Test-Optional Update
CU Boulder announced that for admission purposes, ACT and SAT test scores will be optional for first-year students who graduate from high school in 2021. Incoming first-year students will be automatically considered for scholarships based on the strength of their admissions application. Scholarship eligibility is based on a holistic review of academics, personal background, activities and achievements. View the Admissions COVID-19 FAQs and the test-optional announcement for more info.

Donations from private individuals, corporations, foundations, and the University of Colorado are all sources for scholarships. While the donors specify the award criteria, the selection of recipients is made by the appropriate college, school, or department within CU Boulder. Start here to see all scholarships available through the university.

Automatic Consideration

If you completed an admissions application, you have applied for all automatic consideration scholarships! First-year and transfer students are automatically awarded scholarships based on the strength of their admissions application. View automatic consideration scholarships for Incoming First-Year Students and Transfer Students. Incoming first-year students are notified of scholarship selection in their admission offer packet. Transfer students are notified by the Office of Financial Aid. This is not the only type of scholarship available, so students are also encouraged to complete the CU Boulder Scholarship Application.

CU Boulder Scholarship Application

The CU Boulder Scholarship Application allows you to both apply for multiple CU Boulder scholarships with a general application and gain access to additional scholarship opportunities. The application opens November 1 with most scholarship applications due between February 15 - March 25. For more information about how to apply, notifications, etc., view our CU Boulder Scholarship Application web page.

View scholarships available in the CU Boulder Scholarship Application

The CU Boulder Scholarship Application includes a streamlined application for multiple CU scholarships, but it also helps you find additional scholarships to apply for. Scholarships within the application will specify how to apply (including those offered through the general application). Browse through the scholarship opportunities available in the CU Boulder Scholarship Application.

Schools and Colleges

CU Boulder schools, colleges, and departments award scholarships to students. Contact them directly for information on scholarship opportunities, application requirements, and deadlines. You will be notified directly by the school, college or department if you receive one of these scholarships.

Campus Programs

CU Boulder offers a variety of programs to enrich your academic career. Many provide scholarships as a component of either participation in or affiliation with their program.

CU Boulder Faculty/Staff Dependent Scholarship Opportunities

CU Boulder faculty and staff members can submit a single application to be considered for up to three different funds designed to support their dependents who are pursuing higher education.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing an inclusive environment where all individuals can achieve their academic and professional aspirations free from discrimination. As such, our scholarships are awarded based on neutral and non-discriminatory criteria such as academic merit, area of study, financial need, extracurricular activities, and leadership. These awards are made without regard for race, ethnicity, national origin, or other protected class.