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Grants

Federal and State Grants

Both federal and state grants are a type of financial aid which does not have to be repaid. All recipients are responsible for all Student Rights and Responsibilities, including that penalties may be imposed for fraud or abuse.

Colorado State Grant (CSG)

The Colorado State Grant (CSG) is a need-based grant that is funded by the State of Colorado. Eligible students must meet and maintain all the following requirements:

  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree-seeking program
  • Be enrolled in at least half time (6 credit hours) and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for all 6 credit hours
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by FAFSA results
  • Will not have completed a first Bachelor’s degree by July 1, 2015
  • Be a Colorado resident

For 2015-16, the award ranges from $600-$2,400 for the academic year with a minimum enrollment of 6 credit hours per semester. The actual amount depends on the applicant's Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which must be 10,000 or below to be eligible for this award. The award is not prorated based on enrollment.

Awarding priority is based on the order in which the student’s Financial Aid file is complete.

On November 1 for the fall semester and March 1 of the spring semester, unused funds will be canceled and awarded to the next-eligible student. If cancelled on November 1, the award will be cancelled for all future semesters. Late-awarding will be done in the following manner:

  1. Students who were chosen for verification and submitted documentation prior to the first packaging but did not have it yet complete. The student must have a complete financial aid file and awarding will occur in the order in which the financial aid file was complete.
  2. Students who originally had the award cancelled due to not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards but have since had an appeal approved for a future semester. The order will be based on the date of the approved appeal.
  3. Remaining students, who have a complete financial aid file, with an EFC at or below 7,735 and are enrolled in at least 6 hours. The order will be based on the date in which the student were initially awarded.

If awarded in the fall semester, it will be awarded for the full year. If awarded for the spring semester, it will not be awarded for the previous fall.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based grant funded by the federal government. This federally-funded assistance is available to students for help with college expenses. Awards vary depending on the amount of support your family can provide, as determined by the FAFSA. Eligible students must meet and maintain all of the following requirements:

  1. Complete the FAFSA by the April 1 priority date to ensure funding for next academic year.
  2. Demonstrate financial need, as determined by FAFSA results.
  3. Student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) must be less than or equal to the maximum figure established by the federal government for the academic year.
  4. Be an undergraduate student working on the first degree.
  5. Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student.
  6. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.

Pell Grants are awarded based on full-time enrollment status, but then adjusted (prior to disbursement) based on the actual number of credit hours enrolled during that semester.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a grant for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. To be considered for an FSEOG award, a student must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Demonstrate financial need, as determined by FAFSA results
  • Must be PELL eligible with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as determined by FAFSA results
  • Be an undergraduate student working on a first degree
  • Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student
  • Be enrolled in at least half time (6 credit hours) and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards for all 6 credit hours

Awarding priority is given to students who demonstrate highest financial need according to the FAFSA, beginning with students who have a 0 EFC.

For 2015-2016, the award is $600.00 for the academic year. This award is not prorated based on enrollment.

On November 1 for the fall semester and March 1 of the spring semester, unused funds will be canceled for that term and awarded to the next-eligible student. If cancelled on November 1, the award will be cancelled for all future semesters that academic year. Late-awarding will be done in the following manner:

  1. Students with a 0 EFC who were chosen for verification and submitted documentation prior to April 15 but did not have it yet complete. The student must have a complete financial aid file. Awarding will occur in the order in which the financial aid file was complete.
  2. Students who originally had the award cancelled due to not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards but have since had an appeal approved for the future semester. The order will be based on the date of the approved appeal.
  3. Remaining students with a 0 EFC, who have a complete financial aid file, and are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours. The order will be based on the date in which the student was initially awarded.

If awarded in the fall semester, it will be awarded for the full year. If awarded for the spring semester, it will not be awarded for the previous fall.