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  1. ACCESS Enrollment

    Jan 12 – 24, 2018

    ACCESS Enrollment is open to people interested in enrolling in CU Boulder classes as a nondegree student this spring.

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Available Credit Courses for Eligible Special Students (ACCESS)

ACCESS enables nondegree students to take Boulder main campus undergraduate or graduate courses for personal or professional development. Some students use the ACCESS program to work toward enrolling in a degree program in the future.

So come take that CU Boulder course you’ve been thinking about. Test out the University. Learn from some of the best faculty in the country. Whatever your goals may be, let us help you “access” the University of Colorado Boulder.

ACCESS — How It Works

ACCESS is offered by the University of Colorado Boulder’s academic departments in the fall and spring semesters only. Students enroll the Friday before classes begin each semester. Enrollment and student services are provided by Continuing Education. For nondegree students interested in taking classes in summer, please visit the Summer Session website.

Our capable staff can help you navigate the CU system and develop a plan to meet your academic goals. Academic and financial aid advisors are available to help you. We look forward to helping you accomplish your educational goals.

Schedule an appointment with an advisor.

ACCESS — Course Availability

View CU Boulder course offerings through the class search:

  1. Visit
  2. Search by Course Subject (department). A list of departments is available as a PDF.

A PDF schedule of classes is also available by semester through the Office of the Registrar’s webpage. Complete course descriptions are provided in the University of Colorado Boulder Catalog.

When you enroll keep in mind that there are different types of courses, wait lists, and restrictions.

Closed Courses/Wait Lists

To check on the status of a course, follow the steps through MyCUInfo, the secure student portal, and choose the course subject and/or course number. MyCUInfo will identify whether a course is open or closed and if a wait list exists.

If you find that a course is full, you may be able to put your name on a computerized wait list. Each department determines if a wait list will be offered for a course and what type of wait list will be used.

For detailed information regarding wait lists refer to the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Important: Placing your name on a wait list does not guarantee that you will be enrolled in that course, even if you’re first on the wait list. Treat a wait-listed class as if you were enrolled — go to class and drop it if you are no longer interested in enrollment.

It is your responsibility to find out if you have been enrolled in a course from the wait list. If you do not attend a course you have been enrolled in, you will receive an F for that course.

ACCESS — Course Information

Academic departments determine which courses are available each term to nondegree students based on course prerequisites and maximum course enrollments. For example, if a Chemistry course enrolls 18 students but has a capacity of 25 students, 7 additional students may enroll through ACCESS. Registration begins for ACCESS students after most degree students have enrolled.

Note of the type of course: linked courses, restricted courses, and controlled enrollment and independent study.

Linked Courses

Linked courses are lecture courses that have required recitations and/or labs. If you choose a course that has a required recitation or lab you cannot enroll in the lecture only. You will be prompted to choose a required recitation or lab. You will automatically be enrolled in the lecture if you choose an open section of a recitation or lab.

Restricted Courses

Some courses are restricted to students within a specific major or class standing. Nondegree students wishing to enroll must first request permission from the appropriate department to override the restriction (see ACCESS Academic Calendar for enrollment dates). Please keep in mind that overriding any type of restriction (prerequisites, major, etc.) is at the discretion of the professor. If the professor feels you do not meet the prerequisites for the course or if the course is full he/she can deny your request for an override.

You may be enrolled in a restricted class in one of the following ways:

1. the department will enroll you

2. the department will email with permission to enroll you

Most upper-division and graduate-level courses have restrictions or prerequisites. If you have a question about whether a course has a restriction or prerequisite, please make an appointment with a Continuing Education academic advisor.

Please note that BCOR (business core) classes are restricted to majors only during the fall and spring semesters. Many graduate classes require permission from the instructor to enroll.

Controlled Enrollment and Independent Study Courses

Controlled enrollment sections and independent study courses are ones that have specific restrictions placed by the department that offers the course. They have a section number between 700 and 999. To find out if you qualify for a controlled section or an independent study, contact the department that offers the course. If you are eligible, the department will either enroll you in the course or send permission for you to enroll to the Continuing Education registration office.

Future Admission to CU Boulder

Nondegree or ACCESS classes are a great opportunity to learn about academic departments, meet faculty and fellow graduate students, and earn credit. You may be able to take prerequisite or graduate classes through prior to admission to a graduate or degree program. The credits you earn as a nondegree student may be applicable toward your degree requirements if you are admitted to the program. For more information, ask the departmental advisor or set up an appointment with a Continuing Education academic advisor.


If you are considering future undergraduate admission to CU Boulder, you should meet with a Continuing Education advisor before enrolling in courses. Depending on your specific circumstances, we may also encourage you to contact the Office of Admissions before enrolling in Continuing Education courses. An admissions counselor can assist you in determining what you will need as a nondegree student to satisfy the admission criteria established by the individual colleges and schools. For more information visit the prospective student website.

The credits and grade point average earned as a nondegree student may apply toward degree requirements once you are admitted as a degree student. However, applicability of these hours toward a degree is established by the schools and colleges. Limits and transfer credit criteria may vary by department.


Admission to graduate programs is done through the individual departments. You may want to contact each of the departments in which you are interested to determine what is necessary for admission. For example, some departments may require prerequisites if you have not had the necessary educational background for a program. If you should need undergraduate or graduate courses as prerequisites before you can apply to a graduate program, you may take these courses as a nondegree (not formally admitted) student through Continuing Education.

Some graduate departments will require an admissions exam such as the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) before you apply. You may also be able to begin your graduate course work through the ACCESS program.

The graduate credits you earn as a nondegree student may be applicable toward your degree requirements if you are admitted as a graduate student. However, applicability of these hours is established by the schools and colleges. For graduate courses, a department may accept as many as 9 semester hours taken as a nondegree student toward a master’s and 21 semester hours toward a doctoral degree. Even with this guideline, limits and transfer credit criteria may vary by department, school, or college. Please contact the school or college in which you are interested in matriculating for more information.

Academic Advising

Our academic advisors can help you plan your course of study and your schedule. We help main campus students looking for a way to earn credits and stay on schedule to graduate, former students interested in completing their degrees, new students focused on earning college credits without interrupting work and family schedules, and more.

No matter the situation, we are committed to helping you explore your educational goals.

Schedule an appointment with our Academic Advisors

You can also call us at 303-492-5148 or email us at

Nondegree Advising Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in order to continue enrolling in Continuing Education course work. Students who have not maintained a GPA of 2.0 after completing one semester will have an academic advising hold placed on their records. These students will be ineligible to enroll in additional course work until they consult with an academic advisor and have the hold lifted.

Regardless of GPA, all nondegree students who have earned 15+ credit hours are required to meet with a Continuing Education advisor regarding their academic goals. Nondegree students will be ineligible to enroll in additional course work until they obtain this consultation.

Schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor.

Financial Aid Advising

Students enrolled in university credit courses through Continuing Education may be eligible for financial assistance. Continuing Education has a financial aid advisor to assist you in exploring all the options available to you, whether you are a degree or nondegree student.

Detailed information about how to receive federal financial aid is available on the CU Boulder Financial Aid website.

Email questions to our Financial Aid Advisor at

ACCESS Application

• Submit your online application or download the fillable Enrollment Registration PDF and fax, mail, or deliver it in person.

• If you are a high school student, refer to the High School Concurrent information.

• An Invitation to Enroll (ITE) will be mailed or emailed to you as confirmation of your eligibility to enroll. The ITE will contain your CU student identification number (SID) and enrollment instructions.

• If you are a Colorado resident you may be eligible for the College Opportunity Fund.

• If you are under 22 years old, you must confirm that you are eligible to enroll.

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.

Eligibility to Enroll in Credit Courses

You need a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma to enroll in credit courses. If you are under 22 years of age as of Sept. 15 for fall or Jan. 15 for spring and not officially admitted or enrolled in a CU Boulder degree program, you must meet criteria similar to those of freshmen entering the university. To determine your eligibility to take credit classes, you must meet (by phone or in person) with a Continuing Education academic advisor and provide copies of your high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores.

In addition, some courses at CU–including mathematics, engineering, language and all graduate-level courses–may be restricted. Proof of completed prerequisites or departmental permission may be required to enroll. Contact an academic advisor with any questions you have about the course(s) you intend to take.

Schedule an appointment with an advisor.

Students with University of Colorado with service indicators (financial, academic, student conduct, etc.) may not be eligible to enroll. Students should contact a Continuing Education academic advisor with questions about academic probation/suspension/dismissal from the Boulder campus. More about probation and suspension.

International Nondegree Language Requirements

All international applicants are required to meet a minimum standard of English proficiency. This requirement can be met if:

  1. Your native language is English, or
  2. You have completed at least one year of full-time study at a U.S. institution (or at an institution in a country where English is the native language) at the time you apply, and within two years from your desired admission term. This can be confirmed by your transcripts or a copy of your current I-20.
  3. You take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Test scores are only valid for two years from the date of taking the test.
    • TOEFL iBT score of 537 (paper) or 75 (internet based)
    • IELTS score of 6.5

In order to expedite your non-degree applications, please fax your unofficial documents to 303-492-3962. For questions please email

Add, Drop, and Withdrawal Info

Enrolled students must add or drop courses by the dates and deadlines listed in their program’s academic calendar. You may add, drop, or withdraw via MyCUInfo, at our office at 1505 University Avenue, Boulder, or by email at

If you fail to drop by the deadline you may receive a grade of F and you may be liable for any tuition and fees. You may withdraw from a credit course after the published drop deadline. Withdrawals will result in a W on your academic record.

ACCESS Academic Calendar

Fall 2017

Fall 2017
ACCESS/Nondegree Enrollment Begins Aug 25
Classes Begin Aug 28
Faculty & Staff Registration Opens Aug 28
Labor Day Holiday (University Closed) Sept 4
Tuition & Fees Due Sept 5
Last Day to Add Name to a Class Waitlist in MyCUInfo Sept 6
Last Day to Add a Class in MyCUInfo Sept 6
Senior Auditors Program Registration (Space Available) Sept 6 – Sept 8
Drop a Course**, 100% Tuition Adjustment* Sept 13
College Opportunity Fund Eligibility Deadline^^ Sept 15
Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or No-credit Status Sept 15
Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment* Sept 27
Payment Due for New or Unpaid Charges Oct 5
Spring 2018 Schedule of Classes Available in MyCUInfo Oct 9
Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment* Oct 11
Deadline to Change Final Exam Schedule Nov 3
Fall Break (No Classes) Nov 20 – Nov 22
Thanksgiving Holiday (University Closed) Nov 23 – Nov 24
Add a Course with Instructor Signature, Without Petitioning Dec 11
Last Day of Classes Dec 14
Last Day to Withdraw from all ACCESS Classes Dec 14
Reading Day Dec 15
Final Exams Dec 16-20
Last Day to Authorize COF in MyCUInfo Dec 20

Spring 2018

Spring 2018
ACCESS/Nondegree Enrollment Begins Jan 12
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (University Closed) Jan 15
Classes Begin Jan 16
Last Day to Add a Class in MyCUInfo (11:59 p.m.) Jan 24
Last Day to Drop a Class without Tuition/Fee Charges and without a W Grade (11:59 p.m.) Jan 31
Tuition & Fees Payment Due (All Students) Feb 5
Last Day to Withdraw with 60% Tuition Assessment (11:59 p.m.) Feb 14
Last Day to Withdraw with 40% Tuition Assessment (11:59 p.m.) Feb 28
Tuition & Fees Due Mar 5
Schedule of Fall 2017 Classes Available in MyCUInfo Mar 7
Last Day to Drop a Class in MyCUInfo (11:59 p.m.) Mar 23
Spring Break (No Classes; University Closed Fri., March 31) Mar 26-30
Last Day to Add a Class with Instructor Approval (5 p.m.) April 30
Last Day of Classes May 3
Last Day to Withdraw (5 p.m.) May 3
Reading Day (No Classes; No Exams) May 4
Final Exams (Begin on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.) May 5-9
Last Day to Authorize COF in MyCUInfo (11:59 p.m.) May 9

* 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.

Continuing Education Important Dates

Fall 2017

Apr 3 Fall Enrollment Begins
Aug 28 Self-paced Online Course Enrollment Begins
Aug 28 Main Campus Classes Begin
Sept 4 Labor Day (University Closed)
Sept 5 Continuing Education Full Session and Session 1 Classes Begin
Sept 5 Fall Tuition Due
Sept 15 Nontraditional Student Scholarship Deadline
Oct 27 Fee Waiver Petition Due
Nov 20-24 Fall Break (No classes)
Dec 15 Continuing Education Full Session and Session 2 Classes End

Spring 2018

Oct 30 Spring Enrollment Begins
Jan 10 Self-paced Online Course Enrollment Begins
Jan 15 Martin Luther King Day (University Closed)
Jan 16 Main Campus Classes Begin
Jan 22 Continuing Education Full Session and Session 1 Classes Begin
Jan 26 Nontraditional Student Scholarship Deadline
Feb 5 Spring Tuition Due
Feb 23 Fee Waiver Petition Due
Mar 26-30 Spring Break (No classes)
May 4 Continuing Education Full Session Classes End

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 $77 per credit hour. Credit hours over 18: add $77 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

Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Credit Hours COF Voucher In-State Total Tuition Student Share After COF*
1 $77 $504 $427
2 $154 $1,008 $854
3 $231 $1,512 $1,281
4 $308 $2,016 $1,708
5 $385 $2,520 $2,135
6 $462 $3,024 $2,562
7 $539 $3,528 $2,989
8 $616 $4,032 $3,416
9 $693 $4,536 $3,843
10 $770 $5,040 $4,270
11 $847 $5,544 $4,697
12 $924 $6,048 $5,124
13 $1,001 $6,125 $5,124
14 $1,078 $6,202 $5,124
15 $1,155 $6,279 $5,124
16 $1,232 $6,356 $5,124
17 $1,309 $6,433 $5,124
18 $1,386 $6,510 $5,124

Out-of-State Undergraduate Tuition

Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Credit Hours Total Tuition
1 $1,246
2 $2,492
3 $3,738
4+ $17,191

In-State Graduate Tuition

Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Credit Hours A&S/Other Law
1 $620 $1,651
2 $1,240 $3,302
3 $1,860 $4,953
4 $2,480 $6,604
5 $3,100 $8,255
6 $3,720 $9,906
7 $4,340 $11,557
8 $4,960 $13,208
9+ $5,580 $14,859

Out-of-State Graduate Tuition

Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Credit Hours A&S/Other Law
1 $1,639 $2,028
2 $3,278 $4,056
3 $4,917 $6,084
4 $6,556 $8,112
5 $8,195 $10,140
6 $9,834 $12,168
7 $11,473 $14,196
8 $13,112 $16,224
9+ $14,751 $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.

Student Fees

ACCESS and Summer Session

Any student enrolled in the ACCESS program or Summer Session as a nondegree student will be assessed full mandatory fees per the campus fee schedule. These fees give students access to the RTD bus system and other campus services.

MSOL Program

Fees associated with the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program are outlined in detail on the MSOL Program Tuition Rates & Fees page. These fees cannot be waived.

Evening and Online Credit

Denver-metro area Continuing Education students who are enrolled in Evening or Online Credit courses may elect to purchase an optional student fee packages to obtain additional resources. Main campus students who enroll in Evening and Online Credit courses do not need to opt in or pay additional fees.

Call 303-492-2212 for more information or complete the student fee package request form. Please see the Fees section below for the current cost of the student fee package before submitting your request.

Payment is required at the time the student fee package is purchased. In addition, students must also purchase a BuffOne ID card. BuffOne cards can be purchased for $30 in room N180 of the Center for Community (C4C), just east of Regent Hall. Visit for more information.

Fees for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

The 2017-2018 cost is $492.44 per semester and includes the Student Activity Fee, Student Bus and Bikes Program, and access to the Student Recreation Center. Students can elect to pay an additional $28.50 to support intercollegiate athletics.

Course Fees

Additional mandatory fees associated with courses may apply. Course fees are used to help offset the higher costs of specialized supplies, equipment, and materials. Note: You are encouraged to pay the entire amount owed to Continuing Education promptly. All tuition and refund/adjustment assessments are subject to audit/adjustment.

Fees Waiver

Nondegree students may be able to waive all student fees except for the computing fee, engineering excellence fund fee, and course fees. Call 303-492-5148 or 303-492-2212 for more information or complete the online fee waiver form.

Deadlines to Petition a Waiver

  • Fall 2017 deadline: Oct 27, 2017
  • Spring 2018 deadline: Feb 23, 2018

Instructions for Student Fee Waiver Petition

  1. Pay your bill by the published due date excluding the student activity fee.
  2. Complete and submit the Student Fee Waiver petition by the deadline for the appropriate term.
  3. Within one week of submitting your petition, login to MyCUInfo to verify your account balance.

You will receive an email confirmation when your petition has been successfully submitted, and another when your petition has been processed.

Financial Aid Advising

Students enrolled in university credit courses through Continuing Education may be eligible for financial assistance. Continuing Education has a financial aid advisor to assist you in exploring all the options available to you, whether you are a degree or nondegree student.

Detailed information about how to receive federal financial aid is available on the CU Boulder Financial Aid website.

Email questions to our Financial Aid Advisor at

Nondegree Student Scholarships

Continuing Education offers scholarships for nondegree students.

Application and Award Process

  • Submit the appropriate application along with a minimum-250 word essay addressing your past educational history, your future goals, and the way in which the scholarship will assist you in meeting those goals.
  • The award amount is based on available funding and a competitive essay review.
  • Awardees will be notified via the email given on the application.

If you have any questions or are unable to log into the appropriate application form, please contact us at

Nontraditional Student Fall & Spring Scholarships


  • Must be a nondegree-seeking student (not formally admitted to a CU degree program)
  • Must be enrolled in courses for credit offered via ACCESS, Boulder Evening Credit, Online Credit, the International English Center, or Applied Music
  • Must be 22 years or older

Scholarship Details

  • The maximum award for the scholarship is 80% of the tuition rate of a three-credit course, with a maximum of $1,000.
  • Students may be awarded a Continuing Education scholarship only once during their time as a nondegree student.

The fall 2017 application deadline is September 8, 2017.

The spring 2018 application deadline is January 26, 2018.

Apply now

College Opportunity Fund

The College Opportunity Fund (COF) is an amount of money given by the state of Colorado to Colorado residents enrolled in undergraduate credit courses at a Colorado college or university. Each year the Colorado Legislature sets the stipend (amount given to students as a per credit hour amount).

COF Eligibility

You are eligible to use this money for your Continuing Education enrollment if you are:

1. Not formally admitted to a degree program (also known as a nondegree student),
2. A resident of Colorado, and
3. Taking undergraduate courses through the ACCESS program or CU Boulder Summer Session.

How to Apply and Authorize COF

1. Apply online through the College Access Network.
2. Authorize COF when you enroll in your course(s).
Please note – it may take three to four days after you apply for COF for you to be able to authorize. You cannot apply and authorize COF on the same day.
3. Questions? Call us at 303-492-5148.

COF Restrictions

The COF stipend is not applicable for Continuing Education’s Evening Credit, Online Learning, Applied Music, Individualized Instruction, or International English Center courses. The tuition rates for many of these programs are based on the tuition paid by Colorado residents after the COF stipend is applied.

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.


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