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Colorado State University's Commitment to Colorado

As part of its land grant mission, Colorado State University wants to ensure that financial challenges will not prevent any undergraduate Colorado student who is admitted to the university from attending.

CSU's Commitment to Colorado provides Colorado students who have a family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on their most recently filed federal income tax return(s) of $57,000 or less (and who meet other eligibility requirements) with grant funds from federal, state and university sources to cover at least one-half the cost of student share of base tuition.  Students who are eligible for federal Pell Grant may be eligible to receive grant funds to cover at least 100% of student share of base tuition and standard fees.

Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, new freshmen and transfer students may be asked to complete the College Board’s CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (PROFILE) in addition to completing the FAFSA. Information provided on the PROFILE will be used to accurately award Commitment to Colorado funds based on a comprehensive analysis of a family’s financial information. 

- Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a Colorado resident for tuition purposes

  • Be admitted to Colorado State University

    • Students pursuing programs solely offered through the Division of Continuing Education (CSU Online) are not eligible

  • Be pursuing a first bachelor's degree

  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by:

    • August 1 for students enrolling fall (fall/spring

    • January 1 for students entering in the spring semeste

  • New freshmen and transfer students entering 2014-2015:

    • If requested, complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. Students will be notified they must complete the PROFILE via email and RAMweb after FAFSA results are received. Do not complete a PROFILE for Colorado State University unless you have been asked to do so
      • If your parents are divorced, separated or never married the parent not included on your FAFSA may be required to complete the Noncustodial Parent PROFILE (NCP)
      • Eligibility for the Commitment to Colorado will be determined based on an analysis of the PROFILE results, if it was requested
    • Students not selected to complete the PROFILE may still be eligible to receive the Commitment to Colorado if all other eligibility requirements are met
  • Be enrolled full-time (12 or more resident instruction credits)

    • Credits offered through the Division of Continuing Education (OnlinePlus) are not considered resident instruction credits
  • Have no other financial assistance that exceeds the cost of attendance

  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress

  • Have attempted less than 130 credits

- Renewability

  • Students must submit a new FAFSA annually by the deadline and meet the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and/or AGI requirements specific to the year for which they are applying

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