Published: April 28, 2023

CU Boulder is committed to providing a financially attainable higher education experience. To meet rising costs of instruction, the 2023-24 proposed CU Boulder budget includes tuition increases for some students. 

About the Proposed Changes

  • 4% tuition increase for incoming new undergraduate resident and non-resident students.
  • Because of CU Boulder’s tuition guarantee, continuing undergraduates who will complete their degrees in four years will not see an increase.
  • 4% tuition increase for graduate students.
  • The budget also increases institutional financial aid and increased support for the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative.

Recent CU Boulder Steps to Make Higher Education More Financially Attainable

  • The 2023–24 budget proposal includes increased funding for institutional financial aid.
  • Four-year lock on tuition for incoming undergraduates.
  • Elimination of course and program fees, student information systems fee.
  • Reduced Residential Academic Program fee by 50%.
  • No tuition increases for Fall 2020, and a one-time tuition increase buydown in Fall 2021.
  • Automatic scholarships for qualified Colorado resident students.
  • A $200-per-year reduction to mandatory fees from the elimination of a capital construction fee.
  • Scholarships for academically qualified transfer students.
  • CU Boulder is expanding the CU Promise program in 2023-24, doubling the number of Colorado resident students with significant financial need who are eligible for free tuition and fees for the 2023–24 academic year. 
  • Many graduate students receive a high level of financial support as they pursue their degree.
  • In 2021, CU Boulder began covering mandatory fees for graduate students on assistantship appointments. 
  • Eligible graduate students on appointment received a base-building 3% across-the-board pay increase, effective Jan. 1, 2023.

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