Tuition and Financial Aid


As a national distance-learning program, a differential tuition fee has been established. This means all online TASL students pay the same tuition whether they live across the street or across the country. This fee is reviewed annually by the Colorado Department on Higher Education. For the 2015-2016 academic year (including Summer 2016), the tuition is $480 per credit hour for graduate students.  For planning purposes, tuition costs are projected to increase by 7% annually for the next few years.

  • Instructional materials will vary by course, but will average approximately $150 per course over the life of the program.
  • For each 3 hour course, tuition is approximately $1500.  For two 3 hour courses, each semester is about $3,000.  For 10 courses, this comes to approximately $15,000.  This does not include other individual expenses including travel and room & board for the summer onsite sessions.
  • Summer expenses are in addition to the tuition and course required materials. Summer expenses include travel, room and board and any other personal costs. The approximate cost for staying in the Residence Hall is approximately $1200 for the four weeks. However, this estimate does not include travel, food, or other personal costs.  Students may choose not to stay on campus, but are on their own to secure living arrangements for the two weeks.

Financial Aid Information

Graduate students require enrollment in a minimum of 5 credits per academic term for financial aid eligibility. Full time enrollment is based on 9 credits.

Students who cannot pay for tuition alone are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid. Students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA priority filing date for each academic year (which begins each August) is March 1. Late submissions of the FAFSA are still accepted but may not be considered for the maximum amount of aid.

To apply for federal financial aid assistance: Fill out the FAFSA form.

Extended Studies degree seeking students may contact Aimee Rogers in Financial Aid for more specific help at (970) 351-2502 or visit the UNC Financial Aid website.

Students can also find moreinformation in the Guide to Federal Student Aid.

Bear Pay

Bear Pay is a monthly payment plan that allows students to pay monthly installments rather than on lump sum.

Student Health Insurance

The University of Northern Colorado offers a Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) to all degree-seeking students who enroll in courses on our man UNC Campus, Extended Studies Center, or Online.

Degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours will automatically receive this benefit each term. SHIP premiums will appear on your semester bill. If you have comparable insurance coverage and do not want to be charged for SHIP coverage, you must opt out of this plan each Fall via an online waiver process.

Please visit here for more information about the insurance plan.




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