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Adult Degree Completion

Financial Aid


Western Colorado University is committed to low tuition costs, and we are ready to help you find the most efficient path to your degree. We offer customizable financing options and one-on-one support with a financial aid counselor to create a payment plan that works for you and your circumstances.

Scholarships, grants, loans and more.

As a returning college student, there are a variety of scholarships available specifically for adult learners, within Colorado and beyond. We encourage you to apply for these opportunities to offset the cost of your education. In addition, you may apply for federal grants, and if fully enrolled, state grants specifically for undergraduate students.

Western now partners with Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) for in-state grants to help you with ADC. That’s money in your pocket! Qualify for up to $2000 of annual aid through the Back to Work or Finish What You Started COSI programs.  For students who are out-of-state, we have Western’s Legacy Scholarships which are $1500 annual awards for qualifying students.  Students apply for COSI-related funding as part of the ADC application process. Please see ADC application for qualifications and terms of the COSI program.

More Information

Our Financial Aid Office is here to help answer any questions you have about paying for your education at Western. To learn more about financial aid for adult learners as well as funding opportunities you may be eligible to apply for, email finaid@western.edu or call 970.943.3085 to discuss your financing options today.

2022-23 Tuition and Fees

Direct Costs In-state Out-of-state
Tuition (per credit hour) $386 (after COF stipend*) $576
Fees per credit (included in tuition above) $11.50 (Library & IT Services) $11.50 (Library & IT Services)

*Colorado’s College Opportunity Fund Stipend for 2022-23 is $94/credit hour.


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