Undergraduate, lower division students at UCCS will pay an extra $240 annually beginning next fall, a 3.2 percent increase from current rates, according to plans approved March 21 by the CU Board of Regents.
Meeting in downtown Denver at a special meeting, the Regents approved tuition increases for all four CU campuses. The 3.2 percent increase for Colorado-resident UCCS undergraduate lower division (freshman and sophomore) students enrolled in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is the lowest tuition increase in eight years and far below limits set by the State of Colorado for 2014.
“We are doing everything possible to contain costs, maintain high quality and provide students with options,” Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. “We know that students and families often face financial challenges and have to make difficult choices. We are committed to working with every qualified student interested in attending UCCS. We want UCCS to be affordable.”
Following the regent’s actions, UCCS tuition for a Colorado-resident lower division (freshman and sophomore) undergraduate student enrolled in 30 hours (two semesters) will increase $240 or 3.2 percent from $7,470 in 2013-2014 to $7,710 for 2014-2015. Upper division undergraduate students (junior and senior) will see a $270 to $384 annual increase, a range of 3.27 to 3.36 percent, depending on the program the student is enrolled. UCCS costs remain below those of similar universities in many states and UCCS administrative costs are below the average of its peers.
Colorado-resident graduate students will see a 3.5 percent tuition increase. Non-Colorado resident undergraduate and graduate students will not see an across-the-board percentage increase, although costs will be altered to a per-credit-hour structure. Rates vary among UCCS colleges and specific programs. A website to assist students in calculating tuition and required fees will be updated by March 31. The site is http://www.uccs.edu/bursar/estimate-your-total-bill.html
The UCCS Office of Student Financial Aid, Student Employment and Scholarships anticipates additional need- and merit-based scholarship funds will be available for students next fall. The office works with students to package scholarships, grants, campus employment and loans to allow eligible students to attend UCCS. The office works closely with the Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs to help veterans and their families understand benefits that can help pay for college for which they may be eligible.