What You’ll Actually Pay At 6 Colorado Colleges

Handlers, Ralphie
AP Photo/David Zalubowski
Handlers guide Ralphie, mascot of the University of Colorado, around Folsom Field in Boulder before Colorado hosted Utah in 2014.

As many parents and students know, what a college initially says it will cost and what the bill ends up being can be two very different things.

NPR has built a nifty searchable database showing how sticker and actual prices vary by family income. That has a big influence on how many scholarships, grants and other financial aid a student receives.

Below are the results for some of Colorado's top schools. Prices for public schools reflect in-state tuition.

CU Boulder

Chart: CU Boulder costs

Colorado State University

Chart: CSU costs

University of Denver

Chart: DU costs

Colorado College

Chart: Colorado College costs

School of Mines

Chart: School of Mines cost

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Chart: MSU cost

Check out NPR's database for cost estimates for more schools.