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Top 41 Colorado Scholarships in April 2024

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Updated: April 4th, 2024

Colorado, nicknamed the “Centennial State,” is known for its beautiful mountain ranges, forests, rivers, and deserts. As a student in Colorado, you could take advantage of these natural wonders by going on a ski trip over winter break or conducting field studies for a biology course.

Whether you are an in-state resident or out-of-state student who wants to go to school in Colorado, there are some great Colorado scholarships to apply for! Keep on reading to learn more about the eligibility, award amounts, and deadlines for these top Colorado scholarships!

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College Opportunity Fund

Offered by Colorado Department of Higher Education

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Colorado Department of Higher Education

Are you completing undergraduate courses at a Colorado college or university? If so, you may be eligible for the College Opportunity Fund! Each year, the…Show More

Are you completing undergraduate courses at a Colorado college or university? If so, you may be eligible for the College Opportunity Fund! Each year, the…Show More

Are you completing undergraduate courses at a Colorado college or university? If so, you may be eligible for the College Opportunity Fund! Each year, the Fund provides financial assistance to students attending select universities in Colorado (see full list of eligible schools under "Eligibility Information"). While most of the eligible schools are public, a handful of private Colorado universities also qualify. However, bear in mind that students attending private Colorado universities must have also graduated from a high school in Colorado to be eligible. To be considered for the fund, students must complete the Stipend Application. Keep on reading to learn more!Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

Partner Colorado Foundation High School Scholarship

Offered by Partner Colorado Foundation

Multiple awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Partner Colorado Foundation

Are you a Colorado resident enrolled in at least 9 college credit hours? If so, you might consider applying for the Partner Colorado Foundation High…Show More

Are you a Colorado resident enrolled in at least 9 college credit hours? If so, you might consider applying for the Partner Colorado Foundation High…Show More

Are you a Colorado resident enrolled in at least 9 college credit hours? If so, you might consider applying for the Partner Colorado Foundation High School scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards at least $1,000 to multiple 17-40-year-old college students who exhibit financial need and reside in Colorado. To apply, you must write an essay in which you (1) describe a unique talent or skill you have and (2) detail how a difficult time in your life has impacted you. If you’re a Colorado college student who wants to put your writing skills to the test and receive some financial help, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

$40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application
Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Junior

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application

Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Junior
Apply

Colorado Women’s Education Foundation Scholarship

Offered by Colorado Women's Education Foundation

25 awards worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by Colorado Women's Education Foundation

The Colorado Women's Education Foundation Scholarship is an incredible opportunity for women who are at least 25 years old and have been Colorado residents for…Show More

The Colorado Women's Education Foundation Scholarship is an incredible opportunity for women who are at least 25 years old and have been Colorado residents for…Show More

The Colorado Women's Education Foundation Scholarship is an incredible opportunity for women who are at least 25 years old and have been Colorado residents for at least a year. Applicants must also be enrolled in or already attending an accredited educational institution of higher learning or vocational training (those pursuing a certification, or associate's, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree are eligible). Don't miss out on this chance to invest in your future! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

25 awards worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Denver Scholarship Foundation Scholarship

Offered by Denver Scholarship Foundation

Multiple awards worth up to $3,600
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Denver Scholarship Foundation

Have you attended a DPS (Denver Public School) during high school and plan on attending a DSF (Denver Scholarship Foundation) College Partner in Colorado? If…Show More

Have you attended a DPS (Denver Public School) during high school and plan on attending a DSF (Denver Scholarship Foundation) College Partner in Colorado? If…Show More

Have you attended a DPS (Denver Public School) during high school and plan on attending a DSF (Denver Scholarship Foundation) College Partner in Colorado? If so, consider applying for the Denver Scholarship Foundation Scholarship! Each year, the foundation awards renewable scholarships worth up to $3,600 per year to multiple applicants who will be enrolling full-time in eligible DSF postsecondary institutions. In order to apply, you must submit an online application and complete a few other “next steps.” The scholarship is funded by the Denver Scholarship Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping low-income DPS students attain a post-secondary education at a lower cost. If you’ve attended a DPS high school and plan on attending a DSF College Partner for your post-secondary education, we encourage you to apply for the DSF Scholarship!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $3,600
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

Jerry Morris and Summer Houston Scholarships

Offered by Union Pacific Railroad Black Employee Network (BEN)

Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Underclassmen

Offered by Union Pacific Railroad Black Employee Network (BEN)

Are you a Black/African resident of Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, or Texas who is a current high school senior or college…Show More

Are you a Black/African resident of Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, or Texas who is a current high school senior or college…Show More

Are you a Black/African resident of Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, or Texas who is a current high school senior or college underclassman? If so, you may be eligible for the Jerry Morris and Summer Houston Scholarships! Each year, the scholarships award up to $2,000 to help assist multiple African American students in defraying the cost of higher education. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of scholastic ability and leadership, and should also be active in extracurricular school/community activities and demonstrate social awareness and involvement. If you're a Black, current or incoming college student from Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, or Texas, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Underclassmen
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

The Alexander Foundation Scholarships

Offered by The Alexander Foundation

Multiple awards worth $300 - $3,000
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level College Students

Offered by The Alexander Foundation

The Alexander Foundation Scholarships were established to help LGBTQ+ students in Colorado overcome barriers they may face in pursuit of academic success. In addition to…Show More

The Alexander Foundation Scholarships were established to help LGBTQ+ students in Colorado overcome barriers they may face in pursuit of academic success. In addition to…Show More

The Alexander Foundation Scholarships were established to help LGBTQ+ students in Colorado overcome barriers they may face in pursuit of academic success. In addition to residing in Colorado, eligible students must attend a post-secondary institution in Colorado, and submit a personal essay "about their goals, how the scholarship will help them achieve their goals, their financial need, and their current or future plans for supporting the LGBTQ+ community." Lastly, applicants must submit two signed letters of recommendation, including at least one academic reference on school letterhead. Recipients may earn between $300 and $3,000 each scholarship cycle, but are limited to a cumulative maximum award limit of $9,000. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $300 - $3,000
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

Alice Hamilton Scholarship

Offered by Colorado Archaeological Society

Multiple awards worth $200 - $1,000
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by Colorado Archaeological Society

Are you majoring in Anthropology or a cross-discipline field, with an emphasis in Archaeology at a Colorado college or university? If so, you may be…Show More

Are you majoring in Anthropology or a cross-discipline field, with an emphasis in Archaeology at a Colorado college or university? If so, you may be…Show More

Are you majoring in Anthropology or a cross-discipline field, with an emphasis in Archaeology at a Colorado college or university? If so, you may be eligible for the Alice Hamilton Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards between $200 and $1,000 to multiple Colorado students with a passion for anthropology and/or archaeology. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $200 - $1,000
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Celebrate The West

Offered by Western Governors' Foundation (WGF)

Multiple awards worth up to $1,500
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Students

Offered by Western Governors' Foundation (WGF)

Are you a high school student residing in the American west or U.S. territories whose Governors participate in the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association (WGA)? More…Show More

Are you a high school student residing in the American west or U.S. territories whose Governors participate in the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association (WGA)? More…Show More

Are you a high school student residing in the American west or U.S. territories whose Governors participate in the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association (WGA)? More importantly, do you love where you live and have a passion for art? If so, you might consider applying for the Celebrate the West Contest! Each year, the scholarship awards between $200 and $1,500 to 23 lucky students who create a piece of artwork that most thoughtfully reflects an insight about the West or the applicant’s relation to the West. In order to apply, you simply need to email a digital copy of your artwork and your entry form to [email protected]. If you’re passionate about art and have some insights about where you live, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $1,500
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Students
Get Started

Colorado Council Volunteerism/Community Service Scholarship

Offered by Colorado Council on High School/College Relations

16 awards worth $1,500
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Colorado Council on High School/College Relations

Are you a graduating high school senior in Colorado who has significant experience in volunteerism or community service? If so, consider applying for the Colorado…Show More

Are you a graduating high school senior in Colorado who has significant experience in volunteerism or community service? If so, consider applying for the Colorado…Show More

Are you a graduating high school senior in Colorado who has significant experience in volunteerism or community service? If so, consider applying for the Colorado Council Volunteerism/Community Service Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,500 to sixteen high school seniors who have been permanent residents of Colorado for the last two years of high school and who are currently attending or planning to attend one of the Colorado Council Member Institutions. As this scholarship is meant to reward students who have been heavily involved in volunteerism and/or community service, applicants should have ample volunteer experience. If you’re a Colorado student who is passionate about volunteering and pursuing an undergraduate degree, we encourage you to apply to the Colorado Council Volunteerism/Community Service Scholarship! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

16 awards worth $1,500
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

Sachs Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sachs Foundation Colorado

Multiple awards worth $10,000+
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Sachs Foundation Colorado

Are you a Black high school senior from Colorado pursuing your undergraduate course of study this fall? You might want to apply for the Sachs…Show More

Are you a Black high school senior from Colorado pursuing your undergraduate course of study this fall? You might want to apply for the Sachs…Show More

Are you a Black high school senior from Colorado pursuing your undergraduate course of study this fall? You might want to apply for the Sachs Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards a few lucky students between $10,000 and $12,500 per year of undergraduate study at any accredited higher education institution. This adds up to between $40,000 and $50,000 per four years of study. To apply, all you need to do is complete the online application and submit two 300 – 500 word personal statements, two letters of recommendation, and your FAFSA Submission Summary. This scholarship program is offered by The Sachs Foundation, an organization dedicated to furthering racial equity for Black Coloradans through education and community programs.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $10,000+
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Colorado Garden Foundation Full-Ride Scholarship

Offered by Colorado Garden Foundation

Multiple awards worth Full Ride
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Colorado Garden Foundation

Are you an incoming college freshman from Colorado planning on studying agriculture at an in-state, public university? If so, you might be interested in applying…Show More

Are you an incoming college freshman from Colorado planning on studying agriculture at an in-state, public university? If so, you might be interested in applying…Show More

Are you an incoming college freshman from Colorado planning on studying agriculture at an in-state, public university? If so, you might be interested in applying for the Colorado Garden Foundation Full-Ride Scholarship! The scholarship is open to incoming first-year students at Colorado public universities who plan on studying a field related to the environment or agriculture. The Colorado Garden Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, offers this opportunity to help fund students’ educations in hopes of furthering the horticultural industry. The recipients of the scholarship are awarded the full expenses to pay their tuition, fees, room & board, and books for the four years they are in school. Recipients also are provided with a laptop and a printer. If you are passionate about a career in the agriculture or environmental fields and would like to go to college entirely debt-free, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth Full Ride
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Noah Thomas Foster Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Queener Law

1 award worth $1,500
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Queener Law

The Noah Thomas Foster Memorial Scholarship is offered to college-bound high school seniors who will be attending a two- or four-year college or university. Each…Show More

The Noah Thomas Foster Memorial Scholarship is offered to college-bound high school seniors who will be attending a two- or four-year college or university. Each…Show More

The Noah Thomas Foster Memorial Scholarship is offered to college-bound high school seniors who will be attending a two- or four-year college or university. Each year, it awards $1,500 to one (1) high school senior from Tennessee, Kentucky, or Colorado. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $1,500
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started
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How to win Colorado scholarships

Colorado is a unique state with a distinct cultural identity and a stunning landscape. Colorado is home to a diverse population, with a mix of urban and rural communities that house several prominent universities and colleges. These unique features of Colorado provide a wealth of opportunities for students looking into Colorado scholarships. Let’s look at what makes Colorado so unique:

Natural beauty and impressive mountain ranges

Colorado’s beautiful landscape provides a unique setting for many scholarship programs. For example, there are scholarships available for students interested in environmental studies or conservation, which are extremely relevant to Colorado’s commitment to keeping Colorado beautiful. 

Thriving art and music scene

In addition to its beauty, Colorado has a rich cultural hub that is reflected in its art and music. Scholarships are available to support students pursuing degrees in the arts, humanities, and cultural studies, which allows students to explore Colorado’s unique cultural landscape. 

Entrepreneurial opportunities

Colorado is also a popular destination for entrepreneurship with a thriving startup scene. This creates scholarship opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers of their own making! 

Resources for Colorado scholarship applicants

These Colorado scholarships may require you to write an essay about yourself. Perhaps you need to refresh yourself on how to write a 250 word essay or how to write a 500 word essay. Learning how to write an impressive scholarship resume will set you apart. Additionally, it is always helpful to review common scholarship essay prompts and learn how to start a scholarship essay to ensure that you win Colorado scholarships!

Overall, Colorado offers a diverse range of scholarship programs that can allow you to achieve goals while experiencing all the state has to offer. 

Colorado student loan debt snapshot

According to the Department of Education, Colorado residents owe $28.5 billion in federal student loan debt, with student borrowers owing $36,822 on average (those numbers do not include private loans). Over 52.2% of loan borrowers are under the age of 35. As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take less loans. Make sure that you apply to as many as you qualify for!

Related: Scholarships360’s free scholarship search tool

Merit scholarships at Colorado colleges and universities

University of Colorado Boulder

  • Eligibility: Incoming first-year students to University of Colorado Boulder who are Colorado residents. Must have a 3.85+ high school GPA. Other considerations may include life experiences, personal background, activities, and responsibilities. Decision is made based on admission application
  • Amount: $4,000 per year
  • Deadline: Apply to University of Colorado Boulder by January 15

Colorado College

  • Eligibility: Incoming first-years at Colorado College. Decisions are based on admission application information
  • Amount: $2,500 to $5,000 per semester
  • Deadline: Considered upon admission to Colorado college

Colorado Mountain College

  • Eligibility: All students pursuing a degree at Colorado Mountain College are eligible to apply
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: March 1

The Colorado School of Mines

  • Eligibility: All incoming first-years are considered upon admission. Decision is made based on admission application
  • Amount: $1,000 to $5,000 for Colorado residents and $9,000 to $14,000 for out-of-state students
  • Deadline: Apply and be admitted to Colorado School of Mines by May 1

University of Denver

  • Eligibility: All students who apply for admission are considered. Must enroll full-time. Decision is made based on admission application
  • Amount: $10,000 up to $30,000
  • Deadline: Considered upon admission to University of Denver

Western Colorado University

  • Eligibility: All students who are admitted to Western Colorado University are considered. Must have a 3.35+ GPA
  • Amount: $2,500 to $4,000 per year for Colorado residents, and $8,000 to $10,000 per year for out-of-state students
  • Deadline: Considered upon admission to Western Colorado University

Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity

In-state tuition is typically cheaper than out-of-state tuition for public colleges and universities because state governments provide funding to support these institutions. This funding comes from taxes paid by residents of the state, and as a result, in-state students are considered first since they are contributing to the cost of running these schools. 

Here are a few well-known Colorado universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs: 

Colorado State University

  • In-state tuition: $12,874
  • Out-of-state tuition: $32,734

University of Colorado Boulder

  • In-state tuition: $30.452
  • Out-of-state tuition: $57,702

To be eligible for in-state tuition in Colorado, students must be Colorado residents. In order to establish residency, students need to meet specific requirements. Students need to live in Colorado for 12 consecutive months, show intent to make Colorado a permanent home, and provide proof of financial independence. 

Colorado is a member of a tuition reciprocity agreement called the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). The WUE is an agreement between 16 Western states that allow students to attend public universities in participating states at a reduced tuition rate. The participating states in the WUE include: 

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Through the WUE program, eligible students can attend participating universities in other states for 150% of the in-state tuition rate which is significantly lower than the out-of-state tuition rate. Therefore, this can be a significant cost-saving measure for students who want to attend a public university outside of their home state. 

Additional Colorado resources

Colorado Department of Higher Education financial aid resources

The Colorado Department of Higher Education has a library of resources on financial aid for students. Materials include web tutorials on types of student aid and responsible borrowing, state funding, and FAQs about the cost of higher education.

Colorado Women’s Education Foundation scholarship list

The Colorado Women’s Education Foundation provides a list of scholarships for women that is a great starting point in your scholarship search!

Colorado School of Public Health Latino Research & Policy Center scholarship resources

The Colorado School of Public Health Latino Research & Policy Center has a library of resources to help Latino students find scholarships and submit strong applications.

FAFSA guide

On October 1st of every year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens nationwide. Colorado students should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible  to be eligible for federal student aid as well as some scholarships.

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Scholarships can greatly lower the tuition costs of college. Students should consider applying for scholarships that are specifically designed for their demographic. Women, high school seniors and Black students can take advantage of specific scholarship opportunities. Some scholarships require essays and applications, but others are no-essay scholarships, making the application process easier. Overall, Scholarships360 is here for students to help provide valuable resources and access to scholarships. 

Frequently asked questions about Colorado scholarships

Does Colorado offer free college?

Colorado does not offer free college. However, there are some scholarships, such as the Boettcher Scholarship, which provide full rides to colleges in Colorado. Other opportunities linked on this page offer opportunities to bring down the cost of attending college in Colorado.

How do you win the Boettcher Scholarship?

Colorado high school seniors who plan to attend college in-state can apply for the Boettcher Scholarship before November 1 of their senior year. It is a rigorous application process, but the reward of the scholarship is well worth it if you are a good fit! More information can be found on the Boettcher Foundation’s Boettcher Foundation’s website.

Does the University of Colorado at Boulder offer scholarships?

University of Colorado Boulder offers many different merit and need-based scholarships. Applicants are automatically considered for many of these scholarships when they apply. The University also offers a search tool to find additional opportunities.

What can you get a full ride scholarship for?

There are a wide range of full ride scholarships out there with many different criteria. Scholarships360 has a great guide to these scholarships.

What are the eligibility requirements for Colorado scholarships?

Eligibility requirements vary depending on the specifics of the scholarship. Some scholarships may require that you are a Colorado resident while others may have academic or financial need requirements.

Can I apply for multiple Colorado scholarships at the same time?

Yes! You can apply for multiple Colorado scholarships at the same time, as long as you are meeting the eligibility requirements for each scholarship.

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