The University of Colorado Boulder promises to offer enough grants to pay for the student share of tuition and mandatory fees, as well as a work-study offer to help pay for some of the other educational expenses.
The CU Promise will include a combination of grants, which in total will be enough to pay for the student share of tuition and mandatory fees. Grants included in the CU Promise are: the Federal Pell Grant, CU Promise Grant, Colorado Student Grant and other CU grants. Students are also be offered work-study.
How to Apply
There are two steps to apply and one important deadline:
- We strongly recommend you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (or ASSET financial aid application) by mid-February to ensure you are considered for all types of financial aid. Some funds are limited and provided first-completed, first-served.
- Based on your FAFSA, we may ask for additional information about income and assets to determine eligibility for CU Promise. These forms or documentation must be submitted to our office by the deadline for each semester (listed below) to be considered for the CU Promise.
- To receive the CU Promise in Fall, all documents are due August 1 prior to the semester.
- To receive the CU Promise in Spring, all documents are due December 1 prior to the semester.
If your financial situation changes (as indicated on your aid application or through additional information we request), you may lose eligibility.
- Colorado resident
- U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Federal Pell Grant eligible (or eligible ASSET student with high financial need)
- Demonstrated financial need (determined through FAFSA/ASSET Financial Aid Application & additional information requested by our office)
- First-time freshman or a new student transferring from any CU campus or Colorado community college
- Please note: Transfer students are only eligible if most recent transfer was from another CU campus or Colorado community college.
- Admitted into an undergraduate degree program
- Working on first bachelor's degree
- Enrolled full time (12 hours per semester) on the Boulder campus
All CU Promise students must meet the following renewal requirements every year:
- Meet the eligibility requirements (listed above)
- Enroll full time each semester
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress each semester
- Apply for financial aid each year and submit all forms/documents by the deadline (listed above).
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
Read the CU Promise FAQs for additional information.