CU Boulder provides a high-quality educational experience backed by predictable four-year tuition for all of our undergraduate students.

In April 2016, the University of Colorado Board of Regents approved a four-year guarantee of tuition and mandatory fee costs for undergraduate resident students. The purpose of this guarantee is to provide financial predictability for students and families. The University of Colorado Boulder understands that choosing a university is one of the most important decisions students and families will make. We are committed to providing the tools to make this an easier decision by removing the financial uncertainty that comes from annual tuition and fee changes.

The CU Boulder Guarantee will allow students and families to understand not just first-year tuition and mandatory fee costs, but what these will cost in four years. This enables Colorado families to plan for the student’s entire four-year tuition and mandatory fee costs. The Guarantee program places each student within a cohort that is defined by the date of entry to the university. Each cohort is guaranteed an unchanged tuition and mandatory fee schedule for four years.

FAQs about the Undergraduate Colorado Resident Tuition Guarantee

The University of Colorado Boulder offers a four-year, flat rate tuition guarantee for nonresident undergraduates.

The tuition guarantee makes CU Boulder’s costs more predictable and serves as an additional incentive for students to graduate in four years. Currently two-thirds of nonresident CU Boulder bachelor’s degree recipients who entered as freshmen graduate in four years or less, as do almost 90% of nonresident transfers who graduate from CU Boulder.

New nonresident undergraduates entering summer through spring period are assigned a tuition group with group rates guaranteed for them through the summer following the fourth fall term (see How does the program work? in the FAQs).

The program was announced in Spring 2005 and became effective beginning Fall 2005. New and continuing nonresident undergraduates enrolled in terms through Spring 2006 were all placed in tuition “Group A” with published rates for 2005-06 guaranteed for those students through Summer 2009.

FAQs about the Undergraduate Nonresident Tuition Guarantee

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