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Your degree is closer than you think. CU Complete can help you complete your CU-Boulder degree.

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CU Complete

Guiding Former Students toward Completing Their Degree

CU Complete is a service designed to help former degree students learn about their options to complete their degree. We have academic, financial aid, and career advisors on staff to assist students in returning to CU-Boulder. We can also provide assistance and referrals for enrollment at a variety of colleges or universities in the state.

To get started today, complete the intake form and one of our advisors will be in touch to discuss next steps.

You can also use some of our career exploration and job search resources.

CU Complete History

When we started this project in March 2009, we were surprised to learn that more than 1,000 students who had enrolled at CU between 2002 and 2006 had not completed their degrees despite being in good academic standing and being at least half-way done with their degree requirements. There is no reason, we thought, that we cannot help at least 100 of these students. The Director of Extended Studies at the Colorado Department at Higher Education said even one student would be a good start.

One year later, we had contacted around 375 students, heard back from about 100, and were able to assist 14 in re-enrolling at CU. Analyzing the information we gathered from our intake forms and surveys, we determined that time and money were the primary barriers standing in the way of degree completion for most students. In addition, many students needed more flexibility – online and evening courses – to fit their educational goals into their already busy lives.

To date we have worked with over 400 students and graduated more than 100 with more on the way. Inspired by these students and many others, we seek to address the barriers that can stand in between a student and his or her degree. Working strategically with academic departments and individual faculty, we have been able to increase our offering of evening and online courses, making degree completion easier for working adults.

We were thrilled to receive additional funding from Colorado Department at Higher Education, allowing for the creation of a scholarship program for CU Complete students. When this funding, approximately $54,000, was exhausted in the summer of 2013, the Dean of Continuing Education agreed to continue offering scholarships funded by tuition revenues to CU Complete students. As of fall 2013 we have awarded over $100,000 to students working toward their degrees. We also celebrated a wonderful milestone; over 100 CU Complete students graduated from CU!

We still have scholarship funding available to help address the financial barriers that keep so many students from earning their degrees. CU staff and faculty remain determined and excited to assist students on the path to graduation.

Academic Advising

Our academic advisors can help you plan your course of study and your schedule. We help main campus students looking for a way to earn credits and stay on schedule to graduate, former students interested in completing their degrees, new students focused on earning college credits without interrupting work and family schedules, and more.

No matter the situation, we are committed to helping you explore your educational goals.

Schedule an appointment with our Academic Advisors.

CU Complete Intake Form

If you are interested in CU Complete, please download and complete the CU Complete Intake Form. The information you provide will help CU Complete advisors assess your best options for degree completion. Email your completed form to ceadvise@colorado.edu.

CU Complete Scholarship

Continuing Education is delighted to offer a scholarship opportunity designed to assist adult students who are trying to complete their first undergraduate degree.

Scholarships of up to $500 may be awarded to students enrolled in five or fewer credits in one term and scholarships of up to $1,000 may be awarded to students enrolled in six or more credits in one term. Students are eligible for a scholarship only once and must meet all eligibility requirements. Awards are based on availability of funds.

Eligibility

• Students may be degree-seeking or nondegree seeking students.

• Scholarship may be applied to CU-Boulder credit courses only.

• Students must be enrolled in a course or courses in order to receive an award.

• Students are eligible for this scholarship only once.

• Scholarships are dedicated to students completing their first bachelor’s degree.

• Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA.

• Highest consideration will be given to students who meet the “ready adult” criteria established by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education’ Nontraditional No More initiative: Students at least 25 years of age who have completed at least 60 credit-hours toward a baccalaureate degree.

CU Complete Scholarship Application Process

• Download the CU Complete Scholarship application, complete the application, and send it to:

CU Complete Scholarship
 Division of Continuing Education University of Colorado Boulder 
178 UCB
 Boulder, CO 80309-0178 
email: ceadvise@colorado.edu
 fax: 303-492-3962

• Along with the application, please include an essay (1-3 pages, double-spaced) addressing the barriers you have faced as an adult returning to college and your post-graduation goals.

• Applications will be considered as they are received.

Additional Information

• For more about the Nontraditional No More initiative, visit http://www.wiche.edu/ntnm

• For questions about CU Complete or the scholarship, please call 303-492-5148 or email ceadvise@colorado.edu to speak with an academic advisor.