Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Colorado Mesa University tuition is $7,560 per year for in-state residents. This is 7% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 50% cheaper than the average Colorado tuition of $15,087 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 9th in Colorado amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 32nd most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $19,516 which represents a 158% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $814 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,374.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,735 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Grand Junction should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,560.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,030 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,030 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Colorado residents to go to Colorado Mesa is $23,699 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Colorado residence can expect a one year cost of $35,655.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Colorado Mesa University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Colorado Mesa University
Estimated Budgets
Colorado Resident Total Budget $23,699
   In-State Tuition$7,560
   Other Fees$814
   Room and Board$10,735
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,030
   Books and Supplies$1,560
Non-Resident Total Budget $35,655
   Out-of-State Tuition$19,516
   Other Fees$814
   Room and Board$10,735
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,030
   Books and Supplies$1,560


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $23,699 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Colorado Mesa net price for in-state students is $13,000* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

68% of Colorado Mesa University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,948. 42 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,231. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Colorado Mesa University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Colorado Mesa University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$13,000*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid68%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,948
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants42%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,231

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$13,142
$30,001 to $48,000$14,356
$48,001 to $75,000$17,061
$75,001 to $110,000$18,105

Average Financial Aid Mix - $23,699 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $23,699. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 24% - $4,948

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Colorado Mesa University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 38% - $7,859

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 38% -  $7,862

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Colorado Mesa University
Fort Lewis College11.1% less expensive
Black Hills State University0.6% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Colorado Mesa University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Colorado Mesa is $94,796 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $13,570 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $54,280**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $118,495 or $67,850 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Colorado Mesa University.

Colorado Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,780
Colorado Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,850
Non-Colorado Resident Tuition Per Semester$9,758
Non-Colorado Resident Total Cost Per Semester$17,828

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Colorado Mesa University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Colorado Mesa University
Price per credit hour for Colorado residents$270
Cost for one class for Colorado residents (3 credit hours)$810
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$697
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,091
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,788


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 62% of Colorado Mesa University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $7,859. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $24,910.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Colorado Mesa University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $54,280, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $67,349.03. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Colorado Mesa University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 68% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $13,570. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Colorado Mesa University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Colorado Mesa University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$561.24
Amount Borrowed$54,280.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$13,069.03
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$67,349.03

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Colorado Mesa? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Colorado Mesa University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $67,349.03 would be needed to afford a $561.24 monthly payment in the example $54,280.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Colorado Mesa University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,102 to $7,560. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.8%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $94,796.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Colorado Mesa University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$32,592$130,367
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$41,596$166,385
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $53,088$212,353
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $61,456$245,826

Tuition History

What was tuition at Colorado Mesa five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$5,394$14,894 5.5%
2011$5,114$14,614 -4.2%
2010$5,338$5,338 12.7%
2009$4,738$13,512 16.6%
2008$4,064$12,225 11.5%
2007$3,644$10,862 18.3%
2006$3,080$10,267 13.1%
2005$2,724$9,010 8.4%
2004$2,514$8,167 5.9%
2003$2,373$7,622 3.7%
2002$2,288$7,115 4.7%
2001$2,185$6,767 2.9%
2000$2,123$6,512 3.9%
1999$2,044$6,330 2.9%
1998$1,986$6,106 2.7%
1997$1,933$5,893 3.3%
1996$1,872$5,642 3.2%
1995$1,814$5,396 5%
1994$1,728$4,922 2.6%
1993$1,684$4,606 6.4%
1992$1,582$4,234 10.5%
1991$1,432$3,770 7.8%
1990$1,328$3,476 4.7%
1989$1,268$3,258 3.9%
1988$1,220$3,216 107.8%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Colorado Mesa University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 121 6% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 48 61% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 45 7% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 42 12% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 35 12% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 33 77% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 32 5% costlier
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 28 5% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 26 11% cheaper
Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 18 12% cheaper
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 18 6% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 18 9% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 17 13% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 16 13% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 16 83% costlier
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry Associate's Degree 13 102% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 12 17% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 12 14% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 12 13% cheaper
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 12 12% cheaper
Culinary Arts and Related Services Associate's Degree 12 68% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 11 4% cheaper
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 10 5% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 10 69% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 9 3% cheaper
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Associate's Degree 8 99% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Associate's Degree 8 55% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 7 16% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 7 3% cheaper
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 100% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 6 14% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 6 17% cheaper
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 6 6% costlier
Communications Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 74% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 95% costlier
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 4 98% costlier
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 2 4% costlier
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Associate's Degree 1 77% costlier
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 7% cheaper


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About Colorado Mesa University

Colorado Mesa University is a four year public college located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Full time enrollment is 7,304 and part time is 2,431.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Colorado Mesa University
1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, Colorado

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Colorado Mesa University is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Colorado Mesa University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=127556 IPEDS survey data.