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Graduate 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 and fees, 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 November.

2017-18 Cost of Attendance

Unless otherwise noted, the figures below reflect total estimated budgets for the fall, winter and spring quarters of the 2017-18 academic year (summer quarter is not included). Your actual costs will depend on a number of factors, such as the number of credit hours you take and discretionary expenses.

Daniels College of Business | Josef Korbel School | Social Work | Professional Psychology

We assume that students in these programs will be enrolled in at least 12 credits per quarter during the 2017-18 school year (excluding summer) and will be assigned the following cost of attendance. If you will be enrolled in more than 18 credits for any quarter, you may want to consider submitting an Enrollment Adjustment Form. This form will allow you to borrow additional loan funding (if desired) to help cover your higher tuition costs.

Direct Costs:

Tuition (36 credits)1

$47,520

 

Fees

$303

 

Estimated Health Insurance²

$2,926

 

Subtotal

$50,749

Indirect Costs:

Books

$1,200

 

Room & Board³

$14,364

 

Transportation

$1,506

 

Personal Expenses

$1,359

 

Loan Fees*

$213

 

Cost of Attendance

$69,391

¹The Josef Korbel School, Social Work, Professional Psychology and Daniels College of Business MS programs all have a flat tuition rate if you are enrolled between 12-18 credits. Daniels College of Business MBA programs do not offer flat-rate tuition. Find tuition rates on the Registrar's website.

²Health insurance is a direct cost unless you waive the insurance offered through DU. This figure is an estimate. Actual rates for the DU Student Health Insurance Plan will be announced in the Spring of 2017.

³Room and board may be direct costs if you live in campus housing and/or sign up for a meal plan.

*A 1.069% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The $213 listed above is the average fee for graduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences | Engineering & Computer Science | Natural Sciences & Mathematics | Morgridge College of Education

We assume that students in these programs will be enrolled in 8 credits per quarter during the 2017-18 school year (excluding summer), and will be assigned the following cost of attendance. If you will be enrolled in more than 8 credits for any quarter, you may want to consider submitting an Enrollment Adjustment Form. This form will allow you to borrow additional loan funding (if desired) to help cover your higher tuition costs.

Direct Costs:

Tuition (24 credits)

$31,680

 

Fees

$255

 

Estimated Health Insurance¹

$2,926

 

Subtotal

$34,861

Indirect Costs:

Books

$1,200

 

Room & Board²

$14,364

 

Transportation

$1,506

 

Personal Expenses

$1,359

 

Loan Fees³

$213

 

Cost of Attendance

$53,503

¹Health insurance is a direct cost unless you waive the insurance offered through DU. This figure is an estimate. Actual rates for the DU Student Health Insurance Plan will be announced in the Spring of 2017.

²Room and board may be direct costs if you live in campus housing and/or sign up for a meal plan.

³A 1.069% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The $213 listed above is the average fee for graduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

Graduate Tax: Full-Time Students

We assume students in this program will be enrolled in 12-18 credits per quarter during the 2017-18 school year (excluding summer), and will be assigned the following cost of attendance. If you will be enrolled in more than 18 credits for any quarter, you may want to consider submitting an Enrollment Adjustment Form. This form will allow you to borrow additional loan funding (if desired) to help cover your higher tuition costs.

Direct Costs:

Tuition (36 credits)*

$47,520

 

Fees

$354

 

Estimated Health Insurance¹

$2,926

 

Subtotal

$50,800

Indirect Costs:

Books

$1,200

 

Room & Board²

$14,364

 

Transportation

$1,665

 

Personal Expenses

$1,359

 

Loan Fees³

$213

 

Cost of Attendance

$69,601

*The Graduate Tax program has a flat tuition rate if you are enrolled between 12-18 credits per quarter.

¹Health insurance is a direct cost unless you waive the insurance offered through DU. This figure is an estimate. Actual rates for the DU Student Health Insurance Plan will be announced in the Spring of 2017.

²Room and board may be direct costs if you live in campus housing and/or sign up for a meal plan.

³A 1.069% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The $213 listed above is the average fee for graduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

Graduate Tax: Part-Time Students

We assume students in this program will be enrolled in 4 credits per quarter during the 2017-18 school year (excluding summer), and will be assigned the following cost of attendance. If you will be enrolled in more than 4 credits for any quarter, you may want to consider submitting an Enrollment Adjustment Form. This form will allow you to borrow additional loan funding (if desired) to help cover your higher tuition costs.

Direct Costs:

Tuition (12 credits)

$15,840

 

Fees

$231

 

Subtotal

$16,071

Indirect Costs:

Books

$600

 

Room & Board*

$14,364

 

Transportation

$1,665

 

Personal Expenses

$1,359

 

Loan Fees**

$213

 

Cost of Attendance

$34,272

*Room and board may be direct costs if you live in campus housing and/or sign up for a meal plan.

**A 1.069% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The $213 listed above is the average fee for graduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

University College

We assume students enrolled in University College will be enrolled in 4 credits (1 class) per quarter during the 2017-18 school year (excluding summer) and will be assigned the following cost of attendance. If you will be enrolled in more than 4 credits for any quarter, you may want to consider submitting an Enrollment Adjustment Form. This form will allow you to borrow additional loan funding (if desired) to help cover your higher tuition costs.

Direct Costs:

Tuition (12 credits)

$7,920

 

Fees

$48

 

Subtotal

$7,968

Indirect Costs:

Books

$600

 

Room & Board

$14,364

 

Transportation

$1,665

 

Personal Expenses

$1,359

 

Loan Fees*

$213

 

Cost of Attendance

$26,169

*A 1.069% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The $213 listed above is the average fee for graduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

Social Work Four Corners/Western Colorado Program

We assume students enrolled in the Four Corners/Western Colorado MSW Program will be enrolled in 15 credits per quarter during the 2017-18 school year (excluding summer) and will be assigned the following cost of attendance. If you will be enrolled in more than 15 credits for any quarter, you may want to consider submitting an Enrollment Adjustment Form. This form will allow you to borrow additional loan funding (if desired) to help cover your higher tuition costs.

Direct Costs:

Tuition (45 credits)

$32,670

 

Fees

$180

 

Estimated Health Insurance1

$2,926

 

Subtotal

$35,776

Indirect Costs:

Books

$1,200

 

Room & Board

$10,512

 

Transportation

$1,665

 

Personal Expenses

$1,359

 

Loan Fees2

$213

 

Cost of Attendance

$50,725

1Health insurance is a direct cost unless you waive the insurance offered through DU. This figure is an estimate. Actual rates for the DU Student Health Insurance Plan will be announced in the Spring of 2017.

2A 1.069% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The $213 listed above is the average fee for graduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

Online Master of Social Work Program

We assume students enrolled in the Online MSW Program will be enrolled in 11 credits per quarter during the 2017-18 school year. The cost of attendance listed below is for students entering in the winter, spring or summer terms of the 2017-18 academic year, and represents your estimated costs  per quarter.  

Direct Costs :
(billed by DU)

Tuition (11 credits)

$10,021

 

Fees

$44

 

Subtotal

$10,065

Indirect Costs :
(not billed by DU)

Books

$400

 

Room & Board

$4,788

 

Transportation

$555

 

Personal Expenses

$453

 

Loan Fees1

$71

 

Cost of Attendance

$16,332

1A 1.069% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The $71 listed above is the average fee for graduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

Online MBA Program

We assume students enrolled in the Online MBA Program will be enrolled in 10 credits per quarter during the 2017-18 school year. The cost of attendance listed below is for students entering in the winter, spring or summer terms of the 2017-18 academic year, and represents your estimated costs  per quarter.  

Direct Costs :
(billed by DU)

Tuition (10 credits)

$12,500

 

Fees

$48

 

Subtotal

$12,548

Indirect Costs :
(not billed by DU)

Books

$400

 

Room & Board

$4,788

 

Transportation

$555

 

Personal Expenses

$453

 

Loan Fees1

$71

 

Cost of Attendance

$18,815

1A 1.069% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The $71 listed above is the average fee for graduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

 

Important Notes about Your Cost of Attendance:

  • For most programs and for federal student aid eligibility, half-time enrollment is considered 4 credits per quarter, and full-time enrollment is considered 8 credits or more per quarter.
  • 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.
  • Unless otherwise noted, 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.