Choosing whether or not to go to college is one of the greatest financial decisions you will likely ever make in your life (no pressure.) Plus, many career fields and industries require degrees and/or certifications, making higher education more of a necessity than a choice. Whether or not you have been saving to go to college, the financial burden of tuition and student loans can be a harsh fact to face. Luckily, like many schools and institutions, there are plenty of University of Colorado Colorado Springs scholarships and grants to make financial commitment easier.
UCCS is a popular school in the area for good reason! Their respected academics, vibrant on-campus lifestyle, and opportunities for professional growth set them apart as one of the top-rated universities in Colorado. However, choosing to go to UCCS is still a big financial decision. Luckily, plenty of scholarships and grants are available for students who need financial assistance. UCCS annually awards about $14 million in scholarships funded by institutional, local, state, and national sources. Here are a few more significant University of Colorado Colorado Springs scholarships and grants for which you can consider applying!
Firstly, The UCCS Chancellor’s Award is for incoming full-time freshmen from Colorado. It goes to students based on their high school GPA; if they don’t include test scores, students with a 3.5 GPA or higher will automatically receive the scholarship. If an applicant has an ACT Score of 22 or an SAT score of 1110, plus a 3.0 GPA or higher, they will also automatically receive the scholarship.
It’s also available for transfers with a cumulative 3.0 college GPA or higher and at least 24 college credit hours. The Chancellor’s Award is renewable for up to four years as long as students maintain a 3.0 UCCS GPA. They must also complete 30 credit hours a year, earning a scholarship of $2,500 per year and up to a maximum of $10,000 over four years.
Secondly, The UCCS Peak Award is for incoming full-time freshmen and transfer students not from Colorado. It has the same guidelines as the UCCS Chancellor’s Award regarding GPA and test scores for incoming freshmen and transfers. It is also renewable for up to four years as long as students complete 30 credit hours a year and maintain at least a 3.0 UCCS GPA. This University of Colorado Colorado Springs scholarship is $6,250 annually, up to $25,000 over four years.
UCCS offers a variety of scholarships and connections to external scholarships for incoming and current students. Check out some of their student aid options at the website below!
Regarding financial aid, grants are awards that don’t have to be repaid (unlike student loans.) You can use them to offset tuition costs, books, fees, course materials, food and housing, transportation, and more. If you apply for student aid through FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), you will automatically be considered for grants. Grants are awarded based on financial need and eligibility.
Lastly, one of the most popular grants is the Federal Pell Grant, awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant amounts vary based on individual student needs. Additionally, they are estimated based on how much a student and their family can contribute towards educational expenses for that year.
Choosing a school like UCCS can be an even easier decision, knowing that financial support is available. Check out these University of Colorado Colorado Springs scholarships and grant opportunities to see how they can help offset your collegiate costs.
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