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High school students interested in the challenge of college courses can enroll in CU-Boulder courses and earn dual credit.

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High School Concurrent

Take College Courses While in High School and Earn Dual Credit

The High School Concurrent Program is intended for high school students interested in the challenge of completing college courses at the University of Colorado Boulder. High School Concurrent students earn college credit that may also be applied to high school graduation requirements. Students enroll in main campus CU courses on a space-available basis via a program called ACCESS.

Schedule an appointment with your high school counselor or email Program Manager, Kathryn Tisdale, at to learn more

High School Concurrent Eligibility

High school students aged 16 and over are eligible to enroll in college courses with parent/guardian and high school counselor/principal permission. Home school students are eligible with parent permission.

If you are a Colorado high school junior or senior under the age of 21 enrolled in a public high school, you may be eligible to receive tuition assistance from your school district for college courses taken during the fall and spring semesters. Talk to your high school counselor about your school district’s policy. Boulder and St. Vrain Valley students can find information on their district’s webpages.

If you are approved for tuition assistance, you will need to take courses offered by the CU-Boulder main campus through the ACCESS program. Main campus courses are offered two or three days a week for about an hour, anytime between 8 am and 4 pm. High school students will typically need two free periods to take one course at CU. If you are paying for your courses yourself, you may also enroll in Evening and Online credit courses.

High School Concurrent Advising

You will work with your high school counselor, parent/guardian, and the CU-Boulder program coordinator to determine the CU courses that best fit your goals. Many students use this opportunity to advance in math, science, modern languages, and other subjects. Others use it as an opportunity to try something new.

Program Manager, Kathryn Tisdale, is available to assist students, parents, and counselors with questions. Call 303-735-5456 or email

High School Concurrent Enrollment

Before applying, talk to your parent or guardian and your high school counselor about your interest in the High School Concurrent program. When you are ready, be sure to follow the specific application process outlined by your school district as well as the following steps:

Spring 2016

  • Complete the online High School Concurrent application
    • When starting the online High School Concurrent application, be sure to select:
      • “Undergraduate” for Career
      • “Non-Degree UGRD” for Program
      • “High School Student” for Field of Study
  • Complete the Enrollment Memorandum of Understanding
  • Public school students applying for financial assistance must complete additional paperwork provided by their individual school district. Financial assistance application deadlines will by district.

The deadline to submit the online application and the Enrollment Memorandum of Understanding is January 8, 2016.

After your completed application is processed, you will receive an invitation to enroll from CU-Boulder. The invitation will include all the information you need to enroll in courses via MyCUInfo, CU’s online student portal.

You can search course listings online prior to enrolling.

Summer 2016

  • High school students are also eligible to enroll in CU-Boulder Summer Session courses. Learn more and apply

Call 303-735-5456 or email for more information.

Restricted Courses

Some courses at CU, including mathematics, engineering, language and all graduate-level courses, may be restricted and will require either proof of completed prerequisites or departmental permission to enroll. Please contact with any questions you have about the course you intend to take.

High School Concurrent Enrollment in Summer Classes

High school students may enroll in summer courses, however, district-sponsored tuition assistance is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Participation requires written permission from both a parent/guardian and a high school counselor/principal (home school students require parent permission only).

MyCUInfo and IdentiKey

MyCUInfo is the online campus portal and an important tool. It gives you access to credit course enrollment, your CU student email account, campus announcements, semester schedule, tuition bill, book lists, clicker registration, posted assignments, your final grades, and more.

You’ll need an Identikey, or a unique username, to log in to and access MyCUInfo. An Identikey allows you to register for CU courses and provides you with access to online services and campus computing facilities. Use your student identification number to activate your IdentiKey at

If you have questions, contact us at or 303-492-5148.

Continuing Education Important Dates

Spring 2016

Nov 2 Spring Enrollment Begins
Dec 21 Self-paced Online Course Enrollment Begins
Jan 1 New Years Day (University Closed)
Jan 8 Nondegree/ACCESS Enrollment
Jan 11 Main Campus Classes Begin
Jan 18 MLK Holiday (University Closed)
Jan 19 Continuing Education Classes Begin
Jan 22 Nontraditional Student Scholarship Deadline
Feb 5 Spring Tuition Due
March 21-24 Spring Break (No Classes)
March 25 Spring Break Holiday (University Closed)
May 7 Spring Commencement

Summer 2016

March 7 Summer Enrollment Begins
May 9 Self-paced Online Course Enrollment Begins
May 9 Main Campus Classes Begin
May 23 Summer Session Scholarship Deadline
May 30 Memorial Day Holiday (University Closed)
May 31 Continuing Education Classes Begin
June 5 Summer Tuition Due
July 4 Independence Day Holiday (University Closed)
July 22 Fee Waiver Petition Due
Aug 18 Main Campus Classes End

ACCESS Academic Calendar

Spring 2016
ACCESS/Nondegree Enrollment Begins Jan 8
Classes Begin Jan 11
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (University Closed) Jan 18
Senior Auditors Program Registration Jan 19-22
Last Day to Add a Class in MyCUInfo Jan 20
Last Day to Add Name to a Class Waitlist in MyCUInfo Jan 20
Last Day to Enroll in Four-Payment Plan Jan 22
University-sponsored Health Insurance Deadline Jan 22
Tuition Due Feb 5
Labor Day Holiday (University Closed)
Drop a Course**, 100% Tuition Adjustment* Jan 27
College Opportunity Fund Eligibility Deadline^^ Jan 29
Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or No-credit Status Jan 29
Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment* Feb 10
Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment* Feb 24
Petition to Waive CUSG Student Fee Package Feb 24
Deadline to Withdraw** without Signatures of Approval, No Refund Mar 18
Deadline to Change Final Exam Schedule Mar 18
Fall Break (No Classes)
Thanksgiving Holiday (University Closed)
Spring Break (No Classes) Mar 21-24
Spring Break (University Closed) Mar 25
Add a Course with Instructor Signature, Without Petitioning April 25
Last Day of Classes April 29
Reading Day April 30
Final Exams May 1-5
Last Day to Authorize COF in MyCUInfo May 5
Commencement May 7

* Students’ eligibility for a possible tuition adjustment or refund is dependent on residency status and number of credits. Non-resident students are not eligible for a tuition adjustment if they are enrolled in 4 or more credits after dropping or withdrawing from a course or courses.

** Withdraw by 11:59 p.m. online using MyCUInfo or 5 p.m. in person or by email to A grade of W will appear on your transcript.

^^ If a College Opportunity Fund (COF) eligible student adds a course after this date, according to Colorado Department of Higher Education policy, the student will pay full tuition for the course, including the amount normally paid by COF, and the course will not be credited to COF hours used.

District or School Assistance

Colorado high school juniors and seniors under the age of 21 enrolled in a public high school may be eligible to receive tuition assistance from their school district for college courses taken via the ACCESS program. District-sponsored tuition assistance is not available for Summer Session courses. Talk to your high school counselor about your school district’s policy. Boulder and St. Vrain Valley students can find information on their district’s website.

ACCESS Tuition Rates

ACCESS tuition is determined by your residency.

In-State Students:

  • Evening, Online, and Applied Music tuition is charged in addition to ACCESS rates when enrolled in both programs concurrently.
  • If you have applied and authorized the College Opportunity Fund (COF) vouchers, you are only responsible for paying the student share for COF eligible hours. This year, the COF voucher is worth $75 per credit hour. Credit hours over 18: add $75 per credit hour for total tuition; student share remains the same.

Out-of-State students:

  • Tuition for Evening, Online, and Applied Music is included as part of ACCESS when enrolled in four or more hours of Continuing Education and ACCESS courses concurrently.

In-State Undergraduate Tuition

Spring 2016
Credit Hours COF Voucher In-State Total Tuition Student Share After COF*
1 $75 $463 $388
2 $150 $926 $776
3 $225 $1,389 $1,164
4 $300 $1,852 $1,552
5 $375 $2,315 $1,940
6 $450 $2,778 $2,328
7 $525 $3,241 $2,716
8 $600 $3,704 $3,104
9 $675 $4,167 $3,492
10 $750 $4,630 $3,880
11 $825 $5,093 $4,268
12 $900 $5,556 $4,656
13 $975 $5,631 $4,656
14 $1,050 $5,706 $4,656
15 $1,125 $5,781 $4,656
16 $1,200 $5,856 $4,656
17 $1,275 $5,931 $4,656
18 $1,350 $6,006 $4,656

Out-of-State Undergraduate Tuition

Spring 2016
Credit Hours Total Tuition
1 $1,172
2 $2,344
3 $3,516
4+ $16,173

In-State Graduate Tuition

Spring 2016
Credit Hours A&S/Other Law
1 $585 $1,651
2 $1,170 $3,302
3 $1,755 $4,953
4 $2,340 $6,604
5 $2,925 $8,255
6 $3,510 $9,906
7 $4,095 $11,557
8 $4,680 $13,208
9+ $5,265 $14,859

Out-of-State Graduate Tuition

Spring 2016
Credit Hours A&S/Other Law
1 $1,546 $2,028
2 $3,092 $4,056
3 $4,638 $6,084
4 $6,184 $8,112
5 $7,730 $10,140
6 $9,276 $12,168
7 $10,822 $14,196
8 $12,368 $16,224
9+ $13,914 $18,252

The Board of Regents reserves the right to change the tuition and fee rates at any time.

Course and program fees are assessed in some schools and departments. Lab courses not linked to a lecture course may require a course fee. A & S Tech Fee (ASSET) Fee of $1.32 per credit hour assessed for Arts and Sciences courses. Course, program, and ASSET fees are nonrefundable.

Nondegree Tuition Policy

You will be billed for your Continuing Education registration. Bills are available through MyCUInfo. A 1% service charge is added to an unpaid balance after the tuition due date, and a financial stop is placed on your student record. All tuition and refund determinations are subject to audit.

  • Tuition for Fall and Spring Boulder main campus courses is charged the ACCESS rates.
  • During the summer semester students are charged Summer Session tuition rates. ACCESS rates are not available.


If you have lived in Colorado for the past 12 months, you may be eligible for in-state tuition rates. To learn more or provide documentation of residency, contact our classification coordinator at 303-492-5148.

High School Concurrent Scholarship

Continuing Education offers help to families to offset the cost of taking a college course at CU-Boulder. A small, need-based scholarship is available for qualifying high school students.

For more information and an application, please contact Kathryn Tisdale at

Now that you’ve selected your favorite Continuing Education courses, email or print the information, including class number, to more easily search MyCUInfo and enroll. Still have questions? Contact an advisor.