Commitment to Colorado

Access to High-quality, Affordable Higher Education

  • Sunrise over the West Lawn and the Lory Student Center. February 1, 2011

    Land Grant Mission

    Providing access to all Colorado residents


  • Student Recreation Center 1

    Ensuring A Strong Future

    Investing in Colorado’s youth for a strong future

  • Commencement at Colorado State University

    A Dream Shared

    Assisting all students toward graduation

  • Colorado State University

    CSU’s Commitment to Higher Education

    Eliminating Financial Barriers

  • Receipt of Commitment to Colorado funding showed a positive association with first year student retention rates for 2011-2012 and for 2012-2013.

  • Annually almost 1,000 Colorado freshmen students have received Commitment to Colorado funding.

  • Currently over 4,000 students have received Commitment to Colorado funding each year.

  • Commitment to Colorado is the largest need-based grant offered at Colorado State University.

  • Commitment to Colorado currently covers 20% of all Colorado undergraduates at Colorado State University.

  • Most undergraduate Colorado students with a family adjusted gross income (AGI) of $57,000 or less will receive Commitment to Colorado funding to cover half the student share of  base tuition.

Access to High-Quality, Affordable Higher Education

As part of its land grant mission, Colorado State University wants to ensure that financial challenges will not prevent any undergraduate Colorado student who is admitted to the university from attending.

CSU’s Commitment to Colorado provides Colorado students who have a family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on their most recently filed federal income tax return(s) of $57,000 or less (and who meet other eligibility requirements) with grant funds from federal, state and university sources to cover at least one-half the cost of student share of base tuition.  Students who are eligible for federal Pell Grant may be eligible to receive grant funds to cover at least 100% of student share of base tuition and standard fees.

Students may be asked to provide additional financial information beyond what is collected on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  This information will be used to accurately award Commitment to Colorado funds based on a comprehensive analysis of a family’s ability to pay for college.


    This funding has been very important to my family because we know the difference having a degree can make.

    Alfred Castillo

    Senior, Biological Sciences

  • CTC April Tamburelli and Evan (2)

    Commitment to Colorado funding has been vital to my success as a low-income student.

    April Tamburelli & son, Evan

    Senior, Environmental Engineering

  • CTC FKasimir  Carrazana 102013

    Commitment to Colorado allows me to further my education & become the individual that I know I am capable of being.

    Kas Carranza

    Senior, Health and Excercise Science

  • Vi Nguyen 1 Dec 2013

    This funding has helped lessen my parents' financial burden and relieved me of having to work in Denver while at CSU.

    Vi Nguyen

    Senior, Environmental Health

  • CTC Laurel Wiley 102013

    I wouldn’t be here without Commitment to Colorado funding.  I can’t say enough about how helpful it has been.

    Laurel Wiley

    Sophomore, Theatre major

  • CTC April Tamburelli and Evan (2)
  • CTC FKasimir  Carrazana 102013
  • Vi Nguyen 1 Dec 2013
  • CTC Laurel Wiley 102013

Change a young life and change the world.

Careful management of University expenses and reallocation of resources into the financial aid program during the past several years is helping to get Commitment to Colorado off the ground. The goal is to partner with individuals, families, corporations, and foundations that share our dedication to the promise of higher education and the importance of access.

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