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There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding on a university, and financial fit is one of the most important. It’s vital for prospective students and families to discuss and understand what kind of investment is required and the opportunities available that help offset that cost.

At Colorado State, the office of Student Financial Services is available to assist students as they work toward their ideal financial fit. That means working with federal, state and university resources to help students manage their finances and work toward achieving their financial goals.

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HOW WE APPROACH FINANCIAL AID

Colorado State is dedicated to creating one of the best higher education experiences in the nation. That’s why we use financial aid as a tool to intentionally craft a community with diverse backgrounds, experiences and goals.

There are many ways the university could discount the investment required to attend, but that would also mean decreasing the value of the college experience. Instead, Colorado State invests in each student as they make an investment in the university, and the result is worth it.

Questions?

Contact Student Financial Services to find your financial fit.

Contact SFS

TYPES OF AID


There are four primary types of aid that every student and family will encounter. Knowing more about the types of aid that are offered and how they relate to each other is extremely important to making informed, smart decisions.

GRANTS

Grants are financial aid that does not have to be repaid. The grant amount is based on financial need, cost of attendance, and enrollment status.

LOANS

A loan is a type of aid that must be repaid. Loans can vary greatly depending on the type of lender and terms.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are gift aid and do not have to be repaid. Scholarships are awarded based on different factors including merit, financial need, and talent.

WORK STUDY

Work study positions provide opportunities for students to gain experience and contribute to the cost of their education.

COST OF ATTENDANCE

Cost of attendance varies depending on the type of student, living plans, and several other factors; however, for all students, the cost of higher education enables the experiences and learning that are unique at Colorado State.

Cost Of Attendance

COMMITMENT TO COLORADO

In an attempt to ensure that every Colorado resident has access to higher education, Colorado State’s Commitment to Colorado guarantees at least 1/2 of tuition will be covered for resident families within specific income brackets.

Eligibility

RESIDENCY

It is important to determine state residency when applying for aid and determining cost of attendance. Students who do not initially qualify can petition for residency in certain circumstances.

Colorado Residency

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES

Parents and families are often a crucial resource for students as they find the right financial fit at Colorado State University. There are also federal laws and restrictions that parents need to know and understand.

Family Resources

WESTERN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE

The Western Undergraduate Exchange, or WUE, is a program designed to provide diverse opportunities for residents of select western states. Typically, eligible students pay 150% of in-state tuition.

Eligibility is based on a number of factors, including program of study.

Learn More About WUE

MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

CSU offers several merit-based scholarship opportunities, which are distributed according to academic and personal achievements.

CSU Scholarships

APPLYING FOR AID

There are often several steps that must be taken to qualify and receive financial aid, which vary depending on the specific program or aid you are applying for. Be sure to file all required documents and meet all deadlines to ensure qualification.

Apply for Aid

Questions?

Contact Student Financial Services to find your financial fit.

Contact SFS