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 First Generation Award (FGA) Applications for incoming 2017-2018 students will be available in January. The deadline to apply is March 1 2017.  PLEASE NOTE: students are only eligible to apply upon initial admission/enrollment. Students are not able to apply at any later date

Those eligible to apply are:
  • Colorado residents or students who can be classified as an in state resident for tuition purposes in accordance with the Colorado ASSET Bill, Senate Bill 13-033;
  • entering in the fall as freshmen or transfer students whose parents have not received a bachelor's degree;  CURRENTLY ENROLLED, Full time CSU OnLine students, and/or CSU-Global students are not eligible to apply
  • able to demonstrate financial need; and
  • have met the March 1 deadline for admission, submission of FAFSA or the CSU Institutional Aid application, 
  • have submitted the First Generation Award (FGA) application by March deadline (PLEASE NOTE, this is a separate application than the CSUSA application)
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 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.
The selection process is 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 during both the fall and spring semesters.  The award carries the possibility of renewal.

Awards are supported by state and Colorado State University funds and recipients must verify financial need.

Applications are only accepted between January and March 1 (or the 1st business date following March 1) and only students newly admitted for the upcoming fall semester are eligible (currently enrolled, continuing students are not eligible to apply).
To apply, complete the application and essay responses and make sure CASA has them by the March  deadline for that upcoming academic year.
For complete details on eligibility and application procedures, please contact Fabiola Mora by phone at (970) 491-7095 or at

Resources : FGA

Office of Financial Aid
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(can assist first generation college students with FAFSA completion and scholarship search help)
Located at 1405 S. College (College and Lake Street)


What They Say : FGA

“This scholarship has allowed me to focus all of my efforts on schoolwork and extracurricular activities instead of worrying about how I’m going to pay for college.

"I have had a wonderful time this past year as a first generation student while being exposed to a whole world that I never knew existed."

"As a result (of receiving the financial support of the FGA) I have chosen to explore CSU and some of the many opportunities that this great university has to offer.”

“Being a first generation recipient has changed my life tremendously. My mother always told me “I can’t afford to send you to college, somehow, some way you have to find a way to make that happen for you”. This award has helped fund my education, which is something that I value most highly in life. I am making both my family’s dreams, and my dreams come true, and this wouldn’t even be a possibility if it wasn’t for the First Generation Award.”

“I am happy to report that my GPA for this last semester was a 3.916. I am very fortunate to be part of this program, and am looking forward to continuing my education. Thanks so much for making me a part of the FGA family and for helping to make a dream a reality."

"Sometimes we're afraid of reaching for something, thinking that it's unobtainable, and we convince ourselves that it just wasn't meant to be. I guess I am learning with age that the hard stuff takes time and the impossible just takes a little longer (as someone somewhere once said)."

"Had I not received the First Generation Scholarship… I very definitely would not have been in a position to try to provide that very same kind of assistance to other students (at the high school where I now teach) who so richly deserve to benefit from the same type of assistance in continuing their educational endeavors."

"I truly feel that the best way for me to pay back the opportunities from which I benefitted, is to make sure that I have some part in seeing that other students are afforded just the same kind of opportunities, especially those students who might otherwise not have the chance to continue their educational aspirations."


Contact Us

Fabiola Mora

Daniels Fund, First Generation Award
Assistant Director, Opportunity Scholar Programs
Email Fabiola:


Katharine Wormus

Puksta Scholars Program, Reisher Scholars Program
Senior Coordinator, Opportunity Scholar Programs
Email Katharine: