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The College Opportunity Fund (COF)

The College Opportunity Fund (COF)

The College Opportunity Trust Fund (COF), created by the Colorado Legislature, provides a stipend to eligible undergraduate students. The stipend pays a portion of your total in-state tuition when you attend a Colorado public institution or a participating private institution. Eligible undergraduate students must apply, be admitted and enroll at a participating institution beginning with the fall semester of the following academic year. Both new and continuing students are eligible for the stipend. The stipend is paid on a per credit hour basis to the institution at which the student is enrolled. The credit-hour amount will be set annually by the General Assembly.

* All students are encouraged to apply for the COF stipend.

US Department of Education Resources

FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Form used to apply for federal student financial aid, including grants, loans, and work-study; the FAFSA is used by most colleges to award non-federal student financial aid as well. Members of the Class of 2021 may file AFTER October 1, 2020.

Students who apply online will get results 7 - 14 days faster than if they mail a paper FAFSA.

Funding Your Education: The Student Guide

The U.S. Department of Education's site for free information on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.


Estimate your eligibility for federal student aid

Information on FAFSA

A great resource in helping understand the FAFSA


There are several financial aid tools and calculators on the College Board website that are designed to help students and families determine college affordability.


In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 2008 (HEOA), by October 29, 2011, each postsecondary institution that participates in Title IV federal student aid programs must post on its website a net price calculator that uses institutional data to provide net price information to current and prospective students and their families based on a student's individual circumstances. Students and their families are encouraged to look for these net price calculators on the college websites where students are applying. Net price calculators can be invaluable an tool to students and families when they are determining a college's affordability.

The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®

CSS Profile® Online

Some colleges require the CSS Financial Aid PROFILE®, a program of the College Board. Many colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, and scholarship programs use the information collected on PROFILE® to help them award nonfederal student aid funds.

Additional Resources

FinAid! The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid

A great site on the web for financial aid information and resources!

Compare Aid Awards Online

Financial Aid Comparison Tool: Once award letters arrive, determine what one's family will pay at each college.

Financial Aid Calculators

This College In Colorado website provides several financial aid calculators that can help students and their families compare financial aid award letters, calculate Expected Family Contribution and determine the monthly payments for student loans based on future potential career choice.

Funding Education Beyond High School

This is a comprehensive resource on student financial aid published by the US Department of Education.

Comprehensive site devoted to 529 plans.

This Wells Fargo website is designed to provide students and parents with help in realistically estimating education cost and understanding the different options available to help pay for college.

Maximizing Your Financial Aid Eligibility

This page presents a list of strategies for maximizing your eligibility for need-based student financial aid.

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