Colorado Student Relief Fund

Colorado Student Relief Fund 

Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) has been designated by Governor Jared Polis as the educational entity to administer a $1 million portion of the $44 million Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund: The Colorado Student Relief Fund 

The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit applications from Public Institutions of Higher Education that seek to award Emergency Relief aid to students who have not yet been awarded funds from HEERF. The Colorado Student Relief Fund requires applicants to prioritize students who have not already received an award from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, who have an EFC within 250 percent of Pell eligibility, and who are facing challenges or financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Program Overview

To support students who have not received prior CARES Act funding from an institution. Institutions can use the funds to make direct awards to students in the form of emergency aid during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.

For more details about emergency aid definitions or student eligibility, please see our website and read the RFP.

This Colorado Student Relief Fund grant is a reimbursement grant. Institutions will be able to submit quarterly invoices for expended funds up to the maximum amount after awards are made to students. Funds awarded to students in the Fall 2020 semester prior to the execution of the grant agreement can be reimbursed as long as the institution has significant documentation that the award made prior to the grant execution follows the purpose and spirit of the Colorado Student Relief Fund.

Eligible applicants include:

Colorado Public Institutions of Higher Education are eligible to apply and must commit to administering these funds before June 30, 2021. A public institution is defined as a state college or university as established in Colorado Revised Statute, Title 23.

Key Dates:

September 15, 2020 - RFP release

October 1, 2020 - Applications due by 5 pm

October 5-9, 2020- Committee selects awardees

October 15, 2020- Grant awards will be announced

Now Accepting Applications!

The deadline for the Colorado Student Relief Fund Application is October 1, 2020. Applicants can find more information about the grant here. Applications will be reviewed by a grant selection committee.

Contact Information:

Please contact the following staff listed below.

Shelley Banker, Senior Director COSI I shelley.banker@dhe.state.co.us