CU Regents approve 6 percent tuition increase for UCCS students

Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, Ken McConnellogue, (303) 860-5626,

DENVER – Undergraduate students at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs will pay an extra $14 per credit hour next fall, a six percent increase from fall 2012 tuition rates, according to plans approved Tuesday by the CU Board of Regents.

Meeting in downtown Denver at a special meeting, the Regents approved tuition increases for all four CU campuses. The six percent increase for Colorado-resident UCCS undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences is well below the rate increase cap established in law and by the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

The UCCS rate increase is expected to be among the lowest of universities and colleges in Colorado. Tuition increases are necessary because of demands from growth, and the uncertainty of sustained state support of public higher education in the future. Colorado ranks 48th nationally in its financial support for higher education on a per capita basis. Additionally, the University’s administrative costs remain below those of similar universities.

“As leaders of a fast-growing, highly regarded university, we are doing everything possible to contain costs, maintain quality and provide students with options,” Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. “We understand the challenges that students and families face and the choices they have.”

Colorado resident freshman and sophomore students in the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences will see per credit hour costs increase $14 per credit hour to $249, a six percent increase. For a full-time student taking 15 hours a semester, the increase will be $210 to $3,735 per semester for fall 2013.  Colorado resident graduate student rates will also increase by 6 percent.

Non Colorado resident undergraduate and graduate rates will increase by 4 percent.  Rates vary among UCCS colleges and specific programs. A website to assist UCCS students in calculating tuition and required course fees will be updated by May 1. The site is

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked UCCS graduate programs in business, nursing, psychology and public affairs as among the best in the nation. This fall, the magazine editors ranked the university as a whole ninth among Western regional public universities and the undergraduate engineering as one of the nation’s best.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 9,800 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit