First Generation Award Program – How to Apply

The application for the First Generation Award for NEW/TRANSFER students for the 2022-2023 academic year will be available October 1, 2021.  The submission deadline is March 1, 2022. 

PLEASE NOTE: Currently enrolled CSU students (including new students enrolled for Spring 2021), full time CSU Online students and/or CSU-Global students are not eligible to apply.

First Generation Award Program FAQs

The application process

  1. Read the First Generation Award Description webpage
  2. Complete the FAFSA or the ASSET Financial Aid Application
  3. Check Eligibility Requirements
  4. Complete the CSU Scholarship Application (CSUSA)
  5. Review the First Generation Award essay questions on the CSU Scholarship Application and write your essays

Go to RAMweb, log in using your eID, and then select the CSU Scholarship Application 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

Submit a completed application and essay responses online by clicking the button below.

Proceed with online application process

Please contact Miel McCarthy for any questions:

First Generation Award Program
Attn: Miel McCarthy – Associate Director, C4E Scholar Programs
Collaborative for Student Achievement
Colorado State University
Tel: (970) 491-7095 / Fax: (970) 491-1133

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