6/03/2015

Lifelong Learning

Did you know that Colorado senior citizens can audit classes, tuition-free, at many of Colorado's state universities?  These programs allow seniors the enjoyment of learning without tuition, grades, and exams; homework is optional.  These courses are not for credit; seniors seeking degrees will have to pay the regular tuition and fees for credit courses.
  • The University of Colorado has offered senior audit programs since the regents set up the program in 1973.  CU-Boulder's Senior Auditors program is for seniors 55 and older.  There is no tuition but registrants must pay a fee ($80 for CU-Boulder alums, $95 for non-alums) that covers registration and IT services.  Also, some classes are not eligible.  For registration information and to search for classes, click here.
  • CU-Denver's Senior Citizens Program is open to seniors age 60 and older.  No fees are required but students must pay for their own books and course materials.  For registration information and to search for classes, click here.
  • Seniors 55 and older can join CU-Colorado Springs' Listening In program.  There is a fee of $30 per credit hour and permission of the instructor must be obtained.  For registration information and to search for classes, click here.
  • Colorado State University also offers seniors the option to audit classes.  At CSU-Ft Collins, their Lifelong Learner program is available for ages 55 and older and includes both in-person and virtual classes.  For registration information and to search for classes, click here.  
  • CSU-Pueblo's Guest Student program is open to anyone age 65 and up, or retirees age 62 and older.  Students do not need to pay tuition or mandatory fees, but some course fees may be required depending on the department.  For information and to search for classes, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.
  • Finally, Metropolitan State University of Denver offers a lifelong learning program, Metro Meritus.  The program is offered at no charge for ages 60 plus.  For information and to search for classes, click here.
  • You can also contact your local community college to see if they offer seniors the option of auditing classes free of charge.
Happy Learning!

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