Campaign encourages students to "Get Your Piece of the Pie"

Only 48 percent of Colorado high school seniors completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid last year, translating to an estimated $92 million in financial aid left on the table over the last two years. Watch Gov. Hickenlooper's message to students.

Colorado among six states to receive federal GEAR UP grant

Spread across seven years, the $35 million grant will support 15 high schools that offer intensive student services, including mentoring and advising, concurrent enrollment opportunities and assistance with college admissions. Read the press release.

Gov. Hickenlooper's budget proposal calls for $130 million higher ed investment

On top of increased support for financial aid and teacher recruitment, the proposed budget invests $121 million to keep tuition flat at all public institutions of higher education for school year 2019-20. Read the Gov.'s proposal.

Colorado named a Complete College America "Momentum State"

CCA’s Momentum Pathways Scale Project boosts college attainment by improving graduation rates and eliminating achievement gaps. Read more about this distinction.

About DHE

Working with the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, we advocate, develop policies and support students to maximize higher education opportunities for all. We believe every Coloradan should have an education beyond high school to pursue their dreams and improve our communities. Read our Master Plan.

Upcoming Events

CCHE Meeting
Time: 1-5 p.m. Feb. 4, 2019
Location: 1600 Broadway, Suite 500
Denver, CO 80202

College Invest Board Meeting
Date: Feb. 21, 2019
Location: 1600 Broadway, Suite 2300
Denver, CO 80202


What's new?

Ecotech Institute and Brightwood College Closing: Education Corporation of America, Inc. discontinued all academic operations in Colorado on Dec. 7, 2018, affecting three locations in Colorado operating as Brightwood College, Brightwood (ITA) and Ecotech Institute. Visit our webpage for updates and options for current students.

Colorado GEAR UP: Gov. Hickenlooper and the Colorado Department of Higher Education celebrated Colorado’s win as one of six states to receive a federal GEAR UP grant that will power pre-collegiate programming for up to 5,000 students across the state—the fourth consecutive award Colorado has received since 1999. Read the press release.

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