The CU Boulder Transfer Excellence Scholarship is offered 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 earned a minimum of 12 credit hours of college course work after high school graduation (or equivalent).

Scholarship Amount

  • Nonresident Students: $6,000 per year* (renewable for two years, totaling $12,000)
  • Resident Students: $3,000 per year (renewable for two years, totaling $6,000)

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


  • Undergraduate Colorado resident or nonresident entering CU Boulder as a transfer student
  • Submit a completed application for admission no later than June 1 for Fall and October 1 for Spring

More Details

  • 2 years (maximum 4 semesters) for fall and spring semesters based on renewal requirements for each academic year.
  • You're limited to receiving a single semester’s scholarship amount at a time. If you graduate in fewer than 2 years, the remainder of the benefit is forfeited. 

Students selected for this scholarship are notified along with their admission decision.

The scholarship is paid on a semester basis, and the funds for each semester will be credited towards your university bill, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. This scholarship can pay toward all charges on the bill and isn't limited to paying just tuition and fees. 

  • Enroll full time each fall and spring semester at CU Boulder (12+ credit hours).
  • If you're not enrolled in at least 12 credit hours by the third Friday of the semester, the scholarship will be cancelled effective immediately 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 don't 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 end of spring semester.

  • Enroll full time each fall and spring semester (12+ credit hours)
  • Maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative CU Boulder GPA.
  • Meet the Office of Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.

  • You'll be notified if you don't meet the renewal requirements at the end of a semester.
  • 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.

How to Appeal:

  • You may submit an 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. The appeal information will be provided with the nonrenewal notification.
  • 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.
  • Appeals should be submitted no later than the third Friday of the term you become ineligible for the scholarship (typically the fall semester).
  • 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 may choose not to respond.

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 Education Abroad programs of at least 12 credit hours per semester. The scholarship is not available for other Education 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/scholarship period. This amount includes tuition and fees, housing and food, 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.