Focus

Affordability

As one of the nation’s premier public research universities, the University of Colorado provides a high-quality, transformative education at an affordable cost. We are committed to excellence and accessibility as we foster collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship to drive student success. Through our world-class teaching, learning, research, service and health care, CU makes significant contributions to the state and citizens of Colorado.

 
Regents Kroll and Spiegel
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Regents Kroll, Spiegel on budget concerns, student support, DEI progress

Regents Jack Kroll and Ilana Spiegel addressed key issues during the virtual Jan. 28 Faculty Council meeting, including budget uncertainty, student support and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Focus Area: Affordability
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Challenging times call for diversifying CU’s revenue

CU and other institutions also are facing a declining number of college-age Coloradans, with a CU study predicting a 15% decline in the number of 18-year-olds over the next 15 years. And a growing number of the high school graduates who pursue college education will be in need of financial aid.
CU Financial Aid
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CU Offers Record High Financial Aid and Low Student Debt Numbers

Individuals who earn a bachelor's degree or higher make on average $1.5 million more over their careers than people with a high school education only. CU has extensive financial aid opportunities -- giving away more each year than the other higher education institutions in the state combined -- to ensure students can reach their goals.
CU Peer Comparison
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CU Peers State Support and Tuition Comparison

The University of Colorado's four campuses are highly competitive with an impressive return on investment. Here is a comparison to each institution's national peers.
Screenshot from virtual Board of Regents meeting
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As pandemic continues, CU leadership considers tuition, student aid ramifications

The Board of Regents last week defeated a proposal calling for a 20% tuition reduction and waiver of some fees in spring 2021, action also opposed by faculty and staff leaders and President Mark Kennedy. Kennedy touted the merits of targeted relief funding over tuition reduction, which he said would result in deeper budget cuts and furloughs than those already stressing the university.
In-state tuition for Indigenous people
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Regents pursue in-state tuition status for indigenous peoples

The CU Board of Regents voted to direct university administration to work with state lawmakers in order to offer in-state tuition status for out-of-state Indigenous peoples whose tribal nations are historically tied to the lands that make up Colorado.
CU Regents Approve Flat Tuition, No Pay Raises
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CU Regents Approve Flat Tuition, No Pay Raises

Most University of Colorado students will not see an increase in tuition next year and most employees will not get a raise. CU’s Board of Regents on Tuesday voted to not raise tuition and to not increase employee pay next year during a regular meeting held over Zoom.
Changes to tuition
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Revisions to systemwide policy on special tuition status implemented

The Office of Policy and Efficiency (OPE) has announced the revisions to APS8012-Special Tuition Status have now been implemented, effective Sept. 10, 2020.
State economy
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University of Colorado Strengthens State’s Economy

New study: CU impact totaled $14.2 billion in FY2019.
College affordability
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CU helping students minimize debt, maximize return on investment

Loan default rate among CU students with debt is markedly lower than state, national averages.