Where do I send a scholarship check?

Mail it to:

University of Colorado Boulder 
Office of Financial Aid 
Attn: Scholarship Services 
77 UCB 
Boulder, CO 80309-0077

Are there any scholarships that waive the out-of-state costs for nonresident students?

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).

Do you have any full-ride scholarships?

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.

I received a large financial aid offer from a different school. Can you match it?

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.

If I defer admission at CU Boulder, can I still receive my scholarship when I come back?

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. 

Can I receive my scholarship during the summer?

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. 

Does confirming my admission affect my chances of being awarded a scholarship?

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.

When do you award scholarships based on the CU Boulder Scholarship Application?

The CU Boulder Scholarship Application usually closes on March 25 at 11:59 p.m. MT each year.  Students selected to receive a scholarship will be notified by early April. Transfer students will be notified by mid-July. If you’re an incoming freshman and you don’t hear by May 1, you haven’t been selected. Notification will vary for recipients of "recommended" and external scholarships. Students can check their status in the CU Boulder Scholarship Application by clicking the My Applications tab.

Are scholarships offered to applicants who are waiting for an admission decision?

Applicants are encouraged to complete the CU Boulder Scholarship Application before they are admitted, however, a student must be admitted in order to be selected for a scholarship. Additionally, automatic consideration scholarships are only offered at the time of admission.

I am graduating early; can I receive the full amount of my scholarship award for my last semester?

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.

Do your scholarships consider a weighted or un-weighted GPA? Why isn't my GPA showing up as what I have on record?

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.

Can you give me some advice or tips for my scholarships essay?

Check out our tips to apply for suggestions on completing a great scholarship essay and more.

I am an athlete. How do I get a scholarship to play for CU?

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.

Are there scholarships available for dependents of CU Boulder faculty or staff?

Yes, there are scholarships available for dependents of CU Boulder faculty and staff.  A student must be enrolled full-time and the parent must meet certain eligibility criteria. 

Where is my renewable scholarship amount for next year?

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.

Automatic Consideration Scholarship FAQs

How do I know if I was considered for a scholarship?

All applicants who completed their admissions application by January 15 and have a weighted GPA of 3.85 or better were automatically considered for scholarships. We review applicants for automatic consideration scholarships holistically, taking into account life experiences, personal background, activities and responsibilities, in addition to academic performance. Approximately 25% of our incoming class earned a 4.0 GPA and not all of these students will receive an automatic consideration scholarship. Most students selected to receive a scholarship are notified along with their admission decision.

What is the criteria to be considered for an automatically awarded scholarship?

All applicants who have a 3.85 weighted high school GPA or better and have completed their admissions application by January 15 are considered for a scholarship. Not all students who were eligible for scholarship consideration will receive one.

I am an international student. Am I eligible for a scholarship?

International students are eligible and were considered for non-resident scholarships (Presidential and CU Boulder Chancellor’s Achievement). International students who qualify for Colorado residency are eligible and were considered for resident scholarships (Esteemed).

My school doesn’t grade on a 4.0 scale. Am I eligible for a scholarship?

If your school provides grades on a non-4 pt scale, this was taken into consideration. If eligible, you were considered for an automatic scholarship based on having the equivalent of a 3.85+ weighted GPA.

I have a 4.0+ GPA. Why didn’t I get an automatic consideration scholarship?

We review applicants for automatic consideration scholarships holistically, taking into account life experiences, personal background, activities and responsibilities, in addition to academic performance. Approximately 25% of our incoming class earned a 4.0 GPA and not all of these students will receive an automatic consideration scholarship. We encourage you to apply for additional scholarship opportunities through the CU Boulder Scholarship Application. The application is open through March 15 with some opportunities closing as early as mid-February

I want to be reconsidered for a scholarship. How do I do that?

Approximately 25% of our incoming class earned a 4.0 GPA and not all of these students will receive an automatic consideration scholarship. Each applicant is reviewed holistically and decisions are final. Applicants who are awarded a scholarship cannot receive a higher amount. If you have compelling information to share, you should speak with your admission counselor.

What is the deadline to submit new or updated test scores/GPA to be reconsidered for auto-consideration scholarships?

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. We’re working to address the impact to merit scholarships and will provide details as they become available. For more test-optional information, review Admissions COVID-9 FAQs

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.

What is the deadline to apply for admission and also be considered for automatic-consideration scholarships?

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. We’re working to address the impact to merit scholarships and will provide details as they become available. For more test-optional information, review Admissions COVID-9 FAQs

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.

Even though it’s not required, will an ACT/SAT test score help with my scholarship consideration?

No. CU Boulder considers and awards applicants without test scores as a part of the holistic review process.