First Generation Award

The First Generation Award (FGA) Application opens on October 1st, please see below. The deadline to apply is March 1st. PLEASE NOTE: Students are only eligible to apply upon initial admission/enrollment. Students are not able to apply at any later date.

The selection process is extremely competitive and there are a limited number of awards available. The award amount is up to a maximum of $4,000 annually, and is contingent upon full-time enrollment at the Fort Collins campus during both the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. The award carries the possibility of renewal.


The purpose of the program is to encourage participation in higher education by first generation college students who have significant financial need (as defined by standard calculations based on financial aid application information), and to promote diversity within the University’s student population.

A “first generation college student” is a person whose parents have never earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree.  “Diversity” includes persons with diverse social/economic backgrounds and experiences who have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education and for whom traditional support has been limited; and includes, but is not limited to, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities (including both physical or learning), and those with experience in or a commitment to promoting an awareness or appreciation of diversity.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to receive a First Generation Award, applicants must:

  • Be a first generation student (neither parent nor student has received a bachelor’s or graduate degree).
  • Be a newly admitted student (for Summer 2022 or Fall 2022) in a degree program at Colorado State University-Fort Collins campus by March 1, 2022.  (We recommend that you apply for admission by the February 1, 2022 priority application filing date.)  *Currently enrolled students, full-time CSU Online students, and/or CSU-Global students are not eligible to apply.*
  • Demonstrate potential for academic success (as reflected by a high school or transfer Grade Point Average).
  • Not have earned a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Document financial need according to the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at or completion of the ASSET Financial Aid Application and supporting financial aid documents
  • Be a legal resident of Colorado; OR can be classified as an in state student for tuition purposes in accordance with the Colorado ASSET Bill, Senate Bill 13-033. If you are eligible under the Asset Bill, the ASSET Financial Aid Application will need to be submitted in place of the Institutional Aid Application by March 1, 2022; OR be eligible to receive the Native American Legacy Award ( 
  • Plan to enroll full-time at Colorado State University, Fort Collins campus during the 2022-2023 academic year and subsequent academic years.  Full-time enrollment implies that a student is enrolled in at least 12 regular on-campus credits per semester.  Test-Out and Audited Courses are not considered regular on-campus credits. (Students may be awarded who are entering in summer 2022; however, funds are disbursed only for the fall and spring semesters.  The award is not available for new students entering the spring 2022 semester.)
  • Be a U.S. citizen; OR an eligible noncitizen (see FAFSA at for description of eligible noncitizen); OR be classified as an in-state student for tuition purposes in accordance with the Colorado ASSET Bill, Senate Bill 13-033.

Application Requirements

A complete application consists of the following: First Generation Award Application, including essay responses.

  • First Generation Award Application through the CSU Scholarship Application (CSUSA), including essay responses. Please see below for more information on how to get to the application.
  • Financial Aid Application. Complete the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), at by March 1, 2022. List Colorado State University as a school choice to receive the results of your FAFSA. Our school code is 001350. Submit any additional documents requested by the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible. If you are instead eligible under the Colorado ASSET Bill, the completed ASSET Financial Aid Application is due by March 1, 2022. See your, Financial Aid, 2022-2023, Requirements page for further information or contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions at (970) 491-6321.

Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. You may or may not be notified that your application is incomplete until the selection process is over, so we recommend that you check your application carefully to be sure it is complete prior to submitting it to the University.

First Generation Award Program FAQs

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The First Generation Award application is available through your RamWeb beginning October 1, 2021 and will close on March 1, 2022.

Go to RAMweb, log in using your eID, and then select the CSU Scholarship Application (CSUSA) link. You can then search for the First Generation Award application.

For prospective students, once you submit an application for admission and it is processed, the Office of Admissions e-mails you information on how to establish your eID (electronic ID). Once you have established your eID (eName and ePassword), you are able to access and the CSUSA. If you need help establishing your eID, contact the Office of Admissions at (970) 491-6909 or

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