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CU Promise

Tuition, fees, and estimated books - together we have it covered.

The University of Colorado Boulder promises to offer enough grants and work-study to pay for the student share of tuition, fees, and estimated book expenses for incoming Colorado residents who qualify for the Federal Pell Grant and who meet the eligibility requirements below:

  • Colorado resident
  • U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Federal Pell Grant eligible
  • First-time freshman or a new transfer student
  • Admitted into an undergraduate degree program
  • Working on first bachelor's degree
  • Enrolled full time (12 hours per semester) on the Boulder campus
  • DEADLINE: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be awarded aid by July 1
  • Complete the College Board PROFILE application (if and only if requested to by our office via email). Eligibility for CU Promise will be determined based on an analysis of the PROFILE results, in addition to other CU Promise criteria.

The university will evaluate the eligibility of all entering students who may qualify based on their completed financial aid application and submission of additional information as needed. Students must apply for financial aid each year to continue in the program.

Renewal Criteria

Students may receive the CU Promise for up to 10 semesters (excluding summer terms, which will not be funded) or until they complete their degree as long as they meet the following renewal requirements:

  • Continuously enroll full-time each semester
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress each semester
  • Qualify for Federal Pell Grant every year
  • Meet the deadline stated above every year

In the event a student does not meet the renewal criteria, he or she may appeal to the Office of Financial Aid only if there is an extenuating circumstance (such as death of a relative, an injury or illness, other).

Read the CU Promise FAQs for additional information.