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CU-Boulder Tuition & Cost


How much does it cost to attend?

In State Colorado Resident Sticker Price
$30,178
In State Costs for University of Colorado Boulder
Fee Cost
Tuition$10,248
Books and Supplies$1,800
Other Fees$1,838
Room and Board $13,998
Other Expenses Budget$2,294
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
$54,312
Out of State Costs for University of Colorado Boulder
Fee Cost
Tuition$34,382
Books and Supplies$1,800
Other Fees$1,838
Room and Board $13,998
Other Expenses Budget$2,294

Residents of Colorado pay an annual total price of $30,178 to attend University of Colorado Boulder on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $10,248 for tuition, $13,998 room and board, $1,800 for books and supplies and $1,838 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $54,312 which is 80% higher than Colorado residents. The tuition charge is $34,382 while room and board is $13,998, books and supplies are $1,800 and other fees come in at $1,838.


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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 2017/2018
$20,323
Net Price by Income University of Colorado Boulder
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$11,734
$30,001 to $48,000$14,373
$48,001 to $75,000$18,525
$75,001 to $110,000$24,334
$110,000+$27,217

The average reported annual net price for University of Colorado Boulder for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $20,323 in 2017/2018. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

Financial Aid

Finanical Aid University of Colorado Boulder
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Annual Total Grant Aid $9,787 49%
Pell Grant $4,344 15%
Federal Student Loan $5,358 31%

The average reported annual net price for University of Colorado Boulder for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $20,323 in 2017/2018.

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 $768 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 $73,508
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.7%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $767.51
Total Interest Paid $18,592.89
Sum of All Loan Payments $92,100.89

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
$120,712
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Colorado Residents $30,178 $31,820 $33,552 $35,378
Non Residents $54,312 $57,268 $60,384 $63,670

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 $120,712 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 5.4% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Cost Credit Hour 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 $427 $1,281 $1,708
Out of State Residents $34,382 $103,146 $137,528

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

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=126614 IPEDS survey data for University of Colorado Boulder.