CU Boulder First Generation Non-Resident Scholarship

The CU Boulder First Generation Scholarship for Non-Residents was established to encourage participation in higher education by first generation college students who have significant financial need. A first generation college student is one whose parents have never earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

To be considered for the First Generation Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a first generation student (neither parent nor student has received a bachelor’s degree or higher)
  • Be an incoming first-year undergraduate student
  • Be a non-resident for tuition purposes
  • Demonstrate significant financial need (this is typically those who qualify for the Federal Pell Grant) by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) along with requested financial aid documents
  • Priority is given to those who are a recipient of either the CU Boulder Chancellor’s Achievement Scholarship or Presidential Scholarship
  • Priority is given to those who apply by March 15; if funds remain, applications submitted after this date may be considered. Award offers are not guaranteed.

For consideration, students must:

If selected to receive a scholarship, recipients will receive $8000/year for up to 4 years. Additionally, during the first year, recipients will be required to participate in the First Generation Program. The First Generation Program is dedicated to supporting first-generation students with innovative programming that amplifies their diverse voices and builds community at CU Boulder.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Family has many different definitions and it is different for each person. It is not just blood relatives but also those who have had a deep/emotional impact on your life. Describe your "family" to us, particularly those who make up your support system.
  2. Embarking on a college education can be overwhelming. Tell us how you are prepared for the challenges and what still concerns you.
  3. I understand that I must have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA) and demonstrate significant financial need to be considered.
  4. If selected to receive this scholarship, I understand that during my first year I will be required to participate in the First Generation Program to continue receiving the scholarship.