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Scholarships for Entering Non-Resident Freshman

Scholarships below are for applicants seeking admission for Fall 2015. To be considered for the following scholarships, students must submit a complete Application for Admission (including transcripts, test scores, essay, letter of recommendation, and processing fee) and meet specific academic criteria by February 1 (unless indicated otherwise). Notification of scholarship awards begins late-October and continues through March. All University scholarships are for students seeking a degree through CSU's main campus (not OnlinePlus) and require enrollment in on-campus credits.  All scholarships are for students starting in the fall, unless noted otherwise.  Scholarships are not awarded to students starting in the summer session.  Students must be new, first-time freshmen, and have not attended another college or university after high school graduation, and prior to enrollment at Colorado State. Students who meet eligibility requirements, or are selected to receive an award, will be notified via a letter to their mailing address on file; the award will also be visible on the Financial Aid Awards page of their RAMweb.

-Triple Crown Awards (Presidential, Provost’s & Dean’s Scholarships)

For 2015-2016, $40,000 - $24,000 ($10,000 to $6,000 per year) awarded to non-resident first-time freshmen who meet the criteria in the below listed chart, by the previously stated February 1 complete Application for Admission due date. Please be advised SAT scores refer to critical reading and math only (written sections are not considered), and ACT & SAT combined scores must be from one test sitting. Admitted students (who met the Feb 1 date) can submit additional academic work (test scores, transcripts) by March 1 to strengthen their application for scholarship eligibility.

National Merit Finalists who list CSU as their first-choice institution with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will automatically receive the Presidential Scholarship, as will National Hispanic Scholars and National Achievement Scholars.

Green and Gold Scholarship Table

Note: Students cannot receive the Presidential, Provost's or Dean's scholarships with the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) award, the Native American Legacy Award, or the GI Promise and Yellow Ribbon programs.  The lower valued award will be cancelled.

Green and Gold Scholarship Table


- Honors Scholarship

For 2015-2016, $4,000 ($1,000 per year) awarded to students who are admitted to and participate in the University Honors Program. For more information about the Honors Program, please visit the University Honors Program website.


- Partnership Award

For 2015-2016, $20,000 ($5,000 per year) awarded to first-time freshmen who have participated in a CSU Partnership Designated program (Black Issues Forum, Lorenzo De Zavala Youth Legislative Session, or the Native Education Forum)  and submit a complete application for admission (including supporting documents) by February 1.


- Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)*

For 2015-2016, estimated $8,870 (based on 2014-2015 tuition and fees) each year. Amount subject to change. Renewable for eight total semesters provided requirements are met. Non-resident entering freshmen who meet specific academic criteria (see WUE website) and are from a participating WUE state.

*Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) students are not eligible for the Presidential, Provost's, Dean's or the Partnership Award.

*WUE will be awarded on an on-going basis provided funds are available.


- Native American Legacy Award (NALA): Amounts vary

  • This award reduces non-resident tuition, to Colorado resident base tuition plus $500, for qualified students who are citizens of eligible federally recognized tribes.

  • It cannot be combined with the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), Yellow Ribbon Award or other non-resident institutional scholarships.

  • Non-resident, full-time, degree-seeking, Native American students are eligible if they are citizens of tribes that have a historical legacy of occupation in Colorado.

  • You must submit proof of tribal citizenship to receive this award.

  • All University scholarships are for regular on-campus credits.

  • Details, eligibility and application information

The following scholarship requires a separate application. See details below.

- Creative and Performing Arts Award

Award amounts vary and are awarded to students with talent in art, creative writing, dance, music, or theater. To apply, contact the department from which you wish consideration.

Art: Department of Art

G100 Visual Arts, 1770 Campus Delivery

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1770

(970) 491-6774

Undergraduate students majoring in art are eligible to apply. Complete the College of Liberal Arts section of the CSU Scholarship Application (CSUSA).


Creative Writing: Department of English

359 Eddy, 1773 Campus Delivery

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1773

(970) 491-6428

Deadline: October of award year


Dance: Dance Program

120 University Center for the Arts, 1778 Campus Delivery

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1778

(970) 491-5562

Auditions held during high school visitation days and the first week of the fall semester. Dance majors only.


Music: Music Program

120 University Center for the Arts, 1778 Campus Delivery

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1778

(970) 491-5529

Auditions held with the faculty appropriate to instrument or vocal range. Preference given to music majors. Please contact the Music Program at the number listed above for the current schedule of Audition Days.



120 University Center for the Arts, 1778 Campus Delivery

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1778

(970) 491-5562

Auditions or portfolio reviews held during high school visitation days with appropriate faculty and the first week of each semester. Theatre majors only.


Colorado State University Scholarship Application (CSUSA)

Use the CSUSA to apply for scholarships from your academic college (your major), from Student Financial Services, and from other departments on campus. The application is available on RAMweb on December 1 and the deadline is March 1. Click here for more information on the CSUSA.