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College Student Resources
Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Directory:
The Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative are excited to announce the launch of our newest resource connecting families and students with student support programs helping Coloradans get to, and through, postsecondary education. With this directory we will provide access to families to identify programs in their area, and the general public with a clear picture of the work in our state and where to invest additional resources. Click here to access the directory.
The 2-1-1 Colorado database holds information about more than 11,000 services across the state of Colorado. Colorado 2-1-1 is a simple and easy-to-remember number and website that people can access when they need help or want to give help. Often, people don’t know where to go for help-or that help is available-emergency food and shelter assistance, child care, after-school programs and more.
For students who are the first in their family to attend college, these resources may be helpful.
- I'm First is an online community celebrating first-generation college students and supporting those who will be.
- College In Colorado is charged with helping all Coloradans explore career and education pathways, break down barriers to postsecondary attainment, and create a plan for their postsecondary and workforce success. CIC offers a one-stop resource to help students and parents plan, apply and pay for college.
- Your institution may also provide additional supports for you as a first-generation student. Contact your Colorado Challenge college counselor.
- College In Colorado offers a webpage where students without proof of legal U.S. residency who wish to attend a Colorado public college or university can learn whether they may be eligible for in-state tuition. The site, www.CICColoradoAsset.org, is available to assist families and students understand Colorado ASSET and the resources available to help along the way. Some features of the site include an eligibility calculator, scholarships for undocumented students, detailed information about how Colorado ASSET works, resources for educators who assist students who may qualify for ASSET, and more.
- Keeping the Dream Alive maintains a scholarship database for undocumented students.
- United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Furthermore, UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.
- Together Colorado is a non-partisan, multi-racial, multi-faith community organization that unlocks the power of people to transform their communities through community organizing. Current key issues include education, health care, public safety, immigration, economic justice, and gun violence prevention. Together Colorado was founded by a group of faith leaders in 1978 as Metro Organizations for People.
- Financial aid guide - The Colorado Challenge provides a brief financial aid guide for participating students to help them renew their applications and apply for additional scholarships. Download the guide.
- FAFSA - Learn more about and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Federal loans - Information for those students who have already received federal loans and want to manage loan accounts.
- Scholarship database - To learn more about scholarship available to all students in Colorado, please visit College In Colorado's scholarship database.
- College Opportunity Fund - Learn more about this stipend for Colorado students or those who qualify for ASSET.
- Institutional aid - To learn more about scholarships by institutions involved in the Colorado Challenge, please meet with your financial aid office and visit the following links:
Please note: While the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Challenge want to provide resources for student success, we can neither condone nor regulate the content of the following websites listed above. Please make sure to speak with your Colorado Challenge college counselor if you have any questions or concerns.
Contact Cynthia N. Armendariz, Director of Colorado Challenge, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-862-3001 for more information.