FAQs

What is the cost to attend the University of Northern Colorado?

A. It depends on many variables. At http://www.unco.edu/costs, you can see a breakdown by credit hour, resident/non-resident, undergraduate and graduate, other fees and room and board.

Undergraduate

What is tuition for a full-time student?

A. An in-state student enrolled in 15 credit hours per semester will pay $2,874 per semester during the 2013-14 academic year (after a College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend has been applied – more about COF below).  A non-resident student enrolled in 15 credit hours will pay $8,646 a semester.

What fees apply to all students?

A. All students pay a student activity fee ($513.50 per semester), Leadership for Environmental Action Fund (LEAF) fee ($1.00 per credit hour up to 10 credit hours per semester, technology fee and library fee.

What do those fees cover?

A. See below:

  • Student Activity Fee: Student-approved fees for a variety of student services including the University Center, Recreation Center, Counseling Center, clubs, student activities, athletics and student led Quality of Life Initiative.
  • LEAF Fee: Student Leadership for Environmental Action Fund (Student LEAF) is a three-year initiative intended to move the campus community toward a sustainability-minded culture. This fund will finance environmental improvements in campus infrastructure and educational initiatives. Student LEAF will be managed by a committee led by students, staff and faculty representation. A student fee of $1 per credit hour up to 10 credit hours each semester (up to $20 per a traditional academic year) will sustain the fund. The savings generated from the projects will be reinvested in ways that are directly visible to the student body. To be eligible, projects must seek to improve campus resource efficiency, strengthen the community, and provide practical career experiences for students. For example, a project might be proposed to fund and/or include academic involvement in developing a highly efficient irrigation system.
  • Technology Fee: Used for equipping new smart classrooms, staffing and maintaining computer labs, and providing students access to academic software.
  • Library: Covers print and online library materials. 

What other academic fees are there?

A. There are assessment, course, participation and supervision fees depending on the course. Courses that charge these fees cost more to deliver either because of required consumables (e.g., lab materials), field trips, individualized instruction (e.g., clinical supervision for Nursing students, student teaching for teacher candidates). There are also program fees which augment funding of the delivery of high cost programs (Music, Theatre, and Art in CPVA and the Nursing Program in NHS). Expenses covered include, but are not limited to, supplies, repair and replacement of instruments, equipment.

What about differential tuition?

A. Differential tuition covers non-liberal arts core courses in Sciences/SES/Art, Business, Nursing, Music, Theatre and Dance. It ranges by credit hour to deliver these courses in programs that are in high demand and require a greater investment to deliver. See http://www.unco.edu/costs/diff_tuition.html for details.

Does financial aid cover differential tuition?

A. Yes, financial aid is based upon an estimated total cost of attending (COA) UNC including an amount for average differential tuition minus the expected family contribution (EFC) as determined by your financial aid application (FAFSA). If you discover your differential tuition costs are higher than the average amount used in your COA, you should contact the Office of Financial Aid to see if an adjustment is possible.                            

What are other costs to attend?

A. It varies depending on whether students reside on campus, take a meal plan or purchase a parking permit. You can see a breakdown of the costs by going to http://www.unco.edu/costs  and clicking “Other fees.”

Where can I find out more about how fees are used?

A. An explanation of how fees are used is at http://www.unco.edu/costs/feesUsed.html. 

What is the COF stipend?

A. COF stands for College Opportunity Fund and applies per-credit funding from the state to help off-set tuition for eligible in-state students. Colorado undergraduate residents are eligible. If the student has applied and authorized, $64 per credit hour will appear on the statement.

Where can I get more information about financial aid opportunities?

A. Financial aid opportunities can be found on the web at http://www.unco.edu/ofa or you can can speak directly to a UNC financial aid representative by calling 970-351-2502.

Does UNC have a payment plan?

A. UNC's new monthly pay plan allows you to pay your bill in easy monthly installments
rather than in one lump sum. This plan includes your tuition, room and board, and
all university fees. More information on this plan can be found at the following websitehttp://www.unco.edu/acctservices/ftp/bursar/bearpayENG.pdf.

Graduate

What are tuition and fees to attend graduate school?

A. They vary by program. You can see a breakdown at http://www.unco.edu/costs.

Why is graduate tuition adjusted differently each year?

A. Graduate courses are more expensive to deliver than undergraduate courses. Typically, class sizes are smaller and faculty are required to provide more out-of-class support for student research. Master’s and doctoral tuition is also differentiated to match cost of delivery.