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Scholarships for Entering Non-Resident Freshman

Scholarships below are for applicants seeking admission for Fall 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be admitted by February 1
  • Be a new, first-time freshmen entering in the fall term and having not attended another college or university after high school graduation
  • Be a degree-seeking student through CSU's main campus. CSU Online students are not eligible for these scholarships.

Notification of Awards

  • Letters are sent October through May 1 to the mailing address we have on file.
  • Scholarships and renewal criteria are viewable on RAMweb in the Financial Aid section.

Presidential, Provost’s, Dean’s, and Academic Recognition Scholarships

  • We consider the best of your test scores (super score) for both the ACT and SAT (critical reading and math, only).
  • Test scores are accepted through May 1 and scholarship eligibility will be automatically reviewed when new scores are submitted
  • Award amounts listed are per year and available for 4 years.
  • 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.

*Scores are shown for the redesigned SAT. To convert scores from the SAT taken prior to March 2016, visit

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, HB 15-1294 GI Benefits and Yellow Ribbon programs.  We will make sure you receive the highest award for which you are eligible.


- Honors Scholarship

For 2017-2018, $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 2017-2018, $25,000 ($5,000 per year for up to 5 years) 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 the February 1 priority date (as funding may be limited). Eligible students, who are offered an award, will need to accept their award from their RAMweb (Financial Aid section).


- Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)*

For 2017-2018, estimated at $9,561 (based on 2016-2017 tuition and fees) each year; amount subject to change. Renewable for eight total consecutive fall and spring semesters provided requirements are met. Eligible students include non-resident entering, first-time 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, ARA or Dean's scholarships. WUE cannot be combined with GI Promise, HB 15-1294 GI Benefits, Yellow Ribbon or NALA.

*WUE will be awarded on an on-going basis, and additional test scores and GPAs may be submitted until August 1 to qualify; provided funds are available.


- Native American Legacy Award (NALA): Amounts vary

  • This award reduces non-resident tuition (for any semester), to Colorado resident base tuition plus $250/semester, for qualified students who are citizens of eligible federally recognized tribes.

  • It cannot be combined with the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), Yellow Ribbon Award, GI Promise, HB 15-1294 GI Benefits, 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 and tuition reductions 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 and are automatically considered.


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 the Office of Financial Aid, 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.