“The Colorado promise means that the cost of education should not be the reason for any student to decide that a four-year degree is not right for them.” — Chrissy Holliday, CSU Pueblo Vice President for Enrollment Management, Communications, and Student Affairs
By Reagan Foster
A pair of scholarships and housing initiatives announced Wednesday should help break the cost barrier for some students wanting to attend Colorado Pueblo State University.
The scholarship program is called the Colorado Promise, and it is set to offer free tutoring to in-state students whose total annual family earnings are no more than $50,000. Tuition assistance requires full-time registration and is guaranteed for at least one year, but can be extended to up to four people, as long as the receiving student maintains eligibility.
“CSU Pueblo knows the college is an investment for our students and their families, and this new scholarship program is our investment in the future of Colorado residents,” Chrissy Holiday, vice president of enrollment, communications, and student affairs said in a statement. . “The Colorado promise means that the cost of education should not be the reason for any student to decide that a four-year degree is not right for them.”
To receive educational support, a student must:
- Be a Colorado resident;
- You have a gross household income of $50.00 or less;
- Be a full-time undergraduate student, for the first time pursuing a first Bachelor’s degree; And
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by June 1 to qualify for the fall 2022 semester.
The scholarship program is expected to pick up the promise of the remainder of the student’s tuition fee costs in the state after all state, federal, and institutional grants and scholarships are awarded.
During the 2020-21 academic year, a full-time student with a 15-hour academic load can expect to spend $10,664 on tuition and fees, according to the Student Financial Services page. This did not include housing, meals, books, supplies, transportation or other expenses.
“CSU Pueblo is doing what it takes to become the popular university we promised to become part of our vision process,” Holiday said in the statement. This means putting college within reach of Colorado residents and making sure that the opportunity to earn a college degree is not reserved for the wealthy.
“More than 90 percent of our students receive financial assistance to attend college, so working to make college costs more affordable is not new to us. The Colorado Promise is our latest effort to make sure Colorado families know the opportunities available to their students.”
In conjunction with the new scholarship program, the university revealed, on Wednesday, a housing initiative for some students who are eligible for scholarship.
Beginning in fall 2022, the university will offer free on-campus housing for a year to students from Las Animas, Alamosa, Otero, Crowley, Pentet, Brawers, Baca, Hurfano, Custer, Costilla, Fremont, Pueblo, and El Paso counties. Students from Southern Colorado often choose to move to campus in order to save on housing costs, according to a press release. But, the statement noted, research has shown that students who live on campus tend to have stronger academic outcomes.
The housing offer is designed to cover $4,950 per year at the price of a triple room, but may be applied to other on-campus housing if the student chooses to upgrade. It will be limited to the first 150 eligible students who accept the award and submit registration deposits and housing applications by July 1.
For more information, check out the Colorado Promise page on the CSU Pueblo website.