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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 2020

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket. Net cost is the total cost of attendance minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Loans of any kind are not included. Figures are based on data from the 2017-18 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2020.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for 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 $20,289 and the average private school would be $27,482. 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 seemed 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 our Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents, which describes how you and your student can win scholarships for college and save money!)
    • tax planning
    • student work
Cost of Colorado Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net price is the total cost of attendance minus the average amount of government grants and institutional scholarships awarded. 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 (2017-18)
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 2017-18 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2020. 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 $25,443 CO Private $55,186
$0 - $30k $12,155 $17,614
$30,001 – $48k $13,054 $18,773
$48,001 – $75k $16,207 $19,611
$75,001 – $110k $20,289 $27,482
$110,001+ $21,418 $33,799

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 $4,000-$13,000 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 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,440 $9,440
    Room and Board $8,630 $8,444
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $3,025 $3,024
    Total $22,895 $22,708
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,933 $10,844
    $30,001 - $48k $11,106 $11,015
    $48,001 - $75k $14,183 $14,067
    $75,001 - $110k $19,633 $19,473
    $110,001+ $18,978 $18,823
  • University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus

    Denver
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,107 $9,283
    Room and Board $11,580 $12,820
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $5,454 $5,454
    Total $27,941 $29,357
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,099 $12,712
    $30,001 - $48k $13,034 $13,695
    $48,001 - $75k $16,253 $17,077
    $75,001 - $110k $20,829 $21,885
    $110,001+ $21,837 $22,944
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,314 $8,523
    Room and Board $10,400 $10,920
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $4,600 $4,600
    Total $25,114 $25,843
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,183 $12,537
    $30,001 - $48k $12,639 $13,006
    $48,001 - $75k $16,199 $16,669
    $75,001 - $110k $19,866 $20,443
    $110,001+ $20,020 $20,601
  • University of Colorado Boulder

    Boulder
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $12,086 $12,532
    Room and Board $13,998 $14,418
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $2,294 $2,294
    Total $30,178 $31,044
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,049 $13,423
    $30,001 - $48k $14,945 $15,374
    $48,001 - $75k $19,194 $19,745
    $75,001 - $110k $25,875 $26,618
    $110,001+ $27,901 $28,702
  • Colorado Mountain College

    Glenwood Springs
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $3,808 $4,620
    Room and Board $9,280 $9,480
    Books $1,200 $780
    Other Expenses $1,400 $1,666
    Total $15,688 $16,546
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $4,449 $4,692
    $30,001 - $48k $5,400 $5,695
    $48,001 - $75k $7,340 $7,741
    $75,001 - $110k $9,755 $10,289
    $110,001+ $10,723 $11,309
  • Colorado School of Mines

    Golden
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $18,386 $18,964
    Room and Board $11,897 $13,169
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $1,865 $1,865
    Total $33,648 $35,498
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,386 $18,342
    $30,001 - $48k $19,898 $20,992
    $48,001 - $75k $22,270 $23,494
    $75,001 - $110k $28,901 $30,490
    $110,001+ $30,890 $32,588
  • Colorado State University-Fort Collins

    Fort Collins
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,632 $11,707
    Room and Board $12,208 $11,964
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,260 $1,360
    Total $27,300 $26,231
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,834 $12,331
    $30,001 - $48k $13,114 $12,600
    $48,001 - $75k $17,880 $17,180
    $75,001 - $110k $24,841 $23,868
    $110,001+ $26,049 $25,029
  • Fort Lewis College

    Durango
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,609 $9,040
    Room and Board $11,268 $11,520
    Books $1,250 $1,250
    Other Expenses $5,564 $3,618
    Total $26,691 $25,428
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,152 $11,577
    $30,001 - $48k $14,364 $13,684
    $48,001 - $75k $17,259 $16,442
    $75,001 - $110k $20,050 $19,101
    $110,001+ $21,048 $20,052
  • Colorado Mesa University

    Grand Junction
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,374 $8,627
    Room and Board $10,735 $10,925
    Books $1,560 $1,560
    Other Expenses $3,030 $3,030
    Total $23,699 $24,142
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,884 $16,181
    $30,001 - $48k $16,684 $16,996
    $48,001 - $75k $19,443 $19,806
    $75,001 - $110k $21,102 $21,496
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver

    Denver
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,352 $7,666
    Room and Board $10,332 $11,547
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $6,098 $6,098
    Total $25,182 $26,711
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,488 $14,307
    $30,001 - $48k $14,067 $14,921
    $48,001 - $75k $16,948 $17,977
    $75,001 - $110k $20,178 $21,403
    $110,001+ $21,087 $22,367
  • University of Northern Colorado

    Greeley
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,546 $9,918
    Room and Board $10,980 $11,204
    Books $1,350 $1,350
    Other Expenses $2,191 $3,022
    Total $24,067 $25,494
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,720 $10,296
    $30,001 - $48k $10,647 $11,278
    $48,001 - $75k $13,008 $13,779
    $75,001 - $110k $17,255 $18,278
    $110,001+ $20,358 $21,565
  • Red Rocks Community College

    Lakewood
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $4,008 $4,158
    Room and Board $10,332 $11,565
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $5,490 $5,454
    Total $21,630 $22,977
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,176 $8,685
    $30,001 - $48k $8,541 $9,073
    $48,001 - $75k $10,480 $11,133
    $75,001 - $110k $12,748 $13,542
    $110,001+ $12,679 $13,469
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo

    Pueblo
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,072 $10,408
    Room and Board $10,210 $10,470
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $4,602 $4,602
    Total $24,684 $27,280
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,276 $11,357
    $30,001 - $48k $10,381 $11,473
    $48,001 - $75k $13,206 $14,595
    $75,001 - $110k $16,378 $18,100
    $110,001+ $17,336 $19,159
  • Western State Colorado University

    Gunnison
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,802 $10,114
    Room and Board $9,546 $9,635
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,024 $3,024
    Total $23,672 $24,073
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,562 $13,792
    $30,001 - $48k $13,421 $13,648
    $48,001 - $75k $17,507 $17,804
    $75,001 - $110k $19,099 $19,423
    $110,001+ $20,788 $21,140

Private CO Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Colorado Christian University

    Lakewood
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $30,370 $31,866
    Room and Board $10,516 $11,084
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,600 $1,575
    Total $43,486 $45,525
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,859 $22,884
    $30,001 - $48k $22,416 $23,467
    $48,001 - $75k $21,282 $22,280
    $75,001 - $110k $25,457 $26,651
    $110,001+ $27,442 $28,729
  • Colorado College

    Colorado Springs
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $52,818 $55,470
    Room and Board $12,076 $12,512
    Books $1,230 $1,220
    Other Expenses $2,492 $2,440
    Total $68,616 $71,642
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,300 $7,622
    $30,001 - $48k $10,606 $11,074
    $48,001 - $75k $8,320 $8,687
    $75,001 - $110k $29,774 $31,087
    $110,001+ $42,038 $43,892
  • University of Denver

    Denver
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $48,669 $50,556
    Room and Board $12,612 $13,005
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,895 $2,895
    Total $65,376 $67,656
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,095 $16,656
    $30,001 - $48k $19,601 $20,285
    $48,001 - $75k $21,575 $22,327
    $75,001 - $110k $28,981 $29,992
    $110,001+ $39,726 $41,111
  • Regis University

    Denver
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $35,610 $36,810
    Room and Board $10,770 $11,560
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $3,022 $3,022
    Total $51,202 $53,192
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,691 $22,534
    $30,001 - $48k $19,567 $20,327
    $48,001 - $75k $22,085 $22,943
    $75,001 - $110k $26,285 $27,307
    $110,001+ $29,684 $30,838
  • Johnson & Wales University-Denver

    Denver
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $31,508 $32,441
    Room and Board $11,835 $12,129
    Books $1,500 $1,800
    Other Expenses $2,409 $2,059
    Total $47,252 $48,429
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,123 $21,649
    $30,001 - $48k $21,676 $22,216
    $48,001 - $75k $24,794 $25,412
    $75,001 - $110k $26,915 $27,585
    $110,001+ $30,105 $30,855
 

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