Scholarships below are for non-resident, first-time freshmen admitted to a degree-seeking program on CSU’s main campus in Fort Collins.

  • All scholarships will only be for fall and spring semesters; unless otherwise noted.  If a student starts in the summer the scholarship still cannot be used until fall semester.
  • All awards require enrollment in on-campus credits and students in CSU Online programs are not eligible.
  • Students who have attended another college or university after high school graduation are not eligible.

Scholarships Awarded Based on the the Application for Admission

Merit Scholarships for Non-residents


Award Amount

A total of $40,000 – $10,000 ( $10,000 – $2,500 per year, half paid each semester-fall/spring) will be awarded to merit scholars who meet the selection and renewal criteria.

Notification

Students who meet eligibility requirements will be notified via mail. The award will also be posted to RAMweb in the Financial Aid Awards section.

Eligibility

GPA Range Award Amount
4.0+ $10,000
3.80-3.99 $8,000
3.60-3.79 $6,000
3.40-3.59 $5,000
3.30-3.39 $2,500

To be considered for an award, students must be admitted to a full-time degree seeking program on Colorado State University’s main campus for the fall or spring terms. CSU Online students are not eligible.

Students must submit a complete application for admission by March 1 along with any new transcripts to strengthen their scholarship eligibility. (weighted GPA’s as provided on the high school transcript are used).  If you have any questions regarding this please contact your admissions counselor.  To maintain eligibility for their scholarship students must remain a non-resident for tuition classification purposes.

Note: Students cannot receive the Green and Gold Scholarship, Presidential, Provost’s, Dean’s, or Academic Recognition scholarships with the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) award, the Native American Legacy Award, or the GI Promise, HB 15-1294 GI Benefits and Yellow Ribbon programs. If a student is awarded one of these scholarships and qualifies for a higher award, the lower valued award will be cancelled.

National Merit Finalists who list CSU as their first-choice institution with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will automatically receive the highest level of the Green and Gold Scholarship for non-residents, as will National Hispanic Scholars and National Achievement Scholars.

Renewal: students must maintain 3.0 GPA and Satisfactory Academic Progress. These students may receive this award for up to a total of eight (8) semesters, or until their degree is complete, whichever comes first.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)



If you are not a resident of Colorado but live in the western United States, you may be eligible for a significant reduction in tuition through the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) award. To be eligible you must:

  • Be seeking a degree through CSU’s main campus (not CSU Online) starting in the fall or spring semesters. If a student starts in the summer the scholarship still cannot be used until fall semester.
  • Be a resident of a WUE-eligible state (listed below)
  • Submit a complete application for admission by February 1 for fall semester or November 1 for spring semester
  • Demonstrate a GPA of 3.3 or above

Note: The amount subject to change based on tuition and fees for each year. Students cannot receive the WUE award with the Green and Gold Scholarship, Presidential, Provost’s, Dean’s or Academic Recognition Scholarships, nor the Native American Legacy Award, GI Promise, HB 15-1294 GI Benefits or Yellow Ribbon programs.

WUE eligible states:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Republic of the Marshall Islands, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Award amount: the annual estimated value of the WUE award is $10,100 (based on 2020-2021 tuition and fees); amount subject to change based on tuition and fees for each year.

Renewal criteria:  maintain 3.0 GPA and Satisfactory Academic Progress. WUE scholars who meet the selection and renewal criteria can receive this award for up to a total of eight (8) semesters, or until their degree is complete, whichever comes first.

Honors Scholarship


Award Amount

A total of $4,000 ($1,000 per year) will be awarded to students who are admitted to, and participate in, the University Honors Program.

Details and Application

For more information about the Honors Program, please visit the University Honors Program website.

Partnership Award


Award Amount and Renewal

Partnership scholars who meet the selection and renewal criteria may receive $20,000 ($5,000 per year) for up to a total of eight (8) semesters, or until their degree is complete, whichever comes first.

Eligibility

To be considered for the Partnership Award first-time non-resident freshmen must:

  • Have participated in a CSU Partnership program for non-resident students (Black Issues Forum, Lorenzo De Zavala Youth Legislative Session, or the Native Education Forum).
  • Be admitted to full-time degree seeking program on Colorado State University’s main campus for the fall term. CSU Online students are not eligible and awards are not made to students starting in the Spring nor Summer terms.
  • Submit a complete application for admission by the priority date of February 1. Admitted students (who met the February 1 application date) can submit new test scores and transcripts until March 1 to strengthen their application for admission, however funding may be limited after February 1.

Students who have been involved with multiple CSU Partnerships will receive only one Partnership Award.

Notification

Students who meet eligibility requirements and are selected for the award, will be notified via mail. The award will also be posted to RAMweb in the Financial Aid Awards section.

Native American Legacy Award


The NALA is an award for qualified students who are citizens of federal or state recognized tribes.

This award reduces non-resident tuition to Colorado resident base tuition. Please be advised this does not include University fees or differential tuition. The award is based on current tuition rates and are subject to change each year.  The actual NALA tuition rate will be reflected in your estimated cost of attendance, financial aid awards (if applicable), and billing statements.

To continue receiving NALA:

  • You must remain a non-resident for tuition purposes.
  • NALA cannot be combined with the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) award, Yellow Ribbon Award, GI Promise, HB 15-1294 GI Benefits, or other non-resident institutional scholarships; if awarded, the award that benefits the student the most will remain and the others will be canceled.
  • Attend the Community for Excellence (C4E) Fall Academic Summit (details will be sent after you granted an award).

How Do I Apply?

  • Submit a completed application for admission
  • Submit proof of tribal citizenship or membership no later than 15 business days before the start of the academic term

Send Official Tribal Citizenship Documents to:
Native American Legacy Award
Office of Admissions
Colorado State University
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062
(970) 491-6909
Fax (970) 491-7799
admissions@colostate.edu

Examples include a copy of your certificate of Indian Blood or the front and back of your tribal membership card.

Questions about NALA? 
Reach out to Danita Ordaz, Native American Recruitment and Transition Specialist
danita.ordaz@colostate.edu
(970) 491-7274

Scholarships Requiring a Separate Application

Creative and Performing Arts Award


Award amounts vary and are awarded to students with talent in art, creative writing, dance, music, or theater. To apply, contact the department from which you wish consideration.

Art: Department of Art
Undergraduate students majoring in art are eligible and are automatically considered
G100 Visual Arts, 1770 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1770
(970) 491-6774

Creative Writing: Department of English
Deadline: October of award year

359 Eddy, 1773 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1773
(970) 491-6428

Dance: Dance Program
Dance majors only. Auditions held during high school visitation days and the first week of the fall semester.

120 University Center for the Arts, 1778 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1778
(970) 491-5562

Music: Music Program
Auditions held with the faculty appropriate to instrument or vocal range. Preference given to music majors. Please contact the Music Program at the number listed above for the current schedule of Audition Days.

120 University Center for the Arts, 1778 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1778
(970) 491-5529

Theatre
Auditions or portfolio reviews held during high school visitation days with appropriate faculty and the first week of each semester. Theatre majors only.

120 University Center for the Arts, 1778 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1778
(970) 491-5562

Colorado State University Scholarship Application (CSUSA)


Use the CSUSA to apply for scholarships from your academic college (your major), from the Office of Financial Aid, and from other departments on campus. The application is available on RAMweb on October 1 and the deadline is March 1.