Use the tabs below to navigate the many types of scholarships offered by Western. Find information on our merit scholarships, common scholarships and program-based scholarships in addition to other opportunities such as local scholarships, the Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship, the Tuition Exchange scholarships and the Presidential Promise.

If you have questions about scholarships, scholarship policies or financial aid in general, please contact Western’s Financial Aid Department at or 970.943.3085. We’re here to help.



Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a Merit Scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year (in-state) and $8,000-$10,000 (out-of-state) based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores. To determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship, visit Merit scholarships are renewable for four years. If you are accepted by Nov. 1 and qualify for a merit scholarship, you will receive an additional $500 your first year.


East Merit$2,500Basin Merit$8,000
Slate Merit$3,500Ridgeline Merit$9,000
Taylor Merit$4,500Peak Merit$10,000

Note: If a student is awarded a Merit Scholarship and fails to maintain the required cumulative GPA of 2.75, the student will not default to the tuition-discount program.


To continue receiving a Merit Scholarship, students must:

  • Enroll and complete a minimum of 24 credit hours each year
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.75 GPA
  • Meet satisfactory academic requirements
  • A maximum of eight semesters of eligibility will be awarded to freshman students

Transfer Students

Undergraduate transfer students are eligible for our transfer scholarship program, which honors academic performance. Scholarships are awarded based on overall academic record and evidence of achievements. Awards are made only to applicants who will attend Western full time. Students seeking an additional bachelor’s degree are not eligible for these scholarships.


Incoming transfer students are eligible for the scholarships listed below. You are considered a transfer student if you took college classes after you graduated from high school. 

Transfer students with fewer than 24 college credits will be considered freshmen for scholarship purposes and will be awarded based off the eligibility requirements for either a freshman from Colorado or for a non-resident freshman. Additionally, they must have a minimum 2.5 college GPA.

The following merit scholarships are awarded automatically to incoming transfer students who meet the eligibility requirements. Merit scholarships are renewable for up to three years.


Advantage Award (3.0-3.49 GPA)$2,000$6,000
Scholars Award (3.5-4.0 GPA)$3,000$7,000
Phi Theta Kappa (Members)$4,000$8,000


Transfer students with fewer than 24 credit hours are evaluated as incoming freshmen and considered for a Merit Scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year (in-state) and $8,000-$10,000 (out-of-state) based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores. To determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship, visit Merit scholarships are renewable for four years.


All scholarships are subject to Western Scholarship Policies.

Search through our Common Scholarships.

Several scholarship programs utilize the Common Scholarship Application. Please see the "Application" heading under each scholarship listing to determine if the Common Scholarship Application form may be used. Completed scholarship application packets consist of the following:

  • Completed Common Scholarship Application Form
  • An essay indicating why you are a good candidate for scholarship awards
  • A list of scholarships for which you are applying: for each scholarship listed, you should include a short paragraph addressing how you meet criteria specific to that scholarship


Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship


Western Colorado University Alumni may recommend prospective students who they feel will add to the community of learning and family that is the Western Nation.

The guidelines are as follows:

  • Any Western alumnus/a may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship ($250 per semester)
  • Application deadline is June 1, 2018, for new students enrolling Fall 2018
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable
  • The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time
  • The recommended student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Western employees are eligible to recommend a student but not to a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits
  • Not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester
  • The nominating alumnus/a or employee must complete all portions of the online nomination form

The Admissions and Alumni offices will verify the nomination forms before the awarded is given. If you have any questions, contact the Admissions Office at or 800.876.5309.

To apply, please visit our online web form.

Tuition Exchange Program


The Tuition Exchange (TE) Program is a reciprocal scholarship opportunity for dependents of eligible faculty and staff members who are employed at participating Tuition Exchange schools. Under this arrangement, dependents who apply to participating colleges and universities may be awarded TE scholarships for basic tuition costs. There are more than 660 institutions around the country and the world that currently participate in the program.


This is for students who are dependents of employees at other TE program schools and who hope to attend Western Colorado University. Check out our 90+ academic programs. From our new ICE Project and academic clubs like Model UN, to the adventures outside the classroom in our Geology, Biology and Anthropology programs, Western has a space for you and your passions.

If you receive a TE scholarship for Western, whether you are an in- or out-of-state student, the cost of basic full tuition will be covered.

Steps for Attending Western through the Tuition Exchange Program:

  1. Check with your home institution to see if you meet the eligibility requirements to apply for the TE scholarship. You should contact your Tuition Exchange Liaison Officer (TELO), who will be able to guide you through the process. You may need to fill out forms or take other steps to be certified by your institution to participate.
  2. Check to see if you meet the eligibility requirements for the program at Western. Incoming students must be first-time freshmen and must have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA and receive a minimum 22 ACT or 1000 SAT score to be considered eligible for this TE scholarship.
  3. Apply for admission and be accepted to Western by Dec. 31, 2018, for enrollment beginning Fall 2019.
  4. Fill out the TE application on the Tuition Exchange website and receive certification by Dec. 31.
  5. Complete your FAFSA and submit it to Western for the coming school year.
  6. For in-state students who are residents of Colorado, apply for and authorize the College Opportunity Fund (COF).
  7. If all documents have been completed and the student has been certified by the TELO and accepted to Western by Dec. 31, the TE applicant will receive notification from Western by Feb. 15. This notification will include information about the student’s TE award status.
  8. But the process isn’t finished here. In order to renew the TE scholarship year-to-year, students must:

A) Maintain eligibility at their home TE school
B) Retain full-time status, taking at least 12 credits per semester
C) Be degree seeking
D) Attend Western in consecutive semesters (excluding summer terms)
E) Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
F) Live on campus for their first two years of school

The Tuition Exchange scholarship is available for up to eight consecutive semesters.

Contact Western’s TELO, Maria BonDurant, for more information.


For students who hope to attend another school that is part of the TE Program.

  1. Read Western’s Tuition Exchange (TE) Program Policy (located on the HR page in Collaborate).
  2. Start early. In August or September of the year before you hope to attend college, contact Western’s Tuition Exchange Liaison Officer (TELO), LaDonna Garcia, to receive information about the steps for the process.
  3. Around this time, you should check your eligibility for other schools in the program and get in contact with TELO’s at those institutions. You are responsible for maintaining contact with these other schools and for being aware of their deadlines, application processes, scholarship criteria, etc.
  4. Contact the HR office for Western’s TE Program Scholarship Certification & Application form and return the form to the HR Office by Oct. 1.
  5. Based on the number of available export candidate positions, you (and your sponsoring employee) will be ranked for scholarship certification priority. The HR Office may request additional documentation during this process to assess student eligibility for the scholarship.
  6. In early November, you will receive confirmation of whether you have been certified for a Tuition Exchange scholarship (or placed on a wait list). This is a competitive scholarship and meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee certification.
  7. Once you have been selected for TE certification, fill out the Tuition Exchange Application on the TE website. Western’s TELO will approve your TE application.
  8. If you are certified for TE but do not receive a TE scholarship or decide not to attend a TE school, please notify Western’s TELO by Feb. 1 (or as soon as you know you will no longer pursue a TE scholarship).

Contact Western’s TELO, LaDonna Garcia, for more information.

Presidential Promise

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp AND are Pell eligible. For students meeting these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of Federal, State and Institutional aid. 

To be eligible for the Denver Scholarship Foundation Award and possibly the Presidential Promise, students must:

  • Must meet all Denver Scholarship Foundation requirements
  • Complete the FAFSA by April 1 and be designated as Pell eligible
  • Complete your Financial Aid requirements, including verification if required, at Western by July 15

To be eligible for Colorado GEAR UP and possibly the Presidential Promise:

  • Colorado GEAR UP provides students in their program with a scholarship upon high school graduation and a valid and completed FAFSA. For information on becoming a GEAR UP student, visit
  • When Colorado GEAR UP students enroll at Western, Western will match the scholarship that GEAR UP has awarded
  • If the Colorado GEAR UP student is also Pell eligible they will qualify for the Presidential Promise

A maximum of eight semesters of eligibility will be awarded to freshmen students.

Maintenance Requirements

To maintain Denver Scholarship Foundation Award status once awarded, students agree to:

  • Enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each consecutive fall and spring semester
  • Meet satisfactory academic requirements
  • Complete the DSF Scholarship Renewal Application and FAFSA by April 1 each year
  • Meet with the Western-DSF advisor each semester


  • The Presidential Promise is not a separate scholarship
  • Students must be Pell eligible
  • If a student’s federal aid and other scholarships cover the cost of tuition and fees, a student's DSF and/or GEAR UP scholarship may be used for room and board

To learn more contact our friendly admissions staff at

Program-Based Scholarships: Through generous donations to the university from our alumni and friends, the following departments offer additional resources to current and—in special cases—incoming Western students. Please check with the specific departments for information on the application process for these awards.