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University of Colorado Boulder
Office of Financial Aid
Attn: Scholarship Services
Boulder, CO 80309-0077
CU Boulder offers scholarships to nonresident students based on a variety of factors including academic performance, test scores and financial need, though there is no scholarship which permits a nonresident student to be charged resident tuition. We do not participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE).
CU Boulder scholarship amounts can range from $350 to $15,000 a year with the majority ranging from $1,500 to $2,500 a year. Most scholarships are not ‘full-ride’ but a student can receive multiple scholarships and grants from different sources that all help to meet educational costs.
We do not negotiate financial aid or match offers from other schools. If you have unusual circumstances that affect your ability to pay, such as a job loss or high medical expenses, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 303-492-5091 to discuss how we can assist you.
Some scholarships can be held for you if you officially defer your admission by contacting the Office of Admissions. However, others are awarded based on the academic year you will begin attending CU Boulder and those cannot be held. Please contact us about the specific scholarship in question. We recommend that you complete a new CU Boulder Scholarship Application prior to the semester you plan to attend to ensure you receive maximum consideration.
Most of the scholarships at CU Boulder are available only for the fall and spring semesters. There are limited exceptions for students receiving the Presidential and Chancellor's Achievement Scholarships, as well as the CU Boulder Esteemed Scholars, provided you will be enrolled in at least six credit hours.
We do not consider whether or not a student has confirmed admission when awarding scholarships. Confirming admission will not affect your chances of being awarded a scholarship.
The Office of Admissions awards certain merit scholarships automatically based on a student’s application for admission. We recommend that you submit your complete admissions application (including test scores, transcripts, essays, and application fee) as early as possible and no later than the January 15 regular decision deadline.
For automatic consideration scholarships, you will be notified if you received a scholarship with your digital admission decision packet which is accessible through your admission application status page. Students who submit a complete admissions application (including test scores, transcripts, essays, and application fee) on or before November 15 will receive an admission decision no later than February 1. Students who apply by January 15 can expect a decision on or before April 1. Applications are processed in the order in which they are completed.
Scholarships awarded through the CU Boulder Scholarship Application or by other departments on campus will have different notification deadlines.
Only students who completed their admissions application (including all supplemental information such as test scores, official high school transcript, letter of recommendation, essay, etc.) by the January 15 regular admissions deadline are eligible for auto-consideration scholarships. If you applied by the deadline and would like to be reconsidered, you may submit new or updated test scores or senior year first semester grades. The deadline to submit new or updated content is by the confirmation date (May 1). Admissions will not review appeals for any automatic consideration scholarships after this date. Your second semester senior year grades will not be considered. To request reconsideration, contact your regional admission counselor.
The CU Boulder Scholarship Application usually closes on March 13 at 11:59 p.m. MT each year. Students selected to receive a scholarship will be notified by early April. Those not selected can expect email notification by mid-April.
Your scholarship is limited to both a maximum number of semesters and a maximum award amount per semester so the scholarship amount will not be increased if you graduate early.
We look at the weighted 9th-12th grade GPA that is reflected on your transcript (up to 4.0). We will not recalculate GPAs, but take them directly off of the transcript.
EXCEPTION: Florida students: we use the State GPA for admissions and automatic scholarships.
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services are not involved with awarding athletic scholarships. We recommend visiting the CU Athletics official website, www.cubuffs.com, and simply getting in touch with the coach of your intended sport. The coaching staff in each sport determines to whom they award scholarships.
To keep a renewable scholarship, continuing students must meet the renewal conditions at the end of the spring semester. Renewable scholarships will not appear in your Buff Portal Financial Aid card until the annual review is complete, which typically happens in late June.