Cost and Financial Aid

MSU Denver offers affordable, high-quality education with opportunities for scholarships, grants and financial aid, making it a valuable investment for your future. More than 30% of students pay no tuition and fees.


2023/24 Estimated Tuition and Fees per Semester*

Colorado Resident (with COF**) Western Undergraduate Exchange Non-Resident
Tuition $3,547.20 $7,408.80 $11,036.40
Fees $846.50 $846.50 $846.50
Total Cost $4,393.70 $8,255.30 $11,882.90

*Tuition and fees are based on full-time enrollment of 12 credits.

**The College Opportunity Fund provides eligible students with a stipend that pays for a portion of in-state tuition. Colorado residents should apply at cof.college-assist.org


  • MSU Denver General Scholarship Applications offers hundreds of scholarships. Apply by March 1.
  • Students can explore external and private scholarships to assists with education expenses.
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Students walking through Auraria Campus.


  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) determines eligibility for federal financial aid programs, grants and scholarships.
  • CASFA (Colorado Application for State Financial Aid) is a safe alternative for non- FAFSA filers to apply for state financial aid.
  • Both applications should be completed by the March 31 priority deadline with a final consideration deadline of June 1.

Raise-Me Micro-Scholarships

Easily earn micro-scholarships for high school or community college achievements on RaiseMe:

  1. Sign up for free.
  2. Add academic achievements and activities.
  3. Complete your profile by July 1.
  4. Earn scholarships at MSU Denver!
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Student consultation on Auraria Campus

Student Employment

On-campus student employment supports education, provides income, fosters community involvement and friendships, and cultivates professional skills.

Tuition Lock

Tuition Lock ensures that students’ tuition rates remain constant throughout their enrollment, providing financial predictability. Tuition is locked in for up to four years for first-time college students and for up to two years for transfer students.

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MSU Denver Grant Opportunities

Roadrunner Promise guarantees free tuition and mandatory published fees for eligible Colorado resident students with a family income below a certain threshold. Indigenous and Native People’s Grant ensures Indigenous students’ tuition and mandatory published fees are fully covered through a combination of federal, state and institutional grants.