Costs and Aid for Attending UNC

Your cost of attendance will vary based on your residency and qualification for financial aid programs. We are committed to working with you to figure out how to finance and achieve your educational goals. 

Financial Aid Net Cost Calculator

Cost Calculator

Wondering what an education at the University of Northern Colorado will cost? By answering a few easy questions, the Financial Aid Net Cost Calculator will give you an estimate of costs and let you know if you might qualify for scholarships, grants and loans.

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Undergraduate Costs Per Year

These numbers are based on a 30-credit academic year (fall and spring semesters, 2016-17). Taking 15 credits per semester (30 per year) allows students to graduate in four years.

  • Colorado Resident
  • Tuition and Fees:
    $9,545
  • Books and Supplies:
    $1,350
  • Room and Board:
    $10,980
  • $21,875
  • WUE Resident
  • Tuition and Fees:
    $16,103
  • Books and Supplies:
    $1,350
  • Room and Board:
    $10,980
  • $28,433
  • Non-Resident
  • Tuition and Fees:
    $21,131
  • Books and Supplies:
    $1,350
  • Room and Board:
    $10,980
  • $33,461

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Program: WUE provides reduced tuition to students who are residents of one of the states participating in the WUE program (AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY).

Tuition and fees are based on 15 credits per semester. Room and Board is based on the 19-meals-per-week plan and the Tier Two housing plan. For Colorado resident students, the price after the College Opportunity Fund (COF) is applied to the student’s bill.

For a detailed breakdown of costs, head to UNC's main costs page. For a nine-month expense budget estimate to help you plan your college spending, go to the Office of Financial Aid's Student Budgets page

What is the College Opportunity Fund (COF)?

The College Opportunity Fund is a state-funded program that provides a stipend for Colorado resident students going to college in-state. To receive the stipend, you'll need to apply for and authorize use of the stipend at UNC.Learn more about COF here.

UNC Scholarships

Seventy-two percent of first-time UNC students receive grants, scholarships or other gift aid.

First-Year Admission-Based Scholarships

Your application for admission is also your application for a number of admission-based scholarships. Admission-based scholarships have a priority application date of March 1, but will continue to be awarded as funds are available. Once you are admitted, you can apply for further scholarships via your student Ursa account.  

Colorado resident admission-based scholarships are awarded automatically based on your academic performance. You can only receive one of the following scholarships (Trustee, Presidential, Provost or Bear).

These scholarships are renewable with satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Trustee Scholarship

  • $24,000 ($6,000 per year)
  • Must have a 3.8 GPA and 29 ACT or 1350 SAT

Presidential Scholarship

  • $12,000 ($3,000 per year)
  • Must have a 3.6 GPA and 27 ACT or 1280 SAT

Provost Scholarship

  • $10,000 ($2,500 per year)
  • Must have a 3.4 GPA and 24 ACT or 1160 SAT

Bear Scholarship

  • $8,000 ($2,000 per year)
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA and 20 ACT or 1020 SAT

 

 You can receive the following scholarships, in addition to one of the above, if criteria is met.

Greeley Promise Scholarship

  • $2,000
  • Renewable for students who meet satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid
  • Graduate of Greeley/Evans District 6, Greeley charter schools or Dayspring Christian Academy
  • Student must have a minimum 2.5 High School GPA
  • The student must be a new first-year student admitted for the upcoming fall semester and attend UNC the semester directly following high school graduation

UNC Legacy Scholarship

  • $500
  • Not automatically renewed
  • Students whose biological or adoptive mother or father graduated from UNC
  • Requires completion of the UNC Scholarship Application

WUE resident admission-based scholarships are awarded automatically based on your academic performance. You can only receive one of the following scholarships (Trustee, Presidential, Provost or Bear).

These scholarships are renewable with satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Trustee Scholarship

  • $16,000 ($4,000 per year)
  • Must have a 3.8 GPA and 29 ACT or 1350 SAT

Presidential Scholarship

  • $12,000 ($3,000 per year)
  • Must have a 3.6 GPA and 27 ACT or 1280 SAT

Provost Scholarship

  • $8,000 ($2,000 per year)
  • Must have a 3.4 GPA and 24 ACT or 1160 SAT

Bear Scholarship

  • $4,000 ($1,000 per year)
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA and 20 ACT or 1020 SAT

Note: UNC participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. This allows students who are residents of 14 western states (AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY) to attend UNC at a reduced tuition rate that is 150 percent of the in-state rate (calculated based on total tuition prior to the COF stipend for in-state students).

Your application for admission also serves as your application for WUE, and all admitted WUE students automatically receive the WUE rate.

Nonresident admission-based scholarships are awarded automatically based on your academic performance. You can only receive one of the following scholarships (Trustee, Presidential, Provost or Bear). 

These scholarships are renewable with satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Trustee Scholarship

  • $36,000 ($9,000 per year)
  • Must have a 3.8 GPA and 29 ACT or 1350 SAT

Presidential Scholarship

  • $28,000 ($7,000 per year)
  • Must have a 3.6 GPA and 27 ACT or 1280 SAT

Provost Scholarship

  • $20,000 ($5,000 per year)
  • Must have a 3.4 GPA and 24 ACT or 1160 SAT

Bear Scholarship

  • $16,000 ($4,000 per year)
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA and 20 ACT or 1020 SAT

*Students who are residents of the western states (AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY) are not eligible for the scholarships listed above. They receive a reduced tuition rate through the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE). Click on the "WUE Resident" tab above for WUE scholarship information.


Transfer Admission-Based Scholarships

Your application for admission is also your application for a number of admission-based scholarships. Admission-based transfer scholarships have a priority application date of June 15, but will continue to be awarded as funds are available. Once you are admitted, you can apply for further scholarships via your student Ursa account.  

Colorado resident admission-based scholarships are awarded automatically based on your academic performance. You can only receive one of the following scholarships (Trustee or Presidential).

These scholarships are renewable with satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Trustee Scholarship

  • $2,000 per year
  • Automatically offered to residents with 13 transferable credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher

Presidential Scholarship

  • $1,000 per year
  • Automatically offered to residents with 13 transferable credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

In addition to the above scholarships, you may be eligible to receive the following scholarship if you are transferring from a community college where you were a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

  • $1,000 per year
  • Complete the UNC Scholarship Application before June 15 (or provide documentation of Phi Theta Kappa membership to the Office of Financial Aid, if you're admitted after the June 15 application deadline)
  • Renewable with satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid

WUE resident admission-based scholarships are awarded automatically based on your academic performance. You can only receive one of the following scholarships (Trustee or Presidential).

These scholarships are renewable with satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Trustee Scholarship

  • $3,500 per year
  • Automatically offered to WUE residents with 13 transferable credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher

Presidential Scholarship

  • $2,500 per year
  • Automatically offered to WUE residents with 13 transferable credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

In addition to the above scholarships, you may be eligible to receive the following scholarship if you are transferring from a community college where you were a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

  • $1,000 per year
  • Complete the UNC Scholarship Application before June 15 (or provide documentation of Phi Theta Kappa membership to the Office of Financial Aid, if you're admitted after the June 15 application deadline)
  • Renewable with satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid 

Note: UNC participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. This allows students who are residents of 14 western states (AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY) to attend UNC at a reduced tuition rate that is 150 percent of the in-state rate (calculated based on total tuition prior to the COF stipend for in-state students).

Your application for admission also serves as your application for WUE, and all admitted WUE students automatically receive the WUE rate.

Nonresident admission-based scholarships are awarded automatically based on your academic performance. You can only receive one of the following scholarships (Trustee or Presidential). 

These scholarships are renewable with satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Trustee Scholarship

  • $8,000 per year
  • Automatically offered to non-residents with 13 transferable credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher

Presidential Scholarship

  • $6,000 per year
  • Automatically offered to non-residents with 13 transferable credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

In addition to the above scholarships, you may be eligible to receive the following scholarship if you are transferring from a community college where you were a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

  • $1,000 per year
  • Complete the UNC Scholarship Application before June 15 (or provide documentation of Phi Theta Kappa membership to the Office of Financial Aid, if you're admitted after the June 15 application deadline)
  • Renewable with satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid

*Students who are residents of the western states (AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY) are not eligible for the scholarships listed above. They receive a reduced tuition rate through the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE). Click on the "WUE Resident" tab above for WUE scholarship information.


Notes on eligibility:

  • The writing portion of the SAT and ACT tests is not considered for scholarship purposes
  • The rSAT (new test starting March 2016) has different requirements than the SAT taken prior to March 2016 for all scholarships
  • Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester to qualify for these scholarships
  • The admission-based scholarships listed are awarded to students who are working on their first bachelor’s degree
  • Students in off-campus, cash-funded programs are not eligible for these scholarships and should check with UNC Extended Campus regarding scholarship opportunities
  • For transfer scholarship eligibility purposes, only transferable credit hours earned after high school graduation will be considered

Financial Aid

File Your FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

You should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as October 1 to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid. UNC’s Federal School Code is 001349. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information. You should also complete the UNC Scholarship Application by March 1. 

If you're a Colorado resident, you must also complete a simple application for the College Opportunity Fund, which allows you to receive the published tuition rates. 

UNC Colorado Asset

UNC Colorado Asset

Colorado Asset allows qualified undocumented students to pay in-state tuition to attend the University of Northern Colorado. To qualify for the UNC Colorado Asset, students should apply online.

File Your FAFSA

Financial Aid Net Cost Calculator

Wondering what an education at the University of Northern Colorado will cost? By answering a few easy questions, the Financial Aid Net Cost Calculator will give you an estimate of costs and let you know if you might qualify for scholarships, grants and loans.