Paying for College

Starting at RRCC makes cents!

Congratulations! If you are here, you have most likely made the decision to attend college. Now comes the logistics. How do you pay for it? At a fraction of the cost, RRCC is a much more affordable way to start out than at a four-year college.

RRCC has a number of options to help you figure out how to finance your education without creating huge debt. With rates as low as $130.50 per credit hour (plus fees), RRCC can offer unique opportunities to learn, explore and discover your passion, your career, your life!

What will a full-time (12-credit) semester cost you at RRCC vs. a public university?

At a Colorado public university, pay an average of $5,459.29 for a 12-credit semester with student fees. At RRCC, pay $1,609.50 for a 12-credit semester with student fees.
Full-time (12-credit) tuition plus student fees for Colorado resident students in Fall 2015



Fall 2015 Semester


4-Year Public University
Summer-Fall 2015 Semesters

Private 2- or 4-Year College

Colorado Resident

per credit hour
student fees

average per credit hour*
average student fees*

per credit hour
(**on the lowest end)

Non-Colorado Resident or International Student

per credit hour
student fees

average per credit hour*
average student fees*


*Average statewide public university costs of tuition per credit hour and student fees collated from available data on Colorado public universities as of June 2015, via Colorado Dept. of Higher Education and university tuition/financial aid websites.
**Data pulled from the lower cost per credit hour institutions in the Front Range, specifically Colorado Christian University.

Funding Options : Financial Aid, Scholarships, Payment Plans, and Vet Benefits

Even with low tuition, funding your education can be complicated at times. Red Rocks Community College will help you navigate the process and find opportunities that will save you money.

1. Federal and State Financial Aid

Commonly referred to as the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is your first step. Find out if you are eligible for valuable grants, student loans and work-study jobs. Never assume that you won’t qualify! Fill out the form and get informed about your real options. To get started, go to financial aid.

2. Scholarships

Scholarships are a great way to fund your education. RRCC has a multitude of scholarship opportunity for students. More and more are made available every day, and they don’t have to be paid back! You can apply for need-based scholarships, which take into account your financial needs, and/or merit-based scholarships that are awarded for academic and personal achievement. RRCC offers several scholarships in both categories. Click here to see what scholarships we have available. But don’t stop there! Visit FastWeb for access to thousands of national awards.

3. Payment Plan

Paying your tuition just got easier with RRCC’s Payment Plan. It breaks your expenses into monthly payments, and if you plan ahead, you can pay for a semester’s expenses over five or six months. To set up your plan go, click here.

4. Veterans’ Benefits

Financial benefits are available for veterans. Please contact Donna Merriman in Veteran Services for more details.

Click here for Steps to Become an RRCC Student.