Finish What You Started - Statewide Participant

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The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative launched the Finish What You Started Program in 2021 to help Colorado residents go back to school and earn their credential or degree. The program supports in two ways: providing financial assistance and support services throughout their college experience. Public institutions across the state will be providing the FWYS program as early as this fall.

Do you have some college, but did not graduate or obtain your credential? Are you thinking of re-enrolling to finish your degree? Join the Finish What You Started program designed to provide you with support services to obtain college credentials or degrees. The program combines financial support with additional services such as career planning and student coaching, connection to community and public resources (e.g., transportation assistance, childcare centers, legal aid services, housing support, etc.) and career connections. 

Why should you participate?

Statewide Residents:

 

  • Support:
    • Enrollment support in registration, financial aid scholarships and more
    • 1:1 support to ensure progression toward the completion of a credential/degree  
    • connection and career support and transition back into the workforce
       
  • Scholarships:  
    • A COSI support person will work with you to understand the total cost of obtaining your degree, exploring federal aid and other scholarship opportunities
    • COSI Scholarship

Are you eligible?

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must plan to enroll or be enrolling at a Colorado public college or university 
  • Must be pursuing your first higher education certificate or degree (previous degree holders are ineligible) 
  • Undergraduate, in-state students who fit one of the following two categories:
    • Have "Some College, No Degree": Defined as students who earned some postsecondary credits from a public/private higher education institution but did not complete a credential or degree before deciding not to enroll for two or more consecutive semesters.
       
    • Are "First-time Students": Defined as students who were admitted to a public institution of higher education as a first-time student for the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 academic year but did not enroll at any institution for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Are you ready to get started?  

 

 Statewide Program Contacts 

The statewide Finish What You Started college and university programs are preparing to serve students and are expected to launch soon!  As programs are up and running, we will add contact information to the table. In the meantime, you can complete the signup, and COSI will share your information with the college or university you select.  

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Adams State University

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Aims Community College 

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Arapahoe Community College

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Colorado Mesa University 

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Colorado Mountain College

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Colorado Northwestern Community College

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Colorado School of Mines

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Colorado State University 

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Colorado State University Pueblo

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Colorado State University-Global

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Community College of Aurora

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Community College of Denver

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Emily Griffith Foundation 

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Fort Lewis College 

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Front Range Community College 

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Lamar Community College

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Metropolitan State University of Denver

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Morgan Community College 

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Northeastern Junior College 

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Otero College 

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Pickens Technical College   

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Pikes Peak Community College 

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Pueblo Community College  

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Red Rocks Community College

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Technical College of the Rockies

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Trinidad State College

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University of Colorado Boulder

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University of Colorado Colorado Springs

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University of Colorado Denver  

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University of Northern Colorado Foundation  

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Western Colorado University   

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