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What is COF

The College Opportunity Fund (COF) provides a stipend that reduces tuition for eligible Colorado resident undergraduate students attending CU Boulder. Please visit the Office of the Registrar's College Opportunity Fund webpage for complete information.

How COF Affects the University Bill

  • The COF stipend reduces the amount of tuition charged to Colorado resident undergraduate students on the university bill.
  • When the COF stipend is successfully authorized, you will see a credit on the student's account at the bottom of "Account Details" under "Credit and Payments."
  • If you can authorize COF before the first payment deadline of the semester, you can avoid late and finance charges.
  • Continuing Education and Extended Studies classes (billed separately from Main Campus) are not eligible for COF.

How to Get COF

Students must complete two steps (see links to full instructions below):

Step 1- Apply: You can apply for the College Opportunity Fund as soon as you are thirteen years old and you are a Colorado resident.

Step 2 - Authorize: You will authorize COF the first time you register for classes.

If for some reason you don't authorize COF during registration, you can do it anytime after that through Buff Portal. Please visit the following links for full instructions from the Office of the Registrar.