Finish What You Started Participant

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The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative launched the Finish What You Started Program in 2021 to help Colorado residents go back to school and earn their certificate or degree. The program supports students in two ways: providing financial assistance and support services throughout their college experience.

Do you have some college, but did not graduate or obtain your credential? Are you thinking of re-enrolling to finish your degree? Join the Finish What You Started program designed to provide you with support services to obtain college credentials or degrees. The program combines financial support with additional services such as career planning and student coaching, connection to community and public resources and career connections. 

Why should you participate?
  • Support:
    • Enrollment support in registration, financial aid scholarships and more
    • 1:1 support to ensure progression toward the completion of a credential/degree  
    • connection and career support and transition back into the workforce
  • Direct Student Financial Support:  
    • Contacts through your institution to help navigate paying for college
    • Financial Resources to support educational expenses

Are you eligible?

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must plan to enroll or be enrolling at a Colorado public college or university 
  • Must be pursuing your first higher education certificate or degree (previous degree holders are ineligible) 
  • Undergraduate, in-state students who fit one of the following two categories:
    • Have "Some College, No Degree": Defined as students who earned some postsecondary credits from a Colorado public/private higher education institution but did not complete a certificate or degree before deciding not to enroll for two or more consecutive semesters.
    • Are "First-time Students": Defined as students who were admitted to a Colorado public institution of higher education as a first-time student for the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 academic year but did not enroll at any institution for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Are you ready to get started?  


 Statewide Program Contacts 


Contact Name

Contact Email

Program Website

Adams State University

Chayne Boutillette


Aims Community College 

Gabriela Sanchez

Aims Community College Program Website

Arapahoe Community College

Rebecca Aaron

  Arapahoe Community College Program Website

Colorado Mesa University 

Kris Peterson
Stephanie Parsons

Colorado Mesa University Program Website

Colorado Mountain College

Cinthia Nevarez Ruiz
Joshua Robinson

Colorado Mountain College Program Website

Colorado Northwestern Community College



Colorado Northwestern Community College

Colorado School of Mines

Lori Kester


Colorado State University 

Alejandra Sullivan

Colorado State University Program Website

Colorado State University Pueblo

Ariana Delmerico

CSU Pueblo Program Website

Colorado State University-Global

Brandon Fletcher

CSU Global Program Website

Community College of Aurora

Todd Powell


Community College of Denver

Edward Nance

Community College of Denver Program Website 

Emily Griffith Foundation 

Justin Miller


Fort Lewis College 

Joshua Munson

Larenz Esplain

Fort Lewis College Program Website 

Front Range Community College 

Olivia Kail

Front Range Community College Website

Lamar Community College


Julie Jones
Ranee Woods


Metropolitan State University of Denver

Tiffani Baldwin

MSU Denver Website

Morgan Community College 

Amy Haselgren

Morgan Community College Program Website

Northeastern Junior College 

Vanessa Soliz

Northeastern Junior College Program Website

Otero College 

Jane Wheeler

Otero College Program Website

Pickens Technical College   

Daniel Sandoval


Pikes Peak Community College 

Nekedra Bullock

Brandy Kaminsky

Pikes Peak Community College Program Website

Pueblo Community College  

Stacy Esparza

Pueblo Community College Program Website 

Red Rocks Community College

Allison Dumas


Technical College of the Rockies

Kristine Weiszbrod
Misty Neustel

Technical College of the Rockies Program Website

Trinidad State College

James Kynor


University of Colorado Boulder


Ann Herrmann

CU Boulder Program Website

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

JeVita Rogers


University of Colorado Denver  

Tracey Adams


University of Northern Colorado Foundation  

Nickie Archibeque

University of Northern Colorado Program Website

Western Colorado University   

Eliza Worley-Ekstrom

Western Colorado University Program Website