Take College Courses While in High School
The High School ACCESS program is intended for high school students interested in the challenge of completing college courses at the University of Colorado Boulder. High School ACCESS 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, Jared Martin, at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Vaccination Requirements for Fall 2021
All nondegree students and auditors residing in the state of Colorado must complete CU Boulder’s vaccination requirements. Learn more about the vaccination requirements for nondegree students and auditors on the Health & Wellness Requirements page.
If you have questions about these requirements, please contact us at email@example.com.
High School ACCESS Enrollment 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 Valley students can find information on their district webpage.
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 ACCESS 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.
For general advising assistance, please contact our advising staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enrollment in High School ACCESS
Before applying, talk to your parent or guardian and your high school counselor about your interest in the High School ACCESS program. When you are ready, be sure to follow the specific application process outlined by your school district as well as the following steps:
- Complete the High School ACCESS application (closed for Fall 2021)
- Complete the Enrollment Memorandum of Understanding (closed for Fall 2021)
- Public school students applying for financial assistance must complete additional paperwork provided by their individual school district. Financial assistance application deadlines will vary by district. Please contact your high school counselor for additional information.
The deadline to submit the online application and the Enrollment Memorandum of Understanding is September 1, 2021. Fall ACCESS registration opens on August 16.
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 the CU Boulder Class Search.
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 email@example.com with any questions you have about the course you intend to take.
High School ACCESS in Summer
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).
Buff Portal and IdentiKey
Buff Portal 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, Canvas, and your final grades. Learn more about Buff Portal.
You’ll need an Identikey, or a unique username, to log in to and access Buff Portal. 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 identikey.colorado.edu.
If you have questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-492-5148.
Consenting to Do Business Electronically
When you log in to Buff Portal for the first time, you’ll be asked to consent to conduct business electronically at CU. If you don’t consent, you’ll lose access to the portal and instead receive information about how to conduct your official university business offline.
If you have questions, contact us at email@example.com or 303-492-5148.
ACCESS Academic Calendar
|ACCESS/Nondegree Registration Begins ||Aug 16 |
|Classes Begin ||Aug 23 |
|Faculty & Staff Registration Opens ||Aug 23 |
|Last Day to Add Name to a Class Waitlist in Buff Portal ||Sept 1 |
|Last Day to Add a Class in Buff Portal ||Sept 1 |
|Labor Day Holiday (University Closed) ||Sept 6 |
|Drop a Course**, 100% Tuition Adjustment* ||Sept 8 |
|Deadline to Request No-credit Status ||Sept 8 |
|Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment* ||Sept 22 |
|Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment* ||Oct 6 |
|Spring 2022 Schedule of Classes Available in Buff Portal ||Oct 11 |
|Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Grade Replacement ||Oct 29 |
|Deadline to Change Final Exam Schedule ||Oct 29 |
|Deadline to Withdraw** without Petitioning^, No Tuition Adjustment ||Oct 29 |
|Fall Break (No Classes) ||Nov 22-26 |
|Thanksgiving Holiday (No Classes; University Closed) ||Nov 25-26 |
|Add a Course with Instructor Signature, Without Petitioning^ ||TBD |
|Payment Due for New or Unpaid Charges ||Dec 5 |
|Last Day to Withdraw*** from all ACCESS Classes ||Dec 9 |
|College Opportunity Fund Eligibility Deadline^^ ||TBD |
|Last Day to Apply for COF ||Dec 9 |
|Last Day of Classes ||Dec 9 |
|Reading Day ||Dec 10 |
|Final Exams ||Dec 11-15 |
|Last Day to Authorize COF in Buff Portal ||Dec 15 |
* 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 Buff Portal or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A grade of W will appear on your transcript.
***Withdraw by 11:59 p.m. by email to email@example.com. A grade of W will appear on your transcript.
^ Petitioning is designed to provide students who experience unavoidable, extenuating circumstances, the opportunity to waive a University policy that, if enforced, would result in unsatisfactory academic progress or financial consequences.
Nondegree students must petition the dean of CEPS and must have an instructor signature. Degree students must petition the dean of the college in which they are enrolled, and must have an instructor signature.
^^ 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
|Apr 5 ||Continuing Education Fall Enrollment Begins |
|Aug 16 ||ACCESS/Nondegree Registration Begins |
|Aug 23 ||CE Online Flexible Enrollment Begins |
|Aug 30 ||CE Full Session/Session 1 Classes Begin |
|Sept 3 ||Nontraditional Student Fall Scholarship Deadline |
|Sept 6 ||Labor Day Holiday (University Closed) |
|Sept 27 ||CE 10-week Session Classes Begin |
|Oct 1 ||Fall Fees Waiver Form Deadline |
|Oct 15 ||Session 1 CE Online Credit Courses End |
|Oct 18 ||Session 2 CE Online Credit Courses Begin |
|Nov 22-26 ||Fall Break (No Classes) |
|Nov 25-26 ||Thanksgiving Holiday (University Closed) |
|Dec 10 ||CE Full Session/10-week Session and Session 2 Classes End |
Find dates and deadlines for main campus Summer Session classes.
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 Valley students can find information on their district website.
ACCESS Tuition Rates
ACCESS tuition is determined by your residency, not by the course format (i.e. evening, online, or hybrid).
- Tuition for CE Evening Credit, CE Online Credit, 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
|Credit Hours ||In-State Tuition ||COF Voucher ||Student Share After COF |
|1 ||$541 ||$94 ||$447 |
|2 ||$1,082 ||$188 ||$894 |
|3 ||$1,623 ||$282 ||$1,341 |
|4 ||$2,164 ||$376 ||$1,788 |
|5 ||$2,705 ||$470 ||$2,235 |
|6 ||$3,246 ||$564 ||$2,682 |
|7 ||$3,787 ||$658 ||$3,129 |
|8 ||$4,328 ||$752 ||$3,576 |
|9 ||$4,869 ||$846 ||$4,023 |
|10 ||$5,410 ||$940 ||$4,470 |
|11 ||$5,951 ||$1,034 ||$4,917 |
|12 ||$6,492 ||$1,128 ||$5,364 |
|13 ||$6,586 ||$1,222 ||$5,364 |
|14 ||$6,680 ||$1,316 ||$5,364 |
|15 ||$6,774 ||$1,410 ||$5,364 |
|16 ||$6,868 ||$1,504 ||$5,364 |
|17 ||$6,962 ||$1,598 ||$5,364 |
|18 ||$7,056 ||$1,692 ||$5,364 |
Out-of-State Undergraduate Tuition
|Credit Hours ||Tuition |
|1 ||$1,324 |
|2 ||$2,648 |
|3 ||$3,972 |
|4+ ||$18,273 |
In-State Graduate Tuition
|Credit Hours ||A&S/Other ||Law |
|1 ||$657 ||$1,651 |
|2 ||$1,314 ||$3,302 |
|3 ||$1,971 ||$4,953 |
|4 ||$2,628 ||$6,604 |
|5 ||$3,285 ||$8,255 |
|6 ||$3,942 ||$9,906 |
|7 ||$4,599 ||$11,557 |
|8 ||$5,256 ||$13,208 |
|9+ ||$5,913 ||$14,859 |
Out-of-State Graduate Tuition
|Credit Hours ||A&S/Other ||Law |
|1 ||$1,738 ||$2,028 |
|2 ||$3,476 ||$4,056 |
|3 ||$5,214 ||$6,084 |
|4 ||$6,952 ||$8,112 |
|5 ||$8,690 ||$10,140 |
|6 ||$10,428 ||$12,168 |
|7 ||$12,166 ||$14,196 |
|8 ||$13,904 ||$16,224 |
|9+ ||$15,642 ||$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 Buff Portal. 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.
Fall and Spring
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.