How much does CU Boulder cost?
There are 2 ways to look at how much it will cost to attend CU Boulder.
Amounts billed by the University:
- Tuition and fees (our estimate does not include course and program fees)
- On-campus housing and meal plans
- Books & supplies (if charged to your tuition bill)
- CU Health Plan (only if you are covered by the university's health plan)
This does not include any personal expenses. See #2 to see our estimates for your personal expenses.
Want to see these costs?
- For a general cost estimate of what will be billed by CU, view annual cost estimates provided by the Bursar's Office.
- View tuition & fee rate sheets for more detailed costs including tuition, mandatory fees, and housing rates per semester. Tuition is based on residency (in-state or out-of-state), type of degree, and number of credit hours.
Visit the Bursar's Office website to find more specific estimated costs based on your college/school/program.
This is referred to as the Cost of Attendance (COA) and includes:
Amounts billed by the University (listed in #1)
Amounts paid by the student:
- Off-campus housing and food
- Books & supplies (if paid by you or a 3rd party)
- Allowance for medical/dental expenses
- Allowance for personal expenses
View our Example Cost of Attendance (COA) to see common examples.
How is Financial Aid Eligibility Determined?
There are 2 major factors determine your financial aid award eligibility.
We carefully estimate what a student will pay to go to college for one year including both costs billed by CU and estimated personal expenses. View COA estimate examples.
EFC is an index number used to calculate a family's ability to pay for college.
- It is determined by the FAFSA and verification process.
- It is not the amount of money your family will need to pay for college, nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive.
- It is used to determine grant eligibility. The lower the EFC, the more grants may be offered.
- Some scholarships and loans are also based on the EFC.
Get more information on how financial aid is calculated.
How much aid will I receive?
- We spread out our grant money to help many students; therefore, grant funding will never pay the full cost of an academic year by itself.
- Almost half of the funds we distribute to students are in the form of grants and scholarships (free aid that doesn't need to be repaid). The other half is work-study, student loans and parent loans.
- Loans offered by our office are financail aid! The loans we offer have low interest rates, grace periods and the possibility for deferment.
- In previous years, Colorado residents with a 12,000 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or less were more likely to be considered for grants than a family with a higher EFC.
The amount of aid you receive cannot exceed the cost to attend.