Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I send a scholarship check?

Mail it to:

University of Colorado Boulder
Office of Financial Aid
Attn: Scholarship Services
77 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0077

Are there any scholarships that waive the out-of-state costs for non-resident students?

CU-Boulder offers scholarships to non-resident students based on a variety of factors including academic performance, test scores and financial need, though there is no scholarship which permits a non-resident student to be charged resident tuition.  We do not participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE).

Do you have any full-ride scholarships?

CU-Boulder scholarship amounts can range from $350 to $15,000 a year with the majority ranging from $1,500 to $2,500 a year.  Most scholarships are not ‘full-ride’ but a student can receive multiple scholarships and grants from different sources that all help to meet educational costs.

I received a large financial aid offer from a different school. Can you match it?

We do not negotiate financial aid or match offers from other schools.  If you have unusual circumstances that affect your ability to pay, such as a job loss or high medical expenses, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 303-492-5091 to discuss how we can assist you.

If I defer admission at CU-Boulder, can I still receive my scholarship when I come back?

Some scholarships can be held for you if you officially defer your admission by contacting the Office of Admissions.  However, others are awarded based on the academic year you will begin attending CU-Boulder and those cannot be held.  Please contact us about the specific scholarship in question.  We recommend that you complete a new CU-Boulder Scholarship Application prior to the semester you plan to attend to ensure you receive maximum consideration. 

Can I receive my scholarship during the summer?

Most of the scholarships at CU-Boulder are available only for the fall and spring semesters.  There are limited exceptions for students receiving the Presidential and Chancellor's Achievement Scholarships, as well as the CU-Boulder Esteemed Scholars, provided you will be enrolled in at least six credit hours. 

Does confirming my admission affect my chances of being awarded a scholarship?

We do not consider whether or not a student has confirmed admission when awarding scholarships. Confirming admission will not affect your chances of being awarded a scholarship.

What is the deadline to apply for admission and also be considered for automatic-consideration scholarships?

The Office of Admissions awards certain merit scholarships automatically based on a student’s application for admission.  We recommend that you submit your complete admissions application (including test scores, transcripts, essays, and application fee) as early as possible and no later than the January 15 regular decision deadline.

When will I hear if I've been awarded a scholarship based on my admissions application?

For automatic consideration scholarships, you will be notified if you received a scholarship with your mailed admission decision.  Students who submit a complete admissions application (including test scores, transcripts, essays, and application fee) on or before November 15 will receive an admission decision no later than February 1. Students who apply by January 15 can expect a decision on or before April 1. Applications are processed in the order in which they are completed. 

Scholarships awarded through the CU-Boulder Scholarship Application or by other departments on campus will have different notification deadlines.

What is the deadline to submit new or updated test scores/GPA to be reconsidered for scholarships?

The deadline to submit new or updated test scores or senior year first semester grades is May 1st. We will not review appeals for any automatic consideration scholarships after this date. Your second semester senior year grades will not be considered. To request reconsideration, contact your regional admission counselor.

When do you award scholarships based on the CU-Boulder Scholarship Application?

The CU-Boulder Scholarship Application closes March 1, 2014 11:59 p.m. MT (February 17, 2014 for Norlin Scholarship and Presidents Leadership Class - PLC).  Prospective freshmen and transfer students who have applied for scholarships through MyCUBoulder will be notified by mid-April. Continuing students who have applied through MyCUInfo will be notified by late May.

Learn more about the CU-Boulder Scholarship Application with our video.

I am graduating early; can I receive the full amount of my scholarship award for my last semester?

Your scholarship is limited to both a maximum number of semesters and a maximum award amount per semester so the scholarship amount will not be increased if you graduate early.

Do your scholarships consider a weighted or un-weighted GPA? Why isn't my GPA showing up as what I have on record?

We look at the weighted 9th-12th grade GPA that is reflected on your transcript (up to 4.0). We will not recalculate GPAs, but take them directly off of the transcript.

EXCEPTION: Florida students: we use the State GPA for admissions and automatic scholarships.

Can you give me some advice or tips for my scholarships essay?

Check out our tips to apply for suggestions on completing a great scholarship essay, crafting a good resume, and more.

I am an athlete. How do I get a scholarship to play for CU?

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services are not involved with awarding athletic scholarships.  We recommend visiting the CU Athletics official website,, and simply getting in touch with the coach of your intended sport.  The coaching staff in each sport determines to whom they award scholarships.

What are the eligibility requirements for a First Generation Grant?

The First Generation Grant is available to Colorado residents whose parents do not have college, occupational, or technical training beyond high school.  No additional application is required, but you must submit your FAFSA by March 1 and demonstrate financial need. If you have questions about eligibility requirements, please contact us at 303-492-4533 or

Are there scholarships available for dependents of CU-Boulder faculty or staff?

Yes, there are scholarships available for dependents of CU-Boulder faculty and staff.  A student must be enrolled full-time and the parent must meet certain eligibility criteria.