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Nontraditional Student Scholarship

Continuing Education offers a Nontraditional Student Scholarship each semester. The scholarship awards funding toward the cost of one course up to a maximum of $850 and is competitive based on an essay. Nondegree seeking students (students not formally admitted to a CU degree program) age 22+ may to apply. Eligible courses include those offered via ACCESS, Boulder Evening Credit, Online Credit, the International English Center, Applied Music, and Career Explorations. Students enrolled in Evening MBA, Engineering Anywhere, Ads A2B, and CUBIC are ineligible to apply for this scholarship.

The deadline for submitting the spring application is Jan. 30.

College Opportunity Fund

The College Opportunity Fund (COF) is an amount of money given by the state of Colorado to Colorado residents enrolled in undergraduate credit courses at a Colorado college or university. Each year the Colorado Legislature sets the stipend (amount given to students as a per credit hour amount).

COF Eligibility

You are eligible to use this money for your Continuing Education enrollment if you are:

1. not formally admitted to a degree program (also known as a nondegree student),
2. a resident of Colorado, and
3. taking undergraduate courses through the ACCESS program or CU-Boulder Summer Session.

How to Apply and Authorize COF

1. Apply online through the College Access Network.
2. Authorize COF when you enroll in your course(s).
Please note – it may take three to four days after you apply for COF for you to be able to authorize. You cannot apply and authorize COF on the same day.
3. Questions? Call us at 303-492-5148.

COF Restrictions

The COF stipend is not applicable for Continuing Education’s Evening Credit, Online Learning, Applied Music, Individualized Instruction, or International English Center courses. The tuition rates for many of these programs are based on the tuition paid by Colorado residents after the COF stipend is applied.