The CU Promise Program began in the fall semester of 2005. The University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) guarantees that eligible Colorado residents from low-income families will be able to afford the academic costs of a university education without going into debt.
If you are eligible, CU Denver offers a financial aid award package that includes a combination of grants, scholarships, and a work-study job sufficient to fund the student share of tuition, fees, and estimated book expenses. Grants and scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and/or merit and do not have to be repaid. Work-study is offered as a part of your financial aid award. You are responsible for earning the funds through an on-campus department or approved off-campus agency (student employment).
To be eligible for the CU Promise Program, you must:
- be a Colorado resident,
- begin attendance as a first-time freshman or transfer student from a Colorado community college,
- have a family income at or below 100% of the federally-established poverty level,
- complete their financial aid application process, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by July 1st,
- be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant award,
- meet all other criteria (see CU Promise FAQ below)
- be enrolled each term for 12 credit hours or more.
The CU Denver is committed to assisting you in your pursuit of a university education. If you qualify for the CU Promise Program, you may still choose to use student loans to cover some of your other educational costs such as room and board. If you do not qualify for the CU Promise Program, you may still be eligible for enough financial aid to cover the majority of your academic costs.