Financial Aid Information (UCCS Specific)
Please note that in order to access any type of financial aid at UCCS, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you need assistance during the FAFSA application process, the UCCS Office of Financial Aid has a variety of resources to help you.
We understand that official processes can sometimes be intimidating or even scary. If you need an advocate during this process, please contact MOSAIC and we can work with you in partnership with the Office of Financial Aid to get your questions answered. If you are comfortable navigating the FAFSA application process on your own, you may visit the UCCS Financial Aid Website for information that may be helpful to you during the process.
UCCS Scholarships Information
Even though undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid and some scholarships, the UCCS Office of Financial Aid is committed to helping students identify and understand their options and provide information and guidance. Students needing support with scholarships are strongly encouraged to connect with a Scholarship Counselor.
Scholarship Contact Information
Phone (719) 255-3390 or (719) 255-5164
UCCS Student Relief Fund: The UCCS Student Relief Fund provides need-based awards for UCCS students who are not eligible for federal or state financial aid and have graduated from a high school or received a GED within the United States. Applicants with active Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow (ASSET) status are particularly encouraged to apply.
Please visit https://www.uccs.edu/finaid/eliginfo/dacaasset for more information. You can also find information by using the UCCS Scholarship Search and typing in the key words “DACA” or “ASSET” to find scholarships open to accepting applications.
UCCS Student Employment: Working on campus can be another great way to help fund your education. Visit the Student Employment Website for information on how to find and apply for on campus jobs.
UCCS Short-Term Loans: Short term loans are small, one-time loans issued by the university. The loan is requested by visiting the Office of Financial Aid and the check is issued by the Student Financial Services/Bursar's Office. Unlike other student loans, these loans must be repaid within the semester and are only intended to address short-term financial emergencies. Please visit the UCCS Financial Aid website for full details.
UCCS Chancellor's Leadership Class (CLC): CLC is a four-year undergraduate leadership development program at UCCS initiated in 1997. The program is designed to engage scholars with the members of the Colorado Springs community to nourish positive community impact through leadership and training.
- High school seniors must have a minimum of a 3.5 cumulative GPA
- College students must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA
- All applicants must have at least two years left in college
Application Materials Required:
- Online Application: Essays and Resume
- Visit the UCCS Scholarships Page or CLC website to learn more.
Other Financial Aid Resources:
Please note that many of these scholarships can be found using the UCCS Scholarship Search
El Cinco de Mayo Scholarship: This scholarship is for students currently living or attending (or wanting to attend) an institution of higher education in Colorado Springs that fall within the definition of “underserved” (someone who does not have the financial resources and/or has inadequate support, guidance, assistance and/or would be the first in their family to and they are attend/graduate from college; and/or who is facing adversity in life due to their socio-economic situation). Visit http://elcincodemayo.org/ for more information.
CESDA Diversity Scholarship: The Colorado Educational Services & Development Association (CESDA) awards scholarships to applicants who must be a Colorado high school graduating senior, and meet one of the following requirements: identify as a student of color, be the first generation (neither parent/guardian received a bachelor’s degree) to attend college, and/or be a student with financial need. Applicant must enroll at a 2 or 4 year Colorado college or university. For more information, visit: http://www.cesda.org/scholarships
Golden Door Scholars Scholarship: The Golden Door Scholars Scholarship is a selective scholarship program that provides scholarships for graduating undocumented seniors or first-year community college students. For more information, visit: https://www.goldendoorscholars.org/
Juntos for Education: Juntos for Education offers a scholarship for undocumented and underserved students in El Paso County high schools. This scholarship is geared towards students who are often overlooked, do not qualify for merit based scholarships, or federal financial aid because of their immigration status. The scholarship is aimed at students with a GPA ranging from 3.3 and below. Scholarships of $250 will be awarded to 4 High School seniors each year. For more information, visit https://www.juntosforeducation.org/ or email email@example.com
Latin American Educational Fund (LAEF): This scholarship is available for high school seniors, college undergraduate, and graduate students of Hispanic origin (or actively involved in Hispanic community) in Colorado. Students must have a 3.0 GPA and above. There is no legal residency status or citizenship. For more information, visit: http://www.laef.org/Scholarship
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund: The scholarship is open to high school seniors, undergrads, students transferring from community college to four-year universities, and graduate students. US citizens and permanent legal residents can apply. This is open to DACA and other eligible non-citizens. For more information, visit: https://www.hsf.net/
Esperanza Education Foundation Scholarship: "Esperanza means hope in Spanish, which is what our scholarships provide to students in El Paso and Teller Counties in Colorado." To apply visit: http://www.eefscholarships.org/
The DREAM.US National Scholarship: "We think of our National Scholarship as the “Pell Grant” for highly motivated DREAMers with significant, unmet financial need. While we consider your GPA and test scores, we place great emphasis on your demonstrated ability to overcome the barriers and challenges that DREAMers face each and every day." To apply visit, http://www.thedream.us/scholarships/national-scholarship/
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund: The scholarship is open to high school seniors, undergrads, students transferring from community college to four-year universities, and graduate students. The 2018-2019 scholarships vary between $500 and $5,000. Though US citizens and permanent legal residents can apply, so can DACA and other eligible non-citizens.
LSAT Fee Waivers: DACA recipients are eligible for LSAT fee waivers. To learn more, visit: https://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/fee-waivers
MCAT Fee Waivers: DACA recipients are eligible for MCAT fee waivers. For more information, visit: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/applying-medical-school-process/fee-assistance-program/