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Tuition, Financial Aid & Scholarships


Tuition is the amount a student pays for instruction per course at a college or university. Tuition costs are often listed along with additional fees that all students must pay. These fees cover anything from the student wellness center and AHEC facility operation costs to student support services.

Tuition and fees are approved by the University of Colorado Board of Regents, the governing body of the University of Colorado, and may change from those shown here without prior notice.

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Who qualifies for discounted tuition?

Out-of-state students from Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) states can attend CU Denver at a discounted tuition rate through the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program—saving you more than $11,000 every year compared to the nonresident tuition rate, based on enrollment in 15 credit hours per semester.

Admitted students who indicate they're legal residents of a WICHE state on the application for admission, based on their permanent address, are automatically classified as a WUE students. Learn more.

Who qualifies for the resident tuition rate?

  • Residents of the following U.S. States and Territories pay resident tuition rates for School of Public Affairs graduate programs through the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)Colorado, Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federal State of Micronesia, Republic of Palau.
  • Members of American Indian Tribes with Historical Ties to Colorado: View the list of eligible tribes and required documentation.
  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteers: Learn about the required documentation and certification.
  • Residents of the following qualifying countries enrolled in the Master of Public Administration or Master of Public Policy program: People’s Republic of China and Commonwealth of Independent States (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan).
  • Military-connected students living in Colorado may be able to receive in-state residency for tuition purposes as designated by Federal or State Law. Please review the information on the Veteran and Military Student Services website.

Who qualifies for the non-resident online tuition rate?

If you reside outside of Colorado and are only taking online courses, you may be eligible for the non-resident, online tuition rate of 120% of the resident tution rate, which can be applied to participating main campus courses only and excludes non-degree seeking programs (e.g., graduate certificate programs) and extended study courses. Learn more about this tuition rate. 

Learn more about residency status

Financial Aid

CU Denver’s Financial Aid & Scholarships Office provides a wealth of information on how to finance your education. Once you familiarize yourself with important financial aid and scholarships deadlines, be sure to:

Visit CU Denver's Student Finances website


CU Denver Scholarships

Students who are admitted to CU Denver will be given access to Scholarship Universe, a database of scholarship opportunities for CU Denver students. Students can search the database and apply for scholarships for which they meet the eligibility criteria. Additionally, students may be automatically considered for some scholarships. Learn more about the scholarship process and additional support to help students with their scholarship applications.

Note: Students should search for scholarships throughout each academic year that they are enrolled, because deadlines can vary and new scholarships may be added to Scholarship Universe at any time.

School of Public Affairs Scholarships

The School of Public Affairs strives to remove financial barriers to attaining a higher education by awarding scholarships and assistantships valued at more than $500,000 each year. View our scholarship opportunities, listed below, including information on eligibility requirements, deadlines, and amounts awarded. Admitted students who wish to apply for School of Public Affairs scholarships may do so through Scholarship Universe.

Private scholarships

In addition to scholarships offered through CU Denver and the School of Public Affairs, students may wish to search and apply for private scholarships. Recommended resources include:

School of Public Affairs fellowships

In collaboration with its community partners, the School of Public Affairs offers eligible, degree-seeking graduate students the opportunity to participate in the following fellowship programs.

School of Public Affairs assistantships

The School of Public Affairs has a limited number of graduate assistantships available each year. These assistantships offer students an hourly wage or a set amount per semester in exchange for assisting faculty and staff in such areas as research, teaching, and other school priorities. Graduate assistants typically work 10 – 20 hours per week.

School of Public Affairs work-study positions

Paid work-study positions are available for students who receive work-study awards as part of their financial aid package. If you are eligible for work-study, we encourage you to apply for one of our School of Public Affairs work-study positions! There are also many other work-study positions available both on and off campus.

Visit Handshake to see available work-study positions.



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