Students who are selected to receive an award will be notified via email; notifications can also be viewed on the Financial Aid Awards page of RAMweb.

Test Optional Update

ACT and SAT test scores will be optional for first-year students who graduate from high school in 2021 for admission purposes. More information about how this affects new merit scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year will be forthcoming.

For more test-optional information, review Admissions COVID-19 FAQs.

Honors Scholarship

$4,000 ($1,000 per year) is awarded to first-year students who are admitted to and participate in the Honors Program. To be considered for this scholarship, a complete Honors application must be submitted by February 1st.

  • Students must be new, first-year students and have not attended another college or university after high school (secondary) graduation, and prior to enrollment at Colorado State.
  • Scholarships are for students seeking a degree through CSU’s main campus (not CSU Online) and require enrollment in on-campus credits.
  • Scholarships are not awarded to students starting in the spring or summer session.

Scholarships Based on Admissions Application

These scholarships are for international applicants seeking admission for Spring or Fall. To be considered, students must submit a complete Application for Admission (including transcripts, essay, letter of recommendation, and processing fee) and meet specific academic criteria by November 1 for Spring or February 1 for Fall. Notification of scholarship awards begins mid-October and continues through March.

Since ACT and SAT test scores are optional for first-year students for admission purposes, academic criteria for merit based scholarships will be different for the 2021-2022 academic year than it has been in the past. Award criteria has yet to be announced for the 2021-2022 academic year, but more information will be forthcoming about how we will determine eligibility for merit scholarships.

To be eligible for scholarships, students must:

  • Be registered full time
  • Be new, first-year students and have not attended another college or university after high school (secondary) graduation, and prior to enrollment at Colorado State.
  • Scholarships are for students seeking a degree through CSU’s main campus (not CSU Online) and require enrollment in on-campus credits.
  • Scholarships are not awarded to students starting in the summer session.
  • Sponsored students are not eligible for these awards.
  • Merit scholars who meet the selection and renewal criteria may receive this award for up to a total of eight (8) semesters, or until their degree is complete, whichever comes first.