CU Promise

The University of Colorado Boulder promises to offer enough grants to pay for the student share of tuition and fees, as well as an estimated work-study award to help pay for some of the other educational 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 from any CU campus or Colorado community college
  • Admitted into an undergraduate degree program and attending in the fall semester
  • 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

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/requested.

CU Promise is awarded in the form of grants and work-study which may include:
Federal Pell Grant, CU Promise Grant, and Work-Study.

Renewal Criteria

Students may receive the CU Promise for up to 10 semesters, or until they complete their degree. Transfer students have a maximum timeframe to receive the CU Promise that is pro-rated based on the total number of credit hours transferred to CU-Boulder.

All CU Promise students must meet the following renewal requirements 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).

Transfer Student Timeframe for CU Promise

Transfer Credits

CU Promise Eligibility

0-29 10 semesters
30-59 8 semesters
60-89 6 semesters
90-119 4 semesters
120-149 2 semesters
150 or more Not Eligible

Read the CU Promise FAQs for additional information.