Cost of Attendance

What is the cost of attendance?

Every student who applies for financial aid is assigned a cost of attendance (COA). This COA—sometimes referred to as a "student budget"—serves two purposes:

  1. to give you an estimate of the cost to attend DU for one year, and
  2. to set a limit on the amount of financial aid you can receive during the academic year (which federal regulations require us to do).

This means your actual expenses may be different from what's listed on your financial aid offer, and the total amount of your aid—including scholarships, grants, loans and work-study—can't exceed your total cost of attendance.
 

Direct Costs vs. Indirect Costs

Components in the cost of a college education are divided into two categories: the direct costs that are billed by the University, and the indirect costs of living in/near Denver. When we calculate eligibility for financial aid, we account for both types of costs.

Direct Costs (Billed by DU): Indirect Costs (Paid by the Student):
  • Off-campus housing and food
  • Books, course materials, supplies, and equipment
  • Transportation
  • Personal expenses

 

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Cost of Attendance Examples

2024-2025 Academic Year

For all traditional undergraduate programs, tuition is $1,668 per credit. However, students enrolled between 12-18 credits in a quarter are charged a flat rate of $20,016.

The examples below are based on a student enrolled in the fall, winter and spring quarters of the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • Full-Time Student Living On Campus
    Direct Costs:Tuition$60,048
     Fees$1,350
     Housing$10,928
     Food$6,831
     Subtotal$79,157
    Indirect Costs:Books, Course Materials,
    Supplies, & Equipment
    $1,000
     Transportation*$627
     Personal Expenses$1,782
     Loan Fees**$68
     Cost of Attendance$82,634

    *DU will add an additional transportation allowance of $744 for students who are not Colorado residents.

    *A 1.057% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans. The $68 listed above is the average fee for undergraduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

  • Full-Time Student Living Off Campus

     

    Direct Costs:Tuition$60,048
     Fees$1,350
     Subtotal$61,398
    Indirect Costs:Housing$12,537
     Food$4,430
     Books, Course Materials,
    Supplies, & Equipment
    $1,000
     Transportation*$1,419
     Personal Expenses$1,746
     Loan Fees**$68
     Cost of Attendance$82,634

    *DU will add an additional transportation allowance of $744 for students who are not Colorado residents.

    **A 1.057% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans. The $68 listed above is the average fee for undergraduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

  • Full-Time Student Living at Home
    Direct Costs:Tuition$60,048
     Fees$1,350
     Subtotal$61,398
    Indirect Costs:Housing$8,424
     Food$2,763
     Books, Course Materials,
    Supplies, & Equipment
    $1,000
     Transportation$1,419
     Personal Expenses$1,593
     Loan Fees*$68
     Cost of Attendance$76,665

    *A 1.057% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans. The $68 listed above is the average fee for undergraduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

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Cost of Attendance Examples

2023-2024 Academic Year

These figures are based on estimated expenses for a student enrolled in the fall, winter and spring quarters of the 2023-2024 academic year.

For all traditional undergraduate programs, tuition is $1,612 per credit. However, students enrolled between 12-18 credits in a quarter are charged a flat rate of $19,344.

  • Full-Time Student Living On Campus
    Direct Costs:Tuition$58,032
     Fees$1,308
     Housing & Food$17,049
     Subtotal$76,389
    Indirect Costs:Books, Course Materials,
    Supplies, & Equipment
    $1,000
     Transportation*$1,536
     Personal Expenses$1,611
     Loan Fees**$78
     Cost of Attendance$80,614

    *DU will add an additional transportation allowance of $674 for students who are not Colorado residents.

    **A 1.057% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans. The $78 listed above is the average fee for undergraduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

  • Full-Time Student Living Off Campus
    Direct Costs:Tuition$58,032
     Fees$1,308
     Subtotal$59,340
    Indirect Costs:Housing & Meals$14,679
     Books, Course Materials,
    Supplies, & Equipment
    $1,000
     Transportation*$1,536
     Personal Expenses$1,611
     Loan Fees**$78
     Cost of Attendance$78,244

    *DU will add an additional transportation allowance of $674 for students who are not Colorado residents.

    **A 1.057% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans. The $78 listed above is the average fee for undergraduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

  • Full-Time Student Living at Home
    Direct Costs:Tuition$58,032
     Fees$1,308
     Subtotal$59,340
    Indirect Costs:Housing & Food$9,792
     Books, Course Materials,
    Supplies, & Equipment
    $1,000
     Transportation$1,536
     Personal Expenses$1,440
     Loan Fees*$78
     Cost of Attendance$73,186

    *A 1.057% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans. The $78 listed above is the average fee for undergraduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

  • Working Professional in the Bachelor's Completion Program
    Direct Costs:Tuition (2 classes per quarter)$18,120
     Fees$96
     Subtotal$18,216
    Indirect Costs:Books, Course Materials,
    Supplies, & Equipment
    $500
     Housing & Meals$14,679
     Transportation$1,665
     Personal Expenses$1,611
     Health Insurance*$3,770
     Loan Fees**$78
     Cost of Attendance$40,519

    *Health Insurance is a direct cost if you don't waive the insurance offered through DU.

    **A 1.057% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans. The $78 listed above is the average fee for undergraduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

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Tuition and Fees

2024-25 Tuition Rates:

  • For all traditional undergraduate programs, tuition is $1,668 per credit. However, students enrolled between 12-18 credits in a quarter are charged a flat rate of $20,016.
  • The tuition rate for students enrolled in the University College Bachelor's Completion program will be announced in early 2024.

2023-24 Tuition Rates:

  • For all traditional undergraduate programs, tuition is $1,612 per credit. However, students enrolled between 12-18 credits in a quarter are charged a flat rate of $19,344.
  • For students enrolled in the University College Bachelor's Completion program, tuition is $755 per credit.

 

Student Fees:

These are the most common fees assessed to undergraduate students. Some courses may have additional fees not listed here, and a late registration fee is assessed to most students who have not registered by the first day of classes. For more information about billing and tuition payments, visit the Office of Student Billing website.

Annual Fees
Fee 2023-24 Amount 2024-25 Amount When Fee is Assessed
Technology Fee $4/credit $4/credit Every quarter
Health Insurance* $1,885 $1,885 Fall and spring quarters only
Health & Counseling Fee** $233 $241 Every quarter
Activity Fee - 6-11 credit hours $56 $59 Every quarter
Activity Fee - 12+ credit hours $155 $161 Every quarter
RTD College Pass $43 $43 Every quarter
Korbel School of International Studies Student Fee $30 $30 Every quarter
Lamont School of Music Student Fee $95 $95 Every quarter
Agency Sponsored Student Fee $150 $150 Every quarter

*Most students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. You may waive participation in this program if you are covered under another insurance plan.

**The health and counseling fee is automatically assessed each term to students registered in six or more credits and covers many services provided at the Health & Counseling Center. This fee is mandatory for undergraduate students.

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84% of financial aid for undergraduate students is in the form of scholarships and grants

Affordability

Additional Cost of Attendance Notes

  • If you apply for aid, your financial aid offer 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 must 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 discretionary expenses. 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.
  • Direct costs are determined by the University of Denver. For indirect costs, we use our own research and the recommended guidelines published by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Most figures change slightly every year.

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