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CU Denver Tuition & Cost

Denver, 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 Denver
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,460
Other Fees$1,224
Room and Board $13,790
Other Expenses Budget$6,300
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for University of Colorado Denver
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,460
Other Fees$1,224
Room and Board $13,790
Other Expenses Budget$6,300

In-state tuition at University of Colorado Denver for undergraduate students residing in Colorado is $8,160. Room and board charges total $13,790 per year. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $1,460 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $1,224 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $6,300 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending University of Colorado Denver full time should expect a total annual cost of $30,934.

Undergraduate tuition at University of Colorado Denver is $25,152 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $13,790 for room and board, $1,460 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $1,224. Students are advised to budget $6,300 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $47,926. This figure is 54.9% higher than what Colorado residents pay.

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

Net Price

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending University of Colorado Denver, once common grants and scholarships have been taken into account. It's important to note that this net price can fluctuate based on factors such as family income and individual financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income University of Colorado Denver
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$10,404
$30,001 to $48,000$12,017
$48,001 to $75,000$15,406
$75,001 to $110,000$19,860

The average reported annual net price for University of Colorado Denver for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $15,585 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

80% of full-time undergrad University of Colorado Denver received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $6,969 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 $4,745 and 2% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $14,800.

Finanical Aid University of Colorado Denver
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $6,969 80%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $2,873 68%
Pell Grants $4,517 40%
Other Federal Grants $1,952 30%
State and Local Grants $2,522 38%
Federal Student Loans $4,745 29%
Other Student Loans $14,800 2%

Student Loans

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 $643 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 4.99%.

Example Loan $60,632
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.99%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $642.80
Total Interest Paid $16,504.01
Sum of All Loan Payments $77,136.01

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year Colorado Residents Non Residents
1 $30,934 $47,926
2 $31,446 $48,720
3 $31,967 $49,527
4 $32,496 $50,347

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at University of Colorado Denver to be $123,736 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 1.7% 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 Denver
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Colorado Residents $340 $1,020 $1,360
Out of State Residents $1,048 $3,144 $4,192

Estimated cost for a class at University of Colorado Denver 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.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

University of Colorado Denver Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=126562 IPEDS survey data for University of Colorado Denver.