Back to Budget and Finance Office or CU Data Made Simple

For any question on this analysis please contact the University of Colorado Office of the Vice President of Budget and Finance at

State funding per resident student at CU has declined dramatically since 2000. However, we have worked hard to keep cuts out of the classroom. In fact, CU spends a larger percentage of its budget on instruction and student services than our national peers. The remainder goes to pay for things like facilities, maintenance and institutional support.

After accounting for inflation over the last 15 years, where we focus our spending on a per student basis, shows CU's ongoing commitment to our educational mission. Spending on academic advising has grown 15%. Investments in instruction have gone up 24%. Support for scholarships and grants has nearly tripled. Institutional Support, usually called administration, grew at 0%. View the full video below…

Related Links


Previous version from July 2015 replaced with updated version. As of 7/12/2016, the July 2015 version had 13,155 views.

Data Source: University of Colorado System Office, Office of the Vice President for Budget and Finance

Back to Budget and Finance Office