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Net Price of Colorado Colleges by Income

Cost of Colorado Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2021

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs shown here are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket for one year at the college in question. Net cost is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Figures are based on data from the 2018-19 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2021.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for one year at that particular college. It includes:

    • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
    • Room and board (on campus)
    • Books and supplies
    • Other expenses (travel and personal)

    There are detailed chart below for each school that shows these expenses. Click here to go to the individual cost breakdown for schools.

  • How can I use this information?

    This information is useful for building a realistic college budget. It's a good place to start until you better understand your specific circumstances. For example, let's say your income is $100,000 per year. This chart shows that the average state school would run $20,254 and the average private school would be $26,756. You can also get information on specific Colorado schools in the chart above or the tables below.

  • Will my family pay the amount on this chart?

    Probably not. The numbers are averages. You may be below average or above average. However, there are two key points we can learn from this data:

    1. Families with higher incomes ($75,000-$110,000 and $110,000+) will most likely pay close to full price at the public schools.
    2. Private colleges have a higher list price but offer more discounts. This brings their net price much closer to the cost of state-funded schools.

  • Where did this information come from?

    As part of federal financial aid, colleges are required to provide detailed cost information to the U.S. government. This data is made available to the public through the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details, click here.

  • What about athletes, merit aid or minority students?

    Athletes, high achieving students, and those with minority status are averaged in with everyone else. Within each income bracket, there are families that pay more than average and families that pay less than average.

  • The costs on this chart seem large. How can families afford to pay it?

    For many families paying for college is not easy, but in the end they figure out. Most families will pay their net cost of college with some combination of:

    • College savings and investments
    • Payments from current income
    • Loans
    • Outside scholarships (check out the Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents to learn how your student can win scholarships)
    • Tax planning
    • Student work
Cost of Colorado Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net prices is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus the average amount in government grants and institutional scholarships the school awards. This is an average, so you may pay above the average or below the average. Your exact net price is likely to be different and sometimes drastically different.

Most families will pay the net price with some combination of savings and investments, current income and various loans. Some students will also receive scholarships from sources other than the federal or state government or the college. Any scholarships and grants from these outside sources are not included in the data. However, government grants and institutional scholarships are included in the averages.

Total Cost at University of Colorado Boulder (2018-19)
Tuition and Fees $12,086
Room and Board $13,998
Books $1,800
Other Expenses $2,294
Total $30,178

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2018-19 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2021. Total costs include:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

College Total Cost
Family Income CO Public $26,181 CO Private $57,289
$0 - $30k $11,891 $19,527
$30,001 – $48k $12,762 $19,990
$48,001 – $75k $15,416 $23,025
$75,001 – $110k $20,254 $26,756
$110,001+ $22,036 $35,595

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Colorado public and private colleges we have included in our analysis. The costs include a breakdown of the average net price paid by family income. Notice that the average private college is $7,000-$14,000 more than the average public school, depending on your income bracket. It is important to stress that these are averages. Most families will not be average, and their individual circumstances could be drastically different. I encourage all families to work with their preferred colleges to get information specific to their family.

Below are similar charts for each individual private and public college in Colorado. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public CO Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Adams State University

    Alamosa
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,440 $9,440
    Room and Board $8,444 $8,760
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $3,024 $2,916
    Total $22,708 $22,916
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,108 $10,201
    $30,001 - $48k $12,991 $13,110
    $48,001 - $75k $14,424 $14,556
    $75,001 - $110k $18,752 $18,924
    $110,001+ $19,637 $19,817
  • University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus

    Denver
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,283 $9,335
    Room and Board $12,820 $13,250
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $5,454 $5,769
    Total $29,357 $30,154
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,584 $11,898
    $30,001 - $48k $12,503 $12,842
    $48,001 - $75k $15,630 $16,054
    $75,001 - $110k $20,353 $20,906
    $110,001+ $21,771 $22,362
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,523 $8,524
    Room and Board $10,920 $10,920
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $4,600 $4,660
    Total $25,843 $25,904
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,103 $13,134
    $30,001 - $48k $12,643 $12,673
    $48,001 - $75k $15,920 $15,958
    $75,001 - $110k $20,186 $20,234
    $110,001+ $21,427 $21,478
  • University of Colorado Boulder

    Boulder
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $12,532 $12,500
    Room and Board $14,418 $14,778
    Books $1,800 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,294 $2,556
    Total $31,044 $31,034
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,366 $13,362
    $30,001 - $48k $14,361 $14,356
    $48,001 - $75k $18,979 $18,973
    $75,001 - $110k $25,863 $25,855
    $110,001+ $29,055 $29,046
  • Colorado Mountain College

    Glenwood Springs
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $4,620 $4,620
    Room and Board $9,480 $9,658
    Books $780 $840
    Other Expenses $1,666 $1,666
    Total $16,546 $16,784
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $4,021 $4,079
    $30,001 - $48k $5,623 $5,704
    $48,001 - $75k $7,990 $8,105
    $75,001 - $110k $10,749 $10,904
    $110,001+ $11,802 $11,972
  • Colorado School of Mines

    Golden
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $18,964 $19,062
    Room and Board $13,169 $14,211
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $1,865 $1,879
    Total $35,498 $36,652
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,276 $17,838
    $30,001 - $48k $17,832 $18,412
    $48,001 - $75k $21,449 $22,146
    $75,001 - $110k $30,771 $31,771
    $110,001+ $32,024 $33,065
  • Colorado State University-Fort Collins

    Fort Collins
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $11,707 $11,901
    Room and Board $11,964 $12,430
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,360 $1,404
    Total $26,231 $26,935
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,831 $12,149
    $30,001 - $48k $11,890 $12,209
    $48,001 - $75k $15,927 $16,354
    $75,001 - $110k $24,440 $25,096
    $110,001+ $25,859 $26,553
  • Fort Lewis College

    Durango
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,040 $8,872
    Room and Board $11,520 $11,704
    Books $1,250 $1,240
    Other Expenses $3,618 $3,558
    Total $25,428 $25,374
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,108 $13,080
    $30,001 - $48k $12,909 $12,882
    $48,001 - $75k $15,040 $15,008
    $75,001 - $110k $19,449 $19,408
    $110,001+ $20,697 $20,653
  • Colorado Mesa University

    Grand Junction
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,627 $8,686
    Room and Board $10,925 $11,168
    Books $1,560 $1,560
    Other Expenses $3,030 $3,074
    Total $24,142 $24,488
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,708 $12,890
    $30,001 - $48k $13,624 $13,819
    $48,001 - $75k $15,136 $15,353
    $75,001 - $110k $18,596 $18,863
    $110,001+ $19,515 $19,795
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver

    Denver
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,666 $8,151
    Room and Board $11,547 $0
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $6,098 $0
    Total $26,711 $9,551
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,531 $4,123
    $30,001 - $48k $12,219 $4,369
    $48,001 - $75k $13,849 $4,952
    $75,001 - $110k $18,397 $6,578
    $110,001+ $19,277 $6,893
  • University of Northern Colorado

    Greeley
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,918 $9,987
    Room and Board $11,204 $11,204
    Books $1,350 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,022 $3,068
    Total $25,494 $25,459
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,571 $11,555
    $30,001 - $48k $12,736 $12,719
    $48,001 - $75k $14,403 $14,383
    $75,001 - $110k $18,599 $18,573
    $110,001+ $21,459 $21,430
  • Red Rocks Community College

    Lakewood
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $4,158 $4,263
    Room and Board $11,565 $0
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $5,454 $0
    Total $22,977 $6,063
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,588 $2,266
    $30,001 - $48k $9,100 $2,401
    $48,001 - $75k $12,003 $3,167
    $75,001 - $110k $15,716 $4,147
    $110,001+ $14,732 $3,887
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo

    Pueblo
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $10,408 $8,407
    Room and Board $10,470 $10,740
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $4,602 $4,870
    Total $27,280 $25,817
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,363 $10,754
    $30,001 - $48k $11,831 $11,197
    $48,001 - $75k $15,799 $14,952
    $75,001 - $110k $17,886 $16,927
    $110,001+ $20,161 $19,080
  • Western State Colorado University

    Gunnison
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $10,114 $10,436
    Room and Board $9,635 $10,150
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,024 $3,069
    Total $24,073 $24,955
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,018 $13,495
    $30,001 - $48k $14,744 $15,284
    $48,001 - $75k $15,866 $16,447
    $75,001 - $110k $19,264 $19,970
    $110,001+ $21,264 $22,043

Private CO Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Colorado Christian University

    Lakewood
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $31,866 $33,434
    Room and Board $11,084 $11,342
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,575 $1,118
    Total $45,525 $46,894
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,122 $22,787
    $30,001 - $48k $23,632 $24,343
    $48,001 - $75k $23,668 $24,380
    $75,001 - $110k $25,892 $26,671
    $110,001+ $28,746 $29,610
  • Colorado College

    Colorado Springs
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $55,470 $58,086
    Room and Board $12,512 $12,956
    Books $1,220 $1,240
    Other Expenses $2,440 $2,478
    Total $71,642 $74,760
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,568 $12,071
    $30,001 - $48k $8,812 $9,196
    $48,001 - $75k $15,884 $16,575
    $75,001 - $110k $24,330 $25,389
    $110,001+ $45,979 $47,980
  • University of Denver

    Denver
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $50,556 $52,515
    Room and Board $13,005 $13,437
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,895 $2,940
    Total $67,656 $70,092
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,659 $20,367
    $30,001 - $48k $20,735 $21,482
    $48,001 - $75k $27,530 $28,521
    $75,001 - $110k $31,512 $32,647
    $110,001+ $41,414 $42,905
  • Regis University

    Denver
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $36,810 $38,180
    Room and Board $11,560 $12,460
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $3,022 $3,068
    Total $53,192 $55,508
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,626 $21,524
    $30,001 - $48k $21,747 $22,694
    $48,001 - $75k $22,713 $23,702
    $75,001 - $110k $25,522 $26,633
    $110,001+ $31,920 $33,310
  • Johnson & Wales University-Denver

    Denver
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $32,441 $33,404
    Room and Board $12,129 $12,492
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $2,059 $2,059
    Total $48,429 $49,755
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,662 $24,310
    $30,001 - $48k $25,025 $25,710
    $48,001 - $75k $25,331 $26,025
    $75,001 - $110k $26,525 $27,251
    $110,001+ $29,914 $30,733
 

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