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University of Colorado Denver

The Office of Student Assistance

CU Anschutz Shares

Help for Students in Need

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If you are currently experiencing a life-threatening or other emergency situation, please call 911.

CU Anschutz Shares is a resource available to students facing temporary financial hardship that threatens the student’s ability to successfully complete the current semester.


Student Eligibility ​Guidelines

To be eligible for consideration, a student:

  • Must be experiencing an unanticipated situation (accidents, food insecurity, natural disasters, homelessness, etc.) 

  • Must be currently enrolled and regularly attending at least one course at the CU Anschutz Campus

  • Can provide sufficient documentation of current need

  • Must exhaust all other possible financial resources (student loans, Medicaid, personal financial accounts, family/friends, etc.) before applying for student emergency funds

Note: funding for the program is limited and not intended to substitute for the regular financial aid process. Receiving funds through this program may impact your financial aid package. Please schedule a consultation with a financial aid advisor​ to discuss your options.

Applicat​ion Process:

To submit an application, fill out the online form​.

Students will receive follow-up correspondence within two business days of submitting the application. No responses will be given on weekends or weekdays after 5pm.

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Examples of Qu​alifying Expenses

  • Medications
  • Safety Needs (e.g. changing a lock)
  • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft, or natural disaster
  • Short-term/emergency housing


Expenses Not Covered:

  • Normal and anticipated academic expenses (e.g. tuition, fees, health insurance, long-term housing expenses)
  • Non-essential utilities (Phone bills, internet)
  • Parking tickets
  • Cost of entertainment or recreation
  • Legal costs/fees

The expenses mentioned above are only examples and not a complete list. Each case will be handled on an individual basis.​

Additional Resources: 

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Additional Resources:​

CU Anschutz Shares Contact Information 

Phone: 303-724-2866


Location: Education 2 North, 3rd floor, suite 3200​