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Graduate Financial Aid

Types of Aid

Federal and State Grants

Federal and state grants and scholarships are extremely limited for graduate students. To be considered for the two awards listed below, you must file the FAFSA.

Federal TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant program is available to students in the Morgridge College of Education who are enrolled in:

  • the Teacher Education Certificate program or,
  • a Teacher Education master's program or,
  • the Denver Teacher Residency program

The amount students are eligible to receive for the 2017-18 academic year depends on when the grant was first disbursed:

First Disbursement Date:

Maximum Award Amount:

On or after Oct. 1, 2017 and before Oct. 1, 2018


On or after Oct. 1, 2016 and before Oct. 1, 2017


In exchange for receiving a TEACH grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in an elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. If the teaching obligation is not fulfilled, the TEACH grant will be converted to an unsubsidized Direct loan which must be repaid with interested accrued from the date of the grant's disbursement.

To apply, students need to submit a FAFSA and be awarded the TEACH grant as a part of their financial aid package. Entrance Counseling and an Agreement to Serve must be completed online at each year a student receives the TEACH grant. Learn more at

Colorado "Critical Career" Graduate Grant

Funding for this grant is extremely limited, and eligible students who are awarded this grant will be notified by our office via email. No separate application is required. Award amounts vary from $1,000 to $5,000. To be eligible, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be a graduate student enrolled in an approved degree program
  • be a Colorado resident (submit the CO Residency Form to the Registrar's Office)
  • be enrolled at least half-time
  • be enrolled in a critical career field as determined by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (science, technology, engineering, math and health care)
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) must be less than $7,000