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Undergraduate Financial Aid

Types of Aid

Colorado State Aid

To be considered for the following awards, you must be a resident of the state of Colorado and submit the FAFSA. Before funds can pay to your student account, you also need to submit the Colorado Residency Form to the Registrar.

Funding for these awards is limited and is not guaranteed to students meeting all the criteria, and are not automatically renewed from year to year.

Colorado Student Grant

  • You must have financial need, which is determined by the FAFSA.
  • Award amounts vary up to $3,000 annually.
  • You must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) in a degree- or certificate-seeking program.
  • You must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than 150% of the Pell Grant EFC.
  • This award may replace a portion of the DU Educational Grant.

College Opportunity Fund (COF)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must have financial need, which is determined by the FAFSA.
  • Award amount is $26.00 per credit hour for the 2017-18 academic year.
  • Must be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant by having an EFC of less than $5,920.
  • You must be a graduate of a Colorado high school or have successfully completed a non-public, home-based educational program in Colorado (students who received a GED are eligible).

Steps to Receive Funding:

  1. Complete the COF application online at
  2. Submit the Colorado Residency Form to the Registrar's Office.
  3. Authorize the COF stipend in PioneerWeb. On the Student tab in the left "Banner Self Service" section, select "Click here to expand the myWeb menu" -> Student -> Registration -> COF Stipend Authorization. Eligible students need to authorize the COF stipend every quarter unless lifetime authorization is selected.

You are eligible to receive COF for a total of 145 credit hours. If you have used all 145 hours, and you need additional hours to complete your undergraduate degree, you can request a extension by submitting a waiver request to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

Additional Information about Colorado State Aid

Eligibility: In order to remain eligible for all Colorado state funding, students need to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students who do not maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA (2.50 for BS in Accounting students), a completion rate of at least 66.6%, or do not complete degree requirements within 150% of the time frame required to complete a degree may no longer be eligible for funding.

Appeal procedures: Students who were not awarded the aid listed above, and believe they are eligible, may appeal for a re-evaluation of their financial aid award package. Please see information about Special Circumstances to verify whether your financial situation constitutes a reason to appeal.

Penalties for fraud: If you receive federal aid based on incorrect information, you will have to pay it back; you may also have to pay fines and fees. If you purposely give false or misleading information on your application, you may be fined $20,000, sent to prison, or both.