The First Generation Grant is awarded to undergraduate Colorado residents who have financial need and whose parent(s) or legal guardians do not have a bachelor's degree.

New Freshmen/Transfer Student Awards

  • Awards up to $2,000 for students living off-campus or up to $4,000 for students living on-campus.
  • All new students will be required to participate in the First Generation Scholars Program offered through the Center for Inclusion & Social Change.
  • Must meet eligibility requirements and have completed the FAFSA and any additional information requests early enough for funding to be available. (This grant is awarded first-come, first served.)

You will still be considered for the grant if your defer admissions. You must contact the Office of Admissions to formally request a deferral.

Continuing Students Awards

  • Awards up to $2,000 annually.
  • Must have received the award in a previous year.
  • Must continue to meet eligibility requirements and renewal criteria.

  • Undergraduate, Colorado resident
  • Parents do not have any education or technical training beyond high school. Certificate programs, real estate certification, technical training, vocational training, and corporate training programs are considered education beyond high school.
  • Completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and any additional information requested by our office.
    • We strongly recommend submitting the FAFSA by February 15 and submitting any additional information requested by April 1. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis so there is no guarantee that students otherwise eligible will receive the grant every year.
  • New students: Eligibility will be based on qualifying for the Federal Pell Grant and an evaluation of family assets.
  • Continuing students: Eligibility will be based on demonstrated financial need.

  • Continue to meet eligibility requirements (i.e. undergraduate, Colorado resident, demonstrated financial need).
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. Academic progress will be reviewed at the completion of each semester.
  • For students awarded in 2018 or later: Meet the program requirements provided through the Center for Inclusion & Social Change.
  • Must have received the award in a previous year.
  • This grant may be renewed up to 10 semesters or 150 credit hours (whichever comes first).
    • Semesters where you have been awarded the grant, but it was canceled count toward your semesters of eligibility.
    • Transfer credits accepted by the University are included in the 150 credit hour limit.
    • Courses taken for no-credit through Continuing Education and Professional Studies do not count toward the minimum credit hours.

  • Each semester you remain eligible, the grant will be credited to your CU Boulder tuition and fee bill.
  • We encourage First Generation Grant recipients to enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours at CU Boulder for each fall and spring semester, but the awards will be pro-rated for part-time students as follows:

Credit Hours Enrolled In
Percentage of Grant Eligibility

12 credit hours

9-11 credit hours

6-8 credit hours

0-5 credit hours

If enrollment at CU Boulder drops below half time (five or fewer credit hours), the grant will be canceled. If it has already been paid toward the bill, you will receive a new bill.

  • Undergraduate, degree-seeking students are eligible to return to the University within 1-3 terms from their last graded semester without readmitting or reapplying for admission (read more on the Registrar’s website).
  • If you will be absent from CU or withdraw during a semester and wish to continue receiving the grant upon your return (if eligible), please notify us. The Office of Financial Aid must be notified prior to withdrawing and upon your return, otherwise reinstatement is not guaranteed.
  • If the student receives financial aid, but never begins attending classes, this is considered an unofficial withdrawal and the Office of Financial Aid must return all disbursed funds to the respective federal, state and institutional aid programs.
  • Withdrawal grades may impact your Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

  • The First Generation Grant cannot be used for summer courses.
  • You may use the First Generation Grant for semesters in CU Boulder sponsored Education Abroad (study abroad) programs. The grant is not available for other education abroad (study abroad) programs.