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Scholarships are a type of financial aid that can help you pay for college. They are awarded based on academic achievement, financial need, major, and other criteria. Unlike other financial aid, scholarships don’t have to be paid back as long as you are enrolled and meet your requirements.
Thanks to the contributions of generous donors, the ACC Foundation partners with Financial Aid to award ACC Foundation Scholarships. The ACC Foundation awards over $1 million an academic year in scholarships! Students are eligible to receive multiple scholarships.
Current and accepted ACC students are invited to apply for ACC scholarships between November and April, but ACC also has scholarships available for all students outside of those months.
New and returning students should fill out the FAFSA or CASFA so Financial Aid can determine if you are eligible for scholarships that are awarded outside of the ACC Foundation scholarship cycle between November and April.
How to Apply
We recommend that you complete a FAFSA or CASFA. Attend a free FAFSA Lab if you need help. Data from the FAFSA or CASFA may help determine that you eligible for additional Foundation and institutional scholarships.
Steps to apply:
- Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*
- Complete a scholarship application between November and April
- Filling out the general scholarship application will connect you to eligible scholarship opportunities. Be sure to check if any of those additional scholarships have additional questions. Complete all questions and forms to be in the running for the most money possible.
*Concurrent Enrollment students: please note that you are not eligible for scholarships until you have completed your high school requirements.
Requirements To Apply
- Must be a current or accepted ACC student
- Plan to be enrolled for the following Fall semester
- 2.0 cumulative GPA (incoming HS students or college transfers can use prior GPA, transcripts required)
- Plan to be at least a part-time student (6 credits or more)
These are the general requirements to apply for ACC scholarships, but some may have additional qualifications that will be listed on the scholarship application site.
If awarded, each scholarship will have their own set of requirements that will be presented to the awardee prior to the start of the semester.
If you have any questions and/or concerns on the requirements, please reach out Scholarship Program Manager, Travis Ogburn: travis [dot] ogburn [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (travis[dot]ogburn[at]arapahoe[dot]edu) / 303.797.5799.
- ACC Foundation scholarship applications run through Award Spring. The 2024-2025 scholarship application will be open from November 1, 2023 - April 12, 2024.
- The ACC Foundation has Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) funding that is awarded year-round for new and returning students; eligibility is based on the completion of the FAFSA or CASFA.
- Scholarships are normally awarded for the full academic year, typically for fall and spring semesters
- Scholarships can only be applied towards tuition, fees, and books
- ACC scholarships are only eligible for courses taken through ACC, it cannot be used at any other institution
- Additional terms and conditions relevant to specific scholarships will be communicated through the application software.
Need other resources?
- If you need of assistance, please reach out to ACC’s Dean of Students Office. They can help with food and housing resources and offer other student support services. ACC offers numerous resources to help you, and everyone at ACC wants to see you succeed, so never be afraid to ask for help!
- Have you recently lost your job due to COVID-19? Are you thinking that it might be time for a new career? Are you looking for education and training that can help you get hired in one of Colorado’s top industries? ACC is proud to partner with the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s COSI program to help you find a job through the new Back to Work grant: Career Forward.
Scholarship Search Engines
Scholarship websites are free resources that students can leverage to search for available funds online. A few to check out are:
- FastWeb provides access to a database of more than 600,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and student loans with over one billion dollars available.
- Sallie Mae Scholarship Search provides access to more than five million college scholarships worth up to $24 billion.
- Access Scholarships has nearly 6,000 unique scholarship opportunities for you to search through and apply for.