The CU Boulder Transfer Excellence Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate resident and nonresident students pursuing their first degree, who are transferring to CU Boulder with a cumulative college GPA of 3.75 or better and who have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of college course work after high school graduation (or equivalent).

  • Nonresident Students: $6,000 per year*
  • Resident Students: $3,000 per year

* A nonresident student who receives in-state residency classification for tuition purposes will be switched to the lower resident award amount.

  • Two years (maximum four semesters) for fall and spring semesters based on renewal requirements for each academic year.
  • You are limited to receiving a single semester’s award amount at a time. If you graduate in fewer than two years, the remainder of the benefit is forfeited.

  • A completed CU Boulder Admissions transfer application serves as the scholarship application.
  • Apply for admission no later than June 1 for Fall and October 1 for Spring.

Students selected for this scholarship will receive an offer letter with their digital admission decision packet which is accessible through their admission application status page.

Didn’t get it? Be reconsidered.

You must contact your admissions counselor to request reconsideration after you have submitted any updated information. 

  • Submit updated transcripts to the Office of Admissions at by the below dates for consideration:
    • June 15 for the fall semester
    • December 20 for the spring semester
  • AP/IB scores and concurrent enrollment courses taken during high school will not be considered for the scholarship.
  • Offers are non-negotiable and are not increased to match offers from other institutions.

The scholarship is paid on a semester basis, and the funds for each semester will be credited to your CU Boulder tuition and fees bill provided that you meet the eligibility criteria.

  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester at CU Boulder.
  • If you are not enrolled in at least 12 credit hours at CU Boulder at the start of a semester as of the university’s census date (the third Friday of the semester), the scholarship will be cancelled effective with that semester and the remainder of the scholarship will be forfeited. The cancellation is permanent and the scholarship cannot be reinstated.
  • Courses taken for no-credit through Continuing Education and Professional Studies do not count toward the minimum credit hours.
  • Meet the Office of Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.
  • Nonresidents must remain nonresident for tuition classification to continue to receive the nonresident scholarship amount.

  • Your eligibility to renew this scholarship next year will be reviewed at the completion of the spring semester.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative CU Boulder grade point average (GPA).
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit hours each academic year at CU Boulder.
  • Meet the Office of Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.
  • A student must meet the renewal conditions for the next year based on credit hours earned in the previous fall and spring semesters and on the cumulative GPA at the end of the semester. Summer course work at CU Boulder does not count toward meeting the renewal standards. Please note: grades from summer courses taken at CU are included in your cumulative GPA, the grades will impact your eligibility at the end of the following spring semester.

  • You will be notified if you do not meet the renewal requirements at the end of a semester.
  • You may submit a written appeal for reconsideration if you have extenuating circumstances (examples: serious illness, accident, death of a loved one, house fire, etc.) which contributed to your inability to meet the standards for renewal.
  • Appeals are decided on a case-by-case basis and the outcome of any appeal will depend on: the nature of the circumstances; the quality of the documentation provided; your current academic progress; the nature of any violation of the university’s Student Conduct Code; and fund availability.
  • CU Boulder has a responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment. Please be aware that if your appeal references sexual misconduct or protected class discrimination or harassment, the Office of Financial Aid is obligated to report allegations of this nature to the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC) in addition to considering your appeal on these grounds. OIEC may contact you in this case, but you are not required to respond if you so choose.
  • If the scholarship is cancelled due to failure to meet the renewal requirements, the cancellation is permanent and it will not be reinstated (i.e. even if GPA is above the minimum in a future semester), other than through appeal.
  • Appeals should be submitted no later than the third Friday of the term you become ineligible for the scholarship (typically the fall semester).

You may defer your admission to CU Boulder for up to one year and retain the Scholarship. You must contact the Office of Admissions to formally request a deferral.

Summer school is not funded.

  • You may use the scholarship for semesters in CU Boulder sponsored Study Abroad programs of at least 12 credit hours per semester.
  • The scholarship is not available for other Study Abroad programs.

  • 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 at the Registrar’s website).
  • If you withdraw or are absent from the university and return within the allowable timeframe, you will be eligible to reinstate the scholarship upon your return, assuming that the renewal conditions have been met.
  • Withdrawal grades may impact your Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • It is your responsibility to contact Scholarship Services to request reinstatement. The scholarship will not be automatically reactivated upon your return.

  • The Cost of Attendance (COA), also known as the cost of education or "budget," is the total amount it should cost a student to go to school for one year/award period. This amount includes tuition and fees, housing and meals, and allowances for books and supplies, transportation, and personal and incidental expenses.
  • The total of any financial aid that you receive, including this scholarship, cannot exceed your COA. If it does, you may have aid adjusted and/or cancelled, depending on your individual circumstances.

For more information contact Scholarship Services at 303-492-4533 or at