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Wondering how you'll pay for your education?

CSU Online offers programs that qualify for:

Colorado State University Online credit courses are not eligible for College Opportunity Fund funding. See below for details.

If you do not meet eligibility requirements for federal or state financial aid, alternative forms of aid can be found at various banks and lending institutions.

Federal Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for online and distance students to cover the cost of tuition, fees, textbooks, and living expenses.

Eligibility – Degrees

If you are admitted to a degree program, your eligibility for financial aid is determined based on a number of factors including the number of credits you’re enrolled in and the applicability of those credits to your degree program. To learn more about your financial aid eligibility and the types of aid available to you, visit the Office of Financial Aid website, call (970) 491-6321, or email

Eligibility – Graduate Certificates

If you are admitted to a graduate certificate program, your eligibility for financial aid is determined based on a number of factors including the number of credits you’re enrolled in and the applicability of those credits to your certificate program. To learn more about your financial aid eligibility and the types of aid available to you, visit the Office of Financial Aid website, call (970) 491-6321, or email

Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once you have been accepted to CSU and enrolled in your courses, an Office of Financial Aid representative will adjust your financial aid award to reflect the cost of your program. When completing the FAFSA please reference CSU’s Federal School Code: 001350.

To check the status of your financial aid application, visit RAMweb and select Financial Aid under the Financial Information section. You can review where you are in the financial aid process, view your current award notice, accept/decline your loan(s), and complete other processing requirements.

Tuition Assistance Plans (TAP)

Many employers provide some form of tuition assistance plan (TAP). Contact your employer's Benefits or Education office for more information.

The Employer Tuition Assistance Form must be completed by you and your employer or sponsor and submitted to the Office of Financial Aid. Your employer must indicate they will provide tuition assistance or reimbursement for your education. The amount your employer provides will be assessed as a resource in addition to financial aid.

Disbursement and Payment

Financial aid disbursements are made early in the semester. Students must be registered and all paperwork must be completed before financial aid is disbursed. This process takes at least three weeks.

Refunds are sent by direct deposit or mail — sign up for direct deposit in RAMweb »

Any financial aid recipient who registers agrees to pay the University according to the payment terms (found in the General Catalog under the Payment of Student Accounts section). Late charges of 1.5% per month and other penalties may be assessed for late payments.

Summer Financial Aid

Students who have completed the FAFSA for the academic year and seek financial aid for the summer semester are required to complete the online CSU Summer Financial Aid Application. This application is available in RAMweb mid-April and must be completed by July 1. Visit the Office of Financial Aid website for more information.

More Information

Office of Financial Aid
103 Centennial Hall
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1065
(970) 491-6321

Scholarships and Fellowships

You may be able to use an existing Colorado State scholarship. Contact the Office of Financial Aid to verify your eligibility.

The CSU Graduate School website provides information on available non-CSU internships, scholarships, and fellowship opportunities. Each year, many scholarships go unused because students are unaware of their availability. We recommend you research the abundance of scholarships and your fit with their requirements.

Scholarship Opportunities

The following scholarships are for students enrolled in programming from the Nancy Richardson Design Center. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are partial or full, depending on need. Applicants will submit the application itself through our website, and also email certain materials to us via email: Please see below for those links:

Graduate Certificate Scholarships for K-12 Teachers
Dual Enrollment Scholarships
CSU Spur Summer Early College Scholarships
PSD Summer Early College Scholarships

John C. and Alex S. Snider Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is available through the CSU Scholarship Application (CSUSA) for nontraditional students who are returning to college. Applicants must be enrolled in a minimum of three (3) academic credits through CSU Online, and working toward their first bachelor's degree.

The CSU Scholarship Application period is October 1 through March 1 of each year.

Access to the online application is available through the student’s RAMweb account.

How to Apply:

  1. Complete and submit the general CSU Scholarship Application (CSUSA). This application uses AcademicWorks, and instructions related to how to complete this application ‎‎‎ Office of Financial Aid website.
  2. Locate the John C. and Alex S. Snider Endowed Scholarship by using the “Filter” option on the Opportunities page. Complete and submit full application.
  3. Scholarships are selected after the March 1 closing date and recipients are notified in late Spring semester.

Military Discounts

Tuition discounts are available to military personnel admitted to a College of Business or College of Engineering online degree or graduate certificate program.

College of Business Military Discount

The College of Business offers a 15% tuition discount for those admitted to the online MBA and CIS degree programs. For the MBA program, call (800) 491-4622 ext. 4 or email For the CIS program, call (970) 491-4612 or email

College of Engineering Military Discount

The College of Engineering offers a 15% tuition discount on select courses for those admitted to an online engineering degree program. Call (970) 491-5288 or email to learn more.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Active duty military, Reserve and Guard members in drilling status, and veterans are eligible; spouses of active duty military personnel are eligible.
  • Documentation is required, but you do not need to renew eligibility each term.

Active duty military and Reserve and Guard members in drilling status can provide one of the following to establish eligibility:

  • Military orders
  • Military tuition assistance verification
  • Transcripts from CCAF or MI institution
  • Current pay stub

Spouses of active duty military can provide a military ID or Transfer of Entitlement Benefits form to establish eligibility.

Veterans can provide one of the following to establish eligibility.

  • DD 214
  • VA Disability document / VA ID

Veterans' Benefits

The Registrar's Office assists the Veterans Administration through the Veterans Educational Benefits Office by providing certification for educational benefits under:

  • Title 38, U.S. Code
    Chapter 30 (New G.I. Bill)
    Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)
    Chapter 32 (Post-Vietnam Era)
    Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance)
  • Title 10, U.S. Code
    Chapter 1606 (Selected Reserve and National Guard)

Students eligible for any benefits must contact the Registrar's Office at least six weeks prior to the expected date of enrollment. A description of the regulations governing receipt of veteran education benefits, Standards of Progress, is available through the Registrar's Office, (970) 491-4860.

College Opportunity Fund (COF)

The College Opportunity Fund stipend does not apply toward any CSU Online courses or programs. Colorado State University Online is a cash-funded and self-supporting unit and does not receive state support.

Credits earned by taking courses through Colorado State University Online will not be counted toward the 145 lifetime hour maximum for COF.

Visit the College Opportunity Fund website for more information.