Departmental Funding

The majority of graduate student funding is awarded through the departments. The main sources of student support are usually in the form of either:

  • Teaching and Research Assistantships
  • Training Grants

Fellowships & Grants

Students are encouraged to seek out and apply for awards and grants as well as national fellowship opportunities. 

Student Employment

Financial Aid Information

  • Office of Financial Aid has information regarding loans and work-study.
  • Students applying for financial aid should submit the graduate version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1. You must be enrolled in at least three semester hours to be eligible to receive federal or state financial aid or to be eligible for a deferment on any of your federal loans.
  • ROTC and US Military veterans should contact the Office of Veteran Services to determine how their GI benefits will be coordinated with their financial aid.

Payment Plans

Tuition and fees can be paid over the course of each semester by enrolling in optional payment plans

Emergency Funding

  • Graduate Student Emergency Aid Fund
    Intended to help meet the financial needs of Boulder graduate students who encounter an emergency situation resulting in unforeseen expenses during their degree program. Please submit any questions or applications to
  • Medical Expense Assistance Fund
    The Student Health Board’s Medical Expense Assistance Fund (MEAF) is designed to financially assist students who are unable to pay incurred medical bills or prescription costs.
  • University Student Emergency Fund
    The Student Emergency Fund provides support to CU Boulder students experiencing a crisis that could adversely affect their semester.
  • ISSS Emergency Financial Grants
    Every fall and spring semester, ISSS awards limited emergency grant funds for continuing International students with unexpected financial emergencies. Grant amounts vary according to available funds and demonstrated need