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We want you here. No one else has your ideas, interests, abilities. Regardless of your background or financial resources, we’re committed to supporting everyone’s access to financial aid resources. In 2020-2021, 84% of first-time, full-time students received financial aid.

What is financial aid?

So what exactly is financial aid? In short, it’s assistance paying for college.

Financial aid comes in many forms. Most are based on your income or your family’s income, your GPA, academic achievements, and/or transcripts.

Aid that’s awarded can cover expenses like tuition and fees, housing and food, books and supplies, and transportation. Aid can also help pay for other related expenses, such as a computer and dependent care.

Learn the basics in our Financial Aid 101 blog linked below or keep scrolling to dive even deeper into your main options for aid at CSU.

Types of aid and how to apply


You’ve worked hard in the classroom. We value that. Freshmen students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships based on the information you include on your application for admission. 


You’ve worked hard in the classroom. We value that. Transfer students are automatically considered for this merit-based scholarship based on the information you include on your application for admission. 

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

If you are not a resident of Colorado but live in the western United States or select jurisdictions of the U.S. Pacific islands, you may be eligible for a tuition reduction of up to $10,000 per year through the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) award.

Asset and Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA)

In the state of Colorado, there is a law that allows eligible students who identify as undocumented to receive in-state tuition and state financial aid at Colorado colleges. This is known as ASSET, which stands for Colorado’s Advancing Students for a Stronger Tomorrow.

Colorado State University Scholarships

The Colorado State University Scholarship Application (CSUSA) is a one-stop shop for applying to most scholarships at CSU. Filling out this application will put you in the running for all the CSU scholarships you are eligible for. Usually, you only need to fill out the CSUSA for consideration, but some scholarships may require additional materials like letters of recommendation or work samples.


Simply put, the FAFSA is a free form that students and families can fill out every year that helps determine their eligibility for some financial aid. While it isn’t required, it is highly recommended that you submit it. Even if you don’t think you’ll need the aid or you’ll be eligible, the FAFSA sometimes is required for other scholarships or programs that you might be interested in.

Federal financial aid includes grants, loans, and work study programs.

Financial aid tips and resources