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    Financial Aid for Adult and Graduate Students

    A significant majority of students in CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies qualifies for financial aid.

    Earning your degree is one of the most important investments that you will ever make. Financial aid programs available for undergraduate and graduate degree students – ranging from adult student loans to college scholarships for adults – can help make it possible for you to realize that investment.

    The financial aid options available to students in CCU’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies are designed to make earning your degree both affordable and accessible. In addition to helping you explore your financial aid options and how to pay for your education, the University will walk alongside you to develop the best possible degree plan that meets your needs as an adult student and ultimately helps you achieve your goals.

    Types of Financial Aid for Adults

    Financial aid for adult and graduate students is designed to help bridge the gap between your college costs (tuition, fees, books, etc.) and what you are able to pay for those costs. It is important to understand the difference between the types of financial aid and to research all available options to maximize your investment.

    • Scholarships – Because scholarships are a type of aid that does not need to be repaid, you should explore the full range of scholarship opportunities for your degree program. Adult student scholarships may be offered directly by the college/university; or they may be offered through other venues, such as scholarship search engines. (Be sure to visit our list of recommended free scholarship search engines.)
    • Grants – Similar to scholarships, grants are a type of aid that does not need to be repaid. Grants are typically offered by the government, both federal and state. To be considered for any type of grant, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as early in their college search process as possible. Colorado residents may qualify for additional grants toward their undergraduate degree.
    • Education Loans – Students may need to consider borrowing money to help pay for their education. Education loans are a type of aid that must be repaid; therefore they should be considered after exploring scholarship and grant opportunities.

    Be sure to investigate all of your financial aid options to receive the greatest value for your college investment. Start with Applying for Financial Aid.

    Stretching your College Investment Dollars

    In addition to applying for financial assistance, students in our College of Adult and Graduate Studies have access to a range of financial aid options that can help reduce college costs.

    Be sure to explore all of CCU's Payment Options that can also contribute toward making your college experience affordable.