There are numerous options available for graduate students seeking financial assistance to help them pay for graduate school.
Financial Aid Office: 719-255-3460
Read theTuition Classification Guidelines for information on how to be eligible for in-state tuition
+ Bill Estimator
You can use the online tool to estimate your costs based on semester, college, residency status, enrollment hours, fees, and more. This estimator does not estimate costs for Extended Studies courses. Visit the Extended Studies website to estimate those costs.
To estimate your bill: Bill Estimator
+ Need-Based Aid
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received and processed by the University and the student must be admitted into the program no later than March 1st to receive need-based aid. UCCS's school code is 004509.
For more information: Need-Based Aid (FAFSA)
+ Lind Scholarship
Need-based award for full-time graduate students. Awards are typically $500. Applicants need to fill out the UCCS Scholarship Application and submit an essay no more than 500 words on “What is a university”? Students will be notified of results in the beginning of April.
For more information: Lind Scholarship
+ Graduate School Fellowships
Merit-based awards that contribute to educating graduate students and moving the university research mission forward. Students must be fully admitted to an on campus graduate program, and be engaged in full (5 or more credits/semester) or part time (1 to 4 credits/semester) study to be eligible for the fellowship. If the graduate student fails to meet the credit/semester requirement, the fellowship is forfeited. Awards are approximately $5,000 each. Ask your program of interest for more details on how to be nominated.
+ Teaching & Research Assistantships
Many graduate programs offer students internships, scholarships, and positions. Check with your program of interest for these opportunities.
For more information: Program-Specific Opportunities
+ Western State Resident Tuition Classification Program
Residents from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are eligible to pay in-state tuition for qualifying programs only*. The benefit will be automatically applied to qualified students' tuition bill based on their legal residency. Effective Fall 2013.
*(Applied Geography, Communication, Counseling & Human Services, TESOL/CLDE (online), Public Administration, Psychological Science, Sociology, and Space Operations only).
+ Chancellor's Non-Resident Scholarships for Graduate Students
$2,000 or $4,000 / Academic Year. Graduate students must have at least a 3.5 Cumulative GPA from the institution that granted their undergraduate degree to qualify for the $4,000 Merit Scholarship; or at least a 3.0 Cumulative GPA to qualify for the $2,000 Scholarship. Awards are typically not renewable because the student is expected to establish Colorado residency by the second year of their program
+ Student Employment
On-campus and off-campus opportunities are available that can enhance your education and transferable work skills while assisting you in paying for graduate school.
For more information: Student Employment
Educational awards from $1,000 to $2,300 are available for students through specific programs in the Beth El College of Nursing, College of Education and Psychology Department.
For more information: Americorps
+ CU Employee Tuition Assistance
Employees who are in a non-temporary, retirement-plan eligible faculty or staff position with an appointment 50% or great are eligible to recieve 9 credit hours per year to be used against tuition on a space-available basis.
For more information: CU Employee Tuition Assistance