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Undergraduate Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance (COA)

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The total cost of a DU education includes direct costs that will appear on your University bill, such as tuition, fees, and charges for room and board, as well as estimates for indirect costs such as books, transportation and personal expenses. (Sometimes you'll hear our staff also refer to your cost of attendance as your "student budget.")

Tuition rates for the following academic year are typically announced in March.

Review the 2014-15 cost of attendance >>

 

2015-16 Cost of Attendance

The figures below reflect sample budgets for the 2015-16 academic year (excluding summer quarter). Your actual costs will depend on a number of factors, such as the number of credit hours you take and discretionary expenses.

Traditional Undergraduate Students

A traditional undergraduate student living on campus and enrolled full time (12-18 credits) will be assigned the following cost of attendance:

Direct Costs:

Tuition

$43,164

 

Fees

$1,014

 

Room & Board*

$11,702

 

Subtotal

$55,880

Indirect Costs:

Books

$1,800

 

Transportation

$1,167

 

Personal Expenses

$1,359

 

Loan Fees**

$69

 

Cost of Attendance

$60,275

*The room and board figure listed above is the weighted average of double-occupancy residence hall rooms on campus plus the cost of the unlimited meal plan. Find specific rates through Housing & Residential Education.

**A 1.072% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans. The $69 listed above is the average fee for undergraduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

Colorado Women's College Students

A Colorado Women's College student living off campus and taking 8 credits per quarter will be assigned the following cost of attendance:

Direct Costs:

Tuition

$12,552

 

Fees

$366

 

Subtotal

$12,918

Indirect Costs:

Books

$900

 

Room & Board

$12,096

 

Transportation

$1,296

 

Personal Expenses

$1,359

 

Health Insurance

$2,420

 

Loan Fees*

$69

 

Cost of Attendance

$31,058

*A 1.072% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans. The $69 listed above is the average fee for undergraduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

University College Students

A University College student in a Bachelor's Completion Program living off campus and taking 8 credits per quarter will be assigned the following cost of attendance:

Direct Costs:

Tuition

$13,488

 

Fees

$96

 

Subtotal

$13,584

Indirect Costs:

Books

$900

 

Room & Board

$12,096

 

Transportation

$1,296

 

Personal Expenses

$1,359

 

Health Insurance

$2,420

 

Loan Fees*

$69

 

Cost of Attendance

$31,724

*A 1.072% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans. The $69 listed above is the average fee for undergraduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

 

Important Notes about your Cost of Attendance:

  • If you apply for aid, your financial aid award letter will itemize the costs that make up your individual student budget (which vary annually).
  • Federal regulations require us to set a limit on the amount of aid you can receive. This means your total aid--including scholarships, grants, loans, work-study and other resources (such as AmeriCorps and employer-paid tuition benefits)--cannot exceed your cost of attendance.
  • The budgets above do not include costs for the summer quarter. Eligibility for financial aid for the summer is limited; if you need financial aid for the summer, you'll need to complete a separate application in the spring.
  • To be fair and to stay in compliance with federal regulations, we cannot change student budgets based on lifestyle preferences. We may, however, be able to make adjustments to your cost of attendance for reasons outlined on the Budget Adjustment Form. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and do not guarantee additional financial aid.
  • All student budget parameters are determined by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and our office.