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CSU Pueblo unveils Colorado Promise Scholarship

by LuEllyn Ruybal

As the fall semester of 2022 begins, Colorado State University Pueblo will implement its latest enrollment initiative – an offer to cover tuition fees for eligible students whose families have a gross income of $50,000 or less.

Dubbed the Colorado Promise, this scholarship will cover any remaining tuition fees after all other financial aid has been applied to awarded students. Eligible students must be Colorado residents with a gross income of $50,000 or less, a full-time undergraduate and first-time undergraduate attempting their first bachelor’s degree, and must complete the Application for Free Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by June 1.

Chrissy Holiday
(Image courtesy / CSU Pueblo)

What they can pay for tuition is a contributing factor. “We want to help eradicate,” said Chrissy Holiday, vice president of Enrollment, Communications, and Student Affairs (EMCSA) at CSU Pueblo. on it.”

In addition, CSU Pueblo is offering free one-year on-campus housing to new fall 2022 students who live in Las Animas, Alamosa, Otero, Crowley, Bent, Prowers, Baca, Huerfano, Custer, Costilla, Fremont, Pueblo, and El Paso counties. . Similar housing grants have been offered in the past, but not to the degree that they are being offered for Fall 2022.

“We’ve expanded the eligible counties. We’ve been getting feedback from prospective students in these counties… saying they live close enough to commute. And then they do it for a semester, but it’s really hard,” Holiday said. “We know that a lot of student success ends up suffering because of it. If transportation or housing is the only thing standing in our way, what can we do to try and fix that? We weren’t completely occupied…so if we could bring the students and give them a bed, Let’s do it.”

The free housing offer applies to the cost of the one-year residence hall triple room rate—which is $4,950—and can be applied to the cost of any on-campus housing, regardless of whether the student chooses to upgrade. This scholarship is awarded to the first 150 eligible students who accept this award and complete the housing application and registration deposit by July 1.

With ads touting CSU Pueblo’s Colorado promise, enrollment numbers may begin to soar. The university’s marketing team has even gone so far as to display ads in movie theaters in the area to promote the enrollment initiative.

In addition to launching a digital campaign to promote and promise the university, the university’s marketing team has also begun digital targeting of specific geographic areas in Colorado that may be eligible for a housing grant.

With just under 4,000 students currently enrolled and the university’s goal of bringing that number to around 5,500, CSU Pueblo has promised its students a guaranteed education regardless of enrollment numbers.

Holliday expects that while enrollment numbers may rise, the student-faculty ratio will remain around 20:1.

Three years to bear fruit

While CSU Pueblo may not be the first college in the state to offer tuition coverage, the Colorado Promise has been in development for three years. To bring Colorado’s promise to fruition, various funding sources have been pooled together internally to realign the school’s budget.

There may be more funding in the works, as CSU Pueblo is currently talking to the CSU Pueblo Foundation about potentially helping secure Colorado Promise tuition fees.

“If nothing else, the university pledged to cover it. We reorganized the other funding we had institutionally and set aside to say, ‘This is what we do,'” said Holiday.

Several other projects appear to be in the works with President Timothy Muttet’s “Vision 2028” – her vision statement to establish CSU Pueblo as a popular university in the southwestern United States by 2028.

“It started as a way to reimagine what we want to do and what we want to be as a university,” Holiday said. “One of those things that came out of that was our vision statement. What does that mean? It means making college possible; making it affordable. We’ve built all of these initiatives that we’re putting into practice. The promise of Colorado is one of those things.”

Another program started by Vision 2028 is CSU Pueblo Works, which helps get stipends for students who have in-demand jobs, such as nursing.

“A lot of times our students have to quit their jobs to be able to do it. And they don’t get paid for it,” she said. “We are a federal demo site for a program that allows us to pay them. We can pay our nursing students for their clinics. We can pay our teachers for our students to teach the students.”

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