CU Denver Tuition & Cost Guide

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Cost to Attend

In State


Colorado Residents

  • Tuition: $7,404
  • Books and Supplies: $1,800
  • Other Fees: $1,288
  • Room and Board: $10,602

Out of State


Non Residents

  • Tuition: $22,416
  • Books and Supplies: $1,800
  • Other Fees: $1,288
  • Room and Board: $10,602

*All tuition data is sourced from the 2015/2016 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Annual Prices

Residents of Colorado pay an annual total price of $21,094 to attend University of Colorado Denver on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $7,404 for tuition, $10,602 room and board, $1,800 for books and supplies and $1,288 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $36,106 which is 71.2% higher than Colorado residents. The tuition charge is $22,416 while room and board is $10,602, books and supplies are $1,800 and other fees come in at $1,288.

Financial Aid and Student Loans - What does it really cost to attend?

The average reported annual net price for University of Colorado Denver for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $13,518 in 2014/2015.

Aid Amount Percent Receiving Aid
Average Annual Total Grant Aid $6,000 59%
Average Pell Grant $4,366 36%
Average Annual Federal Student Loan $5,080 39%

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to University of Colorado Denver, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $60,632. The loan balance of $60,632 is a four year multiple of the $15,158 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $633 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 4.7%.

Example Loan $60,632
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.7%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $633.07
Total Interest Paid $15,336.07
Sum of All Loan Payments $75,968.07

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current published cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree at University of Colorado Denver to be $84,376 - assuming graduation in normal time. Our estimation assumes a 4.2% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Colorado Residents $21,094 $21,983 $22,909 $23,875
Non Residents $36,106 $37,628 $39,213 $40,866

Per Credit Hour and Per Class Prices

We estimate the cost for a class at University of Colorado Denver as follows based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at University of Colorado Denver versus other colleges.

Cost Per Credit Hour Cost Per Class (3 credit hr) Cost Per Class (4 credit hr)
Colorado Residents $309 $927 $1,236
Out of State Residents $934 $2,802 $3,736

Historical Tuition Prices

The cost to attend college is continually rising. The table below will provide perspective as to the historical tuition increases reported for University of Colorado Denver and what it has cost to attend in past years.

Colorado Resident Out of State Annual Percent Change
2010 $6,657 $19,689 4.1%
2009 $6,394 $19,366 7.8%
2008 $5,932 $17,888 14.6%
2007 $5,177 $17,047 3.1%
2006 $5,021 $16,191 22.7%
2005 $4,093 $16,035 15.3%
2004 $3,551 $15,179 9.5%
2003 $3,242 $13,814 -4%
2002 $3,378 $13,112 24.1%
2001 $2,723 $12,067 11.5%
2000 $2,442 $11,568 8.3%
1999 $2,255 $11,045 2.9%
1998 $2,191 $10,339 0.4%
1997 $2,183 $10,331 4.1%
1996 $2,098 $9,876 2.6%
1995 $2,045 $9,461 4.6%
1994 $1,955 $8,619 2%
1993 $1,917 $8,065 6%
1992 $1,808 $7,336 9.5%
1991 $1,651 $6,723 13.2%
1990 $1,458 $6,274 11.8%
1989 $1,304 $5,714 5.3%
1988 $1,238 $5,120 6.9%
1987 $1,158 $4,982 0%

Tuition Payments

Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=126562 IPEDS survey data for University of Colorado Denver.

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