Scholarships

The priority deadline to apply for CCD Scholarships is April 15th each year for the upcoming academic year.

Scholarships are a great way to help pay for college and achieve your education goals. By filling out a single application, you can be considered for many different scholarships whether funded through the CCD Foundation or institutional funds.

Keep in mind that some scholarships require additional documents and receiving a scholarship may impact your financial aid.

Your GPA is not the only way you can qualify for scholarships. There are many other areas including race/ethnicity, veteran status, talent, financial need, academic major, and more. To receive a scholarship for each academic year, you must reapply each year. Preference is given to applications submitted by the April 15 priority deadline. You may apply after this date, however scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Every scholarship has its own specific qualifications, but all CCD scholarships require that students

  • meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP),
  • enroll in an eligible degree or certificate program at CCD,
  • have not yet earned a bachelor's degree (unless applying for Health Science or Displaced Aurarian), and
  • Complete the FAFSA (DACA/ASSET students who do not have a social security number should use: 001-01-0001).

Private Scholarship Listing

Every year many organizations contact Community College of Denver by sending information regarding their scholarship program. Please be advised that in most cases you must contact the donor directly, either through their website or the name and the contact information provided.

Please visit the program’s websites for additional information. Private organizations usually provide contact information to assist you. Be aware that some private organizations may offer more than one scholarship.

Why should I apply for scholarships?

Scholarships can reduce student loan debt and provide money to meet educational expenses like tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Even if you qualify for other types of student aid, it is a good idea to apply for scholarships. Receiving one scholarship can increase your chances of receiving another.

Do I have to pay a fee to apply for scholarships?

No, there are no fees associated with the CCD scholarship application. You should never pay to access a scholarship application or pay to receive scholarship money.

What if my grants cover my tuition and fees?

Scholarships can be used to purchase books, school supplies, and any other educational expenses that you have while you are attending college.

What is the priority deadline?

April 15th is the priority deadline for scholarship applications for the upcoming academic year starting in the fall, but you can apply for CCD scholarships at anytime. Scholarship awards for applications received after April 15th are subject to the availability of funds.

Can my scholarship application be considered even though it was submitted after the priority deadline?

Yes. Scholarship applications can be considered anytime subject to the availability of funds. Submit your application before April 15th in order to increase your chances of being awarded a scholarship.

How many scholarships can I receive?

You may qualify for several different scholarships with CCD. After you submit a completed application, the scholarship committee will consider you for all the scholarships that you indicate on your application. CCD students will only be allowed to receive one institutional scholarship, but you may apply for and receive multiple private and/or foundation scholarships.

Why should I apply for private scholarships?

There is no limit to the amount of private scholarships you may apply to receive. Receiving scholarships will reduce your student loan debt and assist you with meeting your educational expenses throughout the year.

What is the College Opportunity Fund (COF)?

The College Opportunity Fund (COF) provides a tuition stipend for in-state students completing undergraduate coursework at a public or participating private college. The amount of the per-credit-hour tuition stipend is set annually by the General Assembly and pays a portion of your total in-state tuition.

I am not a resident of Colorado, but am eligible for financial aid; do I qualify for scholarships at CCD?

Yes. You can still be eligible for scholarships even if you are not a resident of Colorado, based on the other qualifications of the scholarships.

Can students who are attending CCD under ASSET/Deferred Action be considered for scholarships at CCD?

Yes. Learn more about scholarships for DACA and ASSET students on the next tab.

What happens after I submit my scholarship application?

Once you have submitted a completed application, the scholarship committee will review your application to determine whether or not you will be selected for an award. You will be notified via your CCD email account about the status of your application. If you are selected, the money will be posted to your account and if there is any money left over after your account charges are paid, you will receive a refund. 
If you are not chosen for an award this time, we encourage you to re-apply for the next academic year.

How will receiving a scholarship affect my financial aid?

The state determines every student’s financial aid cost of attendance (COA). This represents the expected cost of living while you are in school. You may not receive more financial aid than your COA. If you receive a scholarship, your financial aid may be adjusted so that it fits into your COA. If you have additional questions about your COA, please contact a financial aid advisor.

Do I qualify for any CCD scholarships if I have already earned my first bachelor’s degree?

CCD institutional scholarships are only awarded if you have not earned your first bachelor’s degree. If you have already earned a bachelor’s degree you may still qualify for the Health Care Scholarship and/or the Displaced Aurarian Scholarship if you meet those requirements, or apply for private scholarships. 

What is the Colorado ASSET Bill?

Senate Bill 13-033, also known as the ASSET bill, allows U.S citizens, permanent residents, and students without lawful status to receive in-state tuition through attendance and graduation from a Colorado high school or through attendance at a Colorado high school combined with obtaining the GED. You must meet these requirements to be eligible:

  • Attend at least three years of high school (HS) and immediately graduate, or complete a GED.
  • Be admitted to a Colorado institution of higher education within 12 months of graduating from a Colorado high school or completing a GED.
  • IF you graduated from high school or completed a GED before September 1, 2014, but did not get accepted into a Colorado institution of higher education within 12 months, you must provide proof of being physically present in Colorado on a continuous basis for at least 18 months prior to the start of the semester.
  • If you meet the conditions for unlawful status, you must complete a one-time affidavit on the COF website stating that you have applied for lawful presence or will apply as soon as you are eligible to do so.

Scholarship Instructions

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you do not have a social security number, use 001-01-0001. Use a signature page to sign the FAFSA.
  • Register for at least six (6) credit hours.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • Complete the CCD scholarship application with a 500- to 900-word essay and submit high school transcripts or GED scores if applicable,

Completing the steps will allow CCD to consider you for a scholarship. You will not be eligible for federal or state financial aid.

ASSET / DACA FAQs

How do I find out if I qualify for in-state tuition under ASSET?

If you are interested in gaining residency through ASSET, contact the Admissions, Registration & Records office directly. You will only be considered for ASSET if you attended a Colorado high school.

Do students under ASSET qualify for financial aid?

ASSET students are not eligible for state or federal financial aid. These students are eligible for the College Opportunity Fund (COF), as well as institutional and foundation funds.

Do students with Deferred Action qualify under ASSET?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) is not tied to ASSET, however DACA students may receive in-state tuition if you meet the one-year domicile requirement.

What effects does ASSET have on HB 1023?

HB 06-1023 requires institutions of higher education to verify lawful presence for students applying for educational benefits (i.e. in-state tuition, College Opportunity Fund). This has been amended; state institutions of higher education are no longer required to verify lawful presence. We no longer require an Affidavit of Lawful Presence as of Summer 2013.

To protect yourself from scholarship scams, look for these warning signs.

  1. Application Fees: Stay clear of any scholarships that require you to pay a “small processing fee,” even if it’s just a few dollars. Legitimate scholarships want to give you money, not take it away.
  2. No phone number: Be extremely wary of any scholarship opportunities that do not provide a telephone number. A lot of scholarship scams omit phone numbers because they are too easy to trace.
  3. Open to everyone: The majority of private scholarship providers choose to award scholarships to students who fit a certain set of criteria.
  4. No proof of past winners: Try Google searching the scholarship and look for evidence of past winners. This isn’t always the case, though. New scholarships don’t have past winners.
  5. Fake nonprofit or federal status: Even if a company has a Washington D.C. address or its name sounds official, beware. It could easily be fake and just because its name has the word “Foundation” or “Fund” in it, that doesn’t necessarily make it a nonprofit.
  6. Request for personal financial information: It’s completely unnecessary for a legitimate scholarship provider to ask you to provide a credit card, bank account, or social security number.
  7. Winning a scholarship that you did not apply to: If you get a call (or Email) from a scholarship provider proclaiming that you’ve just won a scholarship, but you have no idea who they are and have never submitted an application for that particular scholarship, it’s most likely not legitimate.
  8. Claims that they’ll do all the work for you: It takes a lot of work to apply for scholarships.
  9. Search fees and claims “you can’t get this information anywhere else.” There are many excellent scholarship search engines that are completely free to you. You should never pay for results that you can get for free. If you encounter a scholarship scam, prevent others from falling victim by reporting it to the Federal Trade Commission or call 1.800.FTC.HELP.