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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. We’re working to address the impact to merit scholarships and will provide details here as they become available. For more test-optional information, review Admissions COVID-19 FAQs.

The 2021-22 CU Boulder Scholarship Application will open November 1, 2020.

The CU Boulder Scholarship Application allows you to apply for multiple scholarship opportunities with one general application. Scholarships are available for incoming freshmen, continuing undergraduates, transfer students and graduate students. The application is available year-round, with the majority of scholarships being available November 1 and most applications due between February 15 - March 16. Deadlines, eligibility criteria, award amounts and application requirements vary for each scholarship and are listed within the application.

Scholarship Selection & Notification

A scholarship committee evaluates submitted applications and selects recipients. The selection process is highly competitive. Applications are reviewed holistically and selection criteria may include, but is not limited to, your academic record, leadership experience, community service, employment, and in some cases, financial need.

Students selected to receive a scholarship will be notified by:

Early April - Incoming freshmen
Mid-April - Continuing students
Mid-July - Transfer students

Graduate students may contact the Graduate School for specific award notification dates.

If you do not receive notification of an award by May 1, you most likely did not receive a scholarship. Notification will vary for recipients of "recommended" and external scholarships.

How it Works

General Application

You will be prompted to complete the general application first. This application is used for multiple scholarships and requires information about extracurricular activities, community service, work and an essay.

Recommended Opportunities

After you submit the general application, additional recommended scholarship opportunities may display. These opportunities require writing a special essay, submitting reference letters, or documenting eligibility.

Other Opportunities

Within the application, you can browse through additional external scholarships. Eligibility and application requirements for each scholarship vary and are listed in the scholarship details within the application.

How to Apply


Application Deadlines

General Application

Due March 13, but some individual scholarship applications are due as early as February 15.

  • Complete your application by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on the date stated for a particular scholarship.
  • When a scholarship deadline is reached, a snapshot of your submitted application will be taken at that time, for that opportunity.
  • You will be able to access and edit the application after each deadline; however, changes will not be reviewed unless you are applying for another scholarship with a later deadline.


Any scholarship that lists financial need as criteria for eligibility also requires completion of the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the scholarship deadline. Many scholarships are due as early as February 15, so we highly encourage completing the FAFSA before then.