Investing the time to apply for scholarships can really pay off. There are opportunities based on merit, talent, personal stories, creativity, and more. Apply now before deadlines start to hit.

Apply for Scholarships

Each year, CU Denver undergraduate students are awarded over $30 million in scholarships from institutional, local, state and national sources. Most of these funds are institutional provided through our schools and colleges. Local, state, and national undergraduate sources can be found at My Colorado Journey

Before applying for any scholarships, you should first fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Filling out the FAFSA won’t cost you anything, and you don’t need to pay someone else to prepare it for you.

It’s also important to know the difference between financial aid and scholarships. Simply put, scholarships are free money – money given to you for your education by a higher education institution, state or federal government, or a private company or organization that you don’t have to pay back.

At CU Denver, searching for scholarships has never been easier. We have one tool to support you in searching and applying for scholarships. Our Scholarship Universe Application allows you to apply for scholarships offered by CU Denver and private donors. Both applications identify scholarships that would be the best fit for you.

How to Apply for Scholarships


Apply for Scholarships Through Private Donors

As a CU Denver student, you have exclusive access to Scholarship Universe. The application allows you to apply for scholarships offered by private donors.

Log into Scholarship Universe using your university login credentials.

Scholarships deadlines vary by donor and opportunities are available year round. Keep in mind that a typical scholarship season is September through March the year prior to the funding year.
Apply for Private Scholarships

Next Steps

Scholarship Universe Application Updates

CU Denver General Scholarship Application opens December 1, 2023

  • When considering applicants, the university considers academic history, scholarship essays, resumes, and other applicable materials. 
  • CU Denver General Scholarship Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2024.
  • CU Denver General scholarship applications will be reviewed in March and April, 2024.
  • If selected for a scholarship, you will be notified by university email.
  • If you applied for a scholarship through your specific school or college, your school or college will communicate updates through Scholarship Universe and via university e-mail.
  • Please note: Application deadlines and requirements may differ for scholarships through your specific school or college

Scholarship Universe Award Notifications: If offered a scholarship, monitor your university email for next steps:

  • Accept your scholarship award in the Scholarship Universe Portal
  • Complete additional steps, such as writing a thank you letter to the scholarship donor

Private External Scholarship Awards: If you are awarded a scholarship from a private donor, please follow the these steps:

  • Connect with the donor to have payments sent to the below mailing address:

    University of Colorado Denver
    Financial Aid & Scholarships Office
    Campus Box 125
    PO Box 173364
    Denver, CO 80217

  • To avoid late fees: External checks must arrive at CU Denver by the first day of classes to guarantee they are processed to your account before the tuition due date. External scholarship payments that arrive after the first day of class may result in late fees.
Monitor Your Scholarship Applications

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Located in Lynx Central

CU Denver

Student Commons Building

1201 Larimer Street


Denver, CO 80204


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