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General Information and Eligibility Requirements

Colorado student aid is appropriated by the state legislature and allocated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education to eligible Colorado colleges and universities. Colorado student aid awards are made by institutions to students based upon state guidelines and according to institutional policies and procedures. Any aid received must be used for tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies or other expenses related to attendance at Colorado institutions.


Contact colleges for detailed information about application procedures and deadlines. Institutions may vary in what they offer to students. Applications are obtained from the institutions. State aid is not transferable between institutions.

A student must meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply for state assistance programs:

  • Colorado residency for tuition purposes;
  • Enrollment in an eligible program at an eligible Colorado postsecondary
  • Satisfactory progress toward completion of a course of study;
  • No defaulted educational loans or grants.