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Tuition and Financial Aid

Education is an Investment in Your Future

CU Online offers affordable higher education for both resident and non-resident students. Featuring more than 60 online bachelor’sonline master’sonline doctorate and online certificate programs, the University of Colorado brings the best of on-campus, online to help you achieve your goals.

The cost of earning your degree will depend on where you live and the type of program you want to enroll in. The guide below is intended to help you estimate the total cost of your degree. Our Enrollment Navigators are also available to help you understand the total cost as well as your financial aid and scholarship options.

Education is an Investment in Your Future


Tuition rates vary based on the degree program you select.

Please view the webpage for your program of interest to get an accurate price per credit hour. A variety of factors influence the cost per credit hour including degree level (undergraduate or graduate), residency, home campus, and college/school. Additional online and department fees may apply.

For more information about tuition contact an Enrollment Navigator at 303-315-3000. An Enrollment Navigator will be able to help you obtain the tuition rate for your program and help you determine the full cost of earning your degree.

Financial aid

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for eligible students to use toward paying educational costs while enrolled in a CU Online program. To determine eligibility and apply for financial aid you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once you submit your application you will be considered for three types of financial aid: grants, work-study, and student loans. Separate application forms are not required to be considered for these types of aid. You must apply early and annually to be considered.

Need-based financial aid eligibility is determined by the FAFSA and the availability of funding. You must qualify each year to receive need-based awards. Need-based awards include grants, work-study, the Federal Subsidized Direct Loan, and the Federal Perkins loan. For the most part, a grant or gift aid does not need to be repaid. You can earn the work-study award through on-campus or off-campus employment. A Subsidized Direct Loan means that the federal government subsidizes (pays) the interest while you are in school. The same goes for the Federal Perkins Loan, and in addition, the Perkins Loan does not deduct an origination (processing) fee that the Subsidized Direct Loan does.

If you have further questions about financial aid or need help applying, the CU Online Enrollment Navigators are happy to assist you.


Scholarships are gift aid that does not need to be repaid. Scholarship opportunities typically require an application and may have specific eligibility requirements related to a student's:

  • Academic Merit
  • Financial Need
  • Community Service
  • Work History
  • Other Preferences 
    • Gender
    • First generation (neither parent has a four-year degree)
    • Race and ethnic identity
    • Community involvement
    • Major or minor degree program
    • Age
    • Special talents and hobbies
    • Memberships in organizations

Applying for Scholarships

Once you have been admitted to CU Online, you will have access to apply to scholarships via our internal scholarship portal where you can also view the many funding opportunities offered by the University of Colorado.