Sat February 23, 2013

The Magic Number For Tuition Increases in Colorado? 8.7%

After CSU announced a tuition hike, CU is following suit.

CU-Boulder sign at Colorado Ave.
Credit Jimmy Emerson / Flickr

At a regent’s meeting last week University of Colorado budget officials proposed an 8.7% increase for most in-state students, upping their annual tuition to $8,760.

The board won’t vote on the budget proposal – including the tuition increase – until later this spring.

Colorado State University proposed hiking their own tuition rates up by 8.79% for resident undergraduates last week.

According to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s 2012-2013 report [.pdf], the University of Colorado has raised undergraduate tuition rates by 36% in the last five years.

Colorado State University has raised tuition 55% over the same time frame and the University of Northern Colorado raised theirs by 38.6%.

Fort Lewis College had the largest increase, a staggering 68.7% higher tuition than just five years ago.

Resident undergraduate tuition and fees at the University of Colorado has risen 166 percent since 2003 to $9,482 per year for undergraduate college of Arts and Sciences students.

CSU’s has gone up 136 percent in the past ten years to $8,648.

University of Colorado In-State Tuition Increases Since 2008

  • 2013-14: 8.7 percent (proposed)
  • 2012-13: 5 percent
  • 2011-12: 9.3 percent
  • 2010-11: 8.9 percent
  • 2009-10: 8.8 percent
  • 2008-09: 9.3 percent