Scholarship Information - Prospective Freshmen
Your Application for Admission serves as your application for scholarships. There is no separate scholarship application. All prospective freshmen who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are admitted by March 1st will be considered. Your high school unweighted GPA and composite test scores from either the ACT or SAT will be used for scholarship consideration. It is your responsibility to make sure we have all the test scores you would like us to review by February 1st. Test scores must be submitted electronically to Mines from the testing agency. Changes in test scores after February 1st will not warrant re-evaluation of your scholarship eligibility.
Most scholarships, including the above academic scholarships, require a student to pass a minimum of 24 credits each academic year (Fall plus Spring semesters) with a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA. However, some, such as named (Foundation), athletic, or ROTC scholarships may have other requirements. If a student fails to meet the guidelines, scholarship eligibility will be lost. However, a one-time appeal based on mitigating circumstances may be submitted.
The E-Days scholarship is administered by Student Activities and will require a separate application and essay (see below).
CSM does not participate in the WICHE-WUE undergraduate tuition exchange.
Prospective Transfer Students
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Scholarship:
Transfer students, seeking their first degree, who are a member of Phi Theta Kappa are eligible for a renewable four-semester scholarship. Students must maintain a 2.5 cumumlative GPA and successfully complete 24 credit hours per academic year (Fall plus Spring semesters) to maintain eligibility. Students will be required to provide their original PTK membership certificate as proof of membership.
Freshmen Merit Scholarships:
Freshmen recipients are selected upon admission based on their high school unweighted grade point average and composite SAT or ACT scores. We rely heavily on private donors to maintain our academic scholarship program from year to year. Because of this, your scholarship may be named 'President's Scholarship' or it may be named in honor of one of our donors. Both represent the merit award offered to you based on your admissions information. If you receive a named scholarship, you will be asked to write a thank you letter to the donor for their support.
Transfer students, seeking their first degree, who are a member of Phi Theta Kappa will be eligible for this scholarship. Students will be required to provide their original PTK membership certificate as proof of membership.
Athletic scholarships are based on athletic ability. Contact the Athletics Department at (303) 273-3206 for further information on application procedures.
Engineers'-Days (E-Days) scholarships are for Colorado residents. Information is mailed to high school counselors and accepted students in January.
A CSM Student Government committee selects recipients based on high school credentials, a competitive essay, and other information. The E-Day's scholarship provides full resident-tuition for four years (eight semesters). Accepted students who are Colorado residents graduating from a Colorado high school may complete the application. For more information, contact Student Activities at 303.273.3234.
Corporate and Foundation Scholarships are offered to Mines students after review of their academic success. For more information regarding Corporate and Foundation scholarships, contact the Colorado School of Mines Foundation at 303.273.3516.
Adjustments to Scholarships
Outside Scholarship Adjustment Policy:
An outside scholarship from a private donor will not impact an academic scholarship, though it could impact a CSM Grant.
Additional CSM Scholarship Adjustment Policy:
If a student subsequently becomes eligible for another CSM scholarship, the student will receive the scholarship worth the highest dollar amount.
Per federal regulation, students who are awarded outside, private or community scholarships must notify the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible. You should notify the Financial Aid Office of your outside resource(s) by completing the following form. We can follow-up with the donor and be sure they have all the information they need to get the scholarship funds to us as soon as possible.
We are required to treat outside scholarships as an additional resource.
If you have received a need-based grant as part of your financial aid award, it may be reduced by your outside scholarship. Student loans and/or work study may also be reduced.
The Financial Aid Office has an Outside Scholarship Coordinator who communicates with your donor to ensure payment is received. The coordinator also updates the Student Resources Trailhead tab with the latest scholarship opportunities on a monthly basis. In addition, you can find information and links to scholarship search sites on the Outside Scholarship page.
Disbursement of Funds
Privately funded scholarships are processed for disbursement to the student’s account once donors send the check to the Financial Aid Office. Funds will be credited at the rate of one-half the yearly amount per semester unless otherwise designated by the donor. If other arrangements are necessary, the student or donor needs to contact the Financial Aid Office.
All available scholarships will credit to the student's account three business days prior to each semester.