Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Metropolitan State College of Denver tuition is $6,062 per year for in-state residents. This is 13% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 60% cheaper than the average Colorado tuition of $15,430 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 4th in Colorado amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 37th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $18,859 which represents a 211% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,290 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,352.

Housing Costs

Metropolitan State College of Denver doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Denver area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $10,332.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,400.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $6,098 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Colorado residents to go to Metropolitan State College of Denver is $25,182 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Colorado residence can expect a one year cost of $37,979. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $19,124.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Metropolitan State College of Denver and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Metropolitan State College of Denver
Estimated Budgets
Colorado Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$25,182
   In-State Tuition$6,062
   Other Fees$1,290
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$10,332
   Off-Campus Other Budget$6,098
   Books and Supplies$1,400
Colorado Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$19,124
   In-State Tuition$6,062
   Other Fees$1,290
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$10,372
   Books and Supplies$1,400
Non-Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$37,979
   Out-of-State Tuition$18,859
   Other Fees$1,290
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$10,332
   Off-Campus Other Budget$6,098
   Books and Supplies$1,400


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 $25,182 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 Metropolitan State College of Denver net price for in-state students is $9,145* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

50% of Metropolitan State College of Denver students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,305. 41 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 $3,735. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Metropolitan State College of Denver, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Metropolitan State College of Denver
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$9,145*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid50%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,305
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants41%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,735

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$8,399
$30,001 to $48,000$8,510
$48,001 to $75,000$10,636
$75,001 to $110,000$13,931

Average Financial Aid Mix - $25,182 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $25,182. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 28% - $5,305

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Metropolitan State College of Denver or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 25% - $4,757

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

Out of Pocket

 47% -  $9,022

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. Metropolitan State College of Denver
University of Northern Colorado21.6% more expensive
University of Colorado Colorado Springs13.6% more expensive
Eastern New Mexico University Main Campus39.6% less expensive
Emporia State University17.1% less expensive
University of Central Oklahoma1.6% more 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 Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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 Metropolitan State College of Denver is $100,728 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 $8,250 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $33,000**

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 $125,910 or $41,250 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 Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Colorado Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,031
Colorado Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,591
Non-Colorado Resident Tuition Per Semester$9,430
Non-Colorado Resident Total Cost Per Semester$18,990

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 Metropolitan State College of Denver 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 Metropolitan State College of Denver
Price per credit hour for Colorado residents$253
Cost for one class for Colorado residents (3 credit hours)$759
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$786
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,358
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,144


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. 39% of Metropolitan State College of Denver students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,757. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $31,427.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Metropolitan State College of Denver? 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 $33,000, 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 $40,945.43. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 50% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,250. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Metropolitan State College of Denver 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.

Metropolitan State College of Denver Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$341.21
Amount Borrowed$33,000.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$7,945.43
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$40,945.43

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Metropolitan State College of Denver? 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 Metropolitan State College of Denver, 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 $40,945.43 would be needed to afford a $341.21 monthly payment in the example $33,000.00 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 Metropolitan State College of Denver in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,304 to $6,062. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 8.2%. 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 $100,728.00. 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 Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$34,631$138,524
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$44,199$176,796
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $56,410$225,642
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $65,302$261,209

Tuition History

What was tuition at Metropolitan State College of Denver 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$3,809$14,665 22.6%
2011$3,107$13,454 -14.6%
2010$3,639$13,132 12.3%
2009$3,241$11,949 6.9%
2008$3,033$11,135 6.9%
2007$2,836$10,246 3.3%
2006$2,745$9,975 5.7%
2005$2,598$9,342 1.3%
2004$2,565$9,235 -22.6%
2003$3,315$9,668 4.8%
2002$3,163$9,151 5.4%
2001$3,002$8,554 42.1%
2000$2,112$7,433 3.9%
1999$2,033$7,229 2.9%
1998$1,976$6,974 1.8%
1997$1,942$6,742 5%
1996$1,850$6,483 7%
1995$1,729$6,198 -1.1%
1994$1,749$6,045 2.3%
1993$1,709$5,669 15.2%
1992$1,483$4,921 12.3%
1991$1,321$4,435 -7.9%
1990$1,434$4,622 7.7%
1989$1,332$4,340 8.6%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Metropolitan State College of Denver 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
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 100 5% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 97 3% cheaper
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew Bachelor's Degree 80 12% costlier
Human Services, General Bachelor's Degree 75 9% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 71 5% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 62 6% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 54 5% costlier
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 42 16% costlier
Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree 31 15% cheaper
Land Use Planning and Management/Development Bachelor's Degree 30 24% costlier
Industrial and Product Design Bachelor's Degree 28 15% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 27 10% cheaper
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other Bachelor's Degree 26 8% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 23 15% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 22 11% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 21 10% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 19 8% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 19 7% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 17 9% cheaper
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 16 12% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 13 19% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 12 10% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 11 7% cheaper
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations Bachelor's Degree 9 12% costlier
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General Bachelor's Degree 7 6% cheaper
Surveying Technology/Surveying Bachelor's Degree 6 25% costlier
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 21% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 9% cheaper
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 6 5% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 5 6% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 7% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 3 5% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 3 10% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 3 2% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 3 9% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 2 2% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 0% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 19% cheaper
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 2 5% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 4% costlier
Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 19% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 2 16% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 2 16% cheaper
Behavioral Sciences Bachelor's Degree 2 46% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 1 2% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Developmental and Child Psychology Bachelor's Degree 1 9% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 11% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 6% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 8% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 12% costlier


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About Metropolitan State College of Denver

Metropolitan State College of Denver is a four year public college located in Denver, Colorado.  Full time enrollment is 12,792 and part time is 7,682. Learn more about getting accepted at Metropolitan State College of Denver at CollegeSimply.

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

Metropolitan State College of Denver
Speer Blvd and Colfax Ave
Denver, Colorado

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Metropolitan State College of Denver 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.

Metropolitan State College of Denver cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=127565 IPEDS survey data.