Tuition and Costs for Colorado Mountain College

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2024/2025 Tuition Rates Snapshot

In-district Tuition


$104/credit-hour
Associate & Bachelor's


$179/credit-hour
• BS Nursing
• AAS Dental Hygiene

In-state Tuition


$208/credit-hour
Associate & Bachelor's


$283/credit-hour
• BS Nursing
• AAS Dental Hygiene

Out-of-state Tuition


$530/credit-hour
Associate & Bachelor's


$605/credit-hour
• BS Nursing
• AAS Dental Hygiene

Western States/WUE


$312/credit-hour
Associate & Bachelor's

Average Cost of Attendance

Below are the estimated costs to attend CMC: 15 credits per semester for two semesters. Your costs will be different if you take fewer or more credits. Actual expenses will vary depending on living arrangements and personal obligations.

In-District, On Campus

In-district student average costs of attendance at CMC, 15 credit hours for two semesters.

Costs Category Amount
Direct/CMC Billed Costs In-District Tuition $3,120
Housing on campus* $6,550
Food on campus $6,130
Technology Usage Fee** $150
Sub-total, Direct Cost $15,950
Indirect Costs Estimated books, course materials, supplies and equipment $840
Transportation $1,548
Loan Fee Estimate (borrowers only) $48
Sub-total, Indirect Cost $2,436
Direct + Indirect Costs Total $18,386
*Includes $100 Technology fee.
**Residential campuses charge student activity and recreation/health fees between $180 to$460 per year depending on the location.

In-District, Off Campus

Costs Category Amount
Direct/CMC Billed Costs In-District Tuition $3,120
Technology Usage Fee $150
Sub-total, Direct Cost $3,270
Indirect Costs Housing off campus $12,537
Food off campus $4,248
Estimated books, course materials, supplies and equipment $840
Transportation $1,548
Loan Fee Estimate (borrowers only) $48
Sub-total, Total Indirect Cost $19,221
Direct + Indirect Costs Total $22,491

In-State, On Campus

In-state student average costs of attendance at CMC, 15 credit hours for two semesters.

Costs Category Amount
Direct/CMC Billed Costs In-State Tuition $6,240
Housing on campus* $6,550
Food on campus $6,130
Technology Fee** $150
Total Direct Cost $19,070
Indirect Costs Estimated books, course materials, supplies and equipment $840
Transportation $1,548
Loan Fee Estimate (borrowers only) $48
Total Indirect Cost $2,436
Direct + Indirect Costs Total $21,506
*Includes $100 Technology fee.
**Residential campuses charge student activity and recreation/health fees between $180 to$460 per year depending on the location.

In-State, Off Campus

In-state student average costs of attendance at CMC, 15 credit hours for two semesters.

Costs Category Amount
Direct/CMC Billed Costs In-State Tuition $6,240
Technology Fee $150
Total Direct Cost $6,390
Indirect Costs Housing off campus $12,537
Food off campus $4,248
Estimated books, course materials, supplies and equipment $840
Transportation $1,548
Loan Fee Estimate (borrowers only) $48
Total Indirect Cost $19,221
Direct + Indirect Costs Total $25,611

Average costs of attendance at CMC for Out-of-State students and students from WUE States, 15 credit hours for two semesters.

This discount is not available for online programs or a semester of all online courses.

WUE States, On Campus

Costs Category Amount
Direct/CMC Billed Costs WUE States Tuition $9,360
Housing on campus* $6,550
Food on campus $6,130
Technology Fee** $150
Total Direct Cost $22,190
Indirect Costs Estimated books, course materials, supplies and equipment $840
Transportation $1,548
Loan Fee Estimate (borrowers only) $48
Total Indirect Cost $2,436
Direct + Indirect Costs Total $24,626
*Includes $100 Technology fee.
**Residential campuses charge student activity and recreation/health fees between $180 to$460 per year depending on the location.

In-State, Off Campus

In-state student average costs of attendance at CMC, 15 credit hours for two semesters.

Costs Category Amount
Direct/CMC Billed Costs WUE States Tuition $9,360
Technology Fee $150
Total Direct Cost $9,510
Indirect Costs Housing off campus $12,537
Food off campus $4,248
Estimated books, course materials, supplies and equipment $840
Transportation $1,548
Loan Fee Estimate (borrowers only) $48
Total Indirect Cost $19,221
Direct + Indirect Costs Total $28,731

Out-of-State, On Campus

Average costs of attendance at CMC for Out-of-State students, 15 credit hours for two semesters.

Costs Category Amount
Direct/CMC Billed Costs Out-of-State Tuition $15,900
Housing on campus* $6,550
Food on campus $6,130
Technology Fee** $150
Total Direct Cost $28,730
Indirect Costs Estimated books, course materials, supplies and equipment $840
Transportation $1,548
Loan Fee Estimate (borrowers only) $48
Total Indirect Cost $2,436
Direct + Indirect Costs Total $31,166
*Includes $100 Technology fee.
**Residential campuses charge student activity and recreation/health fees between $180 to$460 per year depending on the location.

Out-of-State, Off Campus

In-state student average costs of attendance at CMC, 15 credit hours for two semesters.

Costs Category Amount
Direct/CMC Billed Costs Out-of-State Tuition $15,900
Technology Fee $150
Total Direct Cost $16,050
Indirect Costs Housing off campus $12,537
Food off campus $4,248
Estimated books, course materials, supplies and equipment $840
Transportation $1,548
Loan Fee Estimate (borrowers only) $48
Total Indirect Cost $19,221
Direct + Indirect Costs Total $35,271

Technology Fees at CMC

To address the constantly changing technology environment and associated costs, CMC charges a Technology Fee based on enrollment. The approved Technology Fees for 2024-25 are charged at:

  • $5 per credit hour
  • Maximum charge on 15 credits or $75 per semester

Students living in CMC residence halls pay an additional $100 per semester, which is included in their room charge.

Student Activity Fees at CMC

All Colorado Mountain College students living in the Steamboat Springs, Spring Valley, or Leadville Residence Halls are required to pay a Student Activity Fee each semester.

Students not living in the residence halls but taking courses provided by CMC Steamboat Springs, Spring Valley, or Leadville also pay a Student Activity Fee based upon their credit load. See the chart below for specifics.

Students who pay the fee may attend social, athletic, and cultural events on campus free of charge or with a minimal fee. In addition to these events, the fee also funds student organizations and clubs. All events are planned and supervised by Student Government and the campus Student Activities Coordinator.

Credit Hours Spring Valley* Leadville Steamboat Springs**
0-5.9 $0 $0 $0
6-8.9 $85 $60 $90
9-11.9 + $130 $120 $140

*All students taking 6+ credit hours at Spring Valley are required to pay a $100 per semester Recreation Center fee. This allows the students to use the center and climbing wall during the semester they have paid their fees during operational hours. This does not include Health and Wellness course fees.

**All students taking 6+ credit hours at Steamboat Springs are required to pay a $25 per semester fee dedicated to approved health, wellness and recreational programs. This does not include Health and Wellness course fees.

Colorado Mountain College Special Rates

Students are permitted only one tuition discount while enrolled at the institution.

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