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First Generation Grant

The First Generation Grant is awarded to Colorado residents whose parents do not have any education or technical training beyond high school. Additionally, students awarded with the First Generation Grant have the opportunity to participate in the First Generation Scholars Program.

To qualify for the First Generation Grant, a student must:

  • be a Colorado resident,
  • certify that neither parent has attended any education beyond high school,
  • be a first-time freshman or a new transfer student,
  • be admitted into an undergraduate degree program,
  • be working on first Bachelor's degree,
  • be enrolled at least half- time on the Boulder campus,
  • apply for and meet all, Federal, State and Institutional requirements for receipt of Title IV financial aid funding,
  • meet all financial aid application verification requirements, and
  • complete the financial aid application process by July 1.
Eligible students who complete the entire application process by the deadline will be offered a First Generation Grant ranging from $100 - $1,000 per semester provided that funding is available. There is no separate application required. Maintaining First Generation Grant Eligibility A student may receive the First Generation Grant for up to 10 semesters (excluding summer terms, which will not be funded) or completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. To be considered for renewal, a student must:

Students who are eligible for the First Generation Grant during their first year of enrollment at CU- Boulder, who become ineligible in a subsequent academic year (e.g. student fails to meet satisfactory academic progress), may appeal to the Office of Financial Aid for reconsideration.

The number of semesters for which a transfer student may renew will be based upon the number of credit hours he/she transfers in with.

Number of Transfer Credits Total number of semesters of eligibility
1-14 9
15-29 8
30-44 7
45-59 6
60-74 5
75-89 4
90-104 3
105-119 2

Read the First Generation Grant FAQ's for additional information.