Mar 29, 2010 3:08 PM by Greg Boyce
Undergraduate students at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will pay an additional $420-$450 per year in tuition costs beginning next fall, according to plans approved Monday by the CU Board of Regents.
Meeting in downtown Denver. meeting, the Regents approved tuition increases for all three CU campuses. The approximately 7 percent average increase for UCCS undergraduate students was below a 9 percent rate cap established by Gov. Bill Ritter and the General Assembly in instructions to higher education governance groups.
"We recognize the financial difficulties that many students and their families face," Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. "We are doing everything possible to contain costs and maintain access to the university while continuing the quality of education that is both expected and deserved." The total cost of attending UCCS - tuition, fees, room and board - is expected to increase less than 4 percent.
Most new full-time Colorado resident freshmen and continuing sophomore-level students will pay $6,270 for two semesters of tuition beginning in fall 2010, a $420 increase from the $5,850 paid this year. Full-time Colorado resident junior and senior level undergraduate students will pay $6,750 for two semesters of tuition beginning in fall, a $450 increase from $6,300 this year.
The 7 percent increase is for Colorado resident undergraduate students. Non-Colorado resident students pay rates that are roughly double those of Colorado residents. Those students will see a rate increase of 2 percent beginning in the fall. A full-time undergraduate student from outside of Colorado will pay $15,920 for two semesters of tuition beginning in fall 2010, a $320 increase from the $15,600 paid this year.
Located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, UCCS is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation with about 8,500 students.