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Chief educational equity officer launches tour of Hispanic-serving institutions as part of National Hispanic American Heritage Month

DENVER, CO – Sept. 13, 2022: Dr. Roberto Montoya, chief educational equity officer for the Colorado Department of Higher Education, will tour several Hispanic-serving institutions this month with stops this week to Colorado State University Pueblo, Metropolitan State University of Denver and Adams State University.

Colorado Department of Higher Education announces scholarship opportunity for formerly committed youth

DENVER, CO – Sept. 8, 2022: The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, a program of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, is taking applications for a new scholarship program geared at giving formerly committed youth a chance to pursue a college degree. The Second Chance Scholarship program provides funding of up to $5,000 a year and student support services to individuals awarded.  Participants can choose among many college and career path options, including a traditional college degree, online and certificate programs.

Governor Polis Encourages Parents and Guardians to Take the First Step and Invest in Their Kid’s Higher Education Savings

DENVER - Today, Governor Polis, the Department of Higher Education, and CollegeInvest leaders highlighted CollegeInvest’s 529 educational savings programs. These transformational programs offer the opportunity for parents and guardians to start growing and saving funds for their children's future higher education costs.

Colorado Department of Higher Education Distributes Behavioral Health Tuition Grants to Help Save Students Money

DENVER – June 22, 2022:  The Colorado Department of Higher Education approved $5 million in grants to five universities that will provide tuition to students pursuing select degrees and certificates in behavioral health. The state estimates the program will serve nearly 400 students in the first two years with the program lasting four years.

Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative awards more than $4.9 million in matching scholarships

DENVER – May 24, 2022: The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative board approved 66 proposals that provide $4,971,190 in scholarships for Colorado students.
This investment is part of COSI's Matching Student Scholarship Program which helps under-resourced students by matching community scholarship dollars one to one. This round of funds will serve approximately 2,900 students attending in-state public institutions of higher education across Colorado.

Colorado legislature answers call to address workforce shortages and affordability

DENVER – May 13, 2022: During the 2022 legislative session, the General Assembly passed several bills aimed at ensuring Colorado students have access to a wide variety of quality, affordable, postsecondary education options while also addressing the need to fill in-demand jobs.

The department succeeded in passing all its legislative priorities including but not limited to:

Colorado Department of Higher Education honors Colorado’s future educators

DENVER – May 5, 2022: The Colorado Department of Higher Education celebrated Colorado's future educators at a virtual ceremony on Thursday, May 5, as part of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6). The fourth annual Future Educator Honor Roll recognizes outstanding teacher candidates from Colorado's educator preparation programs.