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Costs & Aid

An Affordable Investment in Your Future

UNC provides you an affordable and quality graduate education. Our per credit hour tuition price is more affordable than other Colorado universities. We also have a variety of funding assistance specifically for graduate students through loans, grants, assistantships and scholarships.

Our graduate rates are based off of the type of degree program. Visit the links below for an overview of the 2015-2016 Academic Year rates.

Student Employment

Many campus offices hire students for hourly employment. The Student Employment Office
has information about student-hourly employment, which is available to any student enrolled at least half time, regardless of their financial aid eligibility.

Grants, Scholarships and Fellowships

Graduate students are eligible for a number of grants, scholarships and fellowships that typically do not have to be repaid. These may be for general graduate study or specific to your field. Visit the Graduate School website for a listing of scholarship opportunities.


Assistantships are available in every graduate program. There are three types of assistantships: Graduate assistantship, research assistantship and teaching assistantship. Graduate assistantship responsibilities may be administrative in nature, while research assistantship responsibilities involve faculty-directed academic research. With a teaching assistantship, you will provide academic instruction under the supervision of a faculty member and could include teaching undergraduate courses or labs. Assistantships pay a monthly stipend and include either a full- or half-tuition waiver, depending on the assignment. Learn More Here.

Western Regional Graduate Program

You don't have to live in Colorado to take advantage of UNC's competitive tuition rates. If you live in Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington or Wyoming and would like to pursue a degree in one of the following programs, you are eligible for reduced out-of-state tuition. Learn More Here.


Our Financial Aid Office can help you get information about academic loans. Beginning July 2012, all Graduate Federal Direct Loans are “unsubsidized.” This means that interest will accrue on the loan once disbursed. You should pay the interest on that loan while you are enrolled in school if possible. You can defer the interest on an unsubsidized Stafford loan but be aware that when you go into repayment you will need to pay the past interest as well as the current principal and interest on the loan. Graduate students can borrow up to $20,500 in unsubsidized loan, not to exceed the cost of attendance. The interest rate is currently 6.8%. Students do not have to pass a credit check to qualify but must complete a Direct Stafford promissory note to receive the funds

To qualify for unsubsidized loans, you need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

We recommend that you submit your FAFSA by March 1 to ensure timely processing and the best financial aid package. Even if you miss that deadline, submit it as soon as possible. It is also a good idea to complete the FAFSA even if you are not sure you will need or want any federal aid or student loans. You can decide later. Please contact UNC's Financial Aid Office for more information at 970-351-2502.


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