Academic Programs

Financial Assistance

Often one of the big challenges for students and parents is planning a way to pay for college. Student Financial Services at Colorado State University offers a variety of financial aid and scholarship resources for students and their parents.

Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

CSU Graduate School Financial Resources

On its website,the CSU Graduate School offers detailed information on a variety of financial resources available to graduate students.

School of Education Travel Mini-Grants

The School of Education has developed a mini-grant program designed to award travel funds to doctoral and master’s students in any major within the school who are financially unable to attend conferences otherwise.

Grant amounts up to $1,000 are made available to support travel to national and/or regional scholar-practitioner conferences. With these grants, students have the opportunity to present their research to a group of their peers and see the research of others in their field, as well as network for later research and job opportunities.

The application will re-open for submissions in August 2017; please bookmark this page for future reference. Master’s and doctoral students in any program within the School of Education are encouraged to apply for the grant if they are in need of financial assistance to attend a conference.

Student Financial Services

The Student Financial Services web site includes information on the cost of attending CSU; a budget calculator; an overview of scholarships, grants and loans; student employment opportunities and work Study; and more.

College Opportunity Fund

The College Opportunity Fund provides state-tax dollars to colleges and universities on behalf of eligible undergraduate students. The Fund was created by an Act of the Colorado State Legislature in May 2004 to heighten awareness that state tax dollars are used to offset the costs of undergraduate education.


Graduate assistantships provide students the opportunity to combine theory and practice while offering financial assistance that includes remission of tuition and a stipend. Assistantships allow students to focus on academic coursework and take advantage of other professional opportunities. View Graduate Assistantship Opportunities with the School of Education.


Find a scholarship that is right for you with the College of Health and Human Sciences searchable scholarship database. The scholarship endowment funds total almost $4 million, thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends. More than 100 scholarships are awarded annually to recognize outstanding academic achievement. Scholarships range in value from three hundred to several thousand dollars.

AmeriCorps Education Award

As a CSU student active in volunteering, you may be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award. AmeriCorps education awards are given on what you DO in the community, not on financial need or GPA. If you're planning to do unpaid service for a non-profit organization, you could qualify. The education award is a great fit for internships, practicum experiences, fieldwork experiences, alternative spring break participation, ongoing and committed volunteer work and service learning classes. You can use your education award to pay for tuition, make payments on existing loans, or save it for up to seven years for graduate school or continuing education in the future. Twenty percent of your service can be spent in professional development. The education awards come in the following flavors:

  • 300 hours of service in a calendar year = $1,000 award
  • 450 hours of service in a calendar year = $1,250 award
  • 900 hours of service in two calendar years = $2,363 award

For further information, contact Kristin Schultz, Coordinator, CSU UCAN Serve AmeriCorps Program, (970) 491-3802,

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Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Out-of-state students in our Ph.D. programs may apply for WICHE classification. These students are eligible to pay in-state tutiion. Please see the Graduate School website for more information.