first registration. This fee varies depending upon degree and international status. It covers services such as the Buff OneCard (the student's official university identification card), immunization reporting management, registration/transcript services, and undergraduate orientation program.

A double room with full meal plan in campus residence halls increased 4.5% or $552 per year. For more information see Housing and Dining Services.

Tuition is set within the campus budget planning process and in conjunction with external entities including the Colorado Department of Higher Education (with its Colorado Commission on Higher Education or CCHE), the legislature, and the University of Colorado Board of Regents.

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." See the Office of the Registrar's website for tuition classification rules and procedures, including exceptions for various military affiliations.