Cost of Attendance

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Your total cost to attend CU Denver includes more than your tuition and fees; you will also need to consider your housing, food, travel, health insurance, textbooks, technology, equipment, and other personal expenses.  

If you are an international student on an F-1 or J-1 visa, we provide a fixed estimated cost of attendance calculated for you because our international students must show proof of adequate financial support to cover this cost. Visit the International Admissions website for more information.


At CU Denver, tuition is set by the University of Colorado Board of Regents. These are fixed costs, but the exact amount you pay depends on your resident status and number of credit hours you take. More specifically, graduate student tuition rates are assessed by course based on the rates determined by each school and college. You should anticipate the rate of tuition to increase by 3% to 5% each year. View graduate tuition rates by school/college and credit hours here.


Fees allow the university, specific schools and colleges, and the Auraria Campus to provide various services and cover certain operational costs that support students. Like tuition, fees are approved by the University of Colorado Board of Regents and are subject to change. Students are assessed all appropriate fees based on several factors. View graduate fees here.

Non-tuition expenses

In addition to tuition and fees, a graduate program involves other expenses such as rent, food, transportation, textbooks, and more. Depending on your choice of housing and lifestyle, your non-tuition expenses will vary from other students.

Estimating your cost of attendance

The sum of your tuition, fees, and basic non-tuition expenses makes up your estimated cost of attendance. To calculate a more accurate cost of attendance specific to you and your circumstances, take the estimates you calculated from the above sections and add them together to make your own financial plan for one academic year. Review our Bursar Office's Graduate Tuition & Fees page for the most up-to-date tuition costs and fee amounts.

International students on F-1/J-1 visas: Visit our International Admissions webpages to learn more about your estimated cost of attendance for I-20 and visa purposes.

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