Grants & Scholarships

Institutional Grants and Scholarships

Colorado Technical University offers new and returning students who meet eligibility criteria the opportunity to take advantage of a number of institutional grants and scholarships. Students are encouraged to apply not only for CTU's scholarships* but also to look for outside scholarships and scholarship competitions to help finance their education.

Please refer to the Financial Aid Program Information and Tuition and Financial Policies Insert links on our Documents and Resources page for a complete listing of our institutional grant and scholarship programs and eligibility requirements.

Advantage Grant

The purpose of the Advantage Grant is to recognize students who face extreme personal and/or financial hardships in pursuit of a degree at Colorado Technical University. Current students must be in good academic standing at Colorado Technical University. Newly-enrolled students must have been in good academic standing at their last institution. This grant is typically awarded up to $500 per academic program, and will be applied against outstanding current or future charges at the University's discretion.

The conditions are as follows:

  • Candidates must apply and be accepted for admission to be eligible to receive the grant.
  • Candidates must submit a minimum 500-word essay on how they intend to use the skills learned at Colorado Technical University to benefit others and society.
  • This grant is used exclusively toward current, past, or future charges.
  • All grants are applied as a credit to the student's account, and no cash payments will be awarded to the student.
  • The scholarship recipient must be a full-time student currently attending or enrolled for a future start at Colorado Technical University.
  • To be eligible, students must be in attendance during the applicable session.

The grant is non-transferable and non-substitutable. Interested candidates should contact the Financial Aid Department for additional information.

Career Education Scholarship Fund (CESF)

(CESF) is dedicated to providing scholarships to full-time students who attend a school owned by Career Education Corporation and have financial need. To be considered for a need based scholarship of $500 to $2,000 per academic year from the Career Education Scholarship Fund, students should complete a scholarship application and return it to the financial aid office at their school.

The conditions are as follows:

  • The scholarship is used exclusively toward current, past, or future charges.
  • There will be no restriction based upon age, race, creed, color, or sex.
  • The scholarship recipient must be a full-time student currently attending or enrolled for a future start at Colorado Technical University.
  • The scholarship recipient must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine if there is an unmet financial need in order to receive this need-based scholarship.
  • Current students must be in good academic standing.
  • Newly enrolled students must have been in good academic standing at their last institution.
  • The Career Education Scholarship Fund will require the potential scholarship recipient to provide sufficient information to also be judged on the following criteria:
    • Essay – Applicant’s maximum 500 word typed essay on the following topic:
      "Why are you seeking a CESF scholarship and how will receiving it help you meet your educational and career goals?"
  • The scholarship is awarded proportionately over each quarter in the academic year.
  • Members of the Scholarship selection committees, Career Education Scholarship Fund Director’s, Career Education Corporation employees, Colorado Technical University employees and their immediate families shall not be eligible for the Scholarship.
  • Students must attend the qualifying quarter prior to the scholarship being awarded.
  • All scholarships are applied as a credit to the student’s account in equal installments at the beginning of each term in the respective academic year and no cash payments will be awarded to the student.
  • If a student withdraws or otherwise terminates his/her attendance at Colorado Technical University prior to the academic year’s conclusion, any unused portion of the scholarship reverts back to the Career Education Scholarship Fund pursuant to the refund policy.

The scholarship is non-transferable and non-substitutable. Interested candidates should contact the Financial Aid Department for additional application information.

CTU Corporate Educational Alliances Grant

CTU has established a grant in the name of its Corporate Educational Alliances in order to assist eligible students and their immediate family members** with the opportunity to attend CTU. To be eligible for the Corporate Educational Alliances Grant, a candidate must be accepted for admission to the University, complete the Educational Alliances Attestation form and must also allow for verification of eligibility. Verification of eligibility may require the student to submit documentation of proof of employment with the corporation.

The conditions are as follows:

  • The Corporate Educational Alliances Grant is used exclusively towards current, past, or future charges.
  • The grant is awarded proportionately over each session in the academic year that the student is eligible and the grant percentage will be applied to the academic year tuition costs.
  • Qualifying students must be an employee of the corporate educational alliance member or an employee’s immediate family member**.
  • Students already receiving a discounted tuition rate will not be eligible for this grant.
  • Students must be employed with the corporate educational alliance member at the time he/she completes the Educational Alliances Attestation form with Admissions.
  • Candidates must apply and be accepted for admission to the University to be eligible to receive the grant.
  • All grants are applied as a credit to the student‘s account and no cash payments will be awarded to the student.
  • Students selected for employment verification must provide documentation before the grant is disbursed.
  • Documentation must show the effective date of employment and must be submitted after employment.  
  • All of the above conditions must be fulfilled before the grant can be disbursed. The grant is non-retroactive, non-transferable and non-substitutable and cannot be combined with any other institutional grants. The grant with the greatest benefit to the student will be applied. Interested candidates should contact the CTU Financial Aid Office for additional application information.

**Immediate family members: Spouse (life partner) or dependent children only. Siblings, cousins, etc. are not considered an immediate family member.

Note: The Corporate Educational Alliances Grant funding is limited. If funding for the Corporate Educational Alliances Grant is exhausted, otherwise eligible students may not be awarded the grant.

CTU Higher Education Alliances Grant

CTU has established a grant in the name of its Higher Education Alliances in order to assist eligible students with the opportunity to attend CTU. To be eligible for the Higher Education Alliances Grant, a candidate must be accepted for admission to the University and complete the Educational Alliances Attestation form and must also allow for verification of eligibility. For Higher Education Alliances, verification of eligibility may require the student to submit documentation of proof of graduation from the institution of higher learning with which CTU has an articulation agreement.

The conditions are as follows:

  • The Higher Education Alliances Grant is used exclusively towards current, past, or future charges.
  • The grant is awarded proportionately over each session in the academic year and the grant will be applied to the academic year tuition costs.
  • Qualifying students are students who have previously graduated from an institution with which CTU has a signed articulation agreement.
  • Candidates must apply and be accepted for admission to the University to be eligible to receive the grant.
  • Students receiving a discounted tuition rate will not be eligible for this grant.
  • All grants are applied as a credit to the student‘s account and no cash payments will be awarded to the student.
  • Students selected for verification must provide documentation before the grant is disbursed. Documentation must show proof of graduation from the prior institution.
  • All of the conditions must be fulfilled before the grant can be disbursed.

Graduate Project Management Scholarship

The Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) has established a tuition scholarship program to assist qualified students in obtaining degrees from accredited academic institutions of higher learning in the field of project management. Colorado Technical University is supporting this effort by funding this graduate level project management scholarship.

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students enrolled in an online Master’s degree level program with a concentration in Project Management at Colorado Technical University.

Selection is based on merit. Merit is determined from an application package that consists of basic information, three recommendation forms, transcripts, photograph, a one page essay on "Why I Want to be a Project Manager" (500 words or less). One page essay on "Why a Code of Ethics is Important to Project Management" (250 words or less), and a resume. Applications must be submitted by the published deadline.

  • Scholarship awardees must meet admission requirements, maintain full-time status, comply
  • with university standards of conduct and maintain satisfactory academic progress with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Total scholarship amount is $2,000 and is applied as a tuition credit spread out over the prescribed program length.
  • Applications are submitted through the PMIEF website.

*The scholarship is non-transferable and non-substitutable and cannot be combined with any other institutional grants. The grant with the greatest benefit to the student will be applied.

Homeland Security Grant

The purpose of the Homeland Security Grant is to recognize Colorado Technical University applicants who have been recognized as a current or future expert in the field of Homeland Security. Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Homeland Security will be eligible for a one-time grant in the amount of $5,000.

The conditions are as follows:

  • Candidates must apply and be accepted for admission to be eligible to receive the grant.
  • As a part of the application process, students will be expected to:
    • Provide a letter of recommendation from their employer supporting his/her expertise in the Homeland Security field
    • Submit a minimum 500-word essay on how they intend to use the skills learned at Colorado Technical University to benefit others and society
  • The Homeland Security Grant is used exclusively toward current, past, or future program charges.
  • The grant is awarded proportionately over each session of the student’s academic year.
  • All grants are applied as a credit to the student’s account, and no cash payments will be awarded to the student.
  • The Homeland Security Grant cannot be combined with any other institutional grant.
  • Students enrolled at the graduate military tuition rate are not eligible for the Homeland Security Grant.
  • Students must be willing to sign disclosures for the University to use their name as an advocate for the Master of Science in Homeland Security program. Those obligations can be any of the following but not limited to:
    • Writing of whitepapers on the topic of Homeland Security.
    • Willingness to share their experiences through CTU marketing site, CTU Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter feeds.
    • Be recorded via video to advocate their experience and how they can apply their knowledge to benefit others and society.

The grant is non-transferable and non-substitutable. No portion is refundable. Interested candidates should contact the Financial Aid Department for additional information.

Wounded Warrior Scholarship

Colorado Technical University, in partnership with the Yellow Ribbon Fund, Inc. has established an annual scholarship program for up to twenty-five wounded service members and twenty-five spouses of wounded service members currently recovering at selected Warrior Transition Units from injuries due to combat duty to attend and earn their degree from CTU. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist selected service members in expanding their career opportunities as they return to their communities or continue to serve with the military. The online scholarship covers full tuition, course materials, a laptop, and text books. For further information contact us at WoundedWarriors@ctuonline.edu or by phone at 1.866.924.3974.

Lifelong Learning Grant

The purpose of the Lifelong Learning Grant is to recognize Colorado Technical University alumni who have achieved degree completion and intend to pursue another degree at Colorado Technical University. Alumni enrolled in a graduate program who have previously completed a baccalaureate degree will be eligible for a grant of $2000. Alumni enrolled in a graduate program and wish to pursue an additional full graduate degree with the University will be eligible for a grant of $500. The grant award will be applied to outstanding current, past, or future charges at the University’s discretion.

The conditions are as follows:

  • Effective for students beginning their Baccalaureate or Graduate Degree program on or after the February 13, 2011 session
  • The Lifelong Learning Grant is used exclusively toward program charges.
  • The grant is awarded proportionately over each session in the program.
  • Students must attend the qualifying session prior to the grant being awarded.
  • Candidates must apply and be accepted for admission to be eligible to receive the grant.
  • All grants are applied as a credit to the student’s account, and no cash payments will be awarded to the student.
  • The grant cannot be combined with any other institutional grant. The grant with the greatest benefit will be awarded to the student.
  • Students enrolled at the undergraduate military tuition rate are not eligible for the Lifelong Learning Grant.

The grant is non-transferable and non-substitutable. No portion is refundable.

 

Interested candidates should contact the Financial Aid Department for additional information.

*University grants or scholarships are based on established criteria as published in the University's catalog and are awarded after verification that the conditions of eligibility have been met.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.