Smaller Tuition Hike Expected at CU Campus

The University of Colorado's Boulder campus could see one of its smallest tuition hikes in a decade, thanks to ramped-up state funding.
February 2014

Well, it’s a start.

University of Colorado’s Board of Regents this week will discuss raising in-state tuition between 3 percent and 5 percent in the coming year at its Boulder campus, the lowest tuition hike at CU in nearly a decade. School officials told the Denver Post the potentially smaller tuition bump is correlated to Governor John Hickenlooper’s plan to dump $100 million into higher education across the state.

The discussion will take place Wednesday and Thursday in Colorado Springs and a vote on the increase could take place this spring. In-state students spent $8,760 on tuition this academic year, though that total does not include room-and-board and other required fees.

Since the 2004-2005 academic year, CU’s tuition has increased between 2.6 percent and 27.8 percent. In the past five academic years, tuition has jumped nearly 9 percent each year. The smallest increase during that time was 5 percent, in 2012-2013.

Colorado State University officials, meanwhile, told the Post that tuition at its Fort Collins campus is expected to increase by 5 percent. The CSU campus in Pueblo, the newspaper points out, refused to increase tuition in the past academic year, then saw enrollment fall and was forced to lay off some faculty and staff. CSU’s system, the Post says, voted earlier this month to give $5 million to its Pueblo campus to help stave off more financial issues.

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