Before you may receive any financial aid you have been awarded, you must maintain certain eligibility criteria outlined below.

To qualify for financial aid you must:

Be Admitted to a Degree-Seeking Program

  • Apply for admissions to Colorado State University at admissions.colostate.edu.
  • If you have been awarded a degree from Colorado State University, you must be admitted to a new degree-seeking program to continue receiving aid. Admission to a new degree program may change the type of aid you are eligible to receive.

 Complete All Requirements

Enroll at Least Half-time Each Semester

  • Undergraduate Student: 6-8 credits is half-time enrollment
  • Graduate Student: 5-7 credits is half-time enrollment
  • Audit and test-out or placement credits do not count toward enrollment requirements
  • Enrollment in courses that do not apply to your program of study may not count toward your enrollment status for financial aid

Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress

  • Federal financial aid eligibility requires that all students maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • You are not eligible to receive aid if you have been academically dismissed from the University

Credit requirements for financial aid

Credit requirements to receive institutional aid may vary, see chart below.

Federal Pell Grant12+ credits = 100%9-11 credits = 75%6-8 creduts = 50%1-5 credits = 25%
Colorado Student Grant

Federal Supplemental Educational
Opportunity Grant
9+ credits = 100% 6-8 credits = 50%0-5 credits = 0%
CSU Tuition Assistance Grant

CSU Ram Grant
12+ credits* = 100%
0 - 11 credits = 0%
Colorado Graduate Grant7+ credits** = 100%5-6 credits = 50%0-4 credits = 0%
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan6+ credits = 100% 0-5 credits = 0%
Federal Direct Subsidized/
Unsubsidized Loans
Undergraduate: 6+ credits = 100%

Graduate: 5+ credits = 100%
0-5 credits = 0%

0-4 credits = 0%
Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan5+ credits = 100%0-4 credits = 0%
Health Professions Loan5+ credits = 100%0-4 credits = 0%
ScholarshipsUndergraduate: 12+ credits* = 100%

Graduate: 9+ credits* = 100%
0-11 credits = 0%

0=8 credits = 0%
*One class must be regular instruction, on-campus; you must be enrolled through CSU’s main campus, not
through CSU Online
**You must be enrolled through CSU’s main campus, not through CSU Online.