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Colorado State University provides merit and need-based aid to its incoming students. Students wishing to be considered for need-based aid must start by submitting a FAFSA. Need-based aid is provided to students in a variety of ways. Students may receive scholarships, federal, state and university need-based grants, federal student loans and/or federal work-study funds. Scholarships provided through the financial aid department (as opposed to the merit scholarships) require students to fill out fill out the CSU Scholarship Application to be considered for need-based scholarship aid. Students can find a list of these types of scholarships here along with deadlines, amounts of scholarships, and eligibility and additional application requirements.


There are a variety of potential scholarship opportunities to help students pay for their education at CSU.  Scholarships for Colorado residents, non-resident freshmen, transfer students, international  and military and veteran students are available. Prospective students may find answers to Scholarship-Related Frequently Asked Questions here. Other potential scholarship opportunities include the employee tuition scholarship program, the CSU-affiliated scholarship opportunities which require separate application requirements, scholarships for studying abroad, outside scholarship resources, and tuition scholarships for CSU employee family members.


CSU provides additional options to students who may need alternative or private loans, short-term loans for students who need to meet current term financial need (and do not have an outstanding balance) or student employment opportunities for non-work study students.  Summer financial aid is also available for students wishing to pursue their educational goals throughout the summer months.


Colorado State University provides a variety of resources and tools to help students determine affordability and plan for educational expenses. These tools include the net price calculator tool, cost of attendance page, a comprehensive page of student consumer information, a handy financial aid guide, links to financial aid forms and publications, and a helpful article called  “5 Lesser Known Scholarships. There are also several convenient ways to make payments for students considering how they will budget for their CSU education.


CSU’s Library Website contains a page on Financial Literacy linking to some financial literacy events including an ongoing Money Matters series which are a series of free seminars available to students throughout the year. Additional financial educational resources and links, a bounty of book recommendations on financial literacy and links to career resources are other resources for students visiting this site.


The CSU Health Network page links to a Financial Management section which defines and describes the importance of financial education and links to the Schwab MoneyWise On Campus page. There are two series that students can check out. The first one is about managing your money while you are in school and the second is about moving onto the future and financial planning after college.

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