CU Promise Expansion

We're excited to share that the CU Promise program was expanded for the 2023-24 school year! New and continuing students who have already received a financial aid offer for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 were considered for CU Promise. Eligible students will see CU Promise as a combination of grants in their financial aid. Learn how to view your aid online.

CU Boulder is committed to addressing affordability and increasing access to higher education through its CU Promise program, which provides free tuition and fees for Colorado resident students with the greatest financial need.

Since 2006, the program has supported access to Colorado’s flagship university for students who might not otherwise have viewed higher education as an option due to financial reasons.

About the Program

The CU Promise is a combination of grants that cover tuition and fees. Grants in the program may include the Federal Pell Grant, Colorado Student Grant, and other CU Boulder-funded grants.

鶹Ժ with significant financial need will receive an additional $5,000 to help cover other education expenses beyond their tuition and fees. To qualify, students must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0. The EFC is an index number calculated by the FAFSA which helps schools determine financial aid eligibility. The additional $5,000 will be added to the combination of grants that make-up CU Promise.

How to Apply

Complete the every year to be considered. Undocumented students can complete the ASSET financial aid application for consideration.


  • Colorado resident
  • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Federal Pell Grant eligible (or eligible ASSET student with significant financial need)
    • Families who are eligible typically have an adjusted gross income of $65,000 or less
  • Undergraduate working on first bachelor's degree
  • Enroll full time (12+ credit hours) in main campus courses

Receiving CU Promise

To receive CU Promise, you must enroll full time (12+ credit hours) and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress each semester. Generally students who take 15 credits each fall and spring can graduate in four years.

  • If you enroll less than full time, your grants will be reduced and may not match your tuition and fees.
  • If you enroll less than half time (6+ credit hours), your grants will be canceled for the semester.

You will see tuition and fees on your bill each semester. The grants included in CU Promise will pay toward your balance.

 Tuition for courses through Continuing Education, Summer Session, and Professional Studies is not covered by CU Promise.

Still have questions?

Check out the CU Promise FAQs for additional information.