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 June 1

Important Note: We may ask for additional information about income and assets to determine eligibility for CU Promise. Also, if changes are made to the FAFSA and you are no longer eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, you will not be eligible for the CU Promise.

If the student receives financial aid, but never begins attending classes, the Office of Financial Aid must return all disbursed funds to the respective federal, state and institutional aid programs.

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


10 semesters


8 semesters


6 semesters


4 semesters


2 semesters

150 or more

Not eligible

Read the CU Promise FAQs for additional information.