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Scholarships and Funding

When you're in college, every little bit helps. We encourage you to do your research and and apply for any scholarships you are eligible for.

Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

CU-Boulder offers a variety of need-based and merit-based scholarships. In addition to these scholarships, you should consider private scholarships provided by organizations outside of the university such as Elks, Rotary, your local high school, national groups, etc. For these scholarships, you will apply directly to the sponsoring organization. There are many scholarship search engines available online. Learn more about scholarships and funding opportunities on the Scholarship Services site.

College Opportunity Fund

College Opportunity Fund (COF) provides direct funding to resident undergraduate students. As a qualified resident undergraduate student you can apply for COF vouchers that will be applied to a portion of your university bill.

CU-Boulder Resident Scholarships

The University of Colorado Boulder Esteemed Scholars Program

CU-Boulder Esteemed Scholars Program is a new scholarship program recognizing top Colorado resident students for their outstanding academic achievements.  Within the program are three awards named in honor of CU-Boulder’s first three presidents:  Joseph A. Sewall, Horace M. Hale and James H. Baker.  Students applying as freshmen for the fall semester are automatically considered for the scholarship program upon submission of an admissions application to CU-Boulder, no additional application is required.  In order to be considered for the CU-Boulder Esteemed Scholars Program, students must submit an admission application by the January 15 admission application deadline.

The CU-Boulder Esteemed Scholars Program is merit based and awarded to a select group of entering Colorado resident freshmen students based on a combination of grade point average and test scores.  All Colorado resident freshmen who are admitted to CU-Boulder will be automatically reviewed for the scholarship program and, if awarded, will receive notification from the CU-Boulder Office of Admissions in their mailed admitted student packet.  For complete program information, visit colorado.edu/scholarships.

President Joseph A. Sewall Award - $ 20,000
Named for CU-Boulder’s first president, who served from 1877 to 1887, the President Joseph A. Sewall award is a four year, renewable scholarship which awards $ 20,000 over four years, which is $ 5,000 per year.  To qualify, students must have a 4.0 high school grade point average and a 33 ACT or a 1440 SAT (Critical Reading, Math).

President Horace M. Hale Award - $ 14,000
Named for CU-Boulder’s second president, who served from 1887 to 1892, the President Horace M. Hale award is a four year, renewable scholarship which awards $ 14,000 over four years, which is $ 3,500 per year.  To qualify, students must have a 4.0 high school grade point average and a 31 ACT or a 1350 SAT (Critical Reading, Math).

President James H. Baker Award - $ 10,000
Named for CU-Boulder’s third president, who served from 1892 to 1914, the President James H. Baker award is a four year, renewable scholarship which awards $ 10,000 over four years, which is $ 2,500 per year. To qualify, students must have a 3.9 high school grade point average and a 28 ACT or a 1240 SAT (Critical Reading, Math) or a 3.8 high school grade point average and a 30 ACT or a 1310 SAT (Critical Reading, Math).

Regent Scholarship is awarded to one student at each Colorado high school each year, based on high academic achievement as measured by GPA, rank in class, and test scores. The Regent Scholarship is a one-time, $ 1,000 award. No application required

Presidents Leadership Class (PLC) students are selected on the basis of intellectual curiosity, leadership potential, and commitment outside of self and will receive $ 500 - $ 3,000 per year. Complete the PLC application by February 15.

Norlin Scholars Program is an interdisciplinary intellectual community in which students receive an education personally tailored to fit their interests and goals in any of CU-Boulder's undergraduate colleges or schools.  Each Norlin Scholar receives a merit-based award of $ 5,000, which is renewable for four years. Norlin Scholars are chosen for their strong academic commitment, exceptional creativity, and intellectual curiosity. The application deadline is February 15.

CU-LEAD Alliance  CU Leadership, Excellence, Achievement and Diversity (CU-LEAD) is a unique set of academic learning communities for underrepresented students. The students, faculty and staff in these communities work together to help students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds succeed at CU-Boulder. CU-LEAD offers $ 1,500 scholarships, renewable for four years, if students fulfill all program expectations.

Puksta Scholar Program is committed to providing scholarships to students who demonstrate financial need, community involvement and who will continue to be civically engaged on the Boulder campus or in the local community. This program offers a $ 4,500 annual scholarship renewable for four years. The application deadline is February 2, and you must send your FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible.

First Generation Grant goes to incoming freshmen who are Colorado residents and whose parents do not have college, occupational or technical training beyond high school. Eligible students may receive up to $ 2,000 and may renew for up to five years. No additional application is required, but you must submit your FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible.

Additional scholarships are available as well. Review the Scholarships page on the Office of Financial Aid website for access to a complete list of scholarship options.

Guaranteed Four-Year Tuition

The Guaranteed Four-Year Tuition policy guarantees that your nonresident tuition will be constant for four full years. As a confirmed CU-Boulder student you are automatically awarded the guarantee. Fees, room and board, and other non-tuition expenses are not included in the tuition guarantee.

CU-Boulder Nonresident Scholarships

The Chancellor’s Achievement Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship are automatic consideration scholarships awarded to out-of-state students applying as freshman for the fall semester.

Both scholarships are merit based and awarded to students who have competitive grade point averages, standardized test scores, and class rank (if applicable). All out-of-state students who are admitted to the University will be automatically reviewed for both scholarships. Students will receive a notification from the CU-Boulder Office of Admissions in their mailed packet if they are awarded the Chancellor's scholarship.

Chancellor's Achievement Scholarship

The Chancellor’s Achievement Scholarship is awarded to out-of-state students who are in the top 25% of the admitted nonresident class at CU-Boulder.

In 2014, recipients of the Chancellor’s Achievement Scholarship typically had above a 3.85 grade point combined with a 29 or higher on the ACT and/or 1300 or higher on the SAT.

The scholarship award is $ 25,000 over four years, which is $ 6,250 per year. In order to be considered for the scholarship, students must submit the admissions application no later than January 15.

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is awarded to out-of-state students who are in the top 1-3% of the admitted non-resident class at CU-Boulder.

The scholarship award is $ 55,000 over four years, which is $ 15,000 per year for freshman and sophomore years and $ 12,500 per year for  junior and senior years. In order to be considered for the scholarship, students must submit the admissions application no later than January 15. Students will receive a notification from the CU-Boulder Office of Admissions in their mailed packet if they are awarded the Presidential Scholarship.

If you are selected to receive the Presidential Scholarship, you are not eligible to receive the Chancellor’s Achievement Scholarship.

Presidents Leadership Class (PLC) students are selected on the basis of intellectual curiosity, leadership potential, and commitment outside of self and will receive $ 500 - $ 3,000 per year. Complete the PLC application by February 15.

Norlin Scholars Program is an interdisciplinary intellectual community in which students receive an education personally tailored to fit their interests and goals in any of CU-Boulder's undergraduate colleges or schools. Each Norlin Scholar receives a merit-based award of $ 5,000, which is renewable for four years. Norlin Scholars are chosen for their strong academic commitment, exceptional creativity, and intellectual curiosity. The application deadline is February 15.

CU-LEAD Alliance CU Leadership, Excellence, Achievement and Diversity (CU-LEAD) is a unique set of academic learning communities for underrepresented students. The students, faculty and staff in these communities work together to help students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds succeed at CU-Boulder. CU-LEAD offers $ 1,500 scholarships, renewable for four years, if students fulfill all program expectations.

Additional scholarships are available as well. Review the Scholarships page on the Office of Financial Aid website for access to a complete list of scholarship options.

 

Applying for CU-Boulder Scholarships

Institutional scholarships are provided to CU-Boulder through gifts from corporations, foundations and individual donors. While the donors specify the award criteria, the selection of recipients is made by the appropriate college, school or department within CU-Boulder. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you don't need to be admitted to CU-Boulder to apply for scholarships.

  • Available Scholarships: You can access information on CU-Boulder scholarships at the Office of Financial Aid's Scholarship Services site.
  • When to Apply: Complete and submit the application, which becomes available early November, by 11:59 p.m. on March 1. Some scholarships have earlier deadlines. If you apply for scholarships that have a financial need requirement, your FAFSA results must also be on file no later than March 1.
  • How to Apply: To access the general application, you'll need to log into your MyCUBoulder account and navigate to the 'Finances' tab. The link to the scholarship application is at the bottom of the page.