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CU Boulder Tuition & Cost

Boulder, Colorado

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State Colorado Resident Sticker Price
In State Costs for University of Colorado Boulder
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,768
Room and Board $15,676
Other Expenses Budget$2,979
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for University of Colorado Boulder
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,768
Room and Board $15,676
Other Expenses Budget$2,979

Residents of Colorado pay an annual total price of $32,351 to attend University of Colorado Boulder on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $10,728 for tuition, $15,676 room and board, $1,200 for books and supplies and $1,768 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $58,169 which is 79.8% higher than Colorado residents. The tuition charge is $36,546 while room and board is $15,676, books and supplies are $1,200 and other fees come in at $1,768.

All price data is sourced from the 2021/2022 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend University of Colorado Boulder when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income University of Colorado Boulder
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$13,141
$30,001 to $48,000$13,901
$48,001 to $75,000$18,204
$75,001 to $110,000$25,326

The average reported annual net price for University of Colorado Boulder for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $21,198 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

64% of full-time undergrad University of Colorado Boulder received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $9,992 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 29% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,118 and 7% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $23,305.

Finanical Aid University of Colorado Boulder
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $9,992 64%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $8,029 53%
Pell Grants $4,718 16%
Other Federal Grants $2,771 1%
State and Local Grants $3,148 13%
Federal Student Loans $5,118 29%
Other Student Loans $23,305 7%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to University of Colorado Boulder, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $73,508. The loan balance of $73,508 is a four year multiple of the $18,377 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 $701 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 2.75%.

Example Loan $73,508
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $701.35
Total Interest Paid $10,653.69
Sum of All Loan Payments $84,161.69

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year Colorado Residents Non Residents
1 $32,351 $58,169
2 $32,987 $59,312
3 $33,635 $60,478
4 $34,296 $61,667

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at University of Colorado Boulder to be $129,404 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 2% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at University of Colorado Boulder
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Colorado Residents $450 $1,350 $1,800
Out of State Residents $1,523 $4,569 $6,092

Estimated cost for a class at University of Colorado Boulder 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 Boulder versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

University of Colorado Boulder Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan Yes
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=126614 IPEDS survey data for University of Colorado Boulder.